Bring Your Kids to Work Day!
Parents - do you kids know what you do every day when you're not with them? Do they know what your role entails, what your company does? At NZME, we're working on making that more inclusive for all our parents by running programmes in the school holidays. This allowed parents to bring their kids into work, have them fully supervised for the day and entertained in finding out all about working at NZME, our roles, what we do and how we operate!
We had people contributing from all areas of our business to make it both a fun and educational day for our kids. It included time in our studios, tours of the building and time to get creative! Here's what went down when 12 lucky kids came in for the day and got to experience just what it was like
The term three school holidays were an absolute blast here at NZME and we know how it can be as a working parent. So yesterday, twelve lucky kids came in and experienced just what it was like to work at NZME, like their parents!
The day started off with a bang, with the kids getting to do a full building tour. Here they were able to meet a few of the employees, and take a look around the NZME building. They even managed to get a one-on-one with Sam Wallace from TheHits! Sam was keen to show off what he does and took the Kids into the TheHits studio and production room where he taught them all about how live recording worked and who worked on TheHits. The kids even got to go into the studio itself and have a play with Eddie the Jack Russell.
Next stop on the tour, was one floor up, where the kids all got to have a go at recording! The lovely Kate Carey kindly let us into the studio where she taught us how radio adverts were made. The kids then got to have a go recording themselves talking about their favourite toys and their pets. This was a highlight as they got to hear themselves back with effects over their voices which went down a treat. Fast-forwarded, tone dropped, and even backward!
And what would a tour at the NZME offices be without a trip to ZM?! The kids were taken under the wing of Sound Keeper Gary. Here they got to sit around the same table that Fletch, Vaughn & Megan do their show. They played games around the studio and got to hear it back with music as if it was live on air.
As well as this Sabrina was kind enough to take us on a tour of the Newsroom and Newstalk ZB studios. Chocolate biscuits and fairy bread were provided in plenty. The kids were interviewed on their views of fairy bread and learnt how the sprinkles were made (which seemed to peak their interest in Journalism!).
The day came to a close with a game of 'Who Can Build the Tallest Tower out of Spaghetti & Marshmallow', and a viewing of Fanimals on the telly.
All in all, the event was a success and each child were left wishing they could work at NZME when they're older - just like their parents!