Travel winners plan to see New Zealand

21:04, Jan 15 2013
Graham and Chrissy Payze and Matamata Business Association advisory committee member Dale Ertel.
Graham and Chrissy Payze and Matamata Business Association advisory committee member Dale Ertel.

A trip to Queenstown is on the cards for the winners of the Matamata Business Association's Passport promotion.

Graham Payze was the lucky winner of the competition, with a prize of $5000 worth of travel courtesy of Jo Anne Prevett Travel.

The promotion required shoppers to purchase items from participating businesses which were divided into four different categories - New World, Party Tree, Green Dragon and Bag End.

It was the brainchild of MBA members who wanted to keep with the Hobbit theme, following on from the release of the movie The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey and the opening of the Matamata i-SITE Gatehouse.

Graham collected his stamps by shopping at New World for groceries, O Del Emz for lunch, Unichem for his wife Chrissy's medication and bought Christmas cards and a birthday card for his wife at Fraser's Take Note.

Graham and Chrissy have decided to use their prize to travel around New Zealand towards the end of this year.

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Their three children will fly to Queenstown where the Payze family will enjoy some quality family time together and then Graham and Chrissy will travel around New Zealand in their motorhome for about two months.

"My wife had a dream that we crossed Cook Strait on the ferry 17 times," Graham said.

"We would like to thank the Matamata Business Association for providing this prize.

"We are overwhelmed and so grateful."

Matamata Chronicle