A quick visit to my friend of 30 years Maitland Waters for some extra photographs followed, after which I collected fashion editor Sopheak Seng and our fifth judge, Danijela Unkovich, Miss Universe New Zealand 2010 runner-up. Sopheak's styling of the contestants at the pageant's evening show...

June 5, 2011 Compared with 2010, the web buzz is quieter, but the New Zealand mainstream media interest is greater, as Miss Universe New Zealand 2011 Priyani Puketapu actively prepares for her journey to Miss Universe this year in São Paulo, Brazil. Following her win, Puketapu was ferried in...

April 24, 2011 Above Miss Universe New Zealand pageant director Val Lott briefs this year's entrants in their first meeting. The Miss Universe New Zealand 2011 contestants have arrived at the Museum Hotel in Wellington, which has generously sponsored their accommodation and the use of some...

Charlotte Webb Top Talia Bennett (Miss North Harbour) and Isabelle Pearson (Miss Great South Vets) with the children at Johnsonville Mall. Above Danelle Kaukau (Miss Horowhenua). Below Isabelle Pearson with a young fan. Charlotte Webb Time has flown this week for the Miss Universe New...

May 1, 2011 The capital has taken the Miss Universe New Zealand crown for 2011, with Miss Wellington, Priyani Puketapu (Te Atiawa), winning top honours in front of a packed ballroom at the Amora Hotel Wellington on Sunday. Miss North Harbour, Talia Bennett, and Miss Howick, Courtney...

But, happily, the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant presumes innocence before guilt, and playground taunts typically discredit the defamer. Photographs only tell part of the story: one year, one contestant had what I thought was a less than stellar photograph yet she wound up in the top...

33 The second day of the finalists' retreat for Miss Universe New Zealand 2014, and the first full day in Thailand, was packed with activities for the top 25 around Bangkok. Most went for a morning visit to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, while...

Miss Universe New Zealand 2011 Priyani Puketapu joined us today, too, with her first official function at Johnsonville, and spoke of her trips to Brazil, Singapore and South Korea during her reign. We also paid a visit to Bella Bloom, the official florist of Miss Universe New Zealand 2012,...

The second full day of Miss Universe New Zealand was probably the busiest of the week, other than the final night on the 3rd. The contestants had their first official engagement with Deputy Mayor Ian McKinnon and Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, both of whom had wise words to give to the ten...

54 On their last full day in Thailand, the Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists remained in Pattaya for their official events, visiting the Sanctuary of Truth, regarded the most beautiful temple in the area and still under construction using timber, and the Central Festival shopping...

 

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