The busy Matakana Information Office, located in the foyer of Matakana Cinemas, is on the lookout for some more volunteers.
The desk is open every day except Christmas Day and is staffed by a team of 23 men and women, who do one or two three-hour shifts a month.
Newly elected chairperson Carolyn Caukwell says the rosters are flexible and training is provided.
Familiarisation tours are also regularly organised so volunteers can keep up-to-date with what the region’s attractions are offering.
“We are looking for people who are keen to share their enthusiasm for the area,” she says.
The office receives around 4500 visitor enquiries a year, ranging from what to do on a rainy day to where to eat and stay, and activity options.
“Some of our more unusual enquiries include, ‘Have you seen my lost cat?’, ‘What variety are the cherry trees in Matakana (Awanui)?’, Where can we get our Sale and Purchase agreement printed on a Sunday?’, and ‘Who designed the Matakana Cinema carpets? (Paul Chilcot)’.”
Carolyn says a small decline in the number of enquiries is being attributed to more people having access to information on phones and tablets.
“For this reason, we also operate a website and Facebook page, allowing us to get up-to-date information out to the public.”
Enquiries come from both international and domestic visitors.
The office is open daily from 10am-1pm.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in to the office.