A well deserved break from the Whitianga town centre upgrade works can be found at Mana-Nui Motel 14 August 2018 While it's all hustle and bustle along Albert St as the town centre upgrade progresses, there's still a place to relax and kick back at the Mana-Nui Motel. Situated at 20 Albert St, the Mana-Nui motel is close to the town centre action, but also 300m from the white sands of Buffalo Beach and all the local restaurants where you can experience fresh Coromandel seafood. "At this time of the year we rely on visitors being able to just drive in and book," says Mana-Nui Motel owner Merv Trebes. "But with the upgrade we've had times where the driveway access has been closed for a few hours a day, so we're working closely with our guests and the town centre contractors to help our guests still have a pleasurable experience here." Mana-nui Motel has been home to Merv and wife Joanne for almost 15 years since moving from Tauranga. Previously, Merv spent 13 years in the air-force before he and Joanne developed, managed and owned a 30 unit motorlodge in Blenheim for four years. "I've always had faith in the Whitianga area and prior to relocating, I had spent 50 odd years visiting Whitianga and the Coromandel," says Merv. "We moved to Whitianga to start our family and all our children were born here, Its just a great place to bring up our children and they absolutely love and enjoy living here," he says. When it comes to being involved in the local community, Merv and Joanne are avid supporters of the local Westpac Rescue helicopter being based in Whitianga, and are also members of the Mercury Bay Business Association the motel association. "We like to keep our ear to the ground," adds Merv. With three loyal part-time staff in the winter and five over summer, Merv and Joanne work hard alongside the team to ensure the motel is clean, tidy and welcoming to their guests and visitors. Merv believes the town upgrade is a positive move for the town and while he's reserving his final decision until when all the works are complete, so far he likes the new street lighting, which is opening up the town centre at night. "It used to be quite dark, so this is better for the security and safety of the town and our visitors," says Merv. "Winter is obviously the best time to do the upgrade and we're looking forward to the summer and hopefully the works will add to the vibrancy of the town as a whole," Merv adds. Mana-Nui Motel has a total of 12 ground-floor units set on a large open sunny site, with 5 older-style classic concrete block interior refurbished units, which are larger and more suitable for families, as well as 7 newer studio units suitable for 1 or 2 persons. The units are clean and offer a comfortable, pleasant stay at a competitive, affordable price with ample free on-site parking for each unit. Mana-Nui Motel is open and ready for business, you can phone on 07 866 5599, email firstname.lastname@example.org or jump online to check out their Website and check yourself in for a well-deserved break. Works this week - 13 August It's still all three phases of Albert St that our contractors Dempsey Wood Civil are working on this week. This includes: Phase 1 - Lee Street to Monk Street. Finishing off installing the footpath paving blocks outside Fagan Furniture store. This section of Albert Street from Lee Street to Monk Street is now open to traffic. Phase 2 - Monk Street to Hannan Road. Placement and compaction of road base course metal. Complete new fibre duct installation to property boundaries. Preparation for kerb placement and footpaths to go in. Kerb and channel placement along Albert Street. This section of Albert St is still closed to vehicle traffic and is expected re-open Tuesday 18 September. Phase 3 - Blacksmith Lane to Campbell Street. Excavating a service trench and installing drainage. Removal of existing street lighting. This section of Albert St from Blacksmith Lane to Campbell Street is closed to vehicle traffic until Thursday 11 November. For further information please visit our Project Page.