Inspiring visitors and local

Courtney McMahon and Jess King are all fired up to get visitors and locals fired up about what’s on offer at Mount Maunganui and Tauranga during summer.

Courtney McMahon and Jess King may have been born in different cities, but they share something in common – a passionate love of Mount Maunganui.

They are two of six Summer Ambassadors spreading important summer messages about liquor-free zones, buses, events, and New Year’s Eve information, from 10am-4.30pm daily until January 10 (excluding Christmas Day).

Based at the Hits Beach Base below Mount Drury, the young advisors will also be handing out summer passports and other giveaways to beachgoers.

Jess had “a vague memory” in her mind of seeing Summer Ambassadors when she was a child. After returning home from studying Musical Theatre in Melbourne, she waited patiently for the job ad to be posted, and applied straight away.

“This job is so much fun, we have all of this great stuff around us and we get to share it with everyone else. It’s a really cool vibe and nice to share our knowledge and fun and joy with everybody.

“I love this town, I love this city.”

Courtney has just completed her studies in Tourism and Event Management at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, so Summer Ambassador was a logical next step. “This job couldn’t suit me better, helping out at events and offering customer service. It’s a great summer job.”

The Hits Beach Bach will also be running next to the Beach Base, with radio host Will Johnston presenting live from the site running games and giveaways – and of course the popular, free, daily midday barbecue.

Tauranga City Council communications advisor Viktoria Ermes has good news for those who receive Christmas gifts that were ‘not quite right’. “Boxing Day is ‘Present Swap Day’ at the base.

“If there’s something you don’t like it might be the thing somebody else was looking for.”

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