Daycare Botany | Piccolo Park Daycare, Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Downs

Piccolo Park daycare Botany is located in the historic Guy Homestead at 415 Ti Rakau Dr on the border of Botany Downs, Dannemora and East Tamaki.

June 2015 – now open!

Our recently-opened Botany daycare is a hop, skip and a jump from Harris Rd, Te Irirangi Dr and Botany Rd. The Guy Homestead has been restored to its original glory and an additional barn styled structured constructed behind it to accommodate our newest daycare centre.

The restoration has been such an important project to the community that it’s been featured in the news several times. Check out these links…

Homestead complete
Thursday, 28 May 2015
“A visionary – that’s how JP Singh, the owner of Guy Homestead, is being described by architects, an historian and a real estate agent. Many paid tribute to businessman JP Singh at the formal opening of the Piccolo Park farm-themed child care centre, the culmination of 15 months’ work on the Guy Homestead Restoration Project on Ti Rakau Drive.”
– Howick & Botany Times
http://digitalhp.times.co.nz/?iid=120393&startpage=page0000002#

Historic East Auckland homestead gets a new life
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
“The Guy Homestead is beginning a new chapter as the centre piece of an early learning centre. The historic building in East Auckland was left abandoned and unsellable for more than a decade, even being gutted by a fire in 2012.”
– Eastern Courier
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/eastern-courier/68870806/historic-east-auckland-homestead-gets-a-new-life

Graceful old girl rises from ashes
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
“A man who lived in the historic Guy Homestead in Ti Rakau Drive for the first five years of his life was visibly overcome as he took in progress on the ambitious renovation project of his old home. ‘It gets you inside after all these years,’ Graham Guy said. ‘I congratulate you all for what you have done to make it what it is – thank you.'”
– Howick & Botany Times
http://www.times.co.nz/news/graceful-old-girl-rises-ashes/

Push for tighter controls
Thursday, 22 May 2014
“A Howick resident who publicly campaigned to have Guy Homestead restored is calling for changes to legislation involving foreign ownership of heritage homes.”
– Howick & Pakuranga Times
http://www.times.co.nz/news/push-tighter-controls/

Bright future for historic homestead
Autumn 2014
“A historic landmark in Auckland’s East Tamaki – almost gutted by fire over a year ago – is set to enjoy a bright future thanks to the vision of an Auckland businessman.”
– Heritage Quarterly
bright-future-for-historic-homestead-hq2014.pdf (PDF 123 KB)
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Home to relive rural past
Thursday, 06 March 2014
“A country-inspired rustic theme providing urban children with tactile activities, such as growing their own organic veggies, will be the aim of the operators of a new child care centre planned for the historic Guy Homestead.”
– Howick & Pakuranga Times
http://www.times.co.nz/news/home-relive-rural-past/

Guy Homestead’s new life
Wednesday, 05 March 2014
“The old lady of the landscape, 116-year-old Guy Homestead, has new owners who want to give it a new lease of life, with the fresh breath of preschoolers. Marrianne Kelly meets the new owners.”
– Howick & Botany Times
http://www.times.co.nz/news/guy-homesteads-new-life/

Fire raises heritage issues
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
“A blaze at an historic homestead has left its owners and civic officials working out how the property, protected by two covenants, can still be classified as a heritage building. Police are appealing to the public for information about who may have started a fire inside the 114-year-old Guy Homestead in Botany last Saturday evening.”
– Howick & Botany Times
http://www.times.co.nz/news/fire-raises-heritage-issues/


Piccolo Park daycare Botany, 415 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, Auckland (opens Google map in new tab)