29 Nov 2013

Whanau day out organised for Tachikawa staff

7:31 pm on 29 November 2013

A whanau day out has been organised for the workers of the now-closed Tachikawa sawmill in Rotorua.

First Union, which represents 80 of the 120 staff who lost their jobs last month, says the family day will be held at Apumoana Marae on Saturday thanks to the hapu, and support from the wider community.

Union president Syd Keepa says most of the kaimahi, or workers, will be there.

He hopes the whanau day will help lift the spirits of the staff and says it's an opportunity to give their children gifts, thanks to the support of the community, including some businesses.

Mr Keepa says local politicians, including Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick, have also been supportive.

Tachikawa worker William Brown says he's excited about a whanau day for the staff and hopes it will lead to new job prospects.

He has worked for the sawmill for seven years and says it's a chance for all the staff to come together and catch up with each other.