About Your Hosts

Bruce Whitfield

Bruce hosts Le Petit Hotel with Martine Marshall
Bruce Whitfield

Le Petit Hotel has two on-site resident Hosts – Martine & Bruce.  With ancestral origins in both Nth Ireland (Cullybackey) &  the Scottish Borders town of Ecclefechan, Bruce was born and raised in Temuka, South Canterbury.  From 10 early years as a Radio & TV technician,  followed then by a period with the now defunct Govt science agency – DSIR,  his extended career until retirement was with NZ Police, as an Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Manager. Apart from his day-to-day involvement with Le Petit Hotel and The French Company NZ Ltd., Bruce manages Personal Communications Systems NZ Ltd., a company currently importing a range of PV Solar Power system hardware from China. More recently, Bruce has developing interests in ECO passive house  designs and materials,  and is also involved in the importation of domestic hydraulic scissor car lift/stacker units.

From an ECO/renewables perspective, a small 3 kW on-grid PV Solar installation provides a useful contribution to the hotel’s energy requirements. The hotel encourages all guests to contribute to the in-house recycling programme.

Martine Marshall-Durieux

Martine hosts Le Petit Hotel with Bruce Whitfield
Martine Marshall Durieux

Martine comes from France, and in particular, Tourcoing, a small town very close to the Belgian border and near the northern French city of Lille. A passionate professional and private teacher of the French language in New Zealand for more than 30 years, Martine maintains regular links  to France. Apart from her hotel managerial role, she is also the Hon. French Consul in Christchurch, and the Dean of the Consular Corps, with her office located at Le Petit Hotel. To make an appointment, please telephone 03 326 66 76. A substantial past contributor to the success of  the Alliance Francaise organisation in Christchurch, Martine is the holder of the Decoration of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite.

Both of us enjoy travelling and meeting people of all nationalities. Thus the creation of Le Petit Hotel is the realisation of a shared dream – to establish a special touch of France in Sumner, in the form of our genuine French-styled Bed and Breakfast accommodation .

KaraPS. Kara our resident very gentle Scottish Terrier, cannot be forgotten. She performs an irreplaceable meet / greet / icebreaker role in the hotel. And, for no extra cost, she is also Le Petit Hotel’s security manager. Kara definitely hosts Le Petit Hotel.


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