The new Miss World New Zealand has been crowned and this year's she hails from Auckland and hopes to one day be a clinical psychologist.

Karla de Beer, 22, took the title at a ceremony at the Sky City Convention Centre last night after being crowned Miss Auckland last year.

She was handed the crown by last year's winner Deborah Lambie who performed the controversial haka at the Miss World pageant in December which some social media users slammed as "embarrassing".

Miss de Beer graduated from the University of Auckland with a double major in psychology and English and on her Miss Auckland page said she's been interested in helping others her whole life and would like to become a clinical psychologist.


She is currently working in human resources as a learning and development trainer.

"As I love the outdoors and have a huge soft spot for horses, having ridden since I was 12, my chosen charity was naturally New Zealand Riding for the Disabled.

"I have loved being a part of the Totara Park Riding for the Disabled club, getting involved with learning how to practically deal with the problems children with physical and mental disabilities face, and how to help them improve on the skills they need to overcome these difficulties."