Harlem-Cruz Ihaia crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2017
August 13, 2017 - miss universe
19-year-old Harlem-Cruz Ihaia has been crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2017 after holding out a grand final during Skycity Theatre final night, that was televised free-to-air and live streamed.
Born and bred in Kahungunu, she won a Entrepreneurial Challenge and tip honours before a judging row that enclosed Teuila Blakely, Frankie Stevens and Samala Robinson.
Harlem-Cruz is a clergyman during Te Kupenga o te Mātauranga kōhanga reo in Onekawa.
In an talk with Te Kāea progressing this year, she said she entered a foe to try to mangle a classify of immature Māori.
“I went there with a clever faith in my Māori temperament and if they didn’t like it, oh well, we would’ve left the competition. I unequivocally wish to stay loyal to my Māori enlightenment in this whole thing and that’s what sets me detached from a other girls.”
In standard Māori fashion, members of her whānau detonate out of a throng and performed a rousing haka in honour of her win.
Harlem-Cruz said after her win that the feat was unexpected.
Her sign is, ‘Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.’
This year’s finalists have helped Miss Universe New Zealand lift over $140,000 for a children’s gift Variety.
2nd: Brooke Houia
3rd: Shekinah delos Santos
4th: Dr Sarah Hensby-Bennett
5th: Holly Waghorn