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She’s a little hard to sum up, isn’t she?  Because she just means so much.  Your mum has been there through it all,  from the early morning feeds, to the late night talks, and everything in between.  Primary school plays, bad boyfriends, playground scrapes, cooking lessons, taxi service, advice, laughter, marriage, break ups, tears, triumphs – she was there when you needed her the most, and especially when you thought you didn’t.

Sure you’ve had your differences.  Like the time when she didn’t want you to dye your hair pink but you did it anyway.  Or when she caught you sneaking out to meet up with [insert teenage boyfriend’s name here] for a pash at that party.  Or all those times she was the meanest mum ever!  Except, she wasn’t, and you know that now.  She taught you what it was to be kind, to be giving, to be honest, and what it meant to be a Mum.  You know she made sacrifices, but she would never think of it that way.  Here’s your chance to say thank you (and sorry for stealing her best lipsticks), with an amazing range of prizes that’s sure to make her smile.

***Thank you to everyone who nominated a mum.  This competition has now closed.***

We want you to nominate Your Mum – or the step mum, aunty, sister, grandma or best friend’s mum who filled that role – for this amazing prize. Tell us why she should win, and if she’s chosen you’ll also be a winner!  


  1. Diana

    May 10, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    After birthing and raising 10 children, surviving two bouts of Cancer, heart problems and being widowed twice, my mother is still going (albeit not as strong). She loves spending time with her family and Skyping her children living all around the world. I love my Mother. She taught me how to work hard and get the job done. Now that my children are grown and all left home, I get to spend more time with her. And since I’m the only one still living in New Zealand, that makes me the favourite

  2. Leilani

    May 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I would like to nominate my mum Ellie for this gift. My mum and I have had many struggles but she has stuck beside me despite years of pain and heartache. I think the world of my mum and one of the things I love about her the most is the fact that she has taught me that no one is perfect and that the most important thing is to love yourself and others despite those imperfections. She has also taught me what true courage is and to stand up for what I believe in no matter what. I am so grateful to be her daughter xo

  3. Leianne

    May 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Our mum Judy Acarapi “Judz” is an amazing, kind hearted charitable women ! Like the many Mums above I’ve just read of xx She provided her five kids so many opportunitie. Raising us and working, all our activities would have drained the average individual but she’d hardly show any struggle at all. Now as a midwife and a involved community member she seems to find the new mums that could do with some extra care, nuture and encouraging word and then get involved. Cautiously we watch hoping our Mum won’t burn out, but literally when she’s caring for others.. this Mums on fire! . Love you so much Mama Judz xxx

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    Lucy Knight

    May 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I nominate my lovely Mum Mary. She is the best mum it is possible to have. I’m one of 7 children, but she always has time for all of us! And she is also the best Grandma ever, to my six children, and my four nieces and nephews. During a really hard period over the last few months after I was injured trying to help someone being attacked by a bag snatcher, Mum has been there for me. All while she has been so unwell herself. She’s a saint, and she makes the best pavlova ever

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    May 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I definitely nominate my Mum – Yvonne. My mum stopped working when us kids were born. She has always been there, supported and loved us, even when we should have been leaving home. She tends to put others first, so she found others to nourish and support, while still tending to her own scattered brood. Grandkids are coming now, and once again, Mum is in her element, showing each one lots of love and enjoying their stages, although this is becoming more of a struggle now, due to a previous vertebral injury progressing and limiting. Mum just “adjusts her sails slightly, and her speed” and keep going. Love her to bits.

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    Alma Shaw

    May 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

    My mum and I have always been close. Whenever, anything went wrong she was the person I wanted to tell, when something made me smile she was the person I thought of, we spoke everyday even if it was just to make silly jobs at one another.

    Late last year we had a major falling out and neither of us seem to be able to breach that wall that came between us.

    I want her to know that no matter what our differences, no matter how much we fight and no matter how little we talk. She remains the strongest person I have ever known and I love her more than words can express.

    She doesn’t ever seem to able to get on a positive ledge, she one of those people that bad things happen to constantly, so to be able to win this – I would hope would bring a little bit of knowledge that the universe hasnt given up on her yet.

