Third place for a ner­vous Katie

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

Katie Hip­per­son has proved she is a rock star - a rock star check­out op­er­a­tor at New World Mata­mata.

She was full of nerves, but it didn’t pre­vent her from plac­ing third at the Checker of the Year in Food­stuffs North Is­land’s an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

With a ‘‘rock star’’ theme this year, com­peti­tors’ col­leagues, fam­ily and friends donned rock star out­fits and cheered them on with ban­ners, chants and store mas­cots.

The check­ers were judged by a team of eight se­nior Food­stuffs staff on their speed, pre­sen­ta­tion, cus­tomer ser­vice and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as quickly as pos­si­ble, while stay­ing friendly and com­posed.

From a pool of 100 com­peti­tors, Mata­mata New World staff mem­bers Danielle Hoyle, Olivia McCor­mack and Re­becca Bros­nan placed in the top 12.

Court­ney Old and Karen Hooten also com­peted but with­out a plac­ing.

This was Katie’s third year in the com­pe­ti­tion.

In 2015, af­ter only two months into the job, Katie placed eighth, how­ever she didn’t place last year af­ter a tooth­brush dropped from her check out.

She said the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was nerve rack­ing.

‘‘I didn’t think I did well.

‘‘They got to the top four names, and then I knew I hadn’t placed.

‘‘Then they called me as third and I was like hang on - what! I first thought they had the wrong name.

‘‘I was so over­whelmed and proud of my­self,’’ she said.

Mata­mata New World own­ers Matthew and Sheree Hart are proud of each of the par­tic­i­pants.

They are also thrilled the Mata­mata team was named the top scor­ing store, earn­ing them the top team award.

‘‘The top team is an award we have never won,’’ said Sheree.

‘‘The girls re­ally held their com­po­sure. Com­pet­ing on a stage try­ing to scan fast, be friendly, re­mem­ber to ask the judge whether they have a club card in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple must have been very nerve rack­ing.

‘‘And to have four of our awe­some girls in the top 12 plac­ings (out of 100 com­peti­tors), wow, what a bril­liant night for New World Mata­mata.’’

REXINE HAWES

Katie Hip­per­son (front), Danielle Hoyle, Olivia McCor­mack and Re­becca Bros­nan from New World Mata­mata.

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