New Zealand at Miss World

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Miss World New Zealand
Motto Beauty With A Mission
Formation 1956
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Auckland
Miss World
Miss International
Official language
National Director
Ros Taylor
Website Official website
Kahurangi Taylor, New Zealand's representative at Miss World 2008

New Zealand has contested 46 Miss World pageants since that pageant's inception in 1951. No New Zealander has won the Miss World title, although two have placed first runner-up. Karla de Beer is the reigning Miss World New Zealand 2016.[1]


The peak of the national pageant's popularity was in the 1980s when the event was televised on TVNZ. Interest waned in the 1990s as the contests suffered from political correctness, faced opposition from feminists and struggled to gain sponsorship.[2] From 2005-2007 no national pageant was held; in 2007 an Auckland community trust bought the franchise and the pageant was held to select the country's representative to Miss World 2008 was held in May 2008.[3]


Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The winner of Miss World New Zealand represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss New Zealand Placement Special Awards
2016 Karla De Beer Unplaced Top 24 at Miss World Sport
2015 Deborah Lambie Top 20 Top 24 at Miss World Sport
Top 5 at Multimedia Award
2014 Arielle Diane Garciano Unplaced
2013 Ella Liliane Langsford Unplaced Top 20 at Miss World Sport
2012 Collette Kelly Lochore Unplaced
2011 Mianette Broekman Top 31
2010 Cody Yerkovich[4] Unplaced
2009 Magdalena Schoeman[5] Unplaced
2008 Kahurangi Taylor[6] Unplaced
2007 Stephanie Maria Dods Unplaced
2006 Nicolette Spencer Unplaced
2005 Kay Anderson[7] Unplaced
2004 Amber Peebles[8] Unplaced
2003 Melanie Paul[9] Top 20
2002 Rachel Huljich[8][10] Unplaced
2001 Amie Hewett Unplaced
2000 Katherine Allsopp-Smith Unplaced
1999 Coralie Warburton[11] Unplaced
1998 Tanya Hayward[12] Unplaced
1997 Lauralee Martinovich[13] 1st Runner-up
1996 Kelly-Rose Mischiewski Unplaced
1995 Sarah Brady Unplaced
1994 Shelley Edwards Unplaced
1993 Nicola Brighty Unplaced
1992 Karly Kinnaird Unplaced
1991 Lisa Maree de Montalk Top 15
1990 Adele Kenny 4th Runner-up
1989 Helen Rowney Unplaced
1988 Lisa Corban Unplaced
1987 Karyn Meltcaf Unplaced
1986 Lynda Marie McManus 3rd Runner-up
1985 Sheri LeFleming Burrow Unplaced
1984 Barbara McDowell Unplaced
1983 Maria Sando Unplaced
1982 Susan Jane Mainland Unplaced
1981 Raewyn Marcroft Unplaced
1980 Vicky Lee Hemi 5th Runner-up
1979 Nicola Duckworth Unplaced
1978 Lorian Dawn Tangney Unplaced
1977 Michele Jean Hyde Unplaced
1976 Anne Clifford Unplaced
1975 Janet Nugent Unplaced
1974 Sue Nicholson Top 15
1973 Pamela King Top 15
1972 Kristine Allan Unplaced
1971 Linda Ritchie Unplaced
1970 Glenys Treweek Unplaced
1969 Carole Robinson Top 15
1968 Christine Antunovic Unplaced
1967 Pamela McLeod Unplaced
1966 Heather Gettings Unplaced
1965 Gay Phelps Top 15
1964 Lyndal Ursula Cruickshank 4th Runner-up
1963 Elaine Miscall 1st Runner-up
1962 Maureen Te Rangi Rere I Waho Kingi Unplaced
1961 Leone Mary Main Unplaced
1956 Jeannette de Montalk Unplaced

Miss International New Zealand[edit]

Since 2010 the second title of Miss World New Zealand represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a contestant is sent. In 2003-2008 the official candidate selected by Miss International New Zealand pageant. New Zealand debut in 1960 and ever won the title of Miss International 1971, Jane Hansen in Long Beach, California, United States.

Year Miss New Zealand Placement Special Awards
2017 TBA TBA
2016 Jessica Tyson Unplaced
2015 Hayley Robinson Unplaced
2014 Rachel Harradence Unplaced
2013 Casey Dawn Radley 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2012 Hannah Helen Carson Unplaced
2011 Claire Kirby Unplaced
2010 Ina Ivanova Unplaced
2008 Rhonda Grant Unplaced
2007 Kyla Hei Hei Unplaced
2006 Claire Ann Beattie Unplaced
2005 Ellie Bloomfield Unplaced
2003 Amber Jean Peebles Unplaced

Former titles[edit]

Miss Earth New Zealand[edit]

From 2003 to 2010, the third title of Miss World New Zealand organized by Miss World New Zealand Ltd., to compete at Miss Earth pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a contestant is sent. Starting 2011, New Zealand's representative to Miss Earth is selected through the Miss New Zealand Festival of Beauty, organized by the New Zealand Asia Pacific Trust which also selects representatives to Miss World and Miss International under the direction of Rose Foulger, who took on the Miss Earth franchise from Mrs Taylor upon her retirement. In 2013 Miss Earth New Zealand was held in separate pageant.

Year Miss New Zealand Placement Special Awards
2012 Gloria Ofa Blake Unplaced
2011 Alexandra Grace-Scott Unplaced
2010 Lisa Joy Davids Unplaced
2009 Catherine Vera Irving Unplaced
2008 Rachel Hope Crofts Unplaced
2007 Claire Kirby Unplaced
2006 Annelise Burton Unplaced
2005 Tiffany Pickford Unplaced
2004 Rachael Tucker Unplaced
2003 Katey Ellen Price Unplaced


Miss Universe[edit]

The delegates who represented New Zealand at Miss World 1991-1995 also represented New Zealand at Miss Universe the year after they competed at Miss World. 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. ^ "Karla De Beer Crowned Miss World New Zealand 2016". Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Miss NZ contests will continue, say organisers". The Dominion. 1998-10-24. p. 3. 
  3. ^ Donovan, Brooke (2008-05-03). "Beauty pageant re-appears after modern makeover". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  4. ^ Cody Yerkovich was crowned Miss World New Zealand 2010
  5. ^ A Beauty Therapist crown Miss World New Zealand 2009
  6. ^ "The most beautiful woman in the world". Scoop. 2008-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Stunning Kay on De-Sex Mission". New Zealand Truth. 2006-12-12. 
  8. ^ a b Bates, Jo (2003-12-21). "TAKE TWO - Amber Peebles, 20, and Rachel Huljich, 19, entered Miss World New Zealand in 2002....". Sunday Star-Times. 
  9. ^ Russell, Bruce (2003-12-17). "Miss NZ Melanie Paul placed in final 20 of 100 entrants at Miss World contest-held in Communist China". IRN News. 
  10. ^ "PM backs calls for NZ to boycott Miss World". New Zealand Herald. 2002-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Miss World not a degrading contest, says Miss NZ". New Zealand Press Association. 1999-12-02. 
  12. ^ "What Others are Saying". The Evening Post. 1998-11-26. 
  13. ^ "Beauty Queen Back in NZ". The Dominion. 1997-11-27. 

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