Miss Universe New Zealand

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Miss New Zealand
MottoKeep Calm And Wear A Tiara
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Universe
Official language
Executive Director
Nigel Godfrey
WebsiteOfficial website

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).[1]


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), Delyse Nottle (1980), and Samantha MacClung (2015).

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
2018 Estelle Curd Auckland TBA
2017 Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia Napier Unplaced
2016 Tania Pauline Dawson Auckland Unplaced
2015 Samantha McClung Christchurch Unplaced Miss Photogenic 2015
2014 Rachel Maree Millns Wellington Unplaced
2013 Holly Cassidy Auckland Unplaced
2012 Talia Bennett North Harbour Unplaced Pageant winner Avianca Böhm lost the crown after failing to gain New Zealand citizenship [2]
2011 Priyani Puketapu Wellington Unplaced
2010 Ria van Dyke Auckland Unplaced
2009 Katie Taylor Auckland Unplaced
2008 Samantha Powell Paraparaumu Unplaced
2007 Laural Barrett Christchurch Unplaced
2006 Elizabeth Gray Auckland Unplaced
2003 Sharee Adams Wellington Unplaced
2001 Kateao Nehua Jackson Māori Unplaced
2000 Tonia Peachey Auckland Unplaced
1999 Kristy Wilson Auckland Unplaced
1998 Rosemary Rassell Auckland Unplaced
1997 Marina McCartney Wellington Unplaced
1996 Sarah Brady Auckland Unplaced
1995 Shelley Edwards Auckland Unplaced
1994 Nicola Brighty Auckland Unplaced
1993 Karly Kinnaird Auckland Unplaced
1992 Lisa Maree de Montalk Auckland Top 10
1989 Shelley Soffe Auckland Unplaced
1988 Lana Coc-Kroft Auckland Unplaced Television presenter and celebrity
1987 Ursula Kim Ryan Auckland Unplaced
1986 Christine Atkinson Auckland Unplaced
1985 Claire Glenister Auckland Unplaced
1984 Tania Clague 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
1979 Andrea Kake Auckland Unplaced
1978 Jane Simmonds Auckland Unplaced
1977 Donna Anne Schultze Auckland Unplaced
1976 Janey Kingscote Auckland Unplaced
1975 Barbara Ann Kirkley Auckland Unplaced
1974 Dianne Deborah Winyard Auckland Unplaced
1973 Pamela King Auckland Unplaced
1972 Liv Hanche Olsen Auckland Unplaced
1971 Linda Jane Ritchie Auckland Unplaced
1970 Glenys Elizabeth Treweek Auckland Unplaced
1969 Carole Robinson Auckland Unplaced
1968 Christine Mary Antunovic Auckland Unplaced
1967 Pamela McLeod Auckland Unplaced
1966 Heather Gettings 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 Moana Manley Auckland Unplaced


Miss World[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Miss Universe NZ stripped of crown Stuff.co.nz, 31 July 2012

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