By : The National
MISS Papua New Guinea 2017 Niawali Anastasia Twain is among the nine beauty queens contesting the annual Miss Pacific Islands pageant in Fiji.
Twain, 23, from West New Britain and Manus, travelled to Nadi on Wednesday on Air Niugini and was accorded a special welcome by the crew and invited to the cockpit.
The participating this year come from American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and, for the first time in the 40-year history of the pageant, a Miss Rapanui from Easter Islands.
The event is being hosted by the Nadi Town Council at Prince Charles Park, costing F$200,000 (about K330,000) as part of a tourism drive.
The theme this year is “Climate Change to sustain our islands –based on the COP23 Outcomes”.
The programme proper will begin next Wednesday, Dec 6, with a topic presentation, stage interview and sarong wear show.
The crowning in next Saturday.
The crown is held by Miss Pacific Islands Fiji Anne Dunn.
Miss Papua New Guinea Abigail Havora was crowned Miss Pacific Islands in 2015.