At The Urban Butler, we believe in the profound responsibility of caring for New Zealand, both in the present and for future generations. As a company deeply committed to sustainability, we have embraced eco-friendly practices within our short-term rentals that reduce our ecological footprint and promote responsible tourism.

Now, we invite you, our valued guests, to join us on this journey towards a more sustainable future. In this blog, we will explore a range of small steps that you can take as a guest to make a significant difference during your stay. From energy conservation and water management to waste reduction and community engagement, these actions empower you to contribute to a more sustainable short-term rental industry.

The Tiaki Promise

The Tiaki Promise, rooted in the spirit of stewardship, holds immense importance for us as a company and for our guests and owners. It signifies a commitment to care for New Zealand, both in the present and for the generations yet to come.

By embracing The Tiaki Promise, we align ourselves with a profound responsibility as guardians of New Zealand. It is a pledge to actively protect and preserve the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unique ecosystems that make New Zealand a truly remarkable place. Through The Tiaki Promise, we embrace sustainable practices that reduce our ecological footprint, promote responsible tourism, and contribute to the preservation of New Zealand's natural and cultural treasures.

Small Steps to Make a Difference

By embracing The Tiaki Promise, we invite you, our valued guests, to join us on this journey. Your commitment not only enriches your travel experience but also leaves a positive legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Here are some small steps that can help make a significant difference while staying at our accommodations:

  1. Energy Conservation: We support property owners who invest in energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and smart thermostats. We encourage you to take part in simple energy-saving practices, such as turning off lights and adjusting thermostat settings when they are not needed.
  2. Water Conservation: We install low-flow faucets and showerheads where possible and encourage you to participate in water-saving measures such as reusing towels and linens.
  3. Waste Management: Engage in the recycling programs provided and make use of the recycling bins available. We also minimise the use of single-use plastics by utilising refillable toiletry dispensers and encourage you to avoid plastic water bottles.
  4. Local Sourcing: Where/what you choose to eat matters. Help support local businesses and locally sourced/ organic products. We provide information in our house manuals on nearby farmers' markets, local artisans, and sustainable dining options.
  5. Green Cleaning Practices: We have switched to environmentally friendly cleaning products that are biodegradable and non-toxic. Avoid harsh chemicals that can harm the environment and compromise indoor air quality.
  6. Transportation Options: We provide information on public transportation, bike rentals, and nearby walking trails to encourage guests to choose sustainable transportation methods.
  7. Community Engagement: We engage with local organizations and initiatives focused on sustainability and encourage you to do the same. Support local conservation projects, participate in beach cleanups, or collaborate with local charities to give back to the community.

By taking these small steps, you can contribute to a more sustainable short-term rental industry. By embracing The Tiaki Promise, you not only embark on an unforgettable travel experience but also contribute to the preservation of New Zealand for generations to come.

During your stay with us, we encourage you to follow these small steps and take advantage of the eco-friendly practices we've implemented. Book now and join us on our sustainability journey, leaving a lasting positive impact on New Zealand and the communities we encounter along the way.