MISS EARTH NEW ZEALAND AMBASSADORS

2014

SHEREE

ANDERSON

2013

NELA

ZISSER

2012

GLORIA OFA
BLAKE

 

SHEREE ANDERSON

NELA ZISSER

GLORIA OFA BLAKE

Describe your childhood growing years:

I grew up in a small country town on a horse ranch. I have always been surrounded by animals and nature. It has been part of my identity since birth.

 

What lessons did you learn from your childhood?

As a child I was always taught to treat others, both people and animals, the way I would want to be treated. I was also taught to always be respectful to my elders, always be honest and truthful, and to always try my best.

 

Any special facts about your family?

My parents are racehorse trainers here in New Zealand, and are the most respected and best performing trainers in our region. We have also been involved in farming and agriculture for years and understand the importance of caring for the environment.

 

What is the most unusual thing you have ever done?

The most unusual and outrageous thing I have ever done was paragliding in Austria. I had never done anything like it before and had to over come my slight fear of running off a cliff, it was the most amazing experience. I also ate snails and frogs legs in France.

 

What is your most memorable moment?

I spent the 2013 new year in Mozambique, and one day while on the beach a female Sea Turtle came out of the water to lay her eggs up in the sand dunes. It took her hours and we sat and watched her for the whole afternoon. It was the most amazing thing, something I could never experience back home in NZ.

 

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?

My environmental advocacy is educating young people on the importance of protecting and preserving the environment. I chose this as it is important to transfer and instill knowledge of the effect of environmental pollution and degradation to the young people of the world so that they can continue to help restore the environment to its natural, sustainable state.

 

What can you promote about your country?

We have an incredibly diverse and untouched scenery from our native forests, to our beautiful sandy beaches, to our mountains and glaciers. The people are friendly and welcoming, and have a fantastic local (Maori) culture. Our unique environment allows for a diverse range of outdoor adventures, and the opportunity to view our unique native wild life. We are also a very safe country to visit with a smaller population and crime rates being low in comparison to the rest of the world.

 

What trivia about yourself would like to share?

I am an animal lover and am happiest when I am with my horses in the outdoors. I am passionate about fashion and beauty, I am I trained makeup artist and also design my own clothes. In the future I want to study psychotherapy and work with young people going through hard times, to help them improve their lives and become happy and healthy in both body and mind.

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What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

I learned how to be kind and accept people for who they are.

 

Do you have any special stories or facts?

My family and I moved to Auckland after the Christchurch earthquakes with only a carload of belongings.

 

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?

My environmental advocacy is cleaning up and planting trees in Rizal Reserve Park in Auckland, New Zealand. I chose this because it's important for future generations to remember great men like Jose Rizal. I think it's important to keep their memorials and the parks they are home to clean.

 

What tip can you share to promote the Miss Earth 2013 theme "water cooperation" in one sentence?

It's extremely important to conserve water because without water, we do not exist.

 

What makes you proud of the country you are representing?

I'm very proud to represent New Zealand because it's such a beautiful and untouched country. I feel so lucky to live here and want to share with the rest of the world how beautiful New Zealand is.

 

What can you promote about New Zealand?

Our clean water and fresh air. Also the beautiful beaches and mountains.

 

What information you would like to share to the Miss Earth team and carousel productions or to the founder of Miss Earth?

I would love the chance to become an ambassador for mother earth. It's the only home we have and we need to take better care of it so that future generations don't suffer because of the bad choices we've made.

 

What trivia about yourself would you like to share?

I love surfing! The beach is a special place to me.

 

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What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

The environmental project I am aiming on establishing is based on the education of children and youth so that younger generations can understand the importance of maintaining and conserving the planet. This project will work with government organizations to collectively agree on environmental issues that are a priority on a national and international scale. These issues will be developed into a presentation and delivered to various schools to promote the need for conservation and sustainability. Coupling the presentation will be the implementation of one of two options; a modified board game based on the native garden project concept. Secondly, fruit and vegetable gardens to provide schools with a sustainable food supply in low socio-economic areas. The idea of native gardens is based on the knowledge that in towns and cities within New Zealand many of our native birds have retreated from these hubs. By planting native trees, it gives these birds homes, food supply, and reintroduces society to the wonders of New Zealand. By having a native garden built around the concept of modified board games, such as snakes and ladder’s or knots and crosses. This makes the experience interactive enjoyable to children, while learning about the environment and hopefully increasing levels of participation. The idea of fruit and vegetable gardens is based on the necessity of several issues that face society. Giving a low socio-economic school the chance to aid in reducing CO2 emissions by planting extra trees teaches students how to be productive in gardening, creating healthier food options for students and at the same time allowing these students to have a free food at school. The project allows modern youth to gain an understanding of the environment they live in. by educating those who are young it creates in them habits that are ecologically friendly in an early stage. To me power is knowledge, if you know that you can make a change by planting trees and educating other’s then this is a simple task with amazing global impact. I believe it is also important to combine several underlying aspects to a single project. Having a project that is easy to promote to people of different walks of life makes it easier to implement.

 

What is your most memorable moment?

It would have to be my mum telling me she was proud of me for winning Miss Earth NZ 2012. It is very hard for my mother to express herself. Before that night I had only seen my mother cry once, when I was taken from her at six years old. For her to tell me she is proud and express her vulnerability is something rare and truly memorable to me.

 

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

My environmental advocacy is the prime ministers Christchurch Earthquake appeal. In 2011, Christchurch, a major city in the south island of New Zealand was struck by an earthquake. In a country like New Zealand, which is small in land mass and population size, it was hard when chaos struck strike home. I, like many other New Zealander, have family living in Christchurch. The devastation that occurred that day struck the entire country and I want to be able to support those, that to this day are still affected by what happened over a year ago. It seems though, that in recent times the destructive forces of nature seem to be a prevalent occurrence compared to the past. As a means to raise awareness and knowledge of what humans are doing to the planet, I am advocating the prime ministers Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

 

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

All of us are guilty of leaving our chargers, iPods, laptops, ghds and other electrical gadgets plugged in during the day and overnight. Even when they are not turned on, they consume a lot of energy, it is best to unplug when not in use to save power

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