Tokoroa cus­tomer’s shop­ping pays off

South Waikato News - - Motoring - LUKE KIRKEBY

Spend­ing $50 and swip­ing his Fly Buys card at New World Tokoroa has made a reg­u­lar cus­tomer see red.

Red in the form of a brand new Holden LS Spark 1.4 litre car worth just un­der $18,000 that is.

Tokoroa lo­cal Tereu Teru won the car as part of the su­per­mar­ket’s na­tional Our Big­gest Car Give­away Ever pro­mo­tion.

The pro­mo­tion saw the su­per­mar­ket fran­chise give­away one of the zippy lit­tle cars at each of its 138 stores through­out the coun­try and in Tokoroa Tereu was that lucky win­ner at the Bridge St store.

Tereu said he didn’t be­lieve it when he first found out he had won.

‘‘I have never won any­thing like this be­fore, this is my first big prize and when they rang me to say I had won I thought they were pulling my leg,’’ he said.

Dur­ing the three week cam­paign cus­tomers were given the chance to be into win one of the over $2.1 mil­lion worth of cars ev­ery­time the spent $50 in store and swiped their Fly Buys or Air­points cards.

Tereu said he has been a mem­ber of Fly Buys for around 15 years and was ‘‘rapt’’ to have won such a big prize be­cause of it.

‘‘It’s ac­tu­ally worked be­long­ing to Fly Buys,’’ he laughed.

He said the car has since been put into his wife Dot’s name.

‘‘I’ve driven it once and my wife is now us­ing it and she is the owner now be­cause I don’t ac­tu­ally do the shop­ping she does, it’s

‘‘I have never won any­thing like this. When they rang me to say I had won I thought they were pulling my leg.’’ Tereu Tereu

just that my name is on the Fly Buys card,’’ he said.

‘‘She was quite rapt when I brought it home.’’

While the car is ar­guably the shini­est in the neigh­bour­hood, Tereu said none of his neigh­bours have said any­thing yet.

‘‘Our friends have been quite happy for us though,’’ he said.

He said he would like to thank New World Tokoroa and Fly Buys for the op­por­tu­nity to win the car.

New World Tokoroa owner and op­er­a­tor Da­mon Jake­man said his su­per­mar­ket re­ceived more than 20,000 Fly Buys swipes dur­ing the pro­mo­tion and he was pleased the car was won by a lo­cal.

Jake­man said of­ten com­pe­ti­tions are won by peo­ple from out of town.

‘‘Any­one who came in and swiped their card could have won so there was the risk of it go­ing to some­one out of town so I am re­ally happy on this oc­ca­sion it has gone to some­one lo­cal,’’ he said.

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