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Now we are starting a blog about competitions as well. I am going to pick a few competitons from time to time that I think are worth mentioning and write about them here. It could be that there is a magnificent prize to be won, or the competition itself is fun to enter, or maybe it's just a ridiculously funny prize that you could win - anything, really, to make you smile! If there is something new going on at KiwiCompetitions I will keep you informed here too, see keep an eye on my blog not to miss anything.
Today I have something exciting to share. A special guest feature by Jon McKnight, co-comper and author of A Prize to Die For. I hope you like this introduction to Jon's new book and will enjoy reading his novel as much. I certainly did and I think anybody slightly addicted to competitions must have read it!
Next time you Google the answer to a competition, text an entry or fill out an online entry form, think yourself lucky. Because while it may seem hard to believe in New Zealand in the 21st Century, comping wasn't always this easy. Back in the early Nineties, there was no Google, no Facebook and no KiwiCompetitions. If you were a serious comper, you'd subscribe to a printed solutionist magazine that popped through your letterbox once a month with news of comps that had often closed by the time you heard about them. And when you entered, you'd have to hope the postal service delivered your precious entry on time, or even at all. And there were no online confirmations that your entry had been received in those days. But comping was still fun - and on the other side of the globe, author Jon McKnight was busy writing a comic novel, A Prize To Die For, that's set in our world and reveals just how much trouble an obsession can get you into. In this special feature for KiwiCompetitions, he tells how he stumbled upon an idea for a novel that's proving a winner around the world…
I DON'T know if it's the same in New Zealand, but over here in the UK we compers are often seen as something of an oddity by the rest of society. Can't see why that is, myself. After all, what's so odd about buying 96 tins of cat food when you don't own a cat, or filling your shopping trolley with babies' nappies when you don't have a baby nor, fortunately, any need for nappies yourself? Is it really so unusual to have a kitchen cupboard full of bandaged cornflake packets and tins without a single label to identify their contents? And surely everyone's entitled to get bored with winning microwaves when the fifth one arrives in a year? Well, perhaps not. But it's rather ironic that many in the outside world dismiss us as losers when, in fact, we're quite the opposite. The sneers disappear pretty quickly when they ask why you do it and you tell them it's because you've just won a car that's worth a year's salary and all it cost you was a bit of brain-wracking and a postage stamp. And by the time you've reeled off the list of your recent wins, the doubters will be asking you how they can take up our hobby themselves. Sounds familiar, I imagine. But back in the Nineties in England, the comping landscape was a very different place. The National Lottery with its weekly multi-million-pound jackpots was still around the corner, the world wide web wasn't known or used very widely around the world, and a prize of £1,000 a month for life would guarantee front-page headlines for the winner. That's the one I most wanted to win, and the comp allowed multiple entries, so I was working on my 50th slogan when I realised the plot for a comic novel had just landed in my lap. I imagined a pet food manufacturer in financial difficulties, trying to solve its problem by announcing a headline-grabbing prize of £1,000 a month for life that would boost sales and brand recognition. Only it intended to fix the comp so that the oldest entrant would win - ideally a 95-year-old whose prize wouldn't cost the firm much if the shock of the win, coupled with any riotous living that the nonagenarian attempted, resulted in even less longevity. But the best-laid plans of mice and bent competition promoters don't always work out, and the prize is accidentally awarded to the best entrant - a mere 30-year-old. We see the Managing Director of the pet food firm tossing and turning in his sleep, mentally calculating how much the young winner could cost him… if he lived! I was going to say you can imagine what happens next - but I rather hope you can't, or you won't need to buy my book. Suffice it to say that the corrupt competitions judge who was meant to have fixed the result tries to make amends by agreeing to ensure that 30-year-old Tim Wembury won't be collecting his monthly prize for long. But that's the least of Tim's problems. In those pre-Aids awareness days, he's steeled himself to buy 36 condoms for a comp but, as luck would have it, finds himself in the only city in Britain where he can't post his entries because of a Royal Mail strike. His habit of entering comps clearly intended for women and giving just his initial and surname so the judges won't realise he's a man is about to cause him a shedload of grief because he buys a sexy Italian bikini as the entry qualifier but doesn't notice the rule about entrants having to wear the item they bought at the glittering prize-giving ceremony. And despite his success as a comper, the one thing Tim most wants to win is the heart of a woman. Enter Dilly, the darling of the pet food company that ran the comp. She really seems to like Tim, but is she just being nice because she's paid to, and will she prove to be a femme fatale, literally?
Sorry, but you'll have to read the book to find out what happens! The writing style has been compared, generously, to that of the late Tom Sharpe, and A Prize To Die For has been greeted with a succession of five-star reviews on Amazon. Reviewers (who may all be catastrophically wrong, of course, and can't all be my Mum, surely) have described the novel as "a gem of a book", "achingly funny", and "thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining". One reviewer enthused: "Not many books make me laugh out loud and hoot with delight, but this one did."
There are two comps right now worth mentioning for all of you who likes taking photographs.
In the one organized by The New Zealand Herald you can win a a Sony A6000 camera. There are 4 prizes in total and they included much more than just the camera. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Wellington (including flights and accommodation) and the opportunity to shoot professional pictures at a sport event there, and the 3 other winners will also get the chance to photograph in various sports events. Plus the camera!
The other one is called 'New Zealand Geographic Photographer of 2014' and here you can win $1,000, publication in the New Zealand Geographic, a years subscription of the magazine etc. There are several categories: Wildlife, Society & Culture, Landscape, Photo story, Young Photographer and Peoples Choice category. The overall winner will get some extra bonuses like taking part in a workshop.
If you want to win a camera and/or cash, take part here, good luck:
The book, which this film is based on, written by the Swede Jonas Jonasson, is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It is a clever, witty and completely mad story, so different to any other book I've read. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend you head out to a bookstore straight away, it is absolutely worth it!
As the book has been a tremendous success all over the world, it has recently been made into a film. In this competition, you can win double passes to see it. Entries must be received by 5pm, August 18, 2014.
What the plot is about? Well, the story starts just before the big birthday party for Allan Karlsson. He is turning 100 years of age, but is not very keen on the celebration prepared for him at his nursing home where he lives. He spontaneously decides to slip away, in his slippers, out of the window (as the title states) and then... well, it is know the big adventure and great storytelling starts. Don't miss it!
In some holiday competitions the trip you can win is fix but in this comp you can win a $5000 holiday tailored to your own taste.
It works like this; first you make your choice of either Beach, City or Active. Let's say you chose City, then you can chose between New York, Paris or London and then you can even chose what type of accommodation you would like to have. Are you a star hotel person, or do you prefer a penthouse or maybe a stylish boutique hotel? What is your preferred activity for a city break, do you like shopping, nightlife or sightseeing? Pick your activity and after that you only have to register. And hope that this dream holiday can be yours!
Kathy is the lucky winner this time to get a brand new iPhone, congratulations! The latest iPhone 7 of course - only the best for our winner! It has got some exciting new features like an even more advanced camera, extended battery life, it’s splash and water resistance and and and...
Anyway, it just got delivered to her a couple of days ago and here is the happy photo showing her with the little darling in elegant black. Kathy, we are sure that your daughters are not jealous but are most happy for you (maybe just a tiny bit jealous ;)
In case someone was wondering - we can confirm that this giveaway comes absolutely free of charge, delivered to the doorstep of the winner and the iPhone is not locked to a particular network either. It’s just charge and go!! Enjoy your new Apple toy, Kathy!
The iPhone Giveaway 2017 just started so if anyone wants to have a go at becoming this years winner, check it out here:
Welcome to the nicest category in this website! Here you can win home appliance, electrical appliance and kitchen set to complete your home sweet home. When talking about home, the first thing we might come to our mind is a comfortable place to stay. We may want things that are comfortable to be there such as a cozy sofa with a minimalist table over there, an ultra HD television, a wooden cupboard or even a set of barbeque grills. You might also want an elegant kitchen with it’s appliance like an electric stove, toaster, kettle, microwave, blender, oven and etc. Supported electrical appliance that will make it perfect such as a refrigerator, air conditioner or fan or sometimes you will need a room heater. It’s all about contests that have some connection to your home.
There are often prizes such as spring bed, bed cover, vacuum cleaners, curtains and some additional furniture as well. Other popular items are tableware, cookware, soft furnishings and other odds and ends that might be nice to get for your home. It seems have too many categories to mention, but just imagine everything that you could find in a home, then it might be here as well. You will need a manual book for some prizes especially for some electrical appliances. It such a great chance to fill your house with good things you will get for free.
It seems to be a category that everyone will like. There are many ways to get money, why not try to get it free? In this category you have the chance to win cash prizes. But it’s not about the cash only but it’s equivalents as well. It can be saving or deposit in your bank account, check or even the current trend about cryptocurrency. As we know that nowadays, there are so many digital cash equivalent such as e-wallet, e-payment system or e-money. You might familiar with GrabPay, an e-payment system that very popular over past two years in new Zealand. Then other brands that are not less popular such as Android Pay, Apple Pay, ANZ goMoney Wallet, ASB Virtual, PayTag and latipay. You can also get a PayPal Cash gift cards which are worth $500 and above.
Moreover, you can also get some cash back, gift cards and vouchers from your favorite marketplace. Mostly, those vouchers are ready to spend, but sometimes it requires a minimum purchase as well. In that case, you will need to make any purchases and use the voucher to reduce the price of the stuff you have bought. Sometimes, the vouchers can only be used to cover the shipping cost of the purchase you have made. Some popular marketplace in New Zealand that usually give cashback like Trade Me, Ebay, Graysonline, Amazon, Gumtree, Ezibuy, Wow HD, The Warehouse, GrabOne or Countdown usually will be on this list as well. What would you do if you won a big sum of money just like that? You can also have a look at the category Vouchers with competitions to win vouchers and gift cards to supermarkets and other stores.
