A crown for Otaua

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

A 21-year-old Auck­land Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, born and bred at Otaua, west of Kaikohe, has won the 2018 Miss Five Crowns New Zealand Le­gacy Princess ti­tle.

The pageant is billed as of­fer­ing a per­for­mance plat­form on which to build per­sonal skills and a step to­wards a brighter fu­ture and big­ger dreams. Pa­tri­cia Clark in­tends to take ev­ery ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties it gives her. The for­mer North­land Col­lege head girl (Te Matarahu­rahu, Te Ko­tahi­tanga Marae) said the pageant had al­lowed her to de­velop new skills as­so­ci­ated with pub­lic en­gage­ment, char­ity work and self-con­fi­dence, and she was look­ing for­ward to the com­ing year and the work she would be do­ing.

The daugh­ter of Al­byn and Leanne Clark (nee Rankin), she said she had not ex­pected to win.

“Stand­ing at five feet I thought I’d be too short, but I en­tered for self-de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence has shown me that even com­ing from a small town, the world is your oyster. If you set a goal, you can achieve it. It doesn’t mat­ter where you come from. What is most im­por­tant to me is be­ing recog­nised for my work. The crown doesn’t just rep­re­sent beauty, but who you are and where you come from, and it makes me proud of my an­ces­try and the val­ues I have as a per­son, my in­ner beauty.”

Hav­ing com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree ma­jor­ing in en­vi­ron­men­tal and earth sciences, she is now pur­su­ing a Master’s in en­vi­ron­men­tal science.

“I’m not sure what ca­reer path I’ll fol­low, but I could run an en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tancy,” she said.

In the mean­time she planned a trip home to Kaikohe af­ter ex­ams, and was look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing her old school to share her ex­pe­ri­ences.

She was also grate­ful for sup­port from Te Ru¯nanga-A¯-Iwi o Nga¯puhi. CEO Lor­raine Toki said she was a great ex­am­ple of what could be achieved by those who pur­sued a goal with pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm.

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Miss Five Crowns NZ Pa­tri­cia Clark and her mum Leanne.

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