Our Local Host ambassadors are the go-to people on Wellington city streets
The team of street ambassadors - who, among other things, provide directions, late-night transport advice, event information and help in emergencies - are celebrating their first year of service and looking forward to an event-filled summer.
Team Leader Gary Haddon says the hosts, who work seven days and four nights a week, have helped thousands of locals and visitors in the city over the past year.
“We were thrust right in it on our first day on the job. It was the world premiere of the first Hobbit film and tens of thousands of people packed the streets that day, many of them visitors. Over the year, we’ve had thousands of interactions, covering all sorts of queries and questions.”
The team makes sure more vulnerable Wellingtonians are aware of the services on offer, such as the Downtown Community Ministry, Soup Kitchen and the Night Shelter, particularly during the winter months.
“We also work with the Police, Wellington Free Ambulance, restaurants, bars, clubs and retailers and help make sure people enjoying the city in the early hours of the morning get home safely.”