Robust judging process inspires confidence

Editor’s Note: The ugly part of many a beauty contest- be it local, regional, national or international is the criticism that the Title and other prizes went to the wrong persons. It may sound unfair but as a newspaper, we constantly receive such complaints but rather than taking them in these columns, we request those concerned to resolve them. Miss Indianz annual event, which is now in its 14th Year is different, says Dharmesh Parikh, Director of Rhythm Events Limited, the organiser.

Miss Indianz Winners over the years

Celebration, not a Contest

Dharmesh Parikh – Robust judging process- Dharmesh Parikh Web

Miss Indianz event is more of a celebration of Kiwi-Indian elegance than a competition.

The statement below taken from Charlie Chaplin’s speech (from the 1940 film, ‘The Great Dictator’) describes our vision and values.

“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We do not want to hate and despise one another. In this world, there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful.”

No clutter

We believe that Miss Indianz is by far the most clutter-free and transparent event.

The clean and simple format allows participants to fully express their passion and love for what they believe. Full training and equal footing is given to all participants and they are not required to fundraise, look for sponsors or sell tickets to the event.

They simply enjoy participating in a showcase of elegance, beauty, fashion, music and dance.

Competent Judges

Further opportunities for the participants is the top most thing in our mind when we select the judging panel. The previous panels have consisted of Entertainment, Fashion, Media and Events professionals. The judges not only spot outstanding talent but also keep them in mind for further opportunities in the future. The judges are requested to take into consideration confidence, style, deployment and the overall ‘wow’ factor in selecting Miss Indianz. Preliminary Titles such as ‘Miss Popular,’ ‘Miss Talent’ and ‘Miss Photogenic’ are awarded by other associates of this event.

You can witness beauty, brains, smartness, elegance and humour at our annual event which will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 730 pm at Aotea Centre in Auckland’s Central Business District.

Tickets will be available from August 1, 2016 from

For further details, please visit or call Dharmesh Parikh on 021-2727454; Email:

Here are the profiles of the next set of three Miss Indianz contestants – part of a journey that we began in our April 15, 2016. This is therefore our Eighth Instalment.

Lipsa Patel

“Miss Indianz is a cultural event that will provide me the platform to meet new people and make friends. It will help me to come out of my comfort zone,” says 19-year-old Lipsa Patel, who migrated from her native Baroda (Gujarat) with her family five years ago for a better lifestyle.

A student at University of Auckland where she is pursuing her BSc degree in Physiology, Lipsa believes that the pageant will be an important milestone in her life and career.

“I look forward to the great experience of being under the spotlight on the national stage, hoping to win the Title. I am grateful to everyone who has made my dream come true – the dream of entering Miss Indianz 2016,” she said.

Mri Mishra

A Real Estate Agent by occupation, this young woman who hails from Jalandhar, Punjab India, loves outdoor adventures and dancing, while at home she prefers hours of meditation- all of which give her the inner strength.

Mri Mishra may have left university education prior to completion, but believes that self-education is more important and valuable in life than a graduate degree.

“I love to meet like-minded souls, learning about self-development and human psychology,” she said.

A recipient of the Massey University Captain Club Scholarship, Mri enjoys life’s experiences.

“Miss Indianz happens to be another experience and a great brand. I see myself creating and living by my ideas one day. On this journey, I hope to meet people, make friends with them and learn from them,” she said.

Sharanita Sharma

The reigning Champion (2016) of the Marist College Athletics is justifiably proud of her achievement, for it called for concentration, hard work and most importantly the ‘can-do’ attitude.

Sharanita Sharma has set her eyes on ‘New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics National Competition,’ which will be held from December 2 to December 4, 2016.

The competition is tough, calling for intense training, running several times a week.

She has a number of certificates, trophies, medals and citations for her feats not only in Athletics but also in Soccer, Netball, Swimming, Gymnastics. Dance and Rowing.

Beyond her sporting talent, Sharanita hopes to support young men and women who undergo trauma.

“I hope to win the Miss Indianz 2016 Title, which will provide me a strong platform to become a positive advocate for supporting young men and women who undergo trauma,” Sharanita said.

Pictures of Lipsa Patel, Mri Mishra and Sharanita Sharma are by Andrew Bignall

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