New Zealand at Miss World

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Miss World New Zealand
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss World
Miss International
Miss Grand International
Official language
National Director
Rose Taylor
WebsiteOfficial website
Kahurangi Taylor, New Zealand's representative at Miss World 2008

New Zealand has contested 46 Miss World pageants since that pageant's inception in 1951. No New Zealander has won the Miss World title, although two have placed first runner-up.


The peak of the national pageant's popularity was in the 1980s when the event was televised on TVNZ. Interest waned in the 1990s as the contests suffered from political correctness, faced opposition from feminists and struggled to gain sponsorship.[1] From 2005 to 2007 no national pageant was held; in 2007 an Auckland community trust bought the franchise and the pageant was held to select the country's representative to Miss World 2008 was held in May 2008.[2]


Color key
  •   Declared as Winner
  •   Ended as runner-up
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The winner of Miss New Zealand represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Miss New Zealand Placement Special Awards
2020-2021 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Lucy Brock[3] Top 40 Top 32 at Miss World Sport
2018 Jessica Tyson[4] Top 12 1st Runner-up at Beauty with a Purpose
Top 32 at Miss World Top Model
Top 24 at Miss World Sport
Miss World Oceania [5]
2017 Annie Evans[6] Top 40 Top 20 at Beauty with a Purpose
Top 24 at Miss World Sport
Miss Oceania
2016 Karla De Beer Unplaced Top 24 at Miss World Sport
2015 Deborah Lambie Top 20 Top 24 at Miss World Sport
Top 5 at Multimedia Award
2014 Arielle Diane Garciano Unplaced
2013 Ella Liliane Langsford Unplaced Top 20 at Miss World Sport
2012 Collette Kelly Lochore Unplaced
2011 Mianette Broekman Top 31
2010 Cody Yerkovich[7] Unplaced
2009 Magdalena Schoeman[8] Unplaced
2008 Kahurangi Taylor[9] Unplaced
2007 Stephanie Maria Dods Unplaced
2006 Nicolette Spencer Unplaced
2005 Kay Anderson[10] Unplaced
2004 Amber Peebles[11] Unplaced
2003 Melanie Paul[12] Top 20
2002 Rachel Huljich[11][13] Unplaced
2001 Amie Hewett Unplaced
2000 Katherine Allsopp-Smith Unplaced
1999 Coralie Warburton[14] Unplaced
1998 Tanya Hayward[15] Unplaced
1997 Lauralee Martinovich[16] 1st Runner-up
1996 Kelly-Rose Mischiewski Unplaced
1995 Sarah Brady Unplaced
1994 Shelley Edwards Unplaced
1993 Nicola Brighty Unplaced
1992 Karly Kinnaird Unplaced
1991 Lisa Maree de Montalk Top 15
1990 Adele Kenny Top 5 Queen of Asia & Oceania
1989 Helen Rowney Unplaced
1988 Lisa Corban Unplaced
1987 Karyn Meltcaf Unplaced
1986 Lynda Marie McManus Top 7
1985 Sheri LeFleming Burrow Unplaced
1984 Barbara McDowell Unplaced
1983 Maria Sando Unplaced
1982 Susan Jane Mainland Unplaced
1981 Raewyn Marcroft Unplaced
1980 Vicky Lee Hemi Top 7
1979 Nicola Duckworth Unplaced
1978 Lorian Dawn Tangney Unplaced
1977 Michele Jean Hyde Unplaced
1976 Anne Clifford Unplaced
1975 Janet Nugent Unplaced
1974 Sue Nicholson Top 15
1973 Pamela King Top 15
1972 Kristine Allan Unplaced
1971 Linda Ritchie Unplaced
1970 Glenys Treweek Unplaced
1969 Carole Robinson Top 15
1968 Christine Antunovic Unplaced
1967 Pamela McLeod Unplaced
1966 Heather Gettings Unplaced
1965 Gay Phelps Top 15
1964 Lyndal Ursula Cruickshank 4th Runner-up
1963 Elaine Miscall 1st Runner-up
1962 Maureen Waaka Unplaced
1961 Leone Mary Main Unplaced
1956 Jeannette de Montalk Unplaced

Miss International New Zealand

Since 2010 the second title of Miss World New Zealand represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a contestant is sent. In 2003-2008 the official candidate selected by Miss International New Zealand pageant. New Zealand debut in 1960 and ever won the title of Miss International 1971, Jane Hansen in Long Beach, California, United States.

