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  1. Part one of three from this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of three from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of three from this full length documentary.

  4. Credits from this documentary

Synopsis

A line-up of receptionists, trainee teachers, and models talk horse-riding and modesty, vying to win Miss New Zealand 1973. Miss Otago (Pam King) proves a popular winner — the show was filmed in Dunedin — and was later a semi-finalist at that year's Miss World contest. The compere provides innuendo-laced links, and introduces reigning Miss New Zealand (Kristine Allan), Miss World (Australia's Belinda Green), Canadian singer Gary Buck, and blind Māori crooner Eddie Low. Miss Horowhenua — a hairdresser — highlights 1973 style: wigs are out for women, but in for men.

Credits (3)

 Murray Hutchinson
 Colin Lehmann
 Hal Weston

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 Morrissey Breen

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Lots of toe-curlingly awkward moments from compere Colin Lehmann, but the most embarrassingly inept is saved for Miss Auckland: "Hmmmm... you're a very pretty casual girl, I think."

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Quotes

I was pressurised into it... 
Carol you’ve got a delectable figure but it doesn’t quite tie in with your cooking? 
I like spooky books 
The people you meet mean the most to me [being Miss World] ... I’ve met royalty, I’ve met pop groups, I’ve met really down and out people, and very sick children ... and you think gosh I’m so lucky: I’ve got two legs and two arms ... and it’s fabulous.