Stewart Island Place Names ……
The Neck ….. A descriptive name, The Neck …. the land to the north side of the sandspit connecting to the mainland …… was home to Maori from earliest times, and with the arrival of Europeans, more so, as introduced vegetables made village life much easier. Set aside as a legal village after the sale of Rakiura to the Crown in 1864.
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