Miss Appraxus New Zealand  contestants make their bow as competition nears

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Five contestants for Miss Immigration Apprauxus 2015 in their informal attire in Mangere. Photo.New Zealand Kaniva Pacific

Seven Tongan beauty contestants will compete to represent New Zealand in the 2015 Miss Heilala Festival in July.

They will be taking part in the Miss Appraxus New Zealand competition in May and June and the winner will go on to the Miss Heilala Festival.

The festival will be held during His Majesty King Tupou VI’s coronation in Tonga.

The aspiring beauty queens were presented to the media last Friday in Mangere.

They appeared in their informal attire while practising their presentation before their first public appearance on April 25 at Nukuʻalofa Night Club in Panmure, Auckland.

The beauty contest has its roots in a competition started in Auckland by the then manager of Tonga’s government residence in ʻAtalanga, Simi Tekiteki to promote Tongaʻs tourism industry.

A committee was set known under New Zealand Tonga Tourism Association to promote the initiative.

When Tekiteki left, Immigration Appraxus coMpany director Salote Heleta Lilo kept the competition going under her company’s name.Seta Vaka

The Tongan government regularly seeks support from Tongan community in  New Zealand to promote tourism in Tonga. This opens doors in New Zealand for private companies to create their own initiative to promote tourism as Immigration Appraxus has done.

Lilo said she thought it would be a good idea for her to organise the competition to support Tonga’s tourism and promote her company.

The competition first ran under its new name in 2001. In 2003 Jessie Moala Philip was named Miss Appraxus.

Miss Philip was sponsored by Immigration Appraxus to join the Tonga Miss Heilala Beauty Peagent and went on to win the crown in 2003.

She then travelled to Apia, Samoa, the same year to join the Miss South Pacific and became the first runner-up.

The Immigration Appraxus beauty contest lapsed in 2008.

In 2013 Immigration Appraxus sponsored Rosemarie Fili of Leimatuʻa, Vavaʻu, who was studying at the University of Waikato, to compete in the Heilala Festival in Nukuʻalofa.

Miss Fili was crowned Miss Heilala 2013. She represented Tonga in the Miss South Pacific competition 2013 in Honiara, Solomon Islands and became the first runner-up.

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Gladys Elizabeth Guttenbeil, 20, Miss Makamaile ‘oe Hala Toaongo. Student at International Travel College. Hobbies: Model. Parents are: Albert and Corrina Gutteinbeil from Manurewa, NZ. She also comes from Kāmeli, Neiafu, Vavaʻu and ʻUiha, Haʻapai in Tonga. Photo/Kaniva Pacific

 

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Lavinia Telisa Fīnau, 23, Miss Siofia Hair Design. A student at Auckland University studying a BA programme in Sociology and English. Hobbies: Sports and Reading. Parents are: Pīsila and Vāhengatau Fīnau from Tatakamotonga and ʻEua. Photo/Kaniva Pacific

 

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Diana ‘Ahio, 18, Miss Vai-Ko-Latai. Student at M.I.T. Hobbies: Running and Reading. Parents: Samiuela Fuifuikueli and Kesaia Pua ‘Ahio from Mangere, NZ. She also comes from Kolovai, Hōfoa and Fuʻamotu in Tonga. Photo/Kaniva Pacific

 

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Pepetua ‘o lea ‘ae Tohi, 19, Miss Morena Hair Salon. Works at Langimālie Clinic and also a current student at AUT. Hobbies: Netball. Parents: Sione and ʻEmalata Tohi from Tofoa, Vaikotokomeaa, Lofanga Ha’apai, Lolopaongo and ‘Umutangata, Hihifo Tongatapu. Photo/Kaniva Pacific

 

