Car can take cus­tomers to their banks


A trial to take Pahiatua peo­ple to Dan­nevirke for their bank­ing needs fol­low­ing the clo­sure of two banks in Pahiatua will start shortly.

It will op­er­ate on the last Wednes­day of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, go­ing to visit the banks in Dan­nevirke only — it will not be a shop­ping trip.

“The car was set up orig­i­nally to bring peo­ple into the shops in Pahiatua — hence the spon­sors we have. That’s still what we’re here to do,” says Pahiatua Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle Trust chair Gly­nis de Cas­tro.

She was re­cently elected as chair with John Arends as trea­surer, Eric Smith on duty ros­ter , Colleen Daysh as sec­re­tary and com­mit­tee mem­bers Shirley Hull and Louise Pow­ick. There is a pool of 20 vol­un­teer driv­ers — and more are wel­come.

The ser­vice started op­er­at­ing mid-2016 with John Arends se­cur­ing fund­ing from In­ter­nal Af­fairs, Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion and lo­cal spon­sors along with foun­da­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers Shirley Hull and Louise Pow­ick.

“Now with only one bank re­main­ing in town we’re look­ing to see where there is a need to go through to Dan­nevirke. There could be a pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing peo­ple through to the heated swim­ming pool in the morn­ing or WINZ ap­point­ments — but it would need to be a group of peo­ple to make it worth­while,” said Ms de Cas­tro.

Book­ings are through the Pahiatua In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, al­though the ser­vice will be un­avail­able over the Christ­mas break from Fri­day De­cem­ber 21 to Tues­day Jan­uary 22. Cost is $5 re­turn or $3 one way within the bound­ary of Tui Brew­ery, Pol­ish Memo­rial, top of Ti­raumea Hill and the Pahiatua Fon­terra fac­tory. Be­yond the bound­ary the cost is $20. The trial through to Dan­nevirke will cost $10 per per­son but there will need to be more than one per­son.

The car is avail­able each day of the week from 10am to 1pm. It will leave after 1pm to go to Dan­nevirke and re­turn.

“I’m re­ally grate­ful that so many peo­ple have of­fered and are pre­pared to make them­selves avail­able to drive the car. If peo­ple have ideas or sug­ges­tions, we’d love to hear about those. Through the in­for­ma­tion Cen­tre is the best way.

“I just ap­pre­ci­ate our spon­sors in con­tin­u­ing to spon­sor us, which means we can pro­vide the ser­vice,” said Ms de Cas­tro.

Pahiatua Com­mu­nity Ve­hi­cle Trust chair Gly­nis de Cas­tro driv­ing the com­mu­nity car.

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