Take Two for Essential Workers

calendar iconPosted 3 November 2020

Hamilton City Council is inviting Alert Level 4 essential workers to take part in a big weekend of thanks from 20 to 22 November.

The event was originally planned for August but had to be postponed when Hamilton moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 after the Auckland community outbreak.

The three days of special deals across our community facilities recognise the pressure essential workers were under when most of us were able to shelter at home.

Essential workers are people who worked outside their homes during the 26 March to 27 April lockdown to support our community, like supermarket and health workers.

Many of Council’s own staff and contractors were also out around the city during lockdown doing essential work such as urgent road repairs, clearing wastewater blockages, collecting rubbish, providing emergency meals and caring for zoo animals.

The Essential Workers Thank You runs from Friday 20 November to Sunday 22 November at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and Hamilton Pools.

Deals offered over the three days include discounts and free admissions. Workers can take advantage of offers at all four facilities – they don’t have to choose between them.

Councillor Mark Bunting, Chair of the Council’s Community Committee, said the three-day event acknowledged the extra contribution essential workers were asked to make during an unprecedented and frightening time for the country.

“While most of us remained safe in our bubbles during the lockdown, these people kept our city’s essential services running and we can’t thank them enough.”

People who want to take up the offers must bring either an employer’s letter on organisational letterhead identifying the holder as an essential worker during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 or an email from an employer with the same information, including organisational logo and contact details in the email signature. Photo ID is also needed.

A letter of authority provided during lockdown can be used. Workers do not need to still be employed by the organisation but should be able to produce a letter or email from their former employer as proof of their essential worker status during lockdown.

Hamilton Zoo – free entry for an essential worker and one guest.

Hamilton Gardens – a free guided tour on one of the promotion days for an essential worker and one guest plus a 10% discount at the Gardens café and Information Centre shop. Guided tours are held at 11am. Tour bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 07 958 5940 or emailing bookings.gardens@hcc.govt.nz. There is space for 30 people each day. More information about the tours can be found on the Hamilton Gardens website.

Waikato Museum – free admission for an essential worker and one guest to Exscite (can’t be used in conjunction with the Entertainment Book offer or normal staff discounts). More information about other events can be found on the Waikato Museum website.

Hamilton Pools – free swim entry at either Waterworld or Gallagher Aquatic Centre for an essential worker and one guest. The special is for pool entry and doesn’t include the sauna, steam room, spa, hydrotherapy pool or hydroslides.