Zimbabwean wins Diversity Oceania
Sun, 04 Nov 2012 6:10p.m.
By Jane Luscombe
There's a new queen in town today – Zimbabwean Idai Kudakwashe has won the first ever Miss Diversity Oceania. And to prove it's as diverse as they say, a man was also crowned a winner.
The men weren't competing for a crown, but they set the tone for an evening of celebration.
“It doesn't matter who you are,” says organiser Bola Harpprecht “We are celebrating all nationalities, all sizes, all shapes – bringing everyone together as one.”
The first Diversity Oceania pageant attracted entrants from across the world who now consider themselves Kiwis.
And demonstrating that diversity means what it says. It wasn't just about the ladies.
Like most beauty pageants, the men strutted their stuff in swimwear and evening dress.
But there was also room for national costume. The winner: a mother-of-two from Zimbabwe.
The first ever Mr Diversity Oceania came from home soil – Shanye Amner.
“We're not just trying to look beautiful,” says Mr Amner. “We're trying to be beautiful.”
And in that vein, all profits are being donated to Child Cancer New Zealand.
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9/11/2012 2:52:31 p.m.
Anita Prasad wrote:
It was such an amazing night. A very big thanks to Ms Bola for the brilliant idea of bringing diverse New Zealand under one roof. Thanks to Lame, Rohini,Megan,Mary,Andrew,TV3 and the rest of the team for a successfull night. Congrats winners and looking forward for a bash in year 2013.
9/11/2012 2:18:11 p.m.
i just want to say thanks heaps to the orginers of miss diversity ociania 2012for puting in al ur had work (BOLA ,LAME ,ROHINI ,MEGAN PETER).u guys are amazing..and made this possible for most of us.. and thanx to every one that took part in in.being part of miss diversity was such an amazing experiance AND GAVE ME THE CHANCE TO REPRESENT MY CULTURE!!. Its soo nice how we have all become one big famliy.. BIG THANX TO ALL
9/11/2012 2:06:08 p.m.
Kimberly Gordon wrote:
Tv3 congratulations on winning best news in new zealand.. This news also proof your great work.. More of this is what we want.. No racism, pure celebration of culture in NZ.. Perfect for our country.. I say well done to that lady Bola Harpprecht for a fanstatic idea.. Hope you do more of this every year in this amazing country of ours.. I will encourage my friends, family to be part and join this amazing event for New Zealand..we have many event happening in nz etc... but what you did is to bring everybody together regardless of size and nationalities that makes me a proud kiwi to see this happen in our country..) too much to write.. Tv3 well done for the awesome story..
9/11/2012 2:02:50 p.m.
THis event was amazing,Diversity Oceania is all about bringing people together in New Zealand,well done to TV3 for putting the news out for the world to see.
8/11/2012 7:42:03 p.m.
Kachi Elsie Nwaomah wrote:
Great event, thanks for the non-biased coverage. Well done TV3 & Diversity Oceania.
7/11/2012 4:54:44 p.m.
what an amazing and successful night! Well done to all the contestants,the organisers, photographers and especially TV3 and everyone that was involved, without you all this would have never been possible. and the biggest congradulations to the winners of the night all the best for the future!
7/11/2012 4:51:10 p.m.
Loa Halaholo wrote:
I would like to take my hat off to lame and bola for creating this amazing idea of making diversity oceania.Also to the hosts,rohini and to our sponsors. Thankyou so much for everything! It was a great experience to showcase my cultural background and to also cherish the great friends i have made along the way. Thanx!
6/11/2012 9:10:37 p.m.
Dj Ashley Vee wrote:
- This is amazing. Thanks to all the Diversity Oceania crew for making this a successful event for everyone ethnicity in Nz. :)
6/11/2012 9:04:59 p.m.
Nimmi Valia wrote:
This was an amazing evening with huge success. Thanks to Diversity Oceania for give such an excellent opportunity to young boys and girls from all different cultures and backgrounds.
Well done Bola and Lame, keep up the good work. God bless.
6/11/2012 8:59:17 p.m.
Chase Adams wrote:
Being part if a pageant was very different, becasue i thought they were only for girls... but having a pageant based on diversity opened it up for males aswell, this being my first pageant, it was amazing and soo much fun. Thankyou Bola and Lmae for making this happen, the night was amazing and everyone is proud of it and you should be too.
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