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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

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