Dream job comes true on Broad­way

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MIKE BAIN

For Mata­mata cou­ple Diann and Tony Voyce, liv­ing the life of mote­liers in Mata­mata is what they love.

Diann a former teacher and her hus­band Tony, an avi­a­tion worker, wanted a life where they would both have time for one an­other and their fam­ily.

Hav­ing no ex­pe­ri­ence in the ac­com­mo­da­tion in­dus­try, the cou­ple made a de­ci­sion which would change their lives.

In 1982 the mo­tel sec­tor was about to be­come the first choice for New Zealan­ders want­ing fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion and so the Voyces pur­chased the lease for the 11 unit Mata­mata Broad­way Mo­tel.

Tony Voyce re­mem­bers the place was run down as most mo­tels were leased for a cou­ple of years. Man­agers moved on with­out any reg­u­lar main­te­nance car­ried out to the premises.

The fi­nan­cial crash of 1987 of­fered the cou­ple the op­por­tu­nity to buy the mo­tel free­hold.

‘‘It made sense as our mort­gage re­pay­ments were lower than our lease,’’ said Tony Voyce.

Hav­ing own­er­ship the cou­ple was able to em­bark on a pro­gramme which in­volved fix­ing drainage prob­lems, seal­ing the car park and re­ju­ve­na­tion of the units.

Hav­ing com­pleted a course in in­te­rior de­sign, Diann wanted to put her own per­sonal stamp on things and en­joyed re­dec­o­rat­ing the units.

The cou­ple have since ex­tended the orig­i­nal com­plex with a sec­ond tier and have de­signed and built five ex­ec­u­tive units which are now known as Broad­way Miro Vil­las in a park set­ting which Diann tends to.

The mo­tel is still re­liant on the ever chang­ing busi­ness clien­tele through­out the week and fam­i­lies in the week­end.

‘‘We have seen the changes in our busi­ness traf­fic with less com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­ing on the road,’’ said Tony Voyce.

The cou­ple keep a bal­anced life and Diann Voyce is very keen on her rose gar­den and en­joys a round of golf. The life of mote­liers’ suit them as they can have their six grand­chil­dren come stay and help out in their own way.

‘‘We are just happy to keep wel­com­ing peo­ple into what is our ex­tended home,’’ said Diann. ‘‘Mata­mata is a great place to live and work for us.’’

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