NZ Tradie Day prize





A national search is on to find the New Zealand tradie most deserving of a weekend away. The online competition is hosted by Mercy Ships, an international charity where Kiwi tradies maintain the hospital ship moored in West Africa, where life-saving surgeries are carried out.

“Kiwi volunteer plumbers, electricians, mechanics, engineers, and fitter-turners help keep our hospital ship, Africa Mercy, running, so we can provide free life-transforming surgeries to people in Africa,” says Mercy Ships NZ communications manager, Sharon Walls.

“Kiwis recognise the vital role of tradies, ‘ says competition judge Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp. “Mercy Ships rely on volunteer tradies and expertise to keep the hospital ship functioning.  Our tradies make a big difference to this amazing charity. Through this competition we’d like to reward one tradie who most deserves it with a weekend holiday package for two.”

The prize package is a weekend for two relaxing and recharging at Sea Bird Coast’s beachfront property Sea Urchin Cottage, and free weekend rental of a luxury Holden Colorado Ute.


Any trades person can enter the competition here 

Entrants must be aged 18 years and over

The online competition closes at midnight September 18, 2019.



Tradies, use your domestic and industry experience to make a life-changing difference on the Mercy Ship! Your trade skills can help transform the future for people living in poverty.

The volunteer sparkies ys, plumbers, mechanics, fitters and turners help the engineering team run the Mercy Ship facilities that allow our hospital ship crew to provide free essential surgeries on board for babies, children and adults in Africa desperate need.


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  •  The competition will remain fair. This means that if the team at Mercy Ships New Zealand deem any behaviour unfair, they have the authority to declare any entries invalid, void the competition, change the competition instructions, or adjust the entries to maintain fairness, as they think fit.
  • The competition instructions may carry a specific indication, but in the absence of such an indication, only one entry is permitted per entrant.
  • Employees of Mercy Ships and members of their immediate family will not be eligible to participate.
  • No prize included in the competition is redeemable for cash. There will be no cash or other alternatives to the prize offered and prizes are not transferable.
  • Entries must be made in accordance with the competition instructions. They are invalid if they are received any later than the specified closing time, 18th of September at 11:59pm.
  • Entry includes a subscription to enews and allows further correspondence from Mercy Ships NZ
  • Competition is open to NZ residents only, aged 18 or over unless any other age restriction is specified or implied.
  • Winner will be drawn at random then annnounced on National Tradie Day – 20th of September – compiled from both Facebook and the Mercy Ships website landing page.
  • Winner will be contacted via the email and contact number provided and will have 6 hours to redeem the prize.
  • If the winner of the competition is unable to take up the prize for any reason and fails to respond within 24 hours once notified through provided contact details (mobile and email), Mercy Ships New Zealand reserve the right to award that prize (without notice to the first winner chosen) to an alternative winner, in which case the first winner chosen shall not be eligible for any share of the prize whatsoever. Mercy Ships New Zealand shall not have any liability in such an event.
  • No correspondence will be entered into or comment issued on any matters concerning any competition, and no reasons given for any decision made by the judges.
  • Mercy Ships reserves the right to the content entered, and to publish the name of the winner, and the winning entry itself, and all winners are required to give their full cooperation to all requests by Mercy Ships and promoters in connection with publicity for the competition, their entry, the prize or otherwise.
  • The Holden rental period will be from midday Friday to midday Monday for whatever time frame in agreement with Holden.
  • Transport to and from the place of ute rental is at the cost of the winner. The location of car collection is currently at the Schofields of Newmarket service department on 15 Mauranui Avenue, Epsom, Auckland 1051.
  • The winner will be expected to sign a standard loan agreement upon renting the ute that makes them liable to pay for any damages.
  • Compliance with Sea Urchin Cottage rules and regulations, including check-out times must be agreed upon before using the accommodation.
  • If Sea Urchin Cottage feels that the winner has disrespected any of the rules or regulations, Sea Urchin Cottage has full authority to ask the winner and their companion to leave the premises and pay for any costs that may ensue.
  • Entrants must remain respectful within all entries submitted or risk disqualification.
  • By providing your own contact information, you hereby consent to Mercy Ships sending occasional emails or other communications using the provided details.
  • Nominees and nominators have the authority to unsubscribe to the mailing list at any time.
  • The promoter does not assume any responsibility for any products or services offered as prizes in any competition and under no circumstances shall the inclusion of any product or service in the competition be construed as an endorsement or recommendation of such product or service by the provider.
  • Mercy Ships and its associated agencies and companies and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents, shall not be liable for any loss or damage, including for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with an entrant’s participation in the promotion or the receipt or use of any part of any prize, except for any loss or damage which is due to the negligence or willful misconduct of the promoter or which otherwise cannot be excluded by law.
  • The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By entering and participating each entrant agrees to hold harmless and release Facebook from and against any and all claims, demands, liability, losses costs or expenses with respect to and arising out of or related to the entrant’s participation in any prize-related activities, acceptance of a prize and/or use or misuse of a prize.