Miss NZ contestants hit Parliament
Tue, 29 May 2012 3:55p.m.
Miss New Zealand contestants descended on Parliament today, but World Peace wasn’t on the agenda.
Dressed to the nines, the 10 women and NZ Miss Universe director Val Lott were in Wellington for their annual meeting with National MP Maurice Williamson.
Unlike the daunting goals of Miss Congeniality, Ms Lott said the girls just wanted to “get on well”, rather than seek World Peace.
She said the girls loved their regular meet-ups with Mr Williamson, who “gives the girls a great overview of what Parliament is all about”.
“It’s education for the girls and it’s a window of opportunity because they are from all around New Zealand.
The group had just had lunch in the capital with the mayor and visited a rest home.
“And we will do a fashion parade in a number of malls – and even a hotel,” says Ms Lott.
Mr Williamson describes the girls as “very nice” and said he was going to call a point of order in the house to introduce them to his Parliamentary colleagues.
It wouldn’t be the first time Mr Williamson has interrupted the house during a visit by the girls.
“We were at a sitting of house once and there was a debate going on between Labour and National and Maurice Williamson proudly stood up and said ‘Excuse me, I’ve just had all these girls in my office’ and it hit the news. It was amazing,” says Ms Lott.
“Maurice said he’s never had anything so hilarious in Parliament. That was completely out of order, but it was a lot of fun.”
Ms Lott says the girls are “all very interested. Most of them, adding they have “also met with John Keys [sic] before.”
Mr Williamson explained that Ms Lott lives in his electorate and brings the contestants to Parliament every year.
“We show them around, give them a bit of a tour and they go in for question time.”
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30/05/2012 12:31:54 a.m.
Miss NZ, 10 contestants, thats pretty lame when thats less ladies than the Top 15 at the actual Miss Universe competition. What's gone wrong in NZ? When Miss Australia (who by the way has made the top 15 over the last 3 years) comes back from the international competition there is a wealth of opportunites for her. When Miss NZ comes back to NZ, NOTHING. Where is the support and financial backing or opportunities? Perhaps we never make the top 15 because our competition isn't as fearce as it needs to be, not even a contestant from each province, its just not right. Val, its time to shake things up! NZ needs to get back to the hay days where the population gave a damn and got behind the NZ delegate, then perhanps we will get to claim that Miss Universe Crown.
29/05/2012 10:47:46 p.m.
Jack Yan wrote:
Responding to the commenter, no questions had been asked in Parliament when the contestants entered the gallery prior to the Speaker’s and Clerk’s entrance, along with dozens of other New Zealanders interested in seeing our debating chamber run. These ten women shared the same right you and I have to be present. None were ‘scanty or excitable’ (a stereotype if ever I read one, but oh-so-fashionable, isn’t it?) but respected the dignity of the chamber. They were very briefly acknowledged, and Question Time proceeded along the lines of the agenda as normal.
In New Zealand, I doubt it is particularly easy to detract from what is listed on the Question Time agenda. One could argue we waste more time with Dorothy Dix questions than allowing everyone a chance to learn about how our nation is run.
29/05/2012 6:42:48 p.m.
Brilliant. When hard questions are asked in paraliment, just bring in scanty excitable girls in. Ha ha he he. Is this how our country is run. God help us. Its an insult because it trivialise parliment. keep pretty girls and we will patronise you......but ask questions like the min wage or protest about youth rates than we will brand you all as leftist lesbians.
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