Single farmers looking for love
A new Facebook page that helps farmers find love has created a stir in the provinces.
NZF Singles invites country folk seeking companionship to post their photo and information for others to peruse.
The applicants could see who liked or commented on their photo and add them online accordingly.
For those seeking something a little more casual, a Russian roulette style system called Second Chance Sunday invited people to post their Snap Chat names or phone numbers on the wall for others to get in touch.
The page had already attracted more than 2300 likes in just a few weeks.
"Farmer by day, Charmer by night," reads one entry.
"This single stud is all you've ever wanted in a man. A true gentleman he won't hesitate to shout you a drink or 10. And to avoid the walk of shame in the morning he will fly you home in his plane (he's also a pilot girls!). Don't be put off by his Wanganui heritage, the only gang he's been in is a shearers gang!"
"Name's Ben ... Looking for a wholesome full bodied Kiwi girl with a good set of hips, calloused hands and a big smile," reads another.
The page is the brainchild of Whanganui shepherd Tyler Fifield, 20, who created several social pages for farmers in the past, including NZ Farming, and saw a need in the community for one that could romantically link rural bachelors and bachelorettes.
"There was a chick who said to me 'I'm sick of meeting city guys'," Fifield said.
"She wanted to find someone who didn't mind getting their hands dirty on the farm."
Living in the country without a partner could get boring and lonely which is why he'd made an effort to connect everyone, he said.
"Rural suicide rates are quite high, it's a really hot topic and it's hard to know how to help deal with it," Fifield said.
"Now people who live in the middle of nowhere can know there's people in a similar position to them and feel connected to others."
The response so far had been overwhelming with Fifield receiving about 200 messages a day from those looking for love and some who'd been on successful dates.
Unlike other match-making websites he offered a personal touch by carefully selecting the best photos of the candidate as well as spell-checking and spicing up or toning down the applicant's descriptions, he said.
Sometimes he gave advice on those whose profiles weren't up to scratch.
"You're not trying to win a rap battle you're trying to find love in an agricultural world," he said.
"Go away, put some decent clothes on and come back."
He believed the attraction of the site was that it was free and genuinely sought to help people make connections.
"It's specifically a love-related thing rather than a quick shag," he said.
"(Singles app) Tinder works well but the singles page is only for dating."