BNZ bank staff boost reserves


The restoration of Tamahere nature reserves got a boost today when some Hamilton bank staff swapped their offices for the outdoors.

Six staff from the BNZ Hamilton branch downed office tools and picked up gardening tools to join Tamahere conservationist Leo Koppens in two local reserves – the Tamahere Reserve on Tauwhare Rd, and the Allan Turner Reserve, on Woodcock Rd.

Their big day out was part of Closed for Good, the BNZ’s annual day of volunteering.

BNZ Hamilton branch volunteers, Ashley Best, Neil Best, Cameron Corkill, Mike Frew, Geoff Kyd and
Brett Higginson, with Leo Koppens, get ready for a day’s work in the Tamahere Reserve.

Each year the BNZ closes its banks and most of its support offices for one day to enable its staff to get out into New Zealand communities to lend a hand.

The six Hamilton staff worked from 8.30am to 3.30pm weeding, cutting willows and resurfacing tracks with sand.

“They were a huge help,” said Koppens, chair of the Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust.

“They were well out of their comfort zone but they worked hard and have given us a huge jump on our work programme.

“It would have taken trust members a long time to accomplish what the six of them did in a day. They’ve really earned their eco warrior badges today.”

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