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  • Writer's pictureMeg Kenney

Spotlight on Charity Work - $450,000 in 15 Years

Over the last 15 years, the Miss New Zealand pageant has raised over $450,000 for various charities. This year, we raised nearly $30,000 for Brave NZ and an additional $9,000 for other charities.

Meghan Kenney, Director of Miss New Zealand, presents check for $29,619 to Jessica Tyson, founder of Brave NZ.

We have been supporting Brave since 2019 both with funds and awareness raised. Brave was started by Miss World Oceania 2018, Jessica Tyson and focuses on reducing sexual harm among youth in Aotearoa. A key part of our support has been organising school visits across the country to deliver talks to year 12 & 13 students.


Our current Miss New Zealand, Georgia Waddington, was not only an important ambassador for Brave but a major fundraiser for I Am Hope & Gumboot Friday, raising over $6,000 from one event alone. We have decided to follow in her footsteps and support her chosen charities alongside Brave for next year's pageants. Our contestants involvement in charity work and their communities is the most rewarding experience of the pageant and also teaches a range of life skills like leadership, empathy, time management and organisation.


Charity is the most important component for each of our pageants - Miss New Zealand, Auckland and Canterbury - and has been since the inception of the pageant. Over the past 15 years, we have supported charities such as Youthline, Ronald McDonald House (where in 2016 we raised over $30,000 to build a basketball court for the kids), Women's Refuge, Annie's Lifeline (a university scholarship program for students who have struggled with mental health) among many others.

Charity work will always be at the heart and core of our pageants and we look forward to continuing to make positive change in Aotearoa.

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