Maya Satake's love of Barbie dolls and Lego will come in
handy for her new role as a toy-tester. Photo by Linda
Maya Satake is perhaps the luckiest child in Dunedin.
Every month for the next year she will be sent a cache of
toys from The Warehouse, as one of four official toy-testers
for the company.
The 6-year-old also won a $15,000 trip to Disneyland in the
United States, as did the other toy-testers from Wellington,
Porirua and Auckland.
Maya, who attends George Street Normal School, entered a
competition last month to be selected as a tester.
She made a video about why she would be a good choice,
explaining she had years of experience with toys.
''I have plastic toys, stuffed toys, all kinds. I also
organise my toys and I'm good at looking after my toys,'' she
About 400 children aged between 5 and 10 entered.
Maya's father Brian said he was surprised to receive a call
about her selection.
''It happened really fast and all of a sudden we were flown
up to Auckland for a photo shoot with the other toy-testers.
I guess Maya's charm shone through. We are really excited.''
The only child will share her monthly toy consignment with
her cousins ''but they are boys and very good at breaking
things, so I'll have to make sure they don't break my toys,''
Another Dunedin child was one of four toy-testers selected
last August by The Warehouse. Tom Gold, who was aged 10 at
the time, ended his year-long stint in the role recently.
This year's other toy-testers are Frances Williams (5), of
Wellington, Casper Prescott (9), of Porirua, and Jahkeal
Evalu (10), of Auckland.