Mys­tery beauty steps for­ward

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

The puzzle of the mys­te­ri­ous beauty queens has been solved.

In our Fe­bru­ary 4 edi­tion we ran a photo of four ju­nior beauty queens from a 1977 com­pe­ti­tion.

New Zealand Hous­ing em­ployee Natalie Taukamo said she walked past the Kapi- Mana News of­fice ev­ery day but did not re­alise we were look­ing for her.

‘‘My dad called, laugh­ing,’’ she said.

Ms Taukamo was 9 years old at the time of the pageant, and said she re­mem­bered her mother telling her she walked like a boy.

‘‘Ap­par­ently I was walk­ing with arms folded in­stead of like a lady.’’

She de­cided to re­veal her­self de­spite en­joy­ing the mys­tery.

‘‘ I like the idea of be­ing a mys­tery woman.’’

The oth­ers in the Miss Porirua Shop­ping Cen­tre Con­test were Amanda Mul­hol­land, Melise Bo­vis and Ja­nine Holcroft.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Mys­tery solved: Natalie Taukamo holds a pic­ture of her­self in the Miss Porirua Shop­ping Cen­tre con­test 1977.

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