Kiwi kids land dream job as toy testers for The Warehouse

By Solbin Kang

Ayla Maihi, 10, from Papatoetoe and Kyle Calubaquib, 6, from Milford are official toy testers for The Warehouse.
Ayla Maihi, 10, from Papatoetoe and Kyle Calubaquib, 6, from Milford are official toy testers for The Warehouse.

Two lucky Kiwi kids have landed a job other children - and adults - can only dream of.

Ayla Maihi, 10, from Papatoetoe and Kyle Calubaquib, 6, from Milford won the job as official toy testers for The Warehouse.

The two children were picked from more than 700 entries following a nationwide search.

After hearing the good news, Kyle was eager to begin his new role.

"I'm so excited to get new toys each month ... and tell other kids how cool they are!"

Ayla said: "I was shocked to learn I had been chosen. I am so excited with this opportunity to experience something new and I am especially looking forward to testing the new toys."

The Warehouse chief executive Simon Turner said it had become the country's most sought after role.

"It's clear from the calibre of entries that Kiwi kids take their toys very seriously.

"We're thrilled Ayla and Kyle are on board and we're looking forward to their unique perspective on what's cool in toys and games - it can be a great source of inspiration for Kiwi parents who aren't sure what to buy," he said.

The official toy testers would receive up to $200 worth of toys to review each month and a Huawei Mediapad to record their reviews.

The videos they create would also be shared on The Warehouse's YouTube channel for people to watch nationwide and around the world.

As well as monthly toy reviews, the toy testers would be involved in the company's Halloween and Christmas festivities - where they would be first to try out new costumes and decorations before they hit shelves.

The Warehouse runs the toy testers competition each year as part of its annual toy sale.

Next year aspiring toy testers can apply for the job by submitting a short video clip highlighting their toy testing talents.

A panel of judges would review the entries and select the two winners.

- NZ Herald

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