Napier’s Harlem-Cruz Ihaia is Miss Universe NZ

August 12, 2017 - miss universe

Napier kohanga reo clergyman Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia has crowned Miss Universe NZ.

Twenty women took partial in a Grand Final of a eventuality during a SkyCity Theatre on Saturday night with 19-year-old Ihaia entrance out on top..

Ihaia told a Herald true after a foe that she was “in a daze”.

“It’s indescribable. we feel like I’ve done my family so proud, we feel that all of my tough work has paid off and we only feel unequivocally loose during a impulse that I’ve finally done it.”

As a new Miss Universe NZ she hoped to emanate a new notice of beauty.

“To mangle a picture of each immature teen wanting to be a subsequent Kylie Jenner, we only wish to infer that we can all be ourselves and to inspire, hopefully, a world,” she said.

“I only feel like I’m in a dream during a moment. I’m going to arise adult in a morning and we don’t even know what I’m going to feel.”

Ihaia wins a singular further Honda Jazz RS Sport and will do 4 abroad trips, including to a grand final, as Miss Universe NZ.

The tellurian final will be hold on Nov 26 during a yet-to-be announced venue.

Ihaia pronounced she felt like she was

Ihaia pronounced she felt like she was “in a dream” after winning a competition. Photo / Miss World NZ

Ihaia formerly told Hawkes Bay Today a categorical reason she entered a foe was to enthuse females in her family and other immature Maori women.

“We can do some-more than that, we consider this will give them a impulse to do anything they want.”

She had entered a accumulation of competitions in a past though never had any fitness until being comparison to take partial in a inhabitant competition.

“I didn’t consider we was going to get by [and] it was so strenuous when we found out, we cried for ages.”

“In my family many of a girls go to kohanga reo or a meatworks for work.

This year’s eventuality is a fourth given a government change and restructure of a Miss Universe New Zealand competition; changes enclosed a dismissal of a swimwear section, a introduction of a shelter for a Top 20 and altering a voting structure to see winners dynamic both by a judging row and a open vote.

The judging row in this year was comprised of Teuila Blakely, Frankie Stevens, Samala Robinson, Anna Jobsz, Evana Patterson, and Areena Deshpande.

The eventuality enclosed a Pacific Fusion conform parade, that saw finalists wearing garments designed by Sewtec students. It also featured an dusk wear march with gowns designs by general couturier Sidney Eculla, who few in generally for a event.

The 20 finalists came from all over a country, and were comparison after they attended workshops and seminars hold in May.

In July, they flew to Phuket, Thailand, on an general retreat, staying during a Thavorn Beach Village Resort Spa, where they shot a swimwear calendar.

The finalists also lifted supports for Variety, a Children’s Charity, as partial of their Entrepreneurial Challenge, assisting honourable Kiwi kids; as good as SCOT Foundation, assisting disadvantaged children in a Philippines.

To date, Miss Universe has donated over $125,000 to Variety, a Children’s Charity.

Tania Dawson was crowned leader of Miss Universe New Zealand in 2016.

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