Okaihau teenager Megan Hammerton was crowned Miss Far North 2016 in Kerikeri on Saturday night.

Her predecessor, Danielle Collings, was there to formally hand the title over to the 18-year-old, who won the pageant ahead of 14-year-old Sophia Fotheringham (Taipa) and 14-year-old Te Akimiria Muriwai (Kamo).

Te Akimiria also won the People's Choice award, decided by Northland Age readers, while 14-year-old Rochelle Pattison (Kerikeri) was named Miss Personality, 15-year-old Mia Bentley-Tsibuah (Kerikeri) Miss Catwalk, and 18-year-old Zarena Blucher (Kaitaia) Miss Photogenic.

Fourteen-year-old Te Akamiria Muriwai (Kamo), winner of the hotly-contested People's Choice award. Photo / Inkara Studio 3
Fourteen-year-old Te Akamiria Muriwai (Kamo), winner of the hotly-contested People's Choice award. Photo / Inkara Studio 3

The Little Miss Far North title went to 12-year-old Paige Naylor (Kawakawa), runner-up nine-year-old Coolie-Berry Maxwell (Okaihau), second runner-up nine-year-old Breanna Ott (Okaihau).

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The junior Miss Personality was five-year-old Ashlyn Garrett (Umawera), and Miss Photogenic eight-year-old Petra Roper (Kaikohe).

The judges were NorthTec beauty therapy tutor Amelia Brookland, for the third consecutive year, and Whangarei restaurateur Sandra McLean-Woods.

Pageant organiser Alarnya Ashby, who staged the pageant at the Turner Centre for the first time, said the evening was a great success.

"All the girls looked great. I'm proud of them all. They are all winners," she said.

Little Miss Far North 2016 Paige Naylor (12, Kawakawa) with runner-up Coolie-Berry Maxwell (9, Okaihau, right) and second runner-up Breanna Ott (9, Okaihau). Photo / Inkara Studio 3
Little Miss Far North 2016 Paige Naylor (12, Kawakawa) with runner-up Coolie-Berry Maxwell (9, Okaihau, right) and second runner-up Breanna Ott (9, Okaihau). Photo / Inkara Studio 3