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One Last Chance to Become Miss New Zealand

Many young women dream of stepping on the Miss New Zealand stage to compete for a chance to represent their beautiful country at the international Miss Universe pageant. If you thought you missed your chance to compete for this year’s Miss New Zealand crown, think again because the organization is offering a last-chance audition. (Read: 10 Lessons From Pageants That You Can Apply to the Entertainment Industry)

When’s the audition?

The last chance to audition for the Miss New Zealand pageant is Sunday, May 6, in Auckland. This will be the last opportunity to qualify to compete for the Miss New Zealand pageant, a preliminary to the Miss Universe competition. (Read: Will Miss Universe Return to the Philippines?)

There are 12 spots left in the Top 20 contestants, and the pageant organizers are looking for top-notch competitors to fill those positions. The Top 20 will also go on a retreat in early June. Past trips have included the Philippines and Thailand.

At the audition, potential contestants will receive their own professional photoshoot, a video shoot or presentation class, a professional dance and walking class and a $99 goody bag. This opportunity is for women aged 18 to 28 years old. For more information and eligibility requirements, check out the organization’s website.

Miss New Zealand, Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia. Photo: Alan Raga
Miss New Zealand, Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia. Photo: Alan Raga

About the Miss Universe New Zealand Pageant

In late 2012, veteran TV producer and actor-director Nigel Godfrey and publisher and well-known Wellingtonian Jack Yan took over the New Zealand license for Miss Universe. Their combined effort to relaunch, rebrand and re-invigorate the competition has been commended by the Miss Universe Organization. (Read: How to Market Your Pageant)

“The biggest turnaround of any territory in the Miss Universe group in the last 25 years,” said Paula Shugart, President of Miss Universe of the efforts to renew the pageant.

Godfrey and Yan’s aim has to be to make the competition relevant to New Zealand in the 2010s, whilst sending each of the entrants on a life-changing, enriching and enlightening journey. In the last five years, Miss Universe New Zealand has donated over $150,000 to Variety.

This year’s Grand Final will air on August 4, live from Skycity Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the pageant!

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