Katie and Les are your hosts and proud owners of this small family business since 1989. First as leasers then in 1993 they brought the freehold running it themselves until 1995. They sold the lease and with their three children moved to Christchurch returning to school to complete a B.Com Degree (Les) and a Masters Degree (Katie). After working in the corporate sector for several years and then becoming empty nesters, they decided to travel overseas and spent several months travelling through Asia. They returned to the Motel in 2007 purchasing the lease back to renovate and refurbish completing it in 2010. Under the new branding of Accommodation Ahi Kaa, they along with their staff members Erica and Kara are providing the very best Gisborne hospitality in the East Coast region. Accommodation Ahi Kaa is an Award Winning motel so stay here to support their business.
Kaitiakitanga and Manaakitanga are the key philosophies that underpin their business model. Kaitiakitanga is about guardianship and caring for the environment. This is why their first move was to install solar panels for water heating with the intention of one day implementing photovoltaic for electrical alternatives. They continue to reduce sending food scraps and rubbish to tips and use energy saving appliances and light bulbs as their contributions, albeit small, in their efforts to save the planet. Accommodation Ahi Kaa is eco friendly so stay here to support the environment.
Manaakitanga is about hospitality and involves caring and looking after manuhiri (visitors). In a marae sense, it is the most important role of tangata whenua (home people); that is to provide the very best care of visitors while on your marae. Any less, would be regarded as an insult. In a tourism sense, giving customers a true sense of New Zealand hospitality should be at the heart of a good tourism business. But a great tourism business should always have aroha (love) at it's core which is why they insist that their staff clean and prepare rooms with lots of aroha. Accommodation Ahi Kaa providing unique Maori hospitality so stay with them and support local tourism.