Staff Recreation Area, Tuam Street 1939
Millers’ claimed to have the most modern factory in New Zealand at the time, and was a leader in catering for staff well-being. Attention was paid to lighting for the machinists, and to air conditioning the building which was guaranteed to “provide air as fresh as one could find in the mountains”. Millers also cultivated a respectful, skillful and manageable workforce in both the retail and the factory staff by offering paternalistic benefits, including workers’ social programmes and recreational facilities. Employees were able to work and play under the one roof with ¾’s of an acre of space in the building being dedicated to staff recreation needs, including a cafeteria, staff dining room and a variety of indoor games. Among the games provided, space was allocated for quoit hockey, indoor bowls, ping pong, deck tennis, deck quoits and basketball. Staff tennis courts were also provided for on the roof.