  7. Alice

    May 10, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Best mum and grandmother we could wish for – we are so lucky to have you here and thank you for the gift of time that you give us. We wouldn’t be the same without her here – thank you Mum

  8. Rachel Wood

    May 10, 2015 at 8:54 am

    There are so many great Mums out there and mine is at the top of the great Mum list. She has struggled with illness most of her life and yet she never complains and is the first person to put up her hand and offer to help me, her Grandchildren and other people in the community.
    She has done so much for me from bringing me up to be a strong, independent person. Everything I have ever attempted in my life, I have had my Mum right behind me as my strongest cheerleader. Encouraging me to never give up and telling me I can be and do anything I set my mind to.
    My Mum has an amazing outlook on life, that is just a joy to be a part of.
    She in generous, kind, loving and just so beautiful on the inside and on the outside.
    I have been so blessed to have been given my Mum as the most amazing person in my life.
    Love you to bits Mum xx

  9. Leigh

    May 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    My Mum is amazing …. Even now I’m in my 40’s I need her more than ever. She is a wonderful friend who I love to go shopping and out for lunch with. She still spoils me and is the best Gran to my kids. She does thoughtful things like bringing my washing in, baking biscuits and taking care of her grandchildren while I am at staff meetings and I come home to a meal in the oven. She even comes into my class on a Tuesday morning and helps take reading groups and children write their stories. She is an inspiration and I don’t always think I say thank you enough so this would be a great way. I love you Mum! Xx

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    Mandy Phipps-Green

    May 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you, Mum, for being there through labour with my twin boys, and being present at their birth. Thank you, Mum, for staying for 6 weeks after they were born, for doing all the cooking, shopping and cleaning, for looking after Amelia (then just 2 years old), for holding the boys, taking shifts through the night so that we could get a little sleep. Thank you for being there when they both got colic and for supporting me through the hardest year of my life. Thank you, Mum, for dropping everything to help. Thank you, Mum, for always being there with helpful and loving words, and an ear and a kind, reassuring heart when I need to talk. Thank you, Mum, for loving my children and spoiling them (and me) rotten, mostly with your time and love. Thank you, Mum, for loving your grandchildren to bits, and for loving me, despite my flaws, who loves you so very very much, more than I can ever say, and more than you can ever know.

  11. Conor

    May 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    My mum is beautiful, she cooks, cleans, looks after us. My sister and I are always at the hospital mum is always there with us. Our dad is a loser so mum is both parents. She does her best. Money is tight she doesn’t get treats and we cant afford to buy her a mothers day pressie. Mum spends a lot of time at appointments with Bree. She does get help at home or time out. She deserves something special. We love our mum.

  12. Miriam Makgill

    May 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    My mum is one of those always there, show you in little everyday ways how she loves you kind of people. She has four kids, 1 English daughter, 7 nearly eight grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews that she ‘mums’ for too. She babysits, chefs, interior decorates, organises, cuddles, laughs, celebrates and oversees for all of us. Most of all she knows what makes us all tick and in little often behind the scenes ways does things to show us how much she loves us. We love her and would love a Special Mother’s Day prize for her.

  13. Amy

    May 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I would like to nominate my mum as she is always there for me, and will often look after my children especially when I need to take my husband in the city for his medical tests. She will often bring round some grocery items too to help us out.

  14. Chrissy

    May 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    It’s pouring rain outside, I’m at home wasting time on Facebook while my mother Braves the rain to go pick up my daughter from kindy….who will no doubt take her sweet time walking to the car, kick up a fuss about wanting to put her own seatbelt on…take five minutes to do so….all while my mum stands in the rain by the door waiting to make sure she’s done it correctly…once mum has hopped in the car…miss 4 will remember she left her lunchbox inside which my now already soaked mother will have to go and get. So, I nominate my mum for a prize…cause she’s probably gonna be annoyed at me when she gets back for asking her to pick up my kid…it might soften the blow since she is probably miserably cold and wet and push me up in the ranks when it comes to favourite child. Hehe. But seriously, Happy Mother’s Day mum. Thanks for all you do.

  15. Kelsey

    May 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

    My Mum doesn’t have facebook. But she’s super special. She deserves a huge treat for Mother’s Day because she is an amazing cook, A++ babysitter and one of my best friends. Recently she has taken my daughter and I into her home so that I can get back on my feet financially and I wouldn’t know where id be if she hadn’t. Love her to bits xx.

