What do New Zealanders really think of beauty pageants for kids?
At a fairground in Timaru girls as young as three braved the cold wind to compete in the Junior Miss Cutie pageant this week.
The Timaru Caroline Bay Carnival pageant sparked nationwide debate after a judge said New Zealanders dressed "trashy".
Now, some locals are asking if it's appropriate to hold beauty contests for young girls.
Miss Cutie judge Lesley Walker said she liked the pageants because mothers took an interest in what their children were wearing.
Walker wouldn't call it a "pageant" though. "I call it a fun thing for the kids," she said.
Stuff asked some members of the public in Timaru what their opinion was on child pageants such as Junior Miss Cutie. Here's what they had to say:
"They are a good idea. It depends on the way you look at it. It's mother and daughter fun. We (my daughter and I) were going to dress up but the weather's not up to it."
- Leanne Wratt, 43.
"It is no more exploitative than magazines or newspapers. I was disappointed the wee ones had make up on as they have natural beauty."
- Clive Callow, 64.
"I am not a fan. Children should be left to be children. I think children are under the influence of their parents to a certain degree (when it comes to choosing to enter pageants).
They are making their appearance for the sake of other people when they should concentrate on being individual."
- Stewart Mills, 58.
"They are good for confidence. It would be different if they were being pushed into it."
- Maree Murray, 40-plus.
"I think it's fine. I like it. I would be happy to be judged."
- Templar Malama, 9.
- Ariana Malama, 32.