Waratah staff dig deep for community
Tokoroa’s Waratah factory was a lonely place when the majority of staff didn’t show up on site recently.
The factory, which designs and builds forestry harvesting and processing heads, was shut down for the day so 95 of its 100 staff members could take part in a day of giving back to the community.
Human resources manager Rachael Trimble said staff took part in community projects at St John Tokoroa, Cougar Mountain Bike Park, Jim Barnett Reserve, Whakamaru Reserve, and at the house of a colleague with long term health issues.
"Our community day is an annual event and this is the fifth year we have done it," she said.
"We close down production for the day and everyone participates."
"Everyone loves it, the whole organisation looks forward to it, and if you haven’t given them information about what’s happening early enough they are like "what’s going on, what team am I on?" she laughed.
Trimble said the staff took part in a range of activities.
"At St John there was this old manky concrete block out the front which has now been made into a seat with corrugated iron on the outside and wooden planks on top," she said.
"They also put some corrugated iron paneling near the front door to match it and painted a back wall. It looks magnificent."
"At Cougar Park we moved two tables which were in an overgrown area no one used and cleared debris left behind by forestry workers."
"At Jim Barnett we took down a temporary fence put up when they first did the park to keep people out of an environmental area, chip barked around the hut area, removed an old hut, and metaled one of the tracks."
"At Lake Whakamaru there was 21km of track that needed to be cleared and at one of our employees houses we cleared trees and put down metal for parking," she said.
She said the day was once again a success.
"Everyone works together and rolls up their sleeves and everyone has smiles on their faces the whole day even though it is blimmin’ hard work," she said.