30 April, 2018

The Hits and STIHL SHOP have partnered to grow appreciation for one of the most crucial members of school staff teams; the caretaker.

From today, listeners can nominate a school caretaker in their community here, on The Hits website. All that’s required is a blurb, and a photo or video of why their caretaker deserves to win.

The winner will receive $10,000 worth of STIHL SHOP products for the school to help keep the grounds in tip top condition, and the deserving caretaker will be sent on a long weekend away.

Stace Hall, STIHL SHOP Marketing Manager, says that caretakers do a fantastic job and deserve recognition. “We feel that school caretakers should be rewarded for all the hard work they do. They make schools such great spaces for Kiwi kids and we want to provide them with the tools to help them continue their awesome work. We think they deserve a long weekend away on us!”

The Hits local hosts are encouraging schools in their area to enter; they want the win to be in their home town.

Troy Scott, The Hits Day Show host for Greymouth believes they have a solid case for the win. “Schools around the West Coast would be absolutely stoked to win this competition. The caretakers really put in the hard yards over here, dealing with all four seasons in one day, every day! These STIHL SHOP products would really make their job so much easier and keep our beautiful schools clean and green.”

However, The Hits Northland Day Show host Charmaine disagrees. “Many schools in Northland are on the back of a bush block. The kids here still play in the bush and it’s the caretakers who clear the bush to make room for the students to play safely.
The tools would be a massive saving on school budget, as many Northland schools don’t have funding to buy new tools; Many caretakers actually use their own tools.”

The competition is open to schools all over New Zealand, and is open until June 8. Drive hosts Stace and Flynny will choose the winner based on the most deserving entry.


For further information please contact:
Kate Barron NSPR
+64 27 422 0079

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