  16. Celina Hall

    May 8, 2015 at 3:06 am

    My mum is a beautiful and special lady, she doesn’t ever complain, she’s raised 5 children and has taken in different kids over the years for short amounts of time to help them get back on their feet. She helps each of us kids out in anyway she can, she’s driven back up to school if we’ve forgotten something, she’s always up at our games or productions cheering us on, one year she even ended up being the assistant coach for soccer while the coach went to Japan (Mum didn’t know the first thing about soccer, but the kids couldn’t play if they didn’t have a coach so she learnt soccer) She’s hardworking and funny, she’s my best friend and she deserves to be pampered for a change.

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    Voloy Matthews

    May 7, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I want to nominate my amazing Mum… she is the hardest working person I know and has always put everyone else’s needs before her own. shes a wonderful example to me and I would love to see her get a treat for HER!

  18. Emma J

    May 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I would love to nominate my mum Pam who has brought me and my brother up pretty much on her own when her and my dad separated 35ish years ago.
    She is kind, supportive , fun, loving and feisty among other great qualities. She is a great Noni (grandmum) to my 2 girls and also to my brother’s 2 kids. I would love to surprise and her treat her as she has always gone without so us kids could have what we needed.

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    May 7, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    I’d like to nominate my birth-mum. I don’t usually make contact on mothers day because I don’t want to impose on her (and her family) but want her to know how much I appreciate her being in my life now.

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    May 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I would like to nominate my Mum Sandy Connell, she has always been supportive of me and helped me with my children. She helped us move cities by cleaning and buying us new appliances for our new house.

  21. Ceara

    May 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

    My mother gave me my passion. A passion or literature, music, art, and acquiring knowledge. She also taught me to never stand by while injustice is happening, and always step in to help others. She planted the seeds for the social activist I am today.

  22. Emma P

    May 7, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Among so many things, all of us (grown up) girls still steal Mum’s lipstick and she is wonderful about it.

  23. Naomi Stephen-Smith

    May 7, 2015 at 4:32 am

    My mum, Helen, is one of those people who does little things for other people to make their lives a bit easier. The sum of all of those little things is huge, but because she spreads her love widely, many people don’t see how much she does.

  24. Lauren W

    May 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I would like to nominate my mum, Sue, for this prize. Mum is so hard working at everything she does and never takes time for her self. I have recently had a baby by c section and mum dropped everything to look after me and bubs when my husband had to go back to work. But this is mum to a t…. Always putting others before herself. Being a mum myself now has opened my eyes to how much mums actually do our their kids, and this prize would be an awesome way to start saying thank you more to my wonderful mother.

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    Anna King

    May 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    My Mum has lived a hard life in and out of hospital for many years. She has always tried to stay positive for the family. We love her so so much. She is kind, generous, loving, sweet and so much more. I find it hard to describe my love for her in words as there is so much feeling that just can’t be vocalised, it’s that love like seeing a sunset or smelling petrichor or watching a shooting star, that love that takes your breath away then gives you back just enough to laugh your head off and smile breathlessly. She is my rock and pillar and I am her baby girl.

  26. Jack & Joe

    May 6, 2015 at 9:56 am

    We would like to enter our very special Mum, who tirelessly does all things Mum for us, 24/7/365. We are pretty demanding (lets be honest about it) and she always bends over backwards to keep us awesomely nutritionalised, warmly clothed, well shod, groomed, manicured, rested and well mannered to boot ! Whilst we acknowledge that everyone elses Mums are special to them, ours is special with icing sugar on top and a gold star (or GI Joe sticker, whichever tickles your fancy). Trust us we know what we are talking about ! Please be entering our Mum (of the name Jennifer McLean) in all your splendiferous Mother days competitions. Thanks J&J.

