Bankers give practical help
No staff could be found at Matamata’s Bank of New Zealand branch last Wednesday – instead they were out in their old clothes helping out at different community organisations as part of the BNZ Closed for Good initiative.
Closed for Good sees BNZ branches across New Zealand closed for a day to encourage staff to volunteer in the community. Businesses can subscribe for help on various projects on the bank’s website, then staff pick the areas they feel have the biggest need.
For Matamata staff this was painting and sewing. Matamata Playcentre had their playhouse spruced up with a fresh coat of paint, Rainbow Kids had their perimeter fence painted dark brown and Pohlen Hospital had 85 blankets trimmed and edged so newborn babies would have warm blankets to take home.
Senior partner for East Waikato BNZ Stephen Veitch said, ‘‘This is part of the bank’s brand and philosophy of building businesses to help build communities.’’
The staff worked during normal business hours from 9am to 5pm and were pleased with how much they achieved.
Senior associate for BNZ partners Debbie White said it was good they managed to work at the three places that registered their projects. She was part of the team helping paint the playhouse at Matamata Playcentre.
‘‘ This is just fantastic. It gives us a chance to give something back to the community.’’ Ms White said the day was a lot of fun and staff member Karin Hunwick agreed. ‘‘It has been really good – and surprisingly it is not that hard,’’ she said.