Sydney Batters of Ngāpuhi was crowned Miss New Zealand 2020 in a private ceremony held on Sunday, October 11 in Auckland.
The 19-year-old nursing student at Auckland University of Technology hails from the Northland town of Kaeo. She will represent New Zealand at the 60th Miss International pageant next year in Japan.
“Still can’t believe I was crowned Miss New Zealand last night. I feel so privileged to have been apart of such a journey with so many amazing girls! Congratulations to everyone who won awards yesterday, I am proud of every single one of you,” she expressed in a post on social media the next day after winning her title.
The first runner-up, Arielle Keil of Auckland, made history by becoming the first-ever transgender woman to compete in Miss New Zealand. She will represent her country at the next Miss Intercontinental competition.
Emma Wilding, Tam Feroz, and Chloe Amy completed the Top 5 finalists and they will be sent to Miss Tourism International, Miss Charm International, and Miss Crystal Angel International competitions, respectively.
This year’s final competition was held with a smaller crowd of only family members of the contestants due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photos: Sydney Batters, Miss New Zealand / Instagram