Tomorrow, Anzac Day, April 25, 2018, the Auckland War Memorial Museum gets ready for its busiest day of the year – a day that starts at 3am for the cleaning team.
With thousands expected to descend on the iconic Auckland venue, 8 OCS staff start their shift an hour earlier than usual to clean, polish and vacuum ahead of the country’s biggest Anzac Day dawn parade.
OCS cleaning manager, Kirsten Matthews says the team begins cleaning the high traffic areas first, before concentrating on the finer details like polishing the steel-coating of all the lifts.
“Once the ceremony begins, we try to be as unobtrusive as possible, hiding our cleaning trolleys and not using our radio,” Kirsten says.
She has her fingers crossed that the weather remains fine, like it has for the past seven years, and there isn’t any heavy rain – both for the service and for those working inside the museum.
“We need to keep the floors bone dry so nobody slips and last year we spent a lot of time sweeping up the cut grass outside so it doesn’t get brought inside the museum.
“This isn’t just from a cleanliness point of view, but most importantly so that bugs don’t get into the exhibits.”
The cleaning team are also tasked with removing the poppies from the cenotaph once the dawn ceremony is completed, paving the way for the second ceremony at 11am.
OCS is New Zealand’s largest facilities services company with more than 4000 staff and 25 branches from Kaitaia to Invercargill.