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Stephanie. M.E. Johnson, 22, Miss C.A.W. Construction. Works at 31C Smiggle’s/Modelleing. Hobbies: Singing and Sports, Modelleing and Cleaning. Parents are William and Maiana Johnson. She comes from Papatoetoe, New Zealand and in Tonga she is from Matafonua,  Nukunuku and Ha’atafu Tongatapu. Photo/Kaniva Pacific
Miss Yvette and Mele Hahano
L-R: Mele Hahano-Ki-Tonga Napa’a Ongolea.  She lives in New Zealand. She comes from Faleloa, Lotofoa, Lofanga and Folaha, Tongatapu. RIGHT: Maria Eyvette Kolo, Sydney Australia. She also comes from Lapaha, Ha’ateiho, Ma’ufanga and Kolomotu’a. Photo/Supplied

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ʻĀnau Payne, Miss Fasi-Mo e-Afi. She is from Kolofoou and Fuʻamotu
ʻĀnau Payne, Miss Fasi-Mo e-Afi. She is from Kolofoou, Fasi-Mo e-Afi and Fuʻamotu

This year’s competitors are:

  1. Gladys Elizabeth Guttenbeil – “Miss Makamaile ‘oe Hala Toaongo”
  1. Lavinia Telisa Finau – “Miss Siofia Hair Design”
  1. Pepetua ‘o lea ‘ae Tohi – “Miss Morena Hair Salon”
  1. Stephanie Johnson – “Miss C.A.W. Construction”
  1. Diana ‘Ahio – “Miss Vai-Ko-Latai”
  1. Yvette Kolo – she’s from Sydney Australia – “Miss Sydney Australia”
  1. Mele Hahano ki Tonga Napa’a Ongolea
  2. ʻĀnau Payne – “Miss Fasi-Mo e-Afi”

This year’s competition will be held over two Saturday nights at the Allan Brewster Recreation Centre in Old Papatoetoe. The programme will be as follows:

Saturday, May 30, 2015.

  1. Contestants Introduction and Tongan Puletaha
  2. Contestants Sarong Swim Wear
  3. Contestants Solo Tau’olunga

Saturday, June 6, 2015.

  1. Contestants Talent Quest
  2. Contestants South Pacific evening gown
  3. Contestants Stage Questions and Answer.

Miss Appraxus New Zealand 2015 will be crowned on the final night.

The main points

  • Seven Tongan beauty contestants will compete to represent New Zealand in the 2015 Miss Heilala Festival in July.
  • They will be taking part in the Miss Appraxus New Zealand competition in May and June and the winner will go on to the Miss Heilala Festival.
  • This year’s competition will be held on May 30 and June 6 at the Allan Brewster Recreation Centre in Old Papatoetoe.
  • Miss Appraxus New Zealand 2015 will be crowned on the final night.

For more information

Heilala Festival

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  1. ‘E feʻauhi ha kau fefine hoihoifua Tonga ʻe toko fitu pe ko hai te ne fakafofongaʻi ʻa Nuʻu Sila ki he Fili Misi Heilala 2015 ʻi Siulaí.

    Te nau fakaʻaliʻali ʻi he feʻauhi Fili Misi Appraxus New Zealand ʻi Mē mo Sune pea ko e ikuná ʻe ʻalu ia ki Tonga ʻo ne kau ki he kātoanga ʻa e Misi Heilalá.

    ʻE fakahoko e kātonga ko iá lolotonga e hilifaki kalauni ʻo ʻEne ʻAfió Kingi Tupou VI ʻi he māhina Siulaí.

    Ne fakaʻaliʻali foki e ngaahi foʻi kuini hoihoifuá ni he uike kuo ʻosí ki he mitiá ʻi Mangere.

    Ne nau teunga angamaheni pē lolotonga ʻenau akoako e anga ʻenau fakaʻaliʻalí ki muʻa ʻi haʻanau ʻuluaki hā ki he kakaí ʻi ʻEpeleli ʻaho 25 ʻi he Naiti Kalapu Nukuʻalofá ʻi Panmure ʻi ʻAokalani.

    Ko e feʻauhi hoihoifua ko ʻení ʻoku foki hono kamataʻangá ki ha feʻauhi ne kamata ʻi ʻAokalani ʻe he pule ki muʻa ʻo e ʻapi ko ʻAtalangá ko Simi Tekiteki ke tuʻuaki ʻa e takimamata ʻa Tongá.

