Paul Morris, Bookends bookstore owner, decided it was time to retire. But rather than sell his shop he chose to raffle it off to someone who dreamed of running the store.
Over the last three months, anyone who spent more than £20 (NZ$40) at the bookstore was eligible to enter the raffle to win ownership of the shop, which opened four years ago.
Science-fiction fan Ceisjan Van Heerden, 30, from the Netherlands won the raffle and will take over on November 5.
He was one of 60 entries in the raffle, and his name was chosen at a ceremony last week.
The shop could have sold for around NZ$100,000.