Iris, Anne & Peter …….. Hosts for your Stewart Island Experience
……….. Peter arrived in 1969, as NZ Forest Service Ranger in Charge. (A very grand title for a total staff complement of one). Fishing followed forestry and was in turn followed by Talisker, a 17m charter yacht. He is qualified Skipper Deep Sea Fishing Vessel. Peter’s forestry position was a direct precursor of the Department of Conservation, and he was involved with several projects that contribute to the present management. He has a keen interest in management and particularly in the evolution of the present community.
……….. Iris arrived on the Island as a visitor in 1971. We married in 1973 and Iris became relieving District Nurse, a post she filled for 15 years. She was a foundation Trustee of Ulva Island, is a keen outdoors person and has hiked extensively around the Island. She is also an enthusiastic gardener
We have two adult, one fur and several feather children.
……….. Anne our daughter owns “Kowhai Lane”, and is presently living in Auckland. She is a pediatrician and enjoys road cycling and wind-surfing.
……….. Ivan our son lives in Tasmania. He is a qualified ADAS construction diver and is presently crewing on a coastal tug. He also works as a portrait artist and photographer.
And not forgetting Bridie our Border Terrier
Our guest rooms are strictly Border Free, but Bridie loves our guests and would be happy to take you for a walk.
But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG. See More .......
Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,
Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.
Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG