Fast, po­lite staff at New World

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

If it’s friendly, fast and help­ful ser­vice you are look­ing for, then you will find it at Mata­mata New World, and the staff have the ac­cred­i­ta­tion to prove it.

Mata­mata New World check out op­er­a­tors Amy Dean, 16, and Danielle Hoyle, 17, com­peted in the Food­stuffs Checker of the Year com­pe­ti­tion last week, plac­ing them in the top five of more than 120 com­peti­tors from within the Waikato.

Danielle placed sec­ond award­ing her with a sash and $150 New World voucher, with Amy com­ing in fifth place, re­ceiv­ing a cer­tifi­cate and $50 New World voucher. They were among a team of nine sent from the Mata­mata store.

Awards only go out to the top 12 par­tic­i­pants.

Mata­mata New World have en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion in pre­vi­ous years.

Com­peti­tors from Waikato New World and Pak ‘n’ Save stores tested their skill against each other at the Clarence Street Theatre in Hamil­ton, where they were judged by eight se­nior Food­stuff staff on speed, pre­sen­ta­tion, cus­tomer ser­vice and ac­cu­racy as they scanned 30 items as fast as pos­si­ble, while stay­ing friendly and com­posed.

Both Amy and Danielle, ad­mit they were feel­ing sick with nerves prior to the com­pe­ti­tion but are now feel­ing very proud of their achieve­ment.

Danielle has been work­ing at New World for six months and says she is glad she went along and tried some­thing new.

‘‘I liked the chal­lenge, it was some­thing new and dif­fer­ent.’’

Amy, a first time en­trant into the com­pe­ti­tion, has been with with New World for three years and says nerves had al­ways held her back from get­ting in­volved with the com­pe­ti­tion, but she de­cided this year she wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence the com­pe­ti­tion for her­self, with ex­cel­lent re­sults.

New World Mata­mata Owner Matthew Hart said his team of nine op­er­a­tors all per­formed well, as be­ing on stage per­form­ing in front of 350 peo­ple is dif­fi­cult.

‘‘His­tor­i­cally we stop at Burger King on our way home as a cel­e­bra­tory treat, I do hap­pen to know that this was the attraction for Dani en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion. We are all very proud of Dani, Amy and our team,’’ he says.

Mata­mata New World check out op­er­a­tors Danielle Hoyle and Amy Dean com­peted in the Food­stuffs Checker of the Year com­pe­ti­tion, com­ing in the top five.

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