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US man goes viral after seeking Kiwi women to date his sons

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Publish Date
Thursday, 20 December 2018, 5:07p.m.
Neil's sons, Jeremy, Matthew and Benjamin, have no idea the ad exists. (Photo / Supplied)

An American man travelling to New Zealand with his family for a holiday is looking to set up his three sons on some blind dates with Kiwi women.

Neil's classified ad in yesterday's New Zealand Herald has gone viral with many Kiwis posting a photo of the ad on social media.

The Oregon native says he has three "wonderful, successful, handsome" sons who are "alas, unmarried".

The three sons are aged between 28 and 32 and will be in New Zealand from December 26 to January 7.

"We are not expecting, just hoping, to introduce our sons to nice NZ daughters."

Neil told Larry Williams they had no idea about the ad until today.

"He wasn't upset, he was very surprised. My other son was a tad more upset with me, as he has some professional contacts he feels may be affected."

He says that he is known for following through with his ideas. 

Neil says he was willing to risk the move.

"They have a good sense of humour and love me dearly."

However, Neil won't be able to keep it a secret from his boys for long.

The ad's gone viral on social media and he's already had around 300 responses.

A post of the ad on Facebook has more than 1000 reactions and 600 comments — most of them including people tagging potential dates.

"Go get em gals," one person commented, tagging their friends.

Another joked: "Can I use my exes as references?"

"A date for your wedding invite," one person wrote, tagging a friend.

Neil says that the ad was targeted at the parents, but he has received a number of interesting complaints.

"I've got a long flight with my sons... hopefully we can try and make some arrangements."

Neil says if the blind dates don't work out, he and his wife will at least get some enjoyment out of the embarrassment all this will cause their sons.



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