Wife's bid to help Fitzroy Yacht staff

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014
Louise Godfrey
CHARLOTTE CURD

Louise Godfrey has spent the last two weeks publicising the closure of Fitzroy Yachts on her Facebook page "Supporting Fitzroy Yachts Workers,"

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From Facebook to a farmer's market, and then to television.

One Fitzroy Yachts worker's wife is doing all she can to spread the word about the impending loss of 120 jobs at the New Plymouth boat building business.

Louise Godfrey has spent the last two weeks publicising the closure of Fitzroy Yachts on her Facebook page "Supporting Fitzroy Yachts Workers," sometimes waking up in the small hours to find jobs to post on the page.

Tomorrow she will have a stall at the New Plymouth farmer's market and she said TV news had approached her wanting to do a piece on her continued efforts to spread the word in the community about the job losses.

She hoped if the news was televised nationally, job offers for Fitzroy Yachts staff would begin to come in from all over New Zealand. "There are still people that don't know about the company closing down."

She hoped to open more eyes to the fact many of the skilled workers would soon be jobless after the completion of the company's current project in the next few months.

Mrs Godfrey, a mother of two whose husband Kelvin is a fitter-welder at Fitzroy Yachts, said the stall at the market would have pamphlets and information about the kinds of jobs the boat building business' staff would be looking for.

She said there would be a few of the workers' wives and partners there to look after the stall and pass on information.

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