A helping hand
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.