Sources:Seven Sharp |
Over the weekend 20 women took part in the Miss Universe New Zealand grand final in Auckland, in a show which Seven Sharp's Mike Hosking last night called a "fantastically entertaining shambles".
From contestants having the wrong backing track played during their talent show performance, to the announcer getting the name of a contestant wrong, this show had it all.
As the night reached its epic finale, the announcer was forced to apologise after telling the crowd one of the runners-up was from Wellington, when she was in fact from Whakatane.
But despite all that, after winning the glitzy crown and the pink sash, Miss Universe New Zealand 2017 Harlem-Cruz Ihaia told 1 News she was just proud she could represent her people.
"I'm a proud Maori wahine," Harlem-Cruz Ihaia of Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou told TVNZ1's Te Karere.
Ms Ihaia, a kohanga reo teacher, said her title win was only now sinking in.
"It's hard to believe but I'm starting to believe that I am Miss Universe New Zealand and proud of it as well.
"It feels like a dream. I'm still in a daze trying to process that I have actually won the title. I am Miss Universe New Zealand 2017."