Lo­cal Colum­bus Cof­fee spot is com­mu­nity hub

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE - EMELYN MCHARDY

Monique Porter was thrown in the deep end five years ago when she be­came the man­ager of the Colum­bus Cof­fee at Mitre 10 MEGA in Pukekohe.

The work Porter and her team have put in over the years saw them take out the Giv­ing Back Award at the 2018 Colum­bus Cof­fee Fran­chisee Awards, for the fourth year in a row.

The award is a re­flec­tion of the in­volve­ment the cafe has had in the com­mu­nity.

In the past 12 months the cafe has do­nated goody bag prizes for lo­cal schools and groups, given 2300 vouch­ers to sports teams in Franklin, sup­ported lo­cal fundrais­ers and more.

‘‘I think the com­mu­nity ones (awards) are re­ally big for us,’’ Porter said.

‘‘It’s good to know that you’ve got their sup­port, and they know that they can come to you for what­ever they need as well.

‘‘They’re in­volved in just about ev­ery- thing we do...We love back­ing our com­mu­nity, but if they don’t get be­hind us then it just wouldn’t work.’’

From day one Porter worked hard on get­ting in­volved in the com­mu­nity, with­out much in­sight from the last man­ager who was leav­ing the day Porter started.

‘‘It was a chal­lenge but I love chal­lenges,’’ Porter said

‘‘We had a mas­sive five year goal at the be­gin­ning when I was here and that has pretty much fin­ished now.

‘‘There was noth­ing for the kids here when I first started and I said ‘yeah, that’s my goal, to make it more fam­ily ori­en­tated’.’’

They have also been a fi­nal­ist for the Lo­cal Mar­ket­ing Award for the last three years.

So the team was stoked to fi­nally re­ceive the award this year.

‘‘We’ve got good re­la­tion­ships now with some of the other busi­ness own­ers in and around Franklin, so I think that would of helped with that award,’’ she said.

EMELYN MCHARDY/STUFF

An­gela Hull, left, Monique Porter and Emma Tafale cel­e­brate the awards with a bit of bub­bly.

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