The Shore's reputation for being home to some of the most beautiful girls in the country remains intact.
Collette Lochore was crowned Miss World New Zealand on the weekend, taking over the title from fellow Shore girl Mianette Broekman who represented the country in London last year.
Eighteen-year-old Collette is a model, actor and dancer.
She is also involved in drama and speech, teaching hundreds of children in theatre and works with disadvantaged children in confidence developing.
Collette will represent New Zealand at the Miss World competition to be held in Ordos in China's Inner Mongolia.
Mianette Broekman, 22, brought the curtain down on her reign as Miss World New Zealand 2011 by introducing the 12 contestants.
Last year a billion viewers tuned in to see Miss Venezuela, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, crowned Miss World 2011 in London.
"It's been a huge responsibility," says Mianette, a former Westlake Girls student.
"Standing on a world stage and representing New Zealand was the most standout moment of the past year."
While many associate beauty pageants with in-fighting and sabotage, that wasn't her experience.
"Everyone warned me about sabotage but there wasn't any bitchiness. There was tension and emotions – we're still girls under a lot pressure – but Miss India and Miss England rang me on my birthday. Overall, I made friends for life."
But it hasn't all been parties and pageants. The South African-born New Zealander's first official appearance as Miss World New Zealand was during the 12-hour telethon for Christchurch, three months after February's devastating earthquake, that raised $2.5 million.
As part of Mianette's Beauty with a Purpose project she aligned herself with Cure Kids, volunteering and helping organise fundraising events.
While her reign is at an end, she will continue her work with children. Next year she plans to travel to Uganda to help build schools.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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