Our Team

Heather Cardon - General Manager

Heather Cardon - General Manager

I have had the privilege of working at The Waterfront Hotel for 8 years and count myself lucky to be living and working in such a lovely location. I am also fortunate to be working for owners who have built a modern, innovative hotel in a stunning location for me to manage.

The hotel is privately owned and built by Neil and Sue Drought, both of whom can trace back 4 generations of their family originating in the Taranaki region. They have a real love and passion for the rugged coastal region of their birth and the foresight to showcase it with this “gem” of a property.

I started out in the hotel industry with South Pacific Hotel Corporation in 1985 and have now “clocked up” 27 years of experience in my chosen field across 3 different hotel chains. Hospitality is all about the challenge of “taking care of people” and has to be the best career choice for those who appreciate job satisfaction, variety in their daily lives, heaps of contact with amazing people, guests and staff alike.

Mariana Melo - Front Office Manager

Mariana Melo - Front Office Manager

I am originally from Brazil and have worked at The Waterfront Hotel for just over 5 years now.Being absolutely passionate about all sorts of outdoor activities, I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able to live and work in such an amazing location with so much to offer to adrenaline junkies like me. I have a strong administration and tourism back ground so as a Front Office/Duty Manager I am able to utilize both my people and analytical skills on a daily basis. The Waterfront Hotel is a great company to work for and it is definitely a bonus having owners that are so involved and so passionate about their business. Our core values are the basis of everything we do here: Customers first, Setting the standard, Innovation, Difference, Excellence (C SIDE!). 

Freddie Ponder - Head Chef

Freddie Ponder - Head Chef

I am originally from London and have worked at The Waterfront Hotel for the last year and a half now. Being a very passionate Chef and surfer I couldn't think of a better place to work! Amazing food on the water!

Having worked with some of the UK's best Chefs I  consider myself incredibly lucky to get the chance to put my food on the menu.The Waterfront Hotel is a great company to work for and it is definitely a bonus having owners that are so involved and so passionate about their business. 

Luke Anderson - Restaurant Manager

Luke Anderson - Restaurant Manager

 More about me coming soon!

Julieth Atienza - House Keeping Manager

Julieth Atienza - House Keeping Manager

 More about me coming soon!