I have just arrived back from my visit to Pukekohe and Papakura and I had a genuinely good time. Everyone I met was in a good mood and I had some very pleasant conversations. To celebrate the success of the August timetable introduction, Transdev had cake delivered to each depot and Head Office which was well appreciated as was the fruit we provided in support of wellness Wednesday. Life is good when we, work hard, respect each other and find a joint way forward.
Next week, 10 – 16 September, is Maori language week and I think it is important that we celebrate Maori culture. It is such a unique part of living and working in New Zealand. I have to confess that I am still learning: reading up on New Zealand history and adding a few Maori sentences to my vocabulary. What intrigues me most is the strong sense of community I have observed and the way people take care of each other. With celebrating Maori language week, I hope to celebrate diversity and encourage everyone to take part. You may notice your local lunch room filled with name cards in Maori with pronunciation prompts, I encourage all staff to have a go! The People and Culture team will also run a couple of events throughout the week. Please look out for more details.
On Wednesday I met my new counterpart in Wellington, Ian Ladd. Ian has magnificent experience in customer service and I am looking forward to catching up with him again to see how we can further improve the customer experience in Auckland. We also discussed how both the Auckland and Wellington teams can work together, for instance when it comes to timetabling and rostering. On Thursday some of the Wellington managers visited Auckland and it was great to see that Transdev can make a difference in NZ’s two most vibrant cities.
It is also great to see so many staff support our Spirit partners this quarter. Recently, we raised over $200 for NZ Cancer society during Daffodil day and over $100 during the Two Can appeal. A group of Transdev volunteers will be at the Auckland City Mission on Saturday helping out with packing essential care packages for families in desperate need. If you’d like to participate next time, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care and have a great weekend.
Ma te wa / bye for now