Above Priyani Puketapu (Miss Wellington) and Danelle Kaukau (Miss Horowhenua), wreath-layers at the Cathedral. After liaising with the RSA, which in turn liaised with the Dean of Wellington Cathedral, and the Mayor and the Wellington City Council, this year's Miss Universe New Zealand...

The other TVNZ connection with the pageant is the MC on Sunday night, Matt McLean, who will present the show alongside Zeisha Frémaux, singer and a Miss Universe New Zealand 2010 finalist. This year's event at Farmers was slightly different from 2010's, where each contestant had a different...

Come Friday, fellow judge Evana Patterson will join me and take some of the burden off, as will Salute Hair and Day Spa's Carl Manderson. Dina Janse van Rensburg arrives Saturday and former Miss New Zealand Laural Barrett on Sunday. Tickets for the final night are still available.—Jack Yan,...

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...

Tuesday proved to be the busiest day for the Miss Universe New Zealand 2011 contestants, with visits to Parliament (with my neighbour Murray as the tour guide), Te Papa (with a very energetic guide, Lucy—and with thanks to Bridget MacDonald for her assistance), the Kilmarnock Heights Home,...

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...

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...

 

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