Good shots a good catch say men

Prac­ti­cal skills and down-home warmth at top of woman wishlist

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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.

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