Jenny was born in Greymouth and educated at the local primary and secondary schools before training as primary Teacher at Christchurch Teachers College. After graduating she embarked on her career in the North Island at Featherston and later in Upper Hutt. While the children were growing, Jenny did day to day and long term supply teaching, and developed skills in supporting children with Special Needs. In 1997 she was employed as Teacher of the Deaf in the Nelson region and following this studied for the Diploma in Education of Students with Hearing Impairment and Higher Diploma of Teaching.
Since retiring Jenny works as a volunteer guide at Broadgreen Historic House, an example of an early colonial cob construction house built about 1855. She is also on the committee for “Keep Richmond Beautiful” group part of the national organisation “Keep New Zealand Beautiful” carrying out environmental improvements and education focused activities.
Barry was born in Lower Hutt (near Wellington) and grew up in the adjacent township of Petone. He attended a local Primary school followed by a secondary education at Hutt Valley High School. Some years at University resulted in a degree in Electrical Engineering. First employment was at Philip’s Electrical TV & radio assembly plant before moving to their picture tube (black & white) factory. A time at a motor vehicle assembly plant in Production Engineering followed before a move into the Computer Industry in 1968. After 20 plus years with computers retirement beckoned and with the move to Nelson a new interest grew in to the Tourism Industry and B&B hosting. Other interests include a monthly Probus meeting and SeniorNet – a computer “club” for older people with an interest in computers and modern technology.
After Jenny and Barry married they lived in Upper Hutt and later in nearby Silverstream while their family of 2 boys and 2 girls were growing up. Now they return to the Hutt Valley to visit their children’s families and 4 grandchildren. One daughter lives close by in Richmond with our 7 year old grandson enabling us to get together frequently.
The Westcoast of the South Island is a special place for both Jenny and Barry. Jenny’s Grandparents came to Greymouth from Manchester, UK in 1913, her mother was born there. Barrys’ Great grandparents came from the U.K. and after some travels arrived at Seddonville (named after an early Prime Minister, Richard John Seddon – “King Dick”). From mining backgrounds they were drawn to the coal mine at Seddonville. There Barry’s maternal Grandparents met and married. His paternal Grandfather travelled from Ireland to Masterton area (Wairarapa) and there met his New Zealand borne Grandmother (9th of 16 of the Adams family).
Truly 2nd and 3rd generation New Zealanders, who are committed to providing quality accommodation and service.