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Media Release: 9 May 2013
An old favourite on the Peak is being revamped and reopened, thanks to a new lease for Peak House, just announced by Te Mata Park Trust.
The iconic Peak House has been vacant for more than 12 months. The Trust is in the process of developing the Te Mata Park Visitor and Education Centre, sited just below Peak House, but re-leasing Peak House until the Centre opens will provide much needed facilities at the Park in the interim.
The new lease will see local Alex Kersjes open The Peak, at Peak House. While the premises is being renovated, Mr Kersjes is on the hunt for an executive chef to produce a stunning Hawke’s bay menu and plans to open by the end of July.
The Peak will offer a daytime casual cafe menu and an interim point of call for visitor information about the Park. Evenings will see a menu showcasing the best of the Bay in a warm environment framing the spectacular views. The Peak will also be available for weddings, corporate functions and private parties.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to open The Peak, it’s such a fantastic site with tremendous opportunity,” says Mr Kersjes.
“I’m Hawke’s Bay born and bred so I’m looking forward to being part of celebrating Hawke’s Bay and the Park.”
Mr Kersjes has recently returned from the United Kingdom where he was involved in the hospitality industry. He also recently purchased local establishments, the Corn Exchange and Turks Bar.
The new lease is great news for the Park and the Peak, says Mark Holder, Trustee, Te Mata Park Trust.
“It’s great to see the building occupied until we open the Centre. Having a cafe gives visitors somewhere other than the lookout to enjoy the tranquillity and stunning views. ”
“Mr Kersjes has a passion for the Park and Hawke’s Bay and we are delighted to have him operating The Peak.”
Lease of the Peak House building also helps fund essential park activities and maintenance and the development of the new Centre.
“Another important element to having a business operating within the Park is the passive security, having people keeping an eye on people going into the Park, especially after dark,” says Mr Holder.
The Peak will continue to operate until the new Te Mata Park Visitor and Education Centre is up and running.
The new Centre will house a 60 seat café which will be leased to an independent operator, which is yet to be awarded.
Resource consent for the Visitor and Education Centre has now been publicly notified and public submissions to Hastings District Council will close at 4.30pm on Friday 24 May.
To date, $2.25m of the $4m needed to fund the new Centre has been secured from Hastings District Council ($1.1m); Hawke’s Bay Regional Council ($500,000); Napier City Council ($250,000); and $400,000 from private philanthropists and charitable trusts by fundraising consultancy Giblin Group.