My journey with Miss Universe New Zealand
To enter this competition you must be female, a New Zealand citizen, live here as your permanent and primary residence, and that you intend to make New Zealand your permanent home for at least six months before the final. (You can have attended college or university elsewhere during part or all of that period.) You must be at least 18 and under 28 as of January 1, 2020 (that means your birthday is between January 2, 1992 and January 1, 2002). And, you must not have been married or have given birth to a child.
My journey as a finalist
A key part of the competition commences after the finalists are announced. This is the Entrepreneurial Challenge, which we refer to as the EC. All contestants are required to take part in this challenge. The EC is an initiative that we set up in 2013 in order to benefit our chosen charity, Variety, the Children’s Charity, and to date, Miss Universe New Zealand contestants have raised over $200,000 for this charity’s deserving children.
The EC is designed to challenge contestants to think outside the square and to work outside what might be their comfort zone. You are expected to organize an event: this could be a fashion show, quiz night, dinner, auction; there are many options, and we will advise and support you in your efforts. Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the EC go straight to charity, and the remaining 50 per cent to your participation in the competition, as quite clearly your entry fee does not cover the extraordinary journey you will experience.
There is another reason why the EC is important. The contestant or contestants who have the highest totals in the EC receive immunity from elimination during the Grand Final when the contest moves to the top 10. EC totals are based on funds raised, sponsorship achieved, and tickets sold. The winner of the EC is presented with a sash during the Grand Final. The EC runs from the day the finalists are announced through to the week of the Grand Final. It is incredibly important that once you are confirmed as a finalist, you immediately start thinking about and planning your EC event.
Miss Universe New Zealand offers a very comprehensive sponsorship proposal, with tiers ranging from Bronze through to Platinum. Each finalist has to bring a Bronze sponsor to the competition. There is though no limit to the number of sponsors you bring into the competition, and all of these count toward your EC total.
Judging and voting
Public voting carries on through to the end of the first half of the Grand Final, and is a key part of Miss Universe New Zealand. Therefore, your engagement with the people of New Zealand is crucial to your success. You do this through your use social media (e.g. Facebook and Instagram), and we will give you guidelines and assistance. Voting is made via our own system, which is called iVote, and this is run by iTICKET, who place a link on your public Facebook page, which we create. This enables voters to purchase votes through voting bundles. The bundles are priced at $5. Each vote costs $1, and for every bundle sold, $1 goes to charity.
The overall result of Miss Universe New Zealand 2020 is decided on a 50–50 basis, the public vote representing 50 per cent of the final result, and the remaining 50 per cent is governed by our judging panel, which is made up of industry experts.
The Grand Final
Grand Final Week is packed with activities and rehearsals in which all our finalists participate, building up to the big day. You must be available.
The Grand Final date for 2020 has not yet been fixed, but traditionally, it has taken place in August. It will be filmed on multiple cameras and live-streamed. All finalists must be available from the Sunday prior to the Grand Final taking place. If you are based outside Auckland, then travel to and from the city is your responsibility. We will offer you an accommodation deal during your week.
The Grand Final itself is a spectacular show with top entertainers and, of course, all the drama and climax that the biggest and best beauty pageant in New Zealand brings with it.
Miss Universe New Zealand: the detail
From the time that you put in your registration, you are being judged. You need to pay attention to your activity on social media, making sure that it is in line with the expectations of Miss Universe New Zealand.
Miss Universe New Zealand costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to stage: it is filmed, and it is live-streamed in high definition right around the globe. Over half a million people have watched our online video content.
Miss Universe New Zealand is funded through sponsorship, ticket sales, public voting, and a number of other revenue streams.
Below we have summarized the total costs that Miss Universe New Zealand requires from you. We have also listed nominal values associated with what you will receive. As you can see, Miss Universe New Zealand subsidizes your journey to a very significant degree.
Your commitment to us
• Entry fee
• Securing a Bronze sponsorship
• Ticket sales: we expect you to sell 10 tickets
• Calendars: you are expected to purchase 10 calendars at a wholesale cost of $10 each
• Participation in the EC
Our commitment to you
• Design and provision of evening gown for Grand Final (value $1,500)
• Provision of swimwear, which you get to keep (value $175)
• Provision of jewellery (value $250)
As you can see from the figures above, your participation is heavily subsidized through our multiple revenue streams.
However, we realize that entering the competition represents a substantial investment in time and money, but we would like to stress that this journey, should you be successful, is likely to be life-changing. You will be making an investment in yourself and your future.
We hope this has energized you. There’s only one more thing to do, and that’s to contact us in Auckland on 021 630-443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and begin your journey.
Our banking details again are:
Name: The Miss New Zealand Consortium Ltd.
Bank: ASB Bank
Account number: 12-3481-0014385-00