  27. Taryn D

    May 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    My mum has been through hell and back and deserves a treat. Her relationship ended a few years ago in a very traumatic way and she was left with nothing. She is still trying to get back on her feet and is also going through health issues. She had to have her spine fused and was told last week her place is going to be sold and she needs to move, worst timing! This would make her day so special as I am a stay at home mum myself of 2kids and can not afford to get her an amazing present like she deserves. My mum is so deserving =)

  28. Malien

    May 5, 2015 at 11:50 am

    My mother is totally deserving of this prize. She is an amazing women and is so quick to care for all her children and families. She has been an amazing support to me through the birth of all three of my children. She now has 15 grandchildren and has been able to help and support all of her children through this. The lastest grandchild was born last week and my sister in law suffered an extremly bad tear resulting in sugery which was then made worse by a terrible haemorrage. She spent time in ICU and my mother was there the whole time supporting my sister, brother and looking after the baby. I dont know what we would do without her! Love you Mum

  29. Rachel

    May 5, 2015 at 6:33 am

    My Mum is the BEST mum I could have ever wished for. For the majority of my life, she was a solo Mum. She worked 2 full time jobs, yet was always there for us kids. She never missed any important events and always went above and beyond in everything. We never lacked, needed or wanted for anything – Mum always made sure it was provided. Further, Mum has always had significant health issues. While that meant many times in hospital, she was still always there for us. More than a mum, she became a friend too – particuarly as we grew older. We knew we could and can, talk to her about anything and have unconditional love and support. My Mum always has time for anyone in need. She has taken in our friends, and fostered them along the way, she has provided all of the palliative care for both of her own parents. She always puts everyone else first – and it’s time this was acknoweldged and she came first!

  30. Angela Pickering

    May 4, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I’d love to nominate my mum, Noelene. She raised all of her kids (own, fostered, adopted) together as a loving family. We all know where we would be now if mum didn’t take us so she would love this.

  31. Abbie

    May 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    My mum is amazing. She is so selfless and does so much for our family. We have two wee boys and she often helps us out with a minutes notice! We love her and everything she does for us!

  32. Andrea

    May 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    My mother – there’s no real ‘wonder’ story that goes with it, just a simple wonderful mother that has always been there for me (and my brother), a genuinely strong, independent woman who is a shining example of putting her children first and making the most of any situation. Love her to bits and would love to spoil her with this wonderful prize.

  33. Teressa Richards

    May 4, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    My mum; mother of 8, step-mum of 4, foster mum of trillions, cancer survivor, abuse survivor, studied social work, and now runs a facebook page called westland random acts of kindness swapping their clothing and other items for food items, she then uses to make up food hampers for struggling families. Shes 60 yrs old and just cant help being a mum to everyone :)

  34. Angie

    May 4, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    My mum has been my rock through it all, my struggles as a solo mum and student, she was there to help with my kids, do washing, cook dinner and just be my rock when I needed one. I could never put into words what I owe her, she gave me life, I would love to show her how much I appreciate what she has given me.

  35. Ange

    May 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I’d like to nominate my mum, who has always been there for me and my siblings…even when we’ve thought we didn’t need her! She’s supportive and encouraging, generous and loving, and would do anything for her grandchildren.

  36. Rachel Wallis

    May 4, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    My beautiful life long bestie, Teresa Lincoln is a definite candidate for this fantastic prize. She is incredible – managing three children 5 and under, a golf playing, deer shooting, duck shooting farmer husband!! She needs a little something for her for sure!

  37. Candice

    May 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    My mum deserves more than I can ever give her. She’s 53 and hong blind. She has acute macular degeneration. She has spent the last 7 years doing everything she can to spend as much time with my daughter before that time runs out. She supported me through one of the most grueling bachelor degrees around and dropped everything to come help regardless of time. She would taxi over at 1 am so I could run off and deliver a baby without hesitating. I love my mum and I wish she could win every competition because she deserves it. Being on the invalid benefit she doesn’t always have the option for the finer things in life. Thank you mum. From the bottom of my heart.

  38. Miriam gopperth

    May 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    My mum- Drops everything when ever we”re in need. Never says no to babysitting. Me & my siblings would be lost without her she’s our “macgyver “

  39. Miriam Matthews

    May 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    She’s done so much for hubby and I and our three kids, but to sum things up as they are now… She’s given us a roof over our heads whilst she lives in the renovated garage (with no toilet/shower/plumbing). She has but two days paid work a week and when not doing that she’s giving her parents lifts to here and there, deals with her husbands diabetes and mental health, she does services up at our local church if they need someone or plays the organ for them, she is babysitter should we need one, especially when our youngest needs surgery and she helps us homeschool my elder two children.

