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Thursday August 31, 2017

Banking on staff to do good deeds


We’re OPEN throughout the Terawhiti sports field reconstruction

Spring is near

Get your bike serviced and ready to go! MUD CYCLES 424 Karori Road, Karori

(Drive on access from Makara Rd)

Ph 04 476 4961

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Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries This bus service is sponsored by Lychgate Funerals.

Wellington Mountain Biking Club president John Baddiley with other BNZ staff members Craig Starnes, of Brooklyn Trail Builders, Miguel De Sousa of Roseneath, Jason Benham of Island Bay, Chris Manson of Wilton and Mark Prestwood of Owhiro Bay. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

BNZ stores were “closed for good” on Wednesday last week. Don’t worry, the company hadn’t gone bust, rather it was a case of more than 3000 staff getting out of the office to participate in more than 550 community projects. The bank said it was New Zealand’s single largest day of corporate volunteering, with 147 Closed For Good activities involving 792 BNZ staff taking place in the Wellington region alone. One such project was a working bee to remove noxious plants, widen mountain bike tracks and plant native seedlings on a hillside below the Brooklyn wind turbine. The 23-strong team joined forc-

es with the Brooklyn Trail Builders, a branch of the Wellington Mountain Biking Club, which BNZ staff member John Baddiley happened to be the president of. “One hundred and fifty volunteer hours have gone into today,” John said. “The Windmill Track now has signage and is wide,” John said. “We have also been cutting out barberry and have placed poison on the stumps to stop them growing back.” One hundred and fifty was also the number of seedlings that were planted, and the result spoke for itself. “This area was covered in gorse and barberry until today.” Native trees planted include rata,

flax and pittosporum, which were provided by Berhampore Nursery. “Community groups do some amazing work throughout New Zealand and we take real pleasure in being able to give back in this small way, whether it’s by picking up a paint brush, planting native trees, providing budgeting advice or running financial literacy workshops,” CEO Anthony Healy said. External relations consultant Natalie Benning said the bank branch closures would not have disadvantaged BNZ customers as business critical staff, including call centre staff would still be working for urgent services, and all online and mobile banking services running as usual.

It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.

Tuesday 5th September 2017 The pick up points and approximate times are as follows: Depart opposite 38 Onepu Rd, Kilbirnie Miramar Library Newtown Library (opposite) Bus stop – Medway St (outside New World), Island Bay Courtenay Place (Outside 11 Courtenay Place) Lambton Bus Interchange - (Platform C) Rutherford House KARORI CEMETERY (Outside 93 Karori Road) Karori Library MAKARA CEMETERY

1.00pm 1.10pm 1.20pm 1.30pm 1.45pm 1.55pm 2.05pm 2.10pm 2.25pm

The bus will leave Makara Cemetery at 3.15pm for return trip and will pick up Karori Cemetery visitors from the bus stop opposite 93 Karori Road at approximately 3.30pm. Wellington: Ph 385 0745 | Johnsonville Ph 477 6855 | Karori Ph 4766472

Cook Strait News 31-08-17  

Cook Strait News 31-08-17

Cook Strait News 31-08-17  

Cook Strait News 31-08-17