An “adored” West Auckland building is being brought back to life after new owners took over its restaurant.
Hayz Pincheira and Jess Morris opened The Falls Bistro in Henderson’s Falls Hotel in November last year.
Having purchased the business during lockdown, it has been a bumpy road to opening.
“Henderson adores this place,” Pincheira said.
“As soon as [the community] found out we were coming in and that the doors were going to reopen, we got a whole bunch of positivity coming our way. It was amazing.”
According to Heritage New Zealand, Falls Hotel was listed as a heritage building in October 1997 having been constructed in a Colonial Stripped Georgian style in 1873 by John McLeod.
It was used for accommodation by salesmen and railway workers during the 1920s.
Now owned by Norcross Heritage Trust, it was moved to its current location near Falls Park on Alderman Drive in 1996.
Pincheira and Morris were working during New Zealand’s first level 3 lockdown in Morris’ mobile coffee cart when “crazy” business ideas started being thrown around.
They found out the restaurant inside Falls Hotel was going under and thought it would be an ideal location for a “beautiful restaurant” and place to have high tea.
Finding out the Norcross Heritage Trust owned the building, they put together a proposal, found people to invest and were given the green light to move in.
But by the time Auckland went into its second level 3 lockdown, the pair’s investors all pulled out.
They were back in the mobile coffee cart when a representative of the Trust approached them and said they should ask it to invest.
Once that was approved, the two friends got to work redoing the only part of the building not considered historic - the conservatory.
When they first got keys to the building, “it felt like it hadn’t been nurtured in a while”, Pincheira said.
Morris said: “It just needed love.”
The Falls Bistro is now up and running - with plans to make use of the old bedrooms upstairs for spa treatments in the future.
Other rooms in the building will also be used as a library and a private dining room/meeting area.
Events, such as weddings, can also be held at the venue.
Photo credit: Jo Dawn Photography
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Cyclists will have additional spots to lock up their bikes with new facilities installed as part of a cycleway trial.
Project WAVE is a $1 million cycleway trial in the Viaduct Harbour to connect the Quay and Nelson Street cycleways that could have over a thousand daily users.
Auckland Transport (AT) confirmed two new bike parking facilities able to accommodate 16 bikes have been installed as part of the trial, taking the total number of bike parks along the cycleway to 56.
The project is opposed by a group of residents and business owners.
The two new bike parking facilities are located on Customs Street West between Market Place and Lower Hobson Street. One is located near the Tepid Baths, and one is near O’Hagan’s bar.
The area now has enough space for around 56 bikes, as there were already existing facilities to accommodate 40 bikes before Project WAVE was implemented.
AT spokeswoman Natalie Polley said there are also numerous new bike parking facilities on Quay Street and in the new square as part of the Downtown project.
"That doesn’t even take into account bike parking at the ferry terminal, the AT Downtown Carpark and at many other locations on the Viaduct,” she said.
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New Zealand Post have published a warning to customers after several variations of a scam email were reported over the past 24 hours.
The email - while appearing legitimate - asks to correct personal details because of a failed parcel delivery.
The email directs the recipient to 'schedule a new delivery'. If any individual has received these emails, NZ Post has advised to delete it immediately.
For more information on the scam, please see the NZ Post's Cyber Security Alerts page.
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