“This is an excellent platform not only for self-representation but also to express the love I have for India, my country of birth and New Zealand, my new home,” says Nishka Shetty, a contestant at Miss Indianz 2018.

She said that it was her long-cherished dream to get on to the stage and inspire others to follow suit.

Studying Health Science and intending to do medicine, she is passionate about making a positive change in our society.

“As well as volunteering at ‘Kidsline,’ a child charity organisation, Nishka has been involved in youth counselling and supporting youth.