Miss New Zealand, Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia. Photo: Alan RagaAbout 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! Having FOMO? Make sure you don’t miss out on our news stories and best tips by signing up for our daily newsletter! Do you have a news story you’d like to see covered on Pageant Planet? Let us know here!
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