Te Rua Wallace of Te Arawa and Tūwharetoa is an 18-year-old vying for the next Miss World New Zealand title.
Wallace has her sights set on becoming the next Miss World New Zealand and says that it's the experience she is looking forward too.
“The competition is really good. I have learnt a lot, how to walk, how to stand in front of a camera, how to dance; this is a really good learning curve,” says Wallace.
An email was sent to her confirming her selection into the Miss World New Zealand pageant and since then she catches the bus from Rotorua to Auckland for tutorials.
Wallace says, “This is empowering for women. There are so many issues in this world that belittle women, but this encourages women.”
Former student of Ruamatā School, Te Rua Wallace fully embraces being Māori and says what matters to her the most is her family.
She says, “It's not about being beautiful outside but inside is where it counts, like helping other.”
The Miss World New Zealand pageant is set to take place in Auckland on April the 25.