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Episode 6: Perfect Woman

On the next episode, screening March 28 at 7pm on TV ONE:

What does it take to be the perfect rural woman?

The ability to drive a jet boat, back a trailer, or gut and skin a possum? Or is it more important to be able to open a bottle of beer without an opener? Or sink every ball on a pool table in four minutes?

These and other more-or-less feminine abilities were all tested to the max at Wanaka's Perfect Woman contest last Labour Weekend - and the fun and games can be seen on this week's Country Calendar.

The crew followed three contestants through a weekend of frenetic activity which provided great entertainment for the thousands gathered at the Bullock Bar for the annual event.

Needless to say, it could only be a man who would think of such a contest in the first place.

When publican Stew Burt first ran the event in 2001, he thought it might be a local crowd-puller - but instead it attracted worldwide attention. The contest has grown every year since.

Burt shrugs off accusations of exploitation and says the contest is a celebration of women's abilities.  Although he's still involved, the event's now mainly run by a team of women, he says.

Profits from the contest go to the Canlive Trust, a support group for cancer victims.

So what motivates the entrants?  For a start, there's a prize list, including the option to accept a pallet of beer from the major sponsor.

But the contestants say their main motivation is the extraordinary bonding that happens within the entrants' ranks. There's no room for bitchiness - just a weekend of fun for all.

Other sites to view:
The Perfect Woman contest website.