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Contest experience of a lifetime

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Meredith HodgsonMISS ROSETOWN Meredith Hodgson takes centre-stage in the eveningwear section of Miss New Zealand. In the background is Amber Green representing Hamilton. 256053BD

By Dean Taylor

In the eyes of the support contingent for Miss Rosetown Meredith Hodgson at Miss New Zealand on Saturday night, our girl was a winner.

Meredith had spent the week in Auckland with 16 other finalists preparing for the finale at Sky City Theatre, an experience she loved.

On the night the judges chose three other girls to represent New Zealand at Miss Earth and Miss Tourism World, but Meredith did Te Awamutu proud.

The 19-year-old medical student flew home from Dunedin just a few days before the 17 finalists assembled in Auckland, then flew back to univesity Sunday lunchtime, just hours after being on stage.

She says the whole experience was better than she expeected and she loved every minute.

Meredith loves dancing, so was rapt with the amount of choreography she had to learn for the show.

"I especially loved the beach scene, which I was determined to make fun," says Meredith.

She says after working hard all week in rehearsal she was keen to get on stage and do a good job and enjoy it, so she didn't have time to feel nervous.

Beach Fun
BEACH FUN: Meredith Hodgson (right) is joined for the beachwear section by Chelsea Deal of Napier (left) and Anna Crockett of Taumarunui. 256053AD

Despite the tight schedule, she says it was an experince she will never forget, and one she recommends to other girls.

"It was a real break for me, because it was so different to my normal life," says Meredith. "It was also great fun to be with the other girls. We all got on great and stuck together as one big team."

All 17 finalists got dressed up and hit the town on Thursday night for dinner, causing quite a stir in downtown Auckland.

Miss Earth New Zealand was won by Tiffany Pickford representing Manawatu. Claire Beattie of Franklin won Miss Tourism New Zealand and runner up for both titles was Jamie Kelly of central Auckland.


Meredith's reign as Miss Rosetown is almost complete and she hopes to be home in time to be a judge in this years pageant.

The contest takes place on Saturday, November 5 at The Woolshed and is the first major event in the 2005 Scream Rosetown Festival. Miss Rosetown is open to any girls living in the readership area of the Te Awamutu Courier who is aged between 16 and 25. Entries are available from organiser Dean Taylor at the Te Awamutu Courier or online here (PDF file).