Hamilton City Council and its facilities will close on the morning of Wednesday 16 October until 11am, for an all-staff meeting.
The meeting will be the first time ever the Council’s 1100 staff have all got together.
Chief executive Richard Briggs says he wants to engage staff on what he expects from a high-performing team and help prepare them for a serious and sustained work load ahead.
“We are delivering the biggest ever capital programme Hamilton has seen, we’re responding to the highest levels of growth and that comes with a lot of challenges and pressure on our team.
“This session is about investing in our people and our culture. We will celebrate some of the work our people have achieved this year and get excited and prepared for the next 12 months at the Council, so we can continue to deliver for a growing city.”
Mr Briggs said he wants staff to leave the two-hour session very clear on their purpose and on the role they play.
“If our people leave buzzing about the session, they’re going to go back to their job and their customers and deliver an even better service for Hamiltonians.”
The meeting is being held at Claudelands event centre and will run from 8.30am to 10.30am, with 30 minutes allowed each side for travel and to open facilities.
The following customer-facing services will be closed until 11am, Hamilton City Council, Hamilton City Libraries, Smart Space, Hamilton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Waikato Museum and ArtsPost.
Waterworld will be open from 5.30am to 7.30am, Gallagher Aquatic Centre will be open from 6am to 7.30am – both will then reopen at 11am. The Hamilton Zoo will be closed for the day for staff training. Hamilton Gardens will remain open.
Essential services will continue, including the Council’s call centre (07 838 6699) for any urgent enquires.
The Council has budgeted $17 per person for the meeting from existing budgets.