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Dawson, who is part-Filipino, said her background played a big role in taking part. "My mother spent years encouraging me to enter. In the Philippines, pageants are regarded as a family honour and there is a huge amount of respect for them.
“Historically, a Miss Universe New Zealand winner became an instant celebrity and we will return that status to the title,” says Miss Universe New Zealand Executive Director, Nigel Godfrey. “The winner will enjoy a very busy and productive year-long reign working with both Miss Universe and Variety, the Children’s Charity.”
Tania Dawson, Miss Universe New Zealand 2016 - Photo credit: @andrewbignallinternationalphotographer