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Ariel Pearse Crowned Miss New Zealand Tourism International

Ariel Pearse, one of 13 finalists in the 2016 Miss World New Zealand pageant held over the weekend, made the top six and was crowned Miss New Zealand Tourism International.

“Thanks for all your support, everyone,” she said after the event, when swarmed by her supporters. 

"I am having a hard time taking in all this love!”

She will represent New Zealand in the Miss Tourism International pageant in Malaysia toward the end of the year.

Former Miss Auckland, Karla De Beer, was crowned Miss World New Zealand, the premier title awarded.

In addition to the overall theme of the Miss World Pageant, "Beauty with a Purpose," each contestant could choose a personal platform to promote. They each worked tirelessly over the last six months to create awareness of their chosen cause.  

Ariel’s cause was modesty, in both attitude and dress.

Linda Champlin, one of Ariel's many supporters in attendance at the pageant, expressed her respect for the young New Zealander and her message of modesty. 

“Her clothing stood out as being appropriate, yet modest," Mrs Champlin said.

"It takes courage to promote, in word and deed, such a cause. She stood out in a good way. She and her family should be proud.”

The Miss World New Zealand contestants raised $40,000 over the last six months for Auckland's Ronald McDonald House, their chosen charity.

Ariel, a former missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a history of helping others, was specifically thanked for her extra efforts in securing an additional $25,000 in donated material for renovations at the house.  

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