Tour of Awarua amazing

LETTER

On July 18 I received an invitation from Anita Reedy-Holthausen, the GDC customer engagement manager, to be taken on a tour of Awarua, the council building. The invitation came as a surprise to me as I have admittedly been a past critic of this construction.

I decided to accept the offer and presented myself to Awarua along with some morning tea for Anita and some of her co-workers.

The tour was amazing. It provided me with the opportunity to observe how the new structure allowed council to have every section of their operation under one roof. The integration of each division allowed them to confer with each other without delay. Also, related segments were only an arm’s length away.

My tour guides, Anita and Amy, could not have been more helpful and informative and I am more than grateful that they took time from their busy schedules to show me, an ordinary ratepayer, how Awarua worked. I was amazed at the number of employees I knew personally. The working environment obviously created a cohesive, happy and friendly attitude among all who spend their working day in the building. Remember, a happy, satisfied staff creates a very successful business. The same sentiments applied to my years at The Gisborne Herald.

My sincere thanks to Anita, Amy and all the staff who greeted me with a handshake, a smile or a friendly hello. You are all to be complimented.

If another public tour becomes available make sure you book a place. You will not be disappointed. One of my highlights was the long corridor adorned with amazing artwork.

Anita, Amy and all employees, you are a credit to the council.

Mike Mulrooney​

On July 18 I received an invitation from Anita Reedy-Holthausen, the GDC customer engagement manager, to be taken on a tour of Awarua, the council building. The invitation came as a surprise to me as I have admittedly been a past critic of this construction.

I decided to accept the offer and presented myself to Awarua along with some morning tea for Anita and some of her co-workers.

The tour was amazing. It provided me with the opportunity to observe how the new structure allowed council to have every section of their operation under one roof. The integration of each division allowed them to confer with each other without delay. Also, related segments were only an arm’s length away.

My tour guides, Anita and Amy, could not have been more helpful and informative and I am more than grateful that they took time from their busy schedules to show me, an ordinary ratepayer, how Awarua worked. I was amazed at the number of employees I knew personally. The working environment obviously created a cohesive, happy and friendly attitude among all who spend their working day in the building. Remember, a happy, satisfied staff creates a very successful business. The same sentiments applied to my years at The Gisborne Herald.

My sincere thanks to Anita, Amy and all the staff who greeted me with a handshake, a smile or a friendly hello. You are all to be complimented.

If another public tour becomes available make sure you book a place. You will not be disappointed. One of my highlights was the long corridor adorned with amazing artwork.

Anita, Amy and all employees, you are a credit to the council.

Mike Mulrooney​

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