The scheme is part of Pacific Resort’s community outreach programme.
Creative Centre principal Rodger Harkness says one of the centre’s goals is to get as many members into paid employment as possible, and they appreciate what Pacific Resort has done for the centre.
“Rather than getting handouts, they are also promoting our business, thereby helping us to help ourselves. And the work experience is a bonus.”
Pacific Resort regional manager Ani Thompson says their new staff member is “buddied up” with various resort team members, and seems to be enjoying his few hours every Tuesday with the resort team.
“We also promote their pareu prints in our daily newsletters to all our guests for over-the-counter sales.”
Over the past few years staff at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga have been getting involved in supporting and giving back to the community and each department manager and their respective team adopt a local charity/non-profit organization or donate towards a positive cause, says Thompson.
“We believe by doing this they develop a greater sense of pride in working for our resort, and will learn to appreciate the challenges some of these organisations have to deal with.”
Food and beverage team member “Matenga” chose to support the Creative Centre and the resort’s head chef had earlier visited the centre to donate kitchen and catering supplies. This year the restaurant team decided to invite Harkness and the Creative Centre members for a meal, to discuss ideas for the future.
“We are strong believers of supporting and giving back to our community at grassroots level,” says Thompson.
Last month each of the resort’s departments chose an outer island to support during the Te Maeva Nui celebrations, making donations to their hostels and cooking for them.
Other activities have included donations to schools, donations of books to the Cook Islands Library and Museum, a beach clean-up, and the donation of lifejackets to Pukapuka.
In April the weddings team at Pacific Resort Rarotonga ran a Blue Day at Little Polynesian Resort, Moana Sands Hotel, Pacific Resort Rarotonga, and also involved the Pacific Resort Hotel Group, in support of autism.
Staff wore blue in the spirit of the promotion and each donated a gold coin, raising $650 for a deserving cause. They also held a lagoon/beach day on Motu Koromiri that is set to become an annual event.
“These activities provide for great team bonding exercises, cultural awareness and are humbling for my team.
"I also see our small contributions can make a difference to those who need it most,” Thompson says. “Pacific Resort team members are family and being able to extend this into the local community is a real bonus for us and something we really enjoy doing.”