Here is the category where you can win such great prizes as vouchers and gift cards. There are many kinds of vouchers available here such as vouchers to get discounts on clothes purchases, vouchers to get baby products, shopping vouchers in supermarkets, bookstores vouchers, dining vouchers, a voucher to stay in hotel. There are vouchers to get a free meal from Lord of The Fries, BurgerFuel Queen Street, Wendy’s, Denny’s, KFC, Carl’s Jr, Burger Burger, Domino’s Pizza, McDonalds, Starbucks and etc. Some vouchers listed here are ready to be redeemed. But, there are some vouchers that have a certain date or certain condition to be used.
Beside those interesting vouchers, we also have gift cards as a prize. Even though vouchers and gift cards look similar, they are actually different. Gift cards are prepaid card for a product or service. Just like a prepaid card that you use on your smartphone. Gift cards are usually used by a company to give a gift to it’s customers. Gift cards are also good to save money. For example, if you are used to buy your monthly spending at a certain store, then you are worried that the money will be used for other purposes, you can buy a gift card from that store instead. Some popular gift cards like Pak’NSave gift card, JB Hi-Fi gift card, Countdown, McCain Roast, Four Square, Fresh Choice, Caltex, Calvin Klein, Kmart, Amazon gift card, H&M, New World gift card, Prezzie, MYER gift card and etc. Sometimes, there are vouchers for holiday packages and online shops too. Or what about a coupon for your favorite things? Check here if you can find something useful and don't forget to check the other categories too. Get a Gift Card for your favorite retailer and shop for free right now!
Have you ever heard the saying that books are windows to the world? Yes, it could be true. Books are such of amazing things in the world that allow us to know everything. So, it would be great if we can help you to get a free book from many competitions out there. In this category you can win many kind of books. There are many cool books you can find here, both fiction and non-fiction. In various category such as novel, comic or manga, poetry, prayer books, paperbacks, encyclopedia, anthologies, dictionary, biographies, diaries, trilogies, adorable fairy tale, or even a useful cookbook. There are also various magazines for children and adults. No need to be a bookworm to start collecting books. All you need to do is keep your eyes close to this page.
Every genres you could love like science fiction (sci-fi), satire, drama, action and adventure, romance, mystery, horror, self help, guide, travel, children’s, religious, science, history, or even subjects that everyone likes, math. The other cool thing you need to know is that we are not just provide some books competitions, but we also show competitions where you can win subscriptions, gift cards for bookstores and newspaper or magazine publications. Sure it is nice to be able to fill the bookshelf at home in the reading corner! Sometimes there are contests where the participants can write a short story, article, etc. to win great prizes.
Sometimes, some competitions listed here, offer more than just one book, it can be two or more with the different categories or types. The prizes can be different time to time according to the trend in society, like when there is a popular film that based on a specific book, the book will also get the same popularity. So, many organizers provide that book to be the prize. You may find a lot of competition that have similar prizes in that time. However, you can always consider by yourself which the best for you or join some of them and try your luck. So, make sure you never miss any competition you want. You can be the first one to know by subscribing our notifications. The best suggestion we can give for you read all the requirements carefully. Why? Because some competitions are free at all and some of them will asked you to pay the delivery fee.
The camera got much better with a large size image sensor. This should close the gap to Samsung phones. You will see better results especially under poor lighting conditions. So any snapshots in twilights, at home or in bars will become much sharper and with clearer colours than with the iPhone 5. The phone comes with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.
Battery life is 20% higher than the iPhone 5 with 10 hours talk or browsing time, 225 hours of standby and 10 hours. At the same time speed will be much much better. The new Apple A7 64-bit processor will double the perfomance compared to the predecessor. In addition, there is a new co-processor M7 that takes care of all the secondary activities like GPS. Workload is shared between the two processors which improves performance but also battery life because for certain tasks the main processor A7 can be in standby while M7 is busy.
The price for the new Apple iPhone 5S is considerably higher than competitive models from Samsung, HTC and others. As such it will be a very attractive competition prize to grab for free. The Apple iPhone series is still one of the biggest draws in competitions in New Zealand.
The iPhone 6 hasa 4.7-inch display, which is quite a bit largner than the 4-inch screen in the iPhone 5S. The 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch display which makes it an alternative to tablet. But the screen size is not the only thing that sets the new Apple flagship apart. At 6.9mm it is also thinner than its predecessor. Then it has all the other improvements that you expect from a new launch: higher resolution screen, better battery life, a sharper camera, iOS 8 and a more powerful processor. The available colours remain silver, gold, and space gray.