Year Miss New Zealand Placement Special Awards
2023 Georgia Waddington[17] Unplaced Miss Photogenic
2022 Lydia Smit[18] Top 15
2021 Sydney Batters[19] Did not compete
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Nikita Ah Horan Unplaced
2018 Natasha Unkovich Unplaced
2017 Michelle Isemonger Unplaced Miss Oceania
2016 Jessica Tyson Unplaced
2015 Hayley Robinson Unplaced
2014 Rachel Harradence Unplaced
2013 Casey Dawn Radley 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
2012 Hannah Helen Carson Unplaced
2011 Claire Kirby Unplaced
2010 Ina Ivanova Unplaced
2008 Rhonda Grant Unplaced
2007 Kyla Hei Hei Unplaced
2006 Claire Ann Beattie Unplaced
2005 Ellie Bloomfield Unplaced
2003 Amber Jean Peebles Unplaced

Former titles

Miss Grand New Zealand

From 2013 to 2018, Miss World New Zealand sent one of the pageant finalists to compete at Miss Grand International. The Miss Grand New Zealand titleholders were directly awarded on the national stage in 2014, 2015, and 2019,[20][21][22] while the remaimnings were appointed.[23][24] The contract between Miss World New Zealand and Miss Grand International was discontinued in late 2019 after declining to send a New Zealand candidate to partake in the 2019 international tournament in Venezuela due to security concerns. Since then, no New Zealand representatives at the Miss Grand International.[25]

Miss Earth New Zealand

From 2003 to 2010, the third title of Miss World New Zealand organized by Miss World New Zealand Ltd., to compete at Miss Earth pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a contestant is sent. Starting 2011, New Zealand's representative to Miss Earth is selected through the Miss New Zealand Festival of Beauty, organized by the New Zealand Asia Pacific Trust which also selects representatives to Miss World and Miss International under the direction of Rose Foulger, who took on the Miss Earth franchise from Mrs Taylor upon her retirement. In 2013 Miss Earth New Zealand was held in separate pageant.

Year Miss New Zealand Placement Special Awards
2012 Gloria Ofa Blake Unplaced
2011 Alexandra Grace-Scott Unplaced
2010 Lisa Joy Davids Unplaced
2009 Catherine Vera Irving Unplaced
2008 Rachel Hope Crofts Unplaced
2007 Claire Kirby Unplaced
2006 Annelise Burton Unplaced
2005 Tiffany Pickford Unplaced
2004 Rachael Tucker Unplaced
2003 Katey Ellen Price Unplaced


Miss Universe

The delegates who represented New Zealand at Miss World 1991-1995 also represented New Zealand at Miss Universe the year after they competed at Miss World. The only one of these delegates to place at Miss World was Lisa Marie de Montaulk, who was a semi-finalist in both pageants.


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  5. ^ "Miss World Continental 2018".
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  21. ^ Laurilee McMichael (7 May 2015). "Georgette wins Grand chance". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 20 September 2023. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
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  23. ^ Cameo Turner (8 June 2020). "Kiwi beauty queen thrilled by Arielle Keil's Miss NZ entry". Archived from the original on 6 May 2021. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  24. ^ "Hayley Robinson crowned Miss Grand International New Zealand 2018". The Times of India. 9 May 2018. Archived from the original on 20 September 2023. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  25. ^ "Brasileira é favorita ao Miss Grand International, que ocorre em meio à crise na Venezuela". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 25 October 2019. Archived from the original on 7 March 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.

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