Duo love banging Bay's drum

By Allison Hess

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Locals Courtney McMahon (left), 22, and Jess King, 20, scored highly sought-after positions as Summer Ambassadors. Photo / Andrew Warner
Locals Courtney McMahon (left), 22, and Jess King, 20, scored highly sought-after positions as Summer Ambassadors. Photo / Andrew Warner

Cruising the beach and streets to chat with people about how to make their summer in the Bay one to remember is a dream summer job for any young person.

But as two Tauranga women found out - it was not an easy gig to score.

Out of 87 applicants, Courtney McMahon, 22, and Jess King, 20, were two of only eight to secure positions as a Summer Ambassador for the Tauranga City Council.

"It's the best job ever, I don't want it to end," Miss McMahon, an event management and tourism student, said.

"We are here to advertise the Mount because there's so much to do here and people sometimes forget how much there really is," Miss King said.

"Over Christmas and New Year it's been pretty flat-out."

Armed with a wealth of knowledge about activities, events, road closures, alcohol-free zones and pushing council's Stay Safe message during the silly season, the ambassadors have received plenty of positive feedback.

"They love us being there. We had one guy at the cricket come up and say 'you just show up everywhere'," Miss King said.

Summer Ambassadors have been a familiar sight for locals and holiday-makers since 2001, event design and delivery manager Michaela Blackman said, and they will be back next year.

"It's a really good service."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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