Grief, anguish and worry took hold when their paychecks stopped. But they are lucky, they say.
While hundreds around them in the city have faced redundancy and unemployment they have started new careers for one of the largest supermarket chains in New Zealand.
These are their stories.
"I just started thinking what can I do?... I have a mortgage and bills to pay"
Daniel Fisher had been working in the hospitality industry for almost 15 years when the profession he loved came to a grinding halt.
The 29-year-old had travelled the world working in hotels and was part-time