Bankers in­vest in child­care cen­tre

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Bank of New Zealand staff traded in their suits for gum­boots last Tues­day as part of the an­nual BNZ Closed for Good drive.

The bank shut up shop for the day and nine staff mem­bers headed to the Mata­mata Child­care Cen­tre Kids Corner to give the out­side play area a makeover.

They com­pleted a long list of jobs in­clud­ing paint­ing the fence, trim­ming trees, tidy­ing the gar­dens and installing a safety gate.

Man­ager Paul Alder­son said his team had a great day and found the kids a lot of fun.

‘‘We had a great team ef­fort and we got through all the jobs so it was re­ally good day. The staff were re­ally help­ful and ev­ery­body en­joyed it.’’

The staff at Kids Corner put on a morn­ing tea for the work­ers and cen­tre man­ager Linda Fairgray said it was just a small thank you for the work.

‘‘We are a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, all the funds that come in go straight back into the cen­tre, so any­thing that gets done for us for free re­ally sup­ports the chil­dren.

Mr Alder­son said the na­tion­wide BNZ ini­tia­tive was a great way to give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘To have 3000 staff out there do­ing a lot of work across the whole coun­try gets a lot of jobs done.’’

Work­ing hard: Sis­ters Mikayla and Ebony-louise White help out BNZ em­ployee Mar­ion Wal­lace.

Cu­ri­ous: Four-year-old David Esteve stops to watch BNZ em­ployee Kirstie Glee­son work­ing hard.

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