New Zealand radio station Rock FM, which broadcasts throughout the country, invited to participate in the “Win a wife,” contest.
The winner will receive a chance to go to Ukraine and to choose a wife from among the girls who have submitted their applications in dating with foreigners. Besides, the winner will also get 12 nights’ accommodation and $NZ2000 ($1,521) spending money.
Results of the contest “Win a wife” will be announced on February 28. The winner will be chosen from five finalists, character and mental stability will be assessed as professional psychologists, as well as relatives and friends of the contestants.
On its website the company acknowledges that some people will get “their panties in a twist over this one” – and they have, with social activist Sue Bradford saying the contest “takes commercial radio to new depths.”
“It is unusual and somewhat disturbing that a commercial entity would commercialise what should be one of the most meaningful human relationships and actually offer it as a prize for a radio show,” she said.
The promotion began on Monday and ends on February 28, with five finalists to be subjected to character assessment from friends and family, and psychometric testing and suitability for marriage testing by a psychologist appointed by MediaWorks.
The prize does not include travel for the Ukraine woman to come to New Zealand.
The Rock program director, Brad King told the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) the competition was “a bit of a laugh.”
“At the end of the day, it’s up to both people if they decide to get married and return to New Zealand. We’re not actually marrying anyone or bringing women back to New Zealand,” he said.