Brent and Fiona Rollings, your hosts.
We moved to Napier in July 2009 (from Wellington) when the company Brent works for moved its head office to Ahuriri. We had visited Napier a few years earlier and really enjoyed our stay. We have fallen in love with this little city for numerous reasons - the weather, proximity to vineyards and lifestyle it offers our family.
Fiona is a Massage Therapist having trained in 2004 at the Wellington School of Massage Therapy. Now having retired from competitive dragonboating and outrigging, Fiona enjoys being outside in the garden. She still keeps active and walks Mumu, their re-homed Greyhound, most days so she can point you in the direction of some lovely local walks if you feel like stretching your legs. When the weather is horrid (not often!) she enjoys working on her craft projects.
Brent enjoys being in Hawke's Bay as he can indulge in his hobby of wine collecting and wine tasting with much closer proximity to world class vineyards. He is also a keen scuba diver and has dived in numerous places including Poor Knights (New Zealand), Dahab (Egypt), Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and Cozumel (Mexico).
We have a young son, William. One of the reasons we chose to purchase the property was for its proximity to local shops, parks and, most importantly, schools. William is growing up almost "kiwi country style". Here he walks to and from school in bare feet, leaps onto his scooter or bike to visit friends and generally gets to run wild outside all day!
Looking after and protecting our environment is important to us and we recycle, reuse and compost wherever possible. The garden is continually under development, aiming to be more productive. Inside the cottage and house we use ecostore cleaning products. These are environmentally friendly and are developed and produced in New Zealand. You can read more about our environmental policy here.
We love living in Hawke's Bay and enjoy supporting the many local growers, producers and businesses. Because it is one of the sunniest and warmest areas in New Zealand, Hawke's Bay is a wonderful place to visit and holiday in - with fabulous world class vineyards through to stunning Art Deco architecture. We look forward to sharing it with you.