My journey with Miss Universe New Zealand
Once you have entered Miss Universe New Zealand, your entry form will be viewed by our selection team.
Following that, you may be invited to join us at Stiletto Camp. Our 2017 Stiletto Camp takes place in Auckland from Friday, April 28 at 5 p.m. through to Sunday, April 30, at 5 p.m. The cost is $279. This is the only Stiletto Camp for 2017.
If you live in another regional centre, Miss Universe New Zealand will pay your accommodation on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29; we will also provide transport from Auckland Airport or Skycity bus terminal. Refreshments will be provided on Friday evening, and a catered lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.
We would suggest you book your airfare to Auckland as soon as possible.
Stiletto Camp incorporates a make-up and grooming workshop, professional head shots with a leading fashion photographer (which you get to keep; hairstylists and make-up artists will be on hand), a media workshop with veteran TV producer Nigel Godfrey, choreography workshop with a renowned New Zealand choreographer, and a lot more besides. We start off on a Friday evening with a social get-together, where you will get an even more detailed outline of My Journey, then there are full days on Saturday and Sunday. You will also receive a terrific goody bag.
Places are limited, and once accepted, it is extremely important you pay 50 per cent of your fee ($139·50) straight away. This secures your place.
Here are our banking details:
Name: The Miss New Zealand Consortium Ltd.
Bank: TSB Bank Ltd.
Account number: 15-3971-0049863-10
The fee is non-refundable.
Announcement of the Top 20
The next part of the process is in fact the selection of a top 30. Thirty contestants are informed via email that they are in the running to be part of the Top 20, and are required to confirm their understanding, acceptance and commitment to the terms and conditions that go along with being a Top 20 finalist. These include participation in the Entrepreneurial Challenge, availability for the retreat, availability for the Grand Final week, a desire to promote the event and secure a Bronze sponsor, and confirmation of an ability to pay the entrance fee (in 2016 this was $1,475).
On Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m., the announcement of the Top 20 will take place via video link on our Facebook page. At that point, public voting will commence using our iVote system, which works through Facebook and iTicket.
My journey as a finalist
As soon as the Top 20 have been confirmed, a key part of the competition commences. This is the Entrepreneurial Challenge, which we refer to as the EC. All contestants 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 $170,000, and this means over $85,000 for deserving Kiwi kids.
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 Variety, and the remaining 50 per cent to your participation in the competition. The two contestants who have the highest totals in the EC receive immunity from elimination during the Grand Final when the contest moves from 20 to 10. EC totals are based on funds raised, sponsorship achieved, and tickets sold. The winner of the EC is presented with a sash and a bespoke trophy during the Grand Final. The EC runs from Monday, May 8 through to the week of the Grand Final.
Miss Universe New Zealand offers a very comprehensive sponsorship package, with tiers ranging from Bronze through to Platinum Partner. Each finalist is expected to bring a Bronze sponsor to the competition. The Bronze sponsor need not be a cash sponsor; they might be providing a product or service. There is no limit to the number of sponsors you bring into the competition, and all of these count toward your EC total.
All finalists travel away “on retreat”. In 2013 and 2014, the Finalists’ Retreat took place in Thailand. In 2015 and 2016, we headed to the Philippines. While on retreat, we will shoot the swimwear section of the Grand Final, and a half-hour TV programme.
The 2017 destination is yet to be announced; however, we can assure you it will be a week of luxury, fun and an experience you will never forget. It is very likely that the Retreat will once again take place overseas.
The value of the Retreat so far has always exceeded $5,000 per contestant. There are no additional fees for the Retreat; it is covered in your entry fee and a surcharge.
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.
The overall result of Miss Universe New Zealand 2016 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 events in which all our finalists participate, building up to the big day.
The Grand Final will take place this year in August 2017 at SKYCITY Theatre. It will be filmed on six cameras, live-streamed, and at present, we are in discussion with a TV network. All finalists must be available from the previous 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 heavily discounted accommodation for your stay.
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 bring 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. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched our 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
• Stiletto Camp, $279
• Entry fee (in 2016 this was $1,475)
• Bronze sponsorship
• Ticket sales: we expect you to sell 10 discounted tickets
• Participation in the EC
Our commitment to you
• Accommodation in Auckland (two nights, where applicable), Mega Stiletto Camp ($200)
• Accommodation in Auckland (one night, where applicable) prior to the Finalists’ Retreat departure ($100)
• Finalists’ Retreat, includes flights, accommodation, transfers and expenses ($5,000)
• Retreat photo shoot, which you get to keep ($500)
• Design and provision of evening gown for Grand Final, with the option to buy at a 50 per cent discount ($600)
• Provision of swimwear, which you get to keep ($125)
• Provision of jewellery, with the option to buy at a 50 per cent discount ($250)
As you can see from the figures above, the total cost to Miss Universe New Zealand of a contestant’s participation in the competition in 2017 is well over $6,000. 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.
Miss Universe New Zealand, in special circumstances, can offer assistance to contestants who might be experiencing financial hardship, and we are always happy to talk to you confidentially on this subject.
We hope this has energized you. There’s only one more thing to do, and that’s to return the entry form and start your journey.
Our banking details again are:
Name: The Miss New Zealand Consortium Ltd.
Bank: ASB Bank
Account number: 12-3481-0014385-00