Bankers give prac­ti­cal help

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

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.

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