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Miss Earth New Zealand 2020

NEW ZEALAND
SUZY NIELSEN

Age: 18
Height: 163 cm
Measurements: 34 in - 24 in - 35 in

"I love being outdoors, occupying myself with more traditional activities away from technology. This is how I stay fresh, calm, and confident."

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
My childhood was filled with a lot of love. I am a proud Biracial Kiwi raised by my Thai single mother and older brother. I spent most of my time after school in Kiwifruit orchards where my mother worked. This is where my brother and I spent playing and helping mother. This experience taught me resilience and to be grateful for the most important thing, family. Witnessing my Mother’s hard work and devotion had inspired me with a great spirit in fighting for a better world, this is my source of strength.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
A memorable moment was at a school camp in the New Zealand bush. It was wet and we had been playing in the mud as we trekked to a viewing point. When we reached the top and gazed down across the beautiful valley, I felt the greatest sense of peace. I realized how special the environment can make you feel and the people it can bring together.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
My family are all rice farmers and have been for many generations in North East Thailand. Almost every few years, I manage to save money to visit our family farm for a few months at a time. This is where I spent everyday learning to farm with my family and where I developed my passion for being outdoors. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and love the labor involved in cultivating land.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
I used to live next to a cow farm and one morning I spotted a cow (which I had named Donkey) leaning over the fence to pluck my school uniform shirt off the clothesline and begin chewing it. I then jumped the fence and attempted to approach it. I spent a whole hour trying to retrieve my shirt from the cow’s mouth. This incident sparked my interest in the agricultural industry in New Zealand, and learning of the farming wastes produced, further pressing my concern for the environmental wellbeing.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
My Advocacy is to implement greater environmental education in schools. I believe it is important to facilitate lessons and experiences that will inspire children to love and respect the environment. The greatest resource in protecting the environment is people, so to secure a larger workforce and ensure conservation for the future we must teach with example and show the children how to contribute together for a healthier home.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
Exposure is Key! The greatest challenge is to create a sense of urgency that will turn into cooperative action. So, to encourage people to have a strong connection to the environment, I believe the best way is to provide experience. To see and feel the beauty of nature and the places where it is damaged so it can have a deeper personal impact. That is why Miss Earth is a prestigious platform which inspires, educates, and helps people to learn because it shows the truth and paves a path for people to follow.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
I am most proud of my country New Zealand because of the people. We are a diverse, friendly, kind, down to Earth, culture infusion. Across my life I have had many grateful experiences of New Zealand hospitality. You would feel welcome and accepted almost anywhere in New Zealand. Kiwis are always willing to help.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
New Zealand also called Aotearoa (Land of the long white cloud) is a land of immense landscapes and breath-taking scenery. From picturesque glaciers, vast plains, subtropical forests, rocky mountains, flaming volcanic sites and tranquil coastlines. New Zealand is a rich source of peace and inspiration with a third of the country legally protected land for conservation purposes. Aotearoa is also home of the beautiful, spiritual, and venerable Maori Culture and Language, rich in values connected to the environment.

WHAT TRIVIA ABOUT YOURSELF WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE?
I am an avid learner, always seeking new experiences to enrich my life and grow. Throughout my life I have always found ways to earn money by fishing, gardening, housekeeping, babysitting, baking, kiwifruit work, factory work and more. I am resourceful and always look for new opportunities to enhance my skills. I love being busy and accumulating skills. I believe the more experiences I have the stronger and smarter I can be so that I can better help and protect the environment and the people I love.

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