Awe­some ser­vice re­warded

Central Leader - - News -

Auck­land Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Bar­nett has ap­plauded Fair­fax’s Auck­land Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers for join­ing the Awe­some Ser­vice Awards.

The cam­paign means the pub­lic can nom­i­nate peo­ple in busi­ness who give great ser­vice for an award.

The Awe­some Ser­vice Awards have been run­ning for a year and Mr Bar­nett says it’s grat­i­fy­ing Fair­fax’s Auck­land com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Leader, have recog­nised their value and will pro­mote them in its sta­ble of pa­pers over the next year.

“The com­bined read­er­ship of its pa­pers is greater than the Her­ald, and they pro­vide lo­cal cov­er­age that fits well with the per­sonal na­ture of the awards.”

Subur­bans gen­eral man­ager David Penny says the news­pa­pers would en­cour­age nom­i­na­tions and re­ward fi­nal­ists and win­ners by pro­fil­ing them.

“We try to give our own cus­tomers awe­some ser­vice and are de­lighted to recog­nise oth­ers who achieve that aim.”

Awards judge Mr Bar­nett says pro­vid­ing great ser­vice brings its own re­wards and can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween fail­ure and sur­vival in tough times.

“If you are grumpy you can go to Fair Go. If you have re­ceived in­spi­ra­tional ser­vice you should nom­i­nate those who pro­vided it for an Awe­some Ser­vice Award.”

The awards have been sup­ported over the past year by the cham­ber of com­merce, the ASB bank and ra­dio sta­tion Newstalk ZB.

Peo­ple who want to salute some­one for pro­vid­ing awe­some ser­vice can do so on­line at www. awe­some­ser­vice.co.nz. Par­ents with chil­dren who have se­ri­ous eat­ing dis­or­ders can breathe a sigh of re­lief af­ter the gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to build an in­pa­tient treat­ment fa­cil­ity in Auck­land.

Health Min­is­ter Tony Ryall an­nounced last week that a new eight-bed cen­tre will open mid­way through next year as part of a $26 mil­lion pack­age to im­prove eat­ing dis­or­der ser­vices through­out the coun­try.

Eat­ing Dis­or­ders As­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman Lyn­ley Mur­ga­troyd says the de­ci­sion is

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