Talking town dials S for Shotover

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Two payphones in Queenstown’s Shotover Street will be targeted in a nationwide survey – after being identified as among the busiest in New Zealand.

Recruitment agency Kelly Services of Christchurch is advertising on TradeMe for someone to stand outside the public phone boxes for three days to quiz users about dialling habits.

The Telecom-operated phones are on the corner of Shotover and Brecon Streets, near a large backpackers and a YHA hostel, and close to busy late-night eatery Fergburger.

“Our client is conducting a survey of the payphones with the largest usage in the country and Shotover St is included,” Kelly consultant Anna McHugh says. “They are trying to get a better idea of what people use them for and what preferences they may have.

“Customers will be asked questions like whether they have a home or mobile phone, what they would do if the payphone was out of order and also if they have any suggestions to improve the existing service.”

The successful job applicant gets $16 per hour to work between June 2-4 on the research.

Having a decent winter coat and hat might be an employment advantage. “Hopefully the weather will hold off during that week,” McHugh adds.