Our New Zealand company details are listed on our terms of use.To get started enter the basic information required below, creating a membership is free and easy and you can expand on your details or become an optional Gold member once you enter the confirmation sent to the email address provided.The first time I met someone using Tinder, the free dating app that requires users to swipe left for “no” and right for “yes” before enabling new “matches” to chat, it was an unqualified success. I was newly single after five years in a committed relationship and wasn’t looking for anything more than fun, friendship and, well, who knows.

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The date wasn’t a success in the traditional sense of leading us into a contract based on exclusivity, an accumulating cache of resentments and a mortgage, but it put me back in the game (an appropriate metaphor – people speak regularly of “playing” with the app).

According to Sean Rad, the co-founder who launched Tinder in late 2012, the service was invented for people like me.

“It was really a way to overcome my own problems,” he told the editor of at an event in London last month.

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I wrote it on a postcard I’d been using as a bookmark.

She said she had a boyfriend, but wanted to keep the postcard. My Tinder date was a master’s student from Valencia called Anna (her name wasn’t really Anna, of course, I’m not a sociopath).

When I arrived at the appointed meeting place, she told me I was far more handsome IRL (“in real life”) than my pictures suggested.

I was flattered and full of praise for the directness of continental Europeans but also thought sadly to myself: “If only the same could be said about you.” Anna and I became friends, at least for a while.