New Zealand's Next Top Model

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New Zealand's Next Top Model
NZNTM Banner.jpg
Created by Tyra Banks
Presented by Sara Tetro
Judges Sara Tetro
Colin Mathura-Jeffree
Chris Sisarich
Theme music composer David Thomas & Les Pierce
Opening theme Models, The Fanatics
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39
Running time 60 minutes (44 without commercials)
Original network TV3
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 13 March 2009 – 2 September 2011
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New Zealand's Next Top Model (NZNTM) is a New Zealand reality television series in which a number of young women compete for the title of New Zealand's Next Top Model and the chance to start their career in the modeling industry.

The show's format was originally created by American talk-show host and model Tyra Banks.

The New Zealand series is hosted by former model and 62 Models Management founder Sara Tetro, and airs on TV3 NZ. The winner of NZNTM wins a modelling contract with Sara's agency. Like its American counterpart, NZNTM features a photographer and international model on its judging panel, Chris Sisarich and Colin Mathura-Jeffree, respectively. Mathura-Jeffree also acts as runway coach to the girls, much like Miss Jay on America's Next Top Model.


A group of young women live in a house together and compete for a modeling contract and the title of New Zealand's Next Top Model. Each week, the girls participate in a challenge and a photo shoot, after which one of them is sent home. The show is based on the hit American TV series America's Next Top Model, which was created/produced and hosted by television personality and former model and talk show host Tyra Banks. The show started in America in 2003, to early commercial success and was first viewed on New Zealand television screens in late 2004. Unlike the age range of America's Next Top Model where the age range is between 18 - 27, the New Zealand version, which targets a younger audience has a lower age range of 16 - 23.


New Zealand's Next Top Model was a ratings success in New Zealand. Cycle 1 secured a higher rating than America's Next Top Model on the TV3 network.[1] Cycle 1 has also finished airing in Australia on the FOX8 network with similar success, becoming one of the 10 most popular shows on subscription television in Australia and at times out-rating FOX8's heavily promoted Australian version of The Contender.[2] Cycle 2 was aired on Australian TV channel Eleven.


In the third episode of series two, the show faced controversy when 16-year-old Michaela Steenkamp modeled topless at a tribal swamp photo shoot. Steenkamp, a devout Christian, said in testimonials aired alongside shots of her half naked in the mud that she was deeply uncomfortable with the shoot. After the episode aired, fans raised concerns about the appropriateness of such a young contestant being shown topless. The show replaced the original photograph of Steenkamp on their website, where one could see her breasts clearly—covered with a bit of nipple tape and nothing else—with a newly Photoshopped image with fog covering Steenkamp's upper body.[3] Digital "fog" was also added to older contestant Amelia's photograph - like Michaela, Amelia originally posed with nothing but nipple tape. At the same photo shoot, other contestants wore nude-colored bandeau tops.[4]

In season three it was revealed that finalist, Rosanagh Wypych, had a criminal conviction for drink-driving. In the week before the final it was revealed that she had failed to disclose a second conviction, for driving whilst disqualified that had resulted in a second court appearance and conviction before the show started. Contestants are required to declare convictions before entering the reality TV competition show.[5] Several days later she uploaded photos to her Facebook page where she had nearly 4,000 friends, some as young as 11. The pictures show Wypych, 17, and friends drinking alcohol and one photo with her next to another girl holding what looks like cannabis. In a statement to 3 News, Wypych states "I understand that what I have done has jeopardised my place in the competition and I am worried now that any day now the judges can decide to kick me out if they wanted to."[6][7] Despite this she was the runner up with Bianca Cutts-Karaman to Brigette Thomas.


Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner-up(s) Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants International Destination(s)
1 13 March 2009 Christobelle Grierson-Ryrie Laura Scaife Tiffany Butler, Sarah Yearbury, Olivia Murphy, Rhiannon Lawrence, Ajoh Chol, Rebecca-Rose Harvey, Lucy Murphy, Teryl-Leigh Bourke, Victoria Williams, Ruby Higgins, Hosanna Horsfall
13 Australia
United States
Los Angeles
2 6 August 2010 Danielle Hayes Michaela Steenkamp Estelle Curd, Jamie Himiona, Aafreen Vaz, Amelia Gough, Lauren Bangs & Eva Duncan, Holly Potton, Nellie Jenkins, Lara Kingsbeer, Dakota Biddle, Courtenay Scott-Hill, Elza Jenkins
14 Thailand
3 10 June 2011 Brigette Thomas Bianca Cutts-Karaman
Rosanagh Wypych
Aminah Mohamed, Holly Reid, Yanna Hampe, Briana Allen, Amber Douglas, Tyne Aitken, Arihana Taiaroa, Aroha Newby, Hillary Cross, A.J. Moore, Issy Thorpe 14 United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi


  1. ^ Keall, Chris (8 September 2009). "TV3 still in the running to make New Zealand's Next Top Model". National Business Review. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
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  3. ^ "Stir over near naked pictures of models". New Zealand Herald. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Week Three Elimination Shoot photo gallery". NZNTM official website. August 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Conviction does not end models hopes". Sunday News. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Top models pot fallout fear". Stuff. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Top model Rosanagh worried after Facebook Pot pic". 3News. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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