    Ne fokotuʻu ai e kōmiti ʻo ʻiloa pe ko e New Zealand Tonga Tourism Association ke tekeʻi e fakakaukau ko ʻení.
    Ka ʻi he taimi pe ne foki ai ʻa Tekiteki ki Tongá ne hoko atu e feʻauhi ʻe he talēkita ʻo e Immigration Appraxus Sālote Heletā Lilo kae uiʻaki ia e hingoa ʻene kautahá.

    ʻOku angamaheni pe hono ʻomai mei he puleʻanga Tongá ha kole ki he komiunitī Tonga ʻi ʻAokalani ní ke fai ange ha poupou ki hono tuʻuaki e takimamata ʻa Tongá. ʻOku ava ai heni ʻa e ʻū matapā ki he ngaahi kautaha taautahá ke fakalele haʻanau faʻahinga fakakaukau ke tuʻuaki e takimamatá hangē koi a kuo fai ʻe he Immigration Appraxus.

    Ne pehē ʻe Lilo naʻá ne fakakaukau ko ha fakakaukau lelei ia ke ne fokotuʻutuʻu e feʻauhí ke poupou ki he takimamata ʻa Tongá mo tuʻuaki ai pe ʻene kautahá.

    Ne kamata ai ʻa e feʻauhi ʻi hono hingoa foʻoú ʻi he 2001. ʻI he 2003 ne ikuna ai ʻe Jessie Moala Philip ʻa e Miss Appraxus.

    Ne siponisā leva ʻe he Immigration Appraxus ʻa Miss Philip ke ne kau atu ki he Miss Heilala ʻa Tongá ʻo ne ikuna pea fakakalauni ia ko e Miss Heilala ʻo e 2003.

    Ne ne hoko atu ai ʻo folau ki ʻApia, Haʻamoa ʻi he taʻu tatau pe ki he feʻauhi ʻa e Miss South Pacific pea ne ne ua ai.

    Ne kiʻi mālōlō ʻikai toe lele ʻa e feʻauhi ʻa e Appraxis ʻi he 2008.

    ʻI he 2013 ne hanga ai ʻe he Imigration Appraxus ʻo siponisā ʻa e kiʻi fefine Tonga ko Rosemarie Fili ʻo Leimātuʻa, Vavaʻú ʻa ia ne ne ako ʻi he ʻUnivēsiti ʻo Waikato ke kau atu ki he Misi Heilala 2013. Naʻe ikuna pea fakakalauni ai ʻa Fili ko e Misi Heilala ia ʻo e 2013. Naʻá ne kau atu ai ki he fili hoihoifua ʻa e Pasifiki Sauté ʻi he 2013 ʻi Honiara ʻi Solomone ʻo ne ua ai.

    Ko kinautolu ʻeni ʻe feʻuahi ki he fili hoihoifua ʻo e taʻu ní.
    1. Gladys Elizabeth Guttenbeil – “Miss Makamaile ‘oe Hala Toaongo”

    2. Lavinia Telisa Finau – “Miss Siofia Hair Design”

    3. Pepetua ‘o lea ‘ae Tohi – “Miss Morena Hair Salon”

    4. Stephanie Johnson – “Miss C.A.W. Construction”

    5. Diana ‘Ahio – “Miss Fonu mo e Moa”

    6. Yvette Kolo – she’s from Sydney Australia – “Miss Sydney Australia”

    7. Mele Hahano ki Tonga Napa’a Ongolea – “Miss Lelei Finance”

    ʻE fakahoko ʻa e feʻuhí ni ʻi ha Tokonaki ʻe ua ki he Allan Brewster Recreation Centre i Papatoetoe, motuʻa. Ko e polokalama ʻeni:

    Tokonaki, Me 30, 2015.
    1. Contestants Introduction and Tongan Puletaha
    2. Contestants Sarong Swim Wear
    3. Contestants Solo Tau’olunga

    Tokonaki, Sune 6, 2015.
    1. Contestants Talent Quest
    2. Contestants South Pacific evening gown
    3. Contestants Stage Questions and Answer.

    ʻE hilifaki e kalauni ʻo e Miss Appraxus ʻi he Tokonaki fakaʻosí.