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Call us now on 530 8461 or 530 8271 Whitford Village, Whitford, Auckland 93331-v2 Make the right choice about your dental care Getting baby to sleep safely������������������������������������ page 2 Bright spark problem solvers��������������������������������� page 5 Howick Santa Parade photos���������������������������� pages 6-7 Hunt is on for handbag thief���������������������������������� page 9 Classifed advertising������������������������������������� pages 30-35 Times Sport������������������������������������������������������ pages 35-36 Thursday, December 5, 2013 Vol 42, No 97 General 271 8000 Classi ed 271 8055 Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 Website www.times.co.nz 1/10 The Terraces, 24 Wellington St, Howick 535 9554 | firstname.lastname@example.org for hair that looks g�eat and feels g�eat 124096 Val & Courtney Steven The Real Estate Ladies Val Steven 027 293 9093 email@example.com A/H: 535 4830 www.therealestateladies.co.nz 123897-V3 Est. 1972 MULTI AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER INSIDE THE long-serving pageant matriarch is resisting full- time retirement, although she’s stepped back from run- ning the annual Miss Howick event� But the piles of chronolog- ically-organised scrapbooks, newspaper stories, catalogues and photographs, along with show costumes, hats and ball gowns, have to go� “Some I will never throw out� They go back to 1968 when I ran my frst fashion parade in Otahuhu� But it’s all got to go from the garage,” Mrs Lott says� “I’m open to offers to take them� “Maybe local dance schools or the youth theatre would like the costumes� “Perhaps the Howick His- torical Society would like to do a display� “I have photos and articles from women who did pag- eants in the 1950s�” For the frst time in 25 years, Miss Howick fell into limbo this year after Mrs Lott decided to step back and the direction of the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant was changed by new organisers� A couple of helpers, includ- ing a former Miss Howick and choreographer Sarah McIn- tyre, have expressed an inter- est in running the pageant and Mrs Lott is hopeful it will return next year� “Miss Howick is our baby� It provides values for the girls, teaching them confdence, strengthening them to go on to other felds� “I hear stories from par- ents who say ‘my daughter no longer pumps gas; she’s work- ing in an offce’� “They are given good tools to pass on�” It’s unlikely that Mrs Lott will completely abandon the pageant for retirement� “For me, retiring would mean I’d stop living,” she says� “What will I do? I have too much energy and passion for young people who need to be motivated and given lots of confdence� “I can’t imagine Miss Howick not going ahead next year� I miss not being among young people� “This is the frst year in 25 I have not done a pageant and I really missed it� “A lot of people tell me I’ve had a glamorous life� I’ve adored the glamour side, the fashion and beauty� “But only 20 per cent is glamour; 80 per cent is hard work� When you look at our garage and the piles of paper- work and costumes, you real- ise people only see the end result – the shows� “One of my weaknesses is not being able to say no, and then I go into overload� Hence, I’ve collected so much stuff and can’t bear to throw it out�” Mrs Lott says she’s hum- bled to have had the oppor- tunity over 25 years to share pageants “with so many beau- tiful young women, some vul- nerable and having their ups and downs� A lot of counsel- ling has gone into it� “Even though I am saying I’m going to retire, I’ll never stop� “But I want to refect on the happy times and never forget the enduring strength that was needed for some of the girls to overcome the tough incidents, such as losing friends made in pageants to cancer or losing close family members�” She’s anxious to continue sponsorship of a Ugandan teenager, established during the 2012 Miss Howick beauty pageant� The contact came when the 2011 Miss Howick, Charney Rooza, discovered a boy scav- enging outside a South Afri- can burger bar� She returned to New Zea- land and took up a job with World Vision, encouraging the Miss Howick contestants to raise money for the aid agency� The result was $1600 pre- sented to help fund Generous, a 13-year-old in Uganda� Mrs Lott has continued the relationship with Generous and says she’d like to give any donations she may receive as the result of passing on her memorabilia to the teenager’s village� Organisations or people interested in looking after the memorabilia can email Val Lott at lotts@xtra�co�nz� Val's happy memories EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION: Miss Howick pageant director for a quarter of a century, Val Lott, wants her memorabilia to go to organisations that can use or display it. Times photo Wayne Martin More than 1000 young women have trod the beauty pageant catwalks under the watchful eye of Howick's Val Lott over 25 years, and now she's seeking a new home for a veritable treasure trove of memorabilia, reports MARIANNE KELLY.
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