A help­ing hand

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Two Amer­i­can tourists are see­ing more of Porirua than they ex­pected af­ter a roller­coaster of good and bad luck led them to jobs at New World.

Katie Stallings, 20 and Sean Burke, 21, from Idaho, ar­rived in Auck­land in April and had been tour­ing the North Is­land in their $1800 van when it broke down in Norse­wood just five weeks later.

They were out of cash, and could not find a job in Welling­ton City.

Their luck changed when they moved into Plim­mer­ton’s Moana Lodge and Skyped their par­ents to say they were al­most out of money.

Plim­mer­ton res­i­dent Chris Gollins happened to be at the back­pack­ers and over­heard their con­ver­sa­tion.

Mr Gollins felt for the pair and rang his mate Tony Mc­Neil, coowner of Porirua New World, to see if he could get them a job stock­ing shelves. He then ap­proached the pair with the of­fer.

‘‘He said, ‘I have a job in­ter­view for you in 30 min­utes’,’’ Sean says.

Two days later the cou­ple had started their 50-hour-a-week jobs at the su­per­mar­ket and hope to save enough cash to catch the end of the ski sea­son in Queen­stown.

‘‘We just got re­ally lucky,’’ Katie says.

‘‘It was just the right place at the right time,’’ Sean agrees.

Porirua or bust: Idaho cou­ple Katie Stallings and Sean Burke found their bad luck turned into good when they ar­rived in Porirua.

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