Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Local Waikanae identity selling up

Local Waikanae identity selling up

Waikanae’s well-known and popular Cantonese-style restaurant, The Eastern Egret, has been placed on the market for sale as its long-time owner, Sadie Wong, opts for retirement.

The Eastern Egret has been a dining destination for Waikanae locals and travellers for nearly 30 years, with Wong at the helm all that time – first owning and operating the business itself and then buying the building premises 22 years ago.

The decision to sell the freehold land, building and business was not an easy one for Wong to make, given that it has been her life for three decades and the restaurant remains a local favourite.

“But the time has come for me to move on and I know that a new owner will be welcomed by the local community,” says Wong, who has been an avid supporter and sponsor of fundraising initiatives and community events on the Kapiti Coast.

“It’s a great little business and the regular customers have helped make the restaurant into the success that it is.

“They just keep coming back time and time again and tell their friends about it. I will miss the connection and contact with so many people.”

Stephen Lange of Bayleys Wellington says the land and buildings are owned by way of one company, while the business is operated by a trading company.

“The property and business arm are being sold as a going-concern and it is envisaged the new owner will simply walk in and take over where Sadie has left off,” says Lange, adding that a full set of accounts for the trading company is available to interested parties on request.

“The sale would include taking over all the fixtures and fittings of the restaurant and bar – from the fully-operational kitchen, the tables and chairs, to the crockery and chopsticks – along with the goodwill built up over the years.

“Sadie has become a household name in the area and her takeaway banquet dinner boxes have been a dinner-time ‘go-to’ for locals for many, many years. The sale leaves the door wide open for an energetic new owner to pick up the baton and make their mark, too.

The single level 240-square metre restaurant building sits on a commercial/retail-zoned 247-square metre site on Ngaio Road, close to the intersection of the main road through Waikanae and handy to the railway station and commuter bus stops.

The well-presented restaurant and bar has seating for 80, while the successful takeaway side of the business operates from a separate area to the front of the building.

The building occupies almost the entire site, and there is ample parking behind the property and also in the public parking adjacent to the Countdown supermarket next door.

Lange says the nearby section of the main road was formerly State Highway 1 and it lost that designation when the new Kapiti Expressway opened earlier this year,” explains Lange.

“Some felt this might spell the demise of the Waikanae shopping precinct, and even Sadie wondered what impact it might have on her restaurant.

“However, with the heavy traffic being removed from around the business, it has become easier for customers to access the property and there has been no noticeable drop in custom since the roading change.

“As part of this change, and to cater to the volume of commuters crossing from the railway station, the NZ Transport Agency has proposed installing traffic lights at the corner of the main road and Ngaio Road as well as opening up the car-parking opportunities in front of the business.”

The Kapiti Coast Council has a masterplan to revitalise the Waikanae town centre and its website says plans are progressing to improve pedestrian connections to and from the transport hub to the town centre

The building and business are being offered for sale by way of Private Treaty.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels