TAVUA District High School Form Six student Adi Maraia Mataitini could not believe it when she was crowned 2013 Miss Vodafone Tavua Gold and Water Carnival queen at Gatward Park on Saturday night.
The 17-year-old Miss Tavualevu villager dedicated her achievement to the people of Tavua who supported her during the four-day carnival.
She also thanked her fellow contestants for the competition.
"I couldn't do this on my own and I thank the vanua of Bila for their support," said Ms Mataitini.
"Being a student, I entered the competition to gain confidence and promote unity among the different races in Tavua.
"I did not expect the win because there were many talented and smart contestants also vying for the crown. I also give credit to my fellow contestants who through their competition enabled me to win the crown."
Ms Mataitini said the carnival gave her the confidence to speak in public.
"I have learnt a lot during the four-day show enabling me to promote the importance of unity among all races," she said.
Miss Goundar Timber Ashmika Devi won the Miss Charity crown for raising $10,700.
The two queens also won return air tickets to New Zealand sponsored by Shop and Save Supermarket.
Other place getters were: first runner-up Miss Vinod Patel Ruby Sandy; second runner-up Miss Tavua Town Council Siteri Marama; third runner-up Miss Civil Servants Erevi Tovolea; charity first runner-up Miss Amin Insurance Monica Singh; charity second runner-up Miss Ba Town Council Christina Reddy; Miss Personality Miss Amin Insurance Monica Singh.