Cookery students offer baking “thank-you” to supermarket workers 


Tai Poutini Polytechnic cookery students offered a special “thank-you” of slices, muffins and biscuits to Greymouth supermarket workers this week.

The students wanted to recognise the fact that supermarket workers were on-the-job, keeping locals fed and watered during the COVID-19 lockdown. They decided to bake some special treats for the workers as a thank-you from everyone.

Cookery Tutor Evelyne Baumgartner says it was the students’ own idea once they were able to get back into the Polytechnic kitchen as Alert Levels decreased.

“Our NZ Certificate in Cookery is teaching students all aspect of chef training, cookery and food-related learning. As well as the technical skills they are learning, it’s fantastic to see them using their new skills to support their community and offer something special to people who really deserve a treat.”

The students delivered their baking to New World and Countdown Greymouth staff on Wednesday 3 June with the message: “An appreciation coming from all walks of life for the extra mile you all went for the people of Greymouth and surroundings”.


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Greymouth New World staff received a baked “thank-you” from TPP cookery students: (left to right) Jonathan Stark - Checkout Supervisor, Ellen Smith - Checkout Manager, and Prabha Ganda - Checkout Supervisor.

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Countdown Greymouth staff (left to right) Jess Salt - Store Manager, Glenys Mills - Service Admin Manager, and Asreena Nisha - Assistant Customer Service Manager were delighted to received thanks from TPP cookery students.


The students’ initiative reflects TPP’s wider aim of supporting the local community by getting behind projects, activities and people who are doing something that benefits the region.


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Mequa Hourston, Leader – Engagement
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