More than 1000 people queued in Manukau on Friday to compete for 150 jobs at a new supermarket.
On the second day of interviews for the jobs at Countdown Manukau, applicants began arriving at 5am, undeterred by rain.
Many had queued for more than three hours, and some told a Radio New Zealand reporter that it shows the recession isn't yet over.
The day before, a spokesman for Progressive Enterprises says, the company interviewed about 1500 people and had to turn away 500 more so they could finish interviewing for the day at 8pm.
Staff say the number of applicants is far more than they expected.