Unkovich crowned Miss International NZ

Howick local Natasha Unkovich placed second in Miss World NZ and was crowned Miss international NZ at a pageant recently. Photo: Supplied

One of our very own is heading to Tokyo to represent New Zealand on the international stage.

After three months of intense rehearsals and charity work, Natasha Unkovich took the stage at the Miss World NZ pageant last Saturday night for an outstanding performance.

Miss Unkovich, who placed second overall in the pageant, was also crowned Miss International NZ, and will head to Japan this November to take part in the Tokyo-based beauty pageant, Miss International.

The Buckland’s Beach Intermediate teacher was also awarded ‘best in interview’, ‘best in talent, ‘top model’, ‘best attendance’ and the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ award.

She was applauded for having raised the most money, more than $15,000, for the charity Annie’s Lifeline which works to give tertiary scholarships to those suffering from mental illness.

“It was so incredible to be able to showcase all of our work to all of our family, friends and sponsors who have supported and encouraged us all so much throughout Miss World NZ journey,” she says.

“I am so happy and proud moment to have been crowned 1st runner up and Miss International NZ where I am so excited to represent NZ on the international stage in November in Tokyo.”