  40. Julie

    May 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    My Mum… Honestly, we do not always get along… (Probably because we’re too much alike). Honestly, she can drive me absolutely nuts without even saying a word. And HONESTLY, she is the hardest-working, most thoughtful, generous, compassionate, loving, tender-hearted, serviceable, family-oriented, cullinary rockstar of a Mum I have ever had the pleasure of being a daughter to. She turns up with treats, clothes for the kids and even bread and the odd roll of toilet paper just at the right time. She loves her family to a fault (and even total strangers come to think of it) and would do anything for us. I know she will not be around forever, but each day she is, makes my world that much brighter. I love you Mum! xoxo

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    May 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I would like to nominate my mum because she just loves being a mum (and grandmum). She doesn’t have her kids in town so comes to visit at least once/month to help out and I recently asked her to tell her granddaughter about something different at school in her time and she wrote a three page letter for her with so much info/details. She loved being asked!! She is always saying “if only I lived there (with you)” but she does so much from a distance it’s amazing and she deserves something special for it.

  42. Samantha Sutherland

    May 4, 2015 at 9:29 am

    My mum Celia. Full time mum to us growing up, except when she needed to return to teaching when we needed the money. Supported us when we struggled to get pregnant. Was there at the birth of our first child and when i needed help as a new mum. Our rock and surrogate mummy to our boy when my daughter was born with a life threatening liver disease. Has supported and loved us and our two kids the past 8 years of living in and out of hospital through a liver transplant in my wee girl and so much stress with her illness. More than just an ordinary Nanna to her grand kids who need nurturing through the tough times. There are not enough ways to thank her for keeping our family going and feeding us, taking care of our home and son when we are in hospital with our daughter. Love you mum.

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    kerianne newman

    May 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I would like to nominate my mum sue coffey, she has 8 kids & 10 grand kids & never stops taking care of any of us, she has taken in some of my younger siblings & their own families into her small rented home. She’s fed them, housed them, helped them financially (even though she couldn’t really afford it) given them transport, babysat their children & never asked for anything in return.
    She is selfless & always puts others needs before her own, she’s kind, funny, caring, humble, talented, beautiful, helpful, inspirational, hard working, strong, loving & wonderful inside & out.

  44. Rebecca

    May 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I would like to nominate my mum Kathy. I have 3 kids of my own (an almost 4 year old & 5month old twins). My mum is constantly helping me. Every Friday she has my eldest over at her house for the night & then on Saturday night she has one of my twins AND my eldest daughter over night! This means I get to have a night at home with just one baby! What a blessing! Also the baby she takes for the night is whatever child is sleeping the worst. She takes the child who screams all night & leaves us with whoever is feeling more chilled out that day. I don’t know what I’d do without her (and my dad)

  45. Nathan

    May 4, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I would like to nominate my Mum, Deb McLean, of the Pohangina McLean’s. Why you ask? Simply because she is my Mum ! It would be too cliched to spell it all out, in fact there probably isn’t room in this ‘white box of text’ to get it all down. She has been there, done it all (in terms of all things ‘Mum’ and ‘Mum-ness’). For her own children and their children. For children in the wider family and for children in the community. They say what goes around – comes around. So its about time the universe coughed up and showed her the love. She is much deserving!

  46. Yvonne Noffke

    May 4, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I would like my mum Yvonne Noffke to get something special, as she has a heart of gold. Even when kicked in the teeth she can not help helping others. She has had her own 6 children and many grandchildren. She is now raising to children 1 from 3 days old now 4 and a another she got at 18months now 3 1/2, and all her spare money is hoing on lawyers to try and get a 3rd to try to reunite siblings split through the system. She has also had 3 mums and their babies live with her for periods of time to try to prevent mum and babies being split up as they had no mothering skills, each one of them has ripped her off not paying board and running her down to others. My mum helps so many people even though she always gets hurt after doing so. Included being assaulted trying to protect a small baby. Please consider Mum protector of all children she knows.
    Her girl Jolene ❤️


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