New Zealand’s first Pageant remains in its distinct class

Venkat Raman

When Dharmesh Parikh of Reshab D Productions began Miss Indianz in 2002, he was unsure of the direction that the event would take; but fortunately it moved North and he has had no occasion to look back since then – the brand has established itself as the only credible pageant in New Zealand.

“Miss Indianz grew out of Auckland to initially reach contestants in Hamilton. Today, there are inquiries and participants from many parts of the country. I am happy that many of our contestants have participated in international pageants either on their own or representing us,” he said.

While response to the event has always been positive, Dharmesh believes that the Pageant should lift its profile and be better known elsewhere in the world.

“The wealth of talent among our young women is astounding, there is ample public support and the number of entries received was rewarding but the show must get bigger and better,” he told Indian Newslink.

We feature here the third instalment of participants in Miss Indianz 2018.

Aafia Dutee

“I have always wanted to be a model and walking down the ramp has been my childhood dream,” says Aafia Dutee, who arrived in New Zealand just two years ago.

A student pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Computing System, Aafia hopes that there would be opportunities to enable her to realise her dreams.

(Picture of Aafia Dutee by Peter Jennings)

Anu Kaushik

Born in New Delhi, Anu Kaushik arrived in New Zealand in August 2017 and is currently pursuing a course in Business (Sales & Marketing).

A designer of leather products, she hopes that Miss Indianz will provide an opportunity to promote herself.

“I also hope that the event will make people understand that Indian women are a blend of culture, ethics, confidence and beauty,” she said.

(Picture of Anu Kaushik by Peter Jennings)

Ishini Rani

She says she has fanatical interest in pageantry and that winning the titles of ‘Amazing Face of Revlon India 2014’ and ‘Miss Photogenic’ (Miss Teen NZ 2016) encouraged Ishini Rani to participate in Miss Indianz 2018.

“I enjoy traveling, dancing, skating and making new friends. After my schooling in India, I arrived in New Zealand in 2016 to experience an independent lifestyle and for global exposure. I love everything that Auckland has to offer,” she said.

(Pictures of Ishini Rani by Andrew Bignal)

Miss Indianz 2018 will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 730 pm at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, 145, New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland. For further details, please visit

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