TiakiCaring for New Zealand - the Tiaki Promise

As your hosts we are committed to the Tiaki promise and as we do, we ask that you consider when you are travelling in New Zealand that you be mindful of the following;

Care for the land, sea and nature.  Tread lightly and leave no trace. Remove, and when you can, recycle all of your rubbish and refill your water bottles.  All of New Zealand has potable water from the taps and when walking in nature keep to the designated paths and do not destroy or remove the native plants.

Travel Safely, showing care and consideration for all.  It is different driving in New Zealand. You are encouraged to be careful, allow plenty of time,  consider other drivers, be prepared for all types of weather and drive to the conditions. See this website for information that will be helpful  Driving safely | Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (nzta.govt.nz) . Your car rental company will also provide you with information.

Respect Culture, travel with an open heart and mind. Be respectful. We are a multi -cultural society with a very proud Maori heritage. As you travel New Zealand you will hear the stories, see the signs in Maori and hear the language (te reo) being used . Kia ora- hello and welcome, haere mai - welcome, come here, haere rā - goodbye, farewell and ngā mihi - thank you.

Haere Mai


Caring for our Environment

At Cobden Garden Bed and Breakfast we endeavour always to minimise our environmental impact. We try hard at all times to adhere to the following policies:

  • We recycle all metal cans, glass, plastic, cardboard and paper.
  • We use re-useable cloth bags when grocery shopping.
  • All our organic waste in composted.
  • We use an electric lawn mower on the lawns and do not remove the clippings, minimising the need for fertiliser.
  • Our garden is fertilised with organic product only.
  • We use “eco-friendly” plant based, non-phosphate detergents in the kitchen and laundry.
  • There are re-fillable dispensers for bathroom hand wash and shampoos in the guest rooms.
  • Laundry is air dried to minimise the use of the clothes drier.
  • We have installed low wattage fluorescent bulbs wherever possible and progressively replacing these with LED bulbs.
  • We buy and serve locally produced fruit and vegetables wherever possible.
  • Locally farmed eggs are served for breakfast.
  • Instant water heating for guests negates the need for a hot water cylinder.
  • Guest beds are made up with cotton sheets and blankets and feather duvets.
  • We are progressively installing insulation into our Victorian wooden home.
  • Woolen carpets are used throughout the house.
  • We use eco-friendly (non-solvent based) paints for decorating and maintenance.
  • We are progressively planting areas of our section in native plants.
  • We are consciously eliminating non-recyclable plastic e.g., by using wax cloth covers instead of cling wrap and shopping with re-useable containers
  • We have installed a PV (solar cell) system for our electricity and use a power company that produces electricity from renewable resources.
  • We have installed an electric vehicle charger that can be programmed to only charge when the PV cells are generating excess power AND
  • We have purchased a fully electric vehicle so all of our local motoring will be fueled by the sun.

Community Environmental Projects.

Helping ECOED Raise Kiwi Chicks in Hawke's Bay.

In lieu of charging our guests for doing laundry or using our facilities we ask them to consider making a donation to this project. To date, a group of dedicated volunteers have raised and returned more than 275 chicks into the Kaweka Forest Park.

Predation of kiwi chicks by stoats and dogs have reduced the number of Kiwi in Hawke’s Bay to approximately 1,000. Without active management Kiwi will become locally extinct within 10 years. In response, ECOED has initiated the 'Save Our Kiwi Hawke’s Bay' to maintain and enhance our local Kiwi population and use Kiwi to promote environmental and outdoor education.

A 40ha pest free area has been established – the 'Pan Pac Kiwi Crèche' at Lake Opouahi Scenic Reserve, 9km inland from Tutira and in the past we have contributed approximately $500.00 per year which goes towards transmitters that are attached to the male and young kiwis so they can be tracked.

With no International guests since April 2020 because of Covid 19 we have not had laundry requests but we were able to raise some funds by hosting a Family reunion afternoon tea and in lieu of a charge a koha was requested and funds raised to help the kiwi.

Ahuriri Estuary Restoration.

Once a month we meet with a group who support the Department of Conservation (DOC) to rid the estuary of plants that simply should not be there.  Whilst quite attractive sea lavender and an exotic ice plant are a threat to the native plants who act as sieves and help protect the quality of the estuary which is home to a number of wading birds and a popular area for recreational activities.  The group also help rid other plant invaders in natural habitats and plant trees to enhance the natural environment.

Predator Free Urban Hawke's Bay.

(PFUHB) New Zealand has a goal to rid us of creatures who wreak havoc on our native birds by 2050.  Rats, possums, weasels and stoats love the eggs and even the young of our birds and more importantly the native birds.  In Napier there is a project to trap the rats, weasels and stoats which we have joined, and Phillip regularly lays bait in our traps and keeps the possum bait stations replenished.  Consequently, our garden, which is very wooded is home, to numerous birds and it is delightful to see the many young in spring.

Volunteering in the Community

Working for Red Cross.

We have become Meal on Wheels volunteers, delivering meals to those in the community who are unable to prepare themselves wholesome meals.

Knitting.  Rayma likes to keep her hands busy while watching television and has begun completing garments for the Red Cross Sale.  The handmade items are very popular and the three sales generate around $9,000 annually.  The proceeds go to the Napier Branch New Zealand Red Cross.

Blood Collection support.  After donating blood donors are offered a hot or cold drink and biscuits.  Red Cross volunteers are on hand to serve the donors.

Neighbourhood Support.

Phillip coordinates the local residents and helps keep them up to date with news in the street.  This is a great community initiative making sure we do not have residents who feel isolated and lacking support.


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Telephone: 0800 426233
International: +64 6 834 2090

1 Cobden Crescent
Bluff Hill
Napier 4110
New Zealand

Email: info@cobden.co.nz

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