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Fonterra director John Monaghan says he is in disbelief after winning a BMW 320i xDrive Touring just for having a member’s subscription to the National Business Review. The prize is valued at $83,800.
Mr Monaghan, who picked up his new wheels this week, says he thought it was a mate ringing to wind him up when NBR publisher Todd Scott called to tell him he’d won.
He told Mr Scott he was absolutely flabbergasted and says he has never won a prize of this scale before.
“We feel very privileged to have won anything, let alone a BMW.”
Mr Monaghan says he is very excited to be getting a BMW in time for Christmas. He says he may even give it to his wife, Sarah.
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He reads it most days online and finds it easy to access on his iPad when travelling.
While Fonterra has a corporate IP subscription, having a personal account on top of that enables Mr Monaghan access to breaking news wherever he is.
Mr Monaghan, who is from Eketahuna, says although he may be one of few to own a BMW there, the way farming is going there might be more European cars hitting the provinces.
NBR has awarded a subscriber prize since 2009 and the prize pool now totals over $650,000. Prizes have included a trip for two to a Cambodian resort, a Peugeot 508 and a 28-night luxury European escape.
Previous winners include BDO partner Stephen Tubbs, Crombie Lockwood chief executive Carl O’Shea, Horton Media chief executive Matthew Horton and Financial Markets Authority chairman Simon Allen.