Good shots a good catch say men
Practical skills and down-home warmth at top of woman wishlist
be prepared to pay to secure a first date. Auckland males were willing to offer $284.25 for a first date with their ‘‘perfect woman’’. She should have red hair, hazel eyes, be a social drinker, non-smoker and hold a university doctorate. Christchurch men were less fussy about education. They were willing to pay an average $259.70 to date their perfect woman, who must have blonde hair, blue eyes, be a casual drinker, a non-smoker and have never attended university. Overall, Kiwi men preferred blondes with hazel eyes, who were non-smokers, social drinkers and held a bachelor’s degree. But the southern men must have been whacking up a few fenceposts and out of cellphone range when the survey administrators called. Down south, the blokes aren’t so hung up on her looks as long as their ‘‘perfect woman’’ has all the other attributes. No university degree is needed here, according to the organiser of the Speights Perfect Woman contest and owner of Wanaka’s Bullock Bar, Brendan Quirke. ‘‘If she can turn a breech calf, that’s far more impressive. ‘‘If the perfect woman can always have a cold beer handy, cook a mean venison pie and shoot it herself from a chopper then skin it, she’s a bit of alright. ‘‘It’s no good having red hair and hazel eyes if she can’t ride a quad bike or skin a rabbit,’’ says Quirke. Down south, dating is ‘‘not a beauty contest’’. It’s all about personality and skill. Southern men are looking for companionship, practical skills and ‘‘all round goodness’’. He was not surprised about the Auckland results though. The Auckland Blues rugby team blokes probably spent more time on their hair than a Speights Perfect Woman would, he said. ‘‘Then they wonder why they don’t win any more.’’ It was ‘‘all a bit staged’’ up there anyway. ‘‘They’ve got Sally Ridge, but we’ve got Suzanne Prentice and Jody Direen.’’ Last year’s Speights Perfect Woman winner ‘‘CJ’’ Maxwell can also open a big bottle of Speights using a motorbike tyre. ‘‘What’s the use in being able to tell an unoaked chardonnay from an oaked chardonnay if you haven’t got an opener?’’ Quirke said. Anyway, southern men were unlikely to be bidding money for a date online. They just ‘‘rock up to the bar’’ and find their perfect match. ‘‘Dating in the south is not a commercial transaction. It’s a meeting of the perfect morals and values.’’ But if a southern man did have to bid for a date at auction he’d probably be prepared to stump up three good ewes, a roll of fencing wire and a 12-pack of Speights to win over his perfect mate.
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Gun girl: A southern man wants a girl who can handle a rifle with ease. Pictured is a contestant in the Speights Perfect Woman contest in Wanaka.