Car can take customers to their banks
A trial to take Pahiatua people to Dannevirke for their banking needs following the closure of two banks in Pahiatua will start shortly.
It will operate on the last Wednesday of October and November, going to visit the banks in Dannevirke only — it will not be a shopping trip.
“The car was set up originally to bring people into the shops in Pahiatua — hence the sponsors we have. That’s still what we’re here to do,” says Pahiatua Community Vehicle Trust chair Glynis de Castro.
She was recently elected as chair with John Arends as treasurer, Eric Smith on duty roster , Colleen Daysh as secretary and committee members Shirley Hull and Louise Powick. There is a pool of 20 volunteer drivers — and more are welcome.
The service started operating mid-2016 with John Arends securing funding from Internal Affairs, Lotteries Commission and local sponsors along with foundation committee members Shirley Hull and Louise Powick.
“Now with only one bank remaining in town we’re looking to see where there is a need to go through to Dannevirke. There could be a possibility of taking people through to the heated swimming pool in the morning or WINZ appointments — but it would need to be a group of people to make it worthwhile,” said Ms de Castro.
Bookings are through the Pahiatua Information Centre, although the service will be unavailable over the Christmas break from Friday December 21 to Tuesday January 22. Cost is $5 return or $3 one way within the boundary of Tui Brewery, Polish Memorial, top of Tiraumea Hill and the Pahiatua Fonterra factory. Beyond the boundary the cost is $20. The trial through to Dannevirke will cost $10 per person but there will need to be more than one person.
The car is available each day of the week from 10am to 1pm. It will leave after 1pm to go to Dannevirke and return.
“I’m really grateful that so many people have offered and are prepared to make themselves available to drive the car. If people have ideas or suggestions, we’d love to hear about those. Through the information Centre is the best way.
“I just appreciate our sponsors in continuing to sponsor us, which means we can provide the service,” said Ms de Castro.
Pahiatua Community Vehicle Trust chair Glynis de Castro driving the community car.