Goldfields opens 363 days of the year and to make this happen, there are many people who work behind the scenes.
These are the people, often not seen, who are responsible for ensuring everything from the lights coming on in the morning to making sure the rubbish is taken away in the evening.
With a desire to employ locally-based contractors, Goldfields recently changed its cleaning team, opting to use the Hauraki Plains-based Scrubs Cleaning Services.
Nikita Turnbull and her team undertake work in Ngatea, Waitakaruru, Kaihere, Kōpū and Thames.
Cleaning staff are located at Goldfields on average for more than 10 hours a day and besides undertaking cleaning, they assist shoppers with requests from help with wheelchairs through to getting cars started due to flat batteries.
Goldfields is very reliant on local electricians, air-conditioning specialists, plumbers, gardeners, a local maintenance person and waste and recycling removal staff.
Other areas, such as fire system control and servicing, specialist bathroom supplies, cooling tower maintenance and door servicing and maintenance is undertaken by Waikato-based companies.
Goldfields manager John Freer said the centre continued to work proactively to ensure people visiting Goldfields and its 18 shops had an enjoyable experience.
“We realise there is still work to be done – we are addressing the matter of wet tile floors, while we are working with potential new tenants,” he said.
“At the same time, we are happy to assist any community groups that may wish to use the centre forecourt to promote coming events, please simply make contact.”
Support for farmers’ market
Encouraging is the response to the recent announcement of a monthly Farmers’ Market being established in Thames by the Rotary Club of Thames and Goldfields Shopping Centre.
Positive feedback has come from members of the public while several potential stallholders have made contact with the aim of joining the market.
Market organiser and Thames Rotary Club member Susanna Kruger said the aim was to have a minimum of 15 stalls to launch the market – the end of September is targeted as launch date. The focus of the market is locally-produced quality products. Food and beverages will headline the market while consideration will be given to other items which will enhance the market experience.
Anyone interested in finding out more and potentially having a stall at the market can contact Susanna Kruger, Ph 027 538 9789, firstname.lastname@example.org, or John Freer, Ph 027 483 9426, email@example.com.