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The Miss Universe New Zealand is a New Zealand national Beauty pageant which selects the delegates to participate in the international Miss Universe competition. Qualification for Miss Universe New Zealand is based on regional pageants and/or personal interviews (necessary due to lack of regional pageant in some areas).
New Zealanders have contested 44 Miss Universe pageants since its inception in 1952 and is one of 33 countries to win the title. After no entrants were sent to Miss Universe in 2004 and 2005, a new national pageant, Miss Universe New Zealand, was created in 2006.
New Zealand's most successful entrant came in 1983 when Lorraine Downes won the Miss Universe title. The country's only other top five placing came when Delyse Nottle was second runner-up to Shawn Weatherly in 1980. New Zealand has also had three semi-finalist placings, in 1962, 1981 and 1992.
New Zealand is one of only 12 countries to win two or more Miss Photogenic awards, won by Carole Robinson (1969), Delyse Nottle (1980), and Samantha MacClung (2015).
The pageant will allow between the ages of 18 and 27 and are a New Zealand citizen.
- : Declared as Winner
- : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
- : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
- : Ended as special awards winner
- The winner of Miss Universe New Zealand represents her country at the Miss Universe pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.
|Year||Region||Miss New Zealand||Placement at Miss Universe||Special Awards||Notes|
|2024||TBA||Tony and Sophia Barbagallo PinkVilla Events directorship.|
|Did not compete between 2020―2023|
|2019||Auckland||Diamond Langi||Unplaced||Diamond was Top 16 at Miss Earth 2017 as Miss Tonga|
|2017||Hawke's Bay||Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia||Unplaced|
|2016||Auckland||Tania Pauline Dawson||Unplaced|
|2014||Wellington||Rachel Maree Millns||Unplaced|
|2013||Auckland||Holly Cassidy||Unplaced||Nigel Godfrey (Miss New Zealand Consortium Ltd.) directorship|
|2012||Auckland||Talia Bennett||Unplaced||Pageant winner Avianca Böhm lost the crown after failing to gain New Zealand citizenship.|
|2010||Auckland||Ria van Dyke||Unplaced|
|2006||Auckland||Elizabeth Gray||Unplaced||Val Lott directorship|
|Did not compete between 2004—2005|
|Did not compete in 2002|
|2001||Māori||Kateao Nehua Jackson||Unplaced|
|1997||Auckland||Marina McCartney||Unplaced - ranked 15th||Top 20|
|1992||Auckland||Lisa Maree de Montalk||Top 10||Dannis Brown directorship|
|Did not compete between 1990—1991|
|1987||Auckland||Ursula Kim Ryan||Unplaced|
|1983||Auckland||Lorraine Downes||Miss Universe 1983||Miss Mount Maunganui 1983 — Winner of Dancing with the Stars season 2.|
|1982||Auckland||Sandra Helen Dexter||Unplaced|
|1981||Auckland||Donella Thomsen||Top 12|
|1980||Auckland||Delyse Nottle||2nd Runner-up||
|1979||Auckland||Andrea Kake||Unplaced||John Wansbrough Newspaper directorship|
|1977||Auckland||Donna Anne Schultze||Unplaced|
|1975||Auckland||Barbara Ann Kirkley||Unplaced|
|1974||Auckland||Dianne Deborah Winyard||Unplaced||Rebranding as Miss Universe New Zealand Organization|
|Miss New Zealand Organization|
|1972||Auckland||Liv Hanche Olsen||Unplaced||Miss New Zealand Universe 1972 — Kristine Allan, Miss New Zealand 1972 did not compete, due to unknown reasons.|
|1971||Auckland||Linda Jane Ritchie||Unplaced|
|1970||Auckland||Glenys Elizabeth Treweek||Unplaced|
|1968||Auckland||Christine Mary Antunovic||Unplaced|
|1965||Auckland||Gay Lorraine Phelps||Unplaced|
|1964||Auckland||Lyndal Ursula Cruickshank||Unplaced|
|1963||Auckland||Regina Ellen Scandrett||Unplaced||Miss New Zealand Universe 1963 — Elaine Miscall, Miss New Zealand 1963 did not compete at Miss Universe but Miss World; she became a runner-up at Miss World competition.|
|1962||Wellington||Leslie Margaret Nichols||Top 15||Miss New Zealand Universe 1962 — The original Miss New Zealand 1962 was Maureen Te Rangi Rere I Waho Kingi who did not present at Miss Universe 1962.|
|1961||Auckland||Leonie Mains||Did not compete|
|1960||Auckland||Lorraine Nawa Jones||Unplaced||Joe brown directorship|
|Did not compete between 1958—1959|
|1957||Auckland||Arlenne Nesgitt||Did not compete|
|Did not compete between 1955—1956|
|1954||Bay of Plenty||Moana Manley||Unplaced||Auckland Star and NZ Truth Newspaper directorship|
The delegates who represented New Zealand at Miss Universe 1992-1996 also represented New Zealand at Miss World the year before they competed at Miss Universe. The only one of these delegates to place at Miss World was Lisa Marie de Montaulk, who was a semi-finalist in both pageants.
- "Miss Universe New Zealand". 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
Many regions hold their own Pageant with the winner being sponsored into Miss Universe New Zealand. However as there has been an absence of regional pageants in many regions we are also interviewing those of you interested in entering Miss Universe New Zealand.
- Miss Universe NZ stripped of crown Stuff.co.nz, 31 July 2012
- "Winners of beauty contests, 1960–2015".