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Business In The Community: BNZ

Up to 4,000 BNZ staff joined forces with teams of volunteers from the public to help out on positive community projects throughout the country.

BNZ 'Closed for Good'
– Community work day a big hit

On May 8th, all BNZ staff in New Zealand took part in a community initiative called Closed For Good. All BNZ stores and most support offices throughout the country closed for the entire day, and the bank's staff went out into the community to help with a whole range of projects.

These were projects for community groups, sports clubs, schools, individuals, not-for-profit organisations or similar groups.
This is the third time BNZ has had its Closed For Good day. In 2009 and 2011 they helped out on more than 900 projects and they decided to take on that challenge once again in 2012, but with a twist – they invited members of the public to help out too. Up to 4,000 BNZ staff joined forces with teams of volunteers from the public to help out on positive community projects throughout the country.
What a fantastic initiative this proved to be. On the North Shore BNZ Partners and BNZ Retail staff helped the following community and not-for-profit organisations:- Cleaning Red Beach Surf Club; Glenfield Kindergarten painting and maintenance; Wilson Home, cleaning, gardening; Mairangi Bay Kindergarten, painting rooms and gardening; Milford Church, maintenance of gardens; Epsom Grammar, Gardening; Cleaning a public stream in New Lynn and planting native trees; Eden Gardens, Gardening; Painting Orewa Tennis Club; Covered French reader books for FRENZ school; Sorted costumes at Centre Stage in Orewa; Gardening in Takapuna; Stripped wallpaper at the Whangaparaoa Netball Courts; Painted, cleaned kitchen,chairs, carpets etc at the Raiders Rugby Club in Whangaparaoa; Worked at De Paul House, Northcote.
At Takapuna Primary School, BNZ staff were welcomed with a waiata by the students, then spent the day cleaning a kitchen and attacking a hugely overgrown garden full of agapanthus which filled an entire rubbish skip.
Takapuna Kindergarten also got BNZ's support where they needed gardening, tree trimming, painting kids chairs and tables and shoveling a huge pile of wood bark and a huge pile of sand into the play area.
The Puhoi Playgroup has a
sparkly clean class-room after the BNZ Closed For Good efforts where the team cleaned, scrubbed, mopped and disinfected everything.
BNZ also helped out at an organic farm in Devonport, cleaned and painted the Takapuna Youth Centre (three skips of rubbish!) and also cleaned old aeroplanes and the hangar at the Dairy Flat Aero Club.

This is some of the feedback that the BNZ received...
We were very much appreciative of the efforts put in by the BNZ team.  We would like to do thank yous to those staff so you could please advise the names of the branches they came from.
– Raiders League Club

Just a big thank you with a  few photos of the day as well as a thank you letter. The Team were awesome and I have been raving about it to everyone so thank you once again.
– Deon Boonzaier, Property Manager, Takapuna Primary School

I can’t tell you how delighted the staff are with the results of the working bee. Our place looks just fantastic. We would like to thank all of the people who took part so I wonder if you would be kind enough to send their names to me. It felt to me like everyone got something special out of the day (apart from sore muscles that is!) and I hope they learned a little more about the challenges our students with disabilities face. And special thanks to you for super organising!
– Jan Kennington, Principal, Wilson School

We are really appreciative of BNZ's support. With so many of our families feeling stressed it was very valuable not to have to fundraise for it. With some great teamwork the fence was painted before it rained and looks fresh and tidy. The round table, the bbq tables, notice boards and beams were also painted and make the environment look so much brighter.
Thanks again for you generosity.
– Dot, Charlotte, April and Georgie,
Glenfield Kindergarten.

by Channel Editorial