Miss Universe New Zealand
|Motto||Keep Calm And Wear A Tiara|
Miss Universe New Zealand is the New Zealand national Beauty pageant which feeds into the international Miss Universe competition. Qualification for Miss Universe New Zealand is based on regional pageants and/or personal interviews (necessary due to lack of regional pageant in some areas).
New Zealanders have contested 44 Miss Universe pageants since its inception in 1952 and is one of 33 countries to win the title. After no entrants were sent to Miss Universe in 2004 and 2005, a new national pageant, Miss Universe New Zealand, was created in 2006.
New Zealand's most successful entrant came in 1983 when Lorraine Downes won the Miss Universe title. The country's only other top five placing came when Delyse Nottle was second runner-up to Shawn Weatherly in 1980. New Zealand has also had three semi-finalist placings, in 1962, 1981 and 1992.
New Zealand is one of only 12 countries to win two or more Miss Photogenic awards, won by Carole Robinson (1969) and Delyse Nottle (1980).
Officially from General Counsel Jack Yan, the Miss Universe NZ Organization committee will bring Miss Universe New Zealand in to the 21st century, by applying integrity and transparency to the competition. It’s an exciting time, transforming this competition into something that involves all New Zealanders.
A Miss Universe New Zealand winner became an instant celebrity and we will return that status to the title. The winner will enjoy a very busy and productive year-long reign working with both Miss Universe and Variety, the Children’s Charity. (Miss Universe New Zealand Associate Director, Evana Patterson).
According to Executive Director, Nigel Godfrey, This is a very exciting reinvention of a worldwide recognized brand that has for too long languished here in New Zealand. For the last few years there have been a number of barriers to entry, not the least of which has been a financial demand made on the entrants. In 2014 any eligible entrant will be welcome to join us on what is going to be a very exciting journey.
A dynamic consortium, comprising veteran TV producer Nigel Godfrey, experienced make-up artist and well respected personal trainer Evana Patterson, and Lucire publisher Jack Yan, has taken over the Miss Universe New Zealand franchise and are promising an exciting new competition.
The pageant will allow between the ages of 18 and 27 and are a New Zealand citizen.
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as Runner-up
- Ended as Top Finalists or Semi-Finalists
|Year||Miss New Zealand||Represented||Placement||Notes|
|2016||Tania Dawson||Auckland||Unplaced||Television presenter and celebrity|
|2015||Samantha McClung||Christchurch||Unplaced||Miss Photogenic 2015|
|2014||Rachel Maree Millns||Wellington||Unplaced|
|2012||Talia Bennett||North Harbour||Unplaced||Pageant winner Avianca Böhm lost the crown after failing to gain New Zealand citizenship |
|2010||Ria van Dyke||Auckland||Unplaced|
|2001||Kateao Nehua Jackson||Māori||Unplaced|
|1992||Lisa Maree de Montalk||Auckland||Top 10|
|1988||Lana Coc-Kroft||Auckland||Unplaced||Television presenter and celebrity|
|1987||Ursula Kim Ryan||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1983||Lorraine Downes||Auckland||Miss Universe 1983||Winner of Dancing with the Stars season 2|
|1982||Sandra Helen Dexter||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1981||Donella Thomsen||Auckland||Top 10|
|1980||Delyse Nottle||Auckland||2nd Runner-up|
|1977||Donna Anne Schultze||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1975||Barbara Ann Kirkley||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1974||Dianne Deborah Winyard||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1972||Liv Hanche Olsen||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1971||Linda Jane Ritchie||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1970||Glenys Elizabeth Treweek||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1968||Christine Mary Antunovic||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1965||Gay Lorraine Phelps||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1964||Lyndal Ursula Cruickshank||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1963||Regina Ellen Scandrett||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1962||Leslie Margaret Nichols||Wellington||Top 15|
|1960||Lorraine Nawa Jones||Auckland||Unplaced|
|1957||Arlenne Nesgitt||Auckland||Did not compete|
|1954||Moananui Akiwa Manley||Auckland||Unplaced|
The delegates who represented New Zealand at Miss Universe 1992-1996 also represented New Zealand at Miss World the year before they competed at Miss Universe. The only one of these delegates to place at Miss World was Lisa Marie de Montaulk, who was a semi-finalist in both pageants.
- "Miss Universe New Zealand". 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
Many regions hold their own Pageant with the winner being sponsored into Miss Universe New Zealand. However as there has been an absence of regional pageants in many regions we are also interviewing those of you interested in entering Miss Universe New Zealand.
- Miss Universe NZ stripped of crown Stuff.co.nz, 31 July 2012