Hol­i­day win­ner rapt

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Re­ceiv­ing a $5000 Gold Coast hol­i­day for $60 is enough to brighten any­one’s June.

Els­don woman Irene Taw­era, 59, is jet­ting off to Aus­tralia this week af­ter win­ning a hol­i­day by ‘‘shop­ping un­der the canopies’’.

She had spent $60 at canopies’ video shops, bak­eries and $2 shops, col­lect­ing stamps on a loy­alty card, which was later drawn as the win­ner of the hol­i­day.

Not ex­pect­ing to win, Mrs Taw­era for­got she en­tered the draw un­til she re­ceived a phone call from competition or­gan­is­ers, busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion Canopy Con­nec­tion.

‘‘I couldn’t be­lieve it. I thought ‘Oh, you never win any­thing’.’’

Mrs Taw­era is tak­ing her fam­ily with her for the sev­en­day hol­i­day – mother Tinka Wi­neera, sons Abryss and Ta­maia Dwyer, Ta­maia’s part­ner Amanda Windley and son Lukah. Win­ter is the per­fect time to es­cape to a warmer cli­mate, Mrs Taw­era says.

Al­though she has plenty of fam­ily in the Gold Coast, Mrs Taw­era says she will not be mov­ing across the ditch – she re­alised while liv­ing in Liver­pool that Porirua was the place for her.

‘‘I re­ally like it here. I like Porirua.’’

Here, ev­ery­thing is within walk­ing dis­tance and peo­ple are friendly, she says.

Given she won the hol­i­day by shop­ping, it’s not sur­pris­ing hit­ting the Gold Coast malls will be a top pri­or­ity.

Jet­ting off: Els­don woman Irene Taw­era is tak­ing son Abryss Dwyer on her free hol­i­day to the Gold Coast.

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