Tom-toms beat in Queenstown

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Queenstowners were contending to be the voice of New Zealand for a quirky radio competition this afternoon. 

The Edge radio station is conducting a countrywide hunt for the top Kiwi voice to front the TomTom global positioning system and made a pitstop in the resort after starting the search in Invercargill this morning. 

The quirky competition will visit 17 main centres before finishing in Whangarei next Friday. 

The best five voices each day will be put online, with a TomTom GPS being dished out to the most popular contender. 

The eventual national winner will get a Suzuki Swift car. 

Punters can enter one of seven potential categories: best everyday Kiwi, best Kiwi-ism, best celebrity impression, best backseat driver, sexiest voice, best kid’s voice and a weird and wonderful slot. 

Local Andrew Short and his daughter Charlotte, 10, gave the contest at the Village Green a crack. 

Short says he was particularly keen on taking home a GPS and threw a few colloquialisms into the mix. 

“I think I used ‘sweet as, bro” and “not that way – turn left cus, turn left’,” he says. 

People who missed the Edge crew on their whirlwind visits around the country can upload their voice recordings online.