FIJI TIMES ONLINE Friday, November 20, 2009
Taumiri Tetuai hopes to bring change to the lives of her people
KIRIBATI beauty Taumiri Tetuai is the youngest contestant at the Miss South Pacific Pageant which begins tomorrow.
She arrived at Nausori Airport last night.
Ms Tetuai recently completed Form Seven at Pukekohe High School in Auckland.
She was crowned Miss Kiribati in Aotearoa in 2007 and awarded the senior school cultural award for leadership and tutoring in performing arts at her school this year.
She has been involved in various community activities and is the youngest daughter in a family of five.
Her hobbies include reading, dancing, singing and playing volleyball.
Ms Tetuai has her sights set on a career in social work.
Miss Aotearoa Pacific Paretaunu Randall, 25, who represents New Zealand, arrives today.
She has an interest in dancing, choreography and Kura Papa (Maori School).
"I instigated the marae aerobics within Kura Papa to promote healthy diet, fitness and exercise throughout the Maori society in New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii," she said.
"I am very whanau (family) oriented and the second eldest of four children.
"I am very outgoing, enthusiastic, positive and extremely proud of my heritage and culture.
"It is a burning desire and goal of mine to nurture this as I grow through my life."
Her unfulfilled ambition has been to dance on stage with a superstar and the likes of Janet Jackson. She is a dancer and choreographer by profession.