Meet the Mums of Watergardens

The day to smother your mother with love is fast approaching. To celebrate the mothers in our neighbourhood, we asked some familiar faces around Watergardens to share their stories of motherhood.

Lucy, owner, Te Euro Deli

How would you describe your mum?

Mum passed away two years ago. I.e. She was quiet woman who didn’t want to trouble anyone. She had a really good heart and wanted to help everyone.

What do you love about being a mum?

That I can be a mother and a friend. I got married when I was 15 and had my first daughter at 16, another daughter at 20 and then my son at 24, so I grew up with them. We’re really close and they can talk to me about anything. If there’s a day when I don’t ring them, they ring me straight away to ask me how I am. They do everything to help me and I would do anything for them. I’m really proud of them.

What will you be doing this Mother’s Day?

My daughters are mothers too so they have plans with their husbands and mothers-in-law. But they want to go out for breakfast with me first and leave the kids with their husbands. I joked and said I come first so that’s why we’ll do breakfast.

Amber and Bobby 29 September 1997

Amber, owner, Bakers Delight

How would you describe your mum?

Loving, strong and a wealth of wisdom. My dad passed away three years ago so she’s really stepped out of her comfort zone to take on the family farm and do things she’d never done. She’s always there for us.

What’s your Mother’s Day tradition?

Spending the day with my kids at the football. My eldest has played football on a Sunday since he was 7, and Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday. So, since I’ve had kids, I’ve always spent Mother’s Day at football. It’s fine with me because I’m spending the day with my family – it’s not necessarily about what you’re doing, it’s who you’re with.

What’s your favourite dish from mum’s repertoire?

Her passionfruit sponge is pretty good. She’s a very good cook and anything she makes is awesome.

Angie, Espresso Bar

How would you describe your mum?

Fun, loving and caring. She has her serious moments, but she always likes to have a laugh.

What part of mum do you see in yourself as a mother?

When I’m telling the kids off! I always said I would never say or do certain things my mum did to me but now I’m the same with my kids. There are also little habits I picked up like the particular way she makes the bed which we all still do in the family now.

What’s mum’s signature dish?

Her home-made sponge cake. Everyone in the family loves it and puts in an order for Christmas, their birthday or any excuse really. We don’t know how to make it. I keep telling her I need the recipe but she just laughs and says, “it’s only a little bit of this and a little bit of that”.

What will you be doing on Mother’s Day?

We’ll be having a little Devonshire tea at my house which is usually a meeting point for everyone. We’ll be having a few cuppas, scones and I’m sure mum will have her sponge cake there too.


Anastasia, Espresso Bar

How would you describe your mum?

Loving and caring. She’ll do anything for you. There’s eight of us kids and she’ll go to any length as any mother would do. She’s always giving me advice and checking up on me and my son because I’m a single mum.

What piece of mum’s advice would you one day pass onto your own son?

Put your child first. You chose to bring them into this world so you have to sacrifice and do everything for them.

What do you love about being a mum?

The little moments like talking in the car on the way to school. As stressful as it gets as a single mum working full time, I always try to find time with my son. I love spending weekends with him and getting him ready for a surprise trip to the movies or the park. It’s a joy to see him enjoying himself.

What will you be doing on Mother’s Day?

Mum lives in the islands in Samoa and I’ll be working on Mother’s Day, but I don’t mind. What matters most is that I call and message my mum and send her money when I can to help her out – that’s my way of showing gratitude, rather than waiting for one day annually.

Don’t forget to check our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and enter our Mother's Day Competition for your chance to win your mum an awesome prize! Winner will be announced Monday 14th May.