FROM THE EDITOR
The Miss Manawatu pageant on Saturday night was quite the glitzy affair.
It was exciting to sit in the packed Regent on Broadway audience with so many enthusiastic supporters for the young women gracing the stage. It was even more exciting to see our very own Miss Manawatu Standard Michelle Feldberg, sponsored by The Tribune, crowned as Miss Manawatu.
The event has grown and evolved over the years, particularly this year with outgoing organiser Kate Balfour’s rule changes to allow married women and mothers to enter. Miss Manawatu would benefit from more changes like this.
The pageant is certainly already a strong platform for our region’s young women to build confidence and thrive in our community, but it was a shame to see the only additional awards given on the evening were for best hair, best gown, most photogenic and friendship. It would be great to see honours for community contribution, leadership, skills, culture and change-making.
It’s important to empower our young women. Lisa Knight