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BEST NEWCOMER –
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The Little High
255 St Asaph St,
“The truth is I really wanted to create a space where I could
take my kids, that they would enjoy and I could relax and
have a beer without wor rying about them annoying other
patrons”, says Mike Percasky, joint owner of Little High Eatery
Little High, as it is affectionately called, is a ser ies of buildings
built in behind the restored façade of the old McKenzie and
Willis retail store, a Christchurch institution. As Mike was
developing the Little High concept he was introduced to
Rod Thomson, owner of Base Pizza, located in the Re:Start
container mall. Rod suggested they get a group of foodies from
Re:Start and give them a space where they could set up and
share an inter nal common space – something the mall couldn’t
offer. From this, Little High was bor n with 8 handpicked food
offer ings serving 250 individual items including 30 desserts, 40
craft beers and 20 wines.
The ‘umbrella’ liquor licence for the venue was another
innovation meaning customers are able to buy food from one
offer ing, beer from another and then sit down and eat and drink
wherever they want to within the venue.
The judges loved the concept of Little High being the ‘third
space, the first
space being your
home, the second
space being your
work and the
third space is that
space you seek
out to relax and
wor r ying about
EXPEDIA BEST REDEVELOPED
136 Ker iker i Road, Ker iker i
www.stayker iker i.co.nz
Already successful hospitality
professionals Bill and Paula Schwass
knew what they wanted to achieve
when they took over a run down 1970’s three-star motel in Ker iker i in
November 2014.With the end vision fir mly in mind they set out on a
5-year business plan to create a contemporary, eclectic accommodation
product that moved firmly away from the traditional cookie cutter
motel that had seen better days.
In September 2016 after a two-month closure and a total
refurbishment, Stay Ker iker i was launched with new amenities
including fully serviced apartments with kitchens appealing to the long
stayer wanting to use Ker iker i as their Northland base to get out and
explore but still have a home base to come back to.
The judges loved the transfor mation that has taken place - from
a ver y tired product the property has been totally reimagined and
now fits beautifully into the Ker iker i landscape. Well-appointed and
thoughtfully styled rooms give the guest a feeling of being well and
truly on holiday. The extensively replanted tropical gardens ensure you
know you are in the tropical north. Stay Kerker i is an example of what
can be done with old motel stock and is very worthy of the Expedia
Best Redeveloped Accommodation Award 2017.
MARSH INSURANCE BEST NEWCOMER – ACCOMMODATION
Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North
4 Te Aute Road, Havelock North
A gap in the market for high-end accommodation in Havelock North and Hastings area
is what inspired the development of the 42 room luxury hotel Porters Boutique Hotel.
The recipients of the Marsh Insurance Best Newcomer
Accommodation Award 2017, Porters Boutique Hotel
is nestled in the heart of the Havelock North Village
and is still in its first year of operation.
The opportunity to start from the ground up with a new build was an excellent way to ensure every
possible moder n-day hotel amenity was included in the design. Double glazing, underfloor heating, heated
towel rails, and rooms wired for moder n day business and leisure travel were all factored in.
With the support of the local community Porters Boutique Hotel has quickly established itself as a core
part of Havelock North, not least of which being a provider of jobs for locals and using local suppliers
where possible. Sponsorship of events has worked well and resulted in many new business and local
connections being made.
The judges were impressed with the way Porters has made its mark relatively quickly in its local
community and the evident pride taken in being the new kid on the block who can give something back.
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