The organiser of the Bou Fashion beauty pageant competition claimed contestants were told they would receive empty envelopes at Friday nightâs award and would collect their cash prizes later.
Two contestants had already picked up their cash prizes by today, June 25.
They were the Miss Kahoa Kakala âO Tonga, Samantha Maâasi, who won the NZ$2600 prize and Miss Pouono Krafts who won the $900 cash prize.
Organiser Tupou Tanginoa Fonua made the clarification after some audience members at Friday nightâs awards were surprised to hear the contestants opened their envelopes and found nothing inside them.
One supporter claimed the contestants were not told they would receive empty envelopes.
One contestantâs promoter said she only found out from the Bou Fashion staff during the awards ceremony that her contestant would have to collect her cash prizes later.
When asked for comments, Fonua sent Kaniva News a screenshot of the following Facebook post:
âAs discussed with our Miss BOUâS contestants they will return clothes which I provided during the pageant and they will pick up their cash prizes today. Two contestants have been already this morning to pick up theirs (sic) cash prizes so far…
âMiss Kahoa Kakala O Tonga – Samantha Maasi $2600. Miss Pouono Krafts – Fetuâu âUluaki $900.â
She also posted a photo of Miss Pouono Krafts holding dollar notes.
Fonua also posted two hand-written letters containing the names of âUluaki and Maâasi with their signatures.
In the letters the undersigned said they âconfirmedâ they had received their cash prizes today.
In response, a person by the name of Stephanie Maryannie Ma’asi Fukofuka wrote:Â âIt was not discussed or we wouldn’t have opened the envelopes expecting cash in there LOL but finally…a little exposure does the trickâ¦â
She earlier wrote: âMy sister received (four empty) envelopes you claim we have to collect which we have yet heard from!â
A promoter of the winner of the beauty contest, Miss Luana Fifita, said she collected four envelopes for her niece’s prizes and they were all empty.
âI saw the envelopes with the amount won, opened it and thereâs no money and I click that they donât put money inside. There were so many people and the girls just put the envelopes on the table and everyone was everywhere.Â So to confirm I ask one of Bouâs staff just to make sure and she confirmed, money will be collected after. So we were happy to collect it later,â Sisifa Manoa Tangi told Kaniva News.
The winners of the Miss Bouâs Pageant competition were:
Winner – Miss 312 Barbars -Luana Fifita
1st Runner Up – Miss Kahoa Kakala O Tonga – Samantha Maâasi.
2nd Runner Up – Miss Ciora Karaoke Bar – Dominique Sevele
3rd Runner Up – Miss Pouono Krafts – Fetuâu Uluaki
1st – Pre Pageant Interview- Miss Ciora Karaoke Bar – Dominique Sevele.
1st Tauâolunga – Miss Kahoa Kakala O Tonga – Samantha Maâasi
1st Puletaha – Miss 312 Barbers – Luana Fifita
1st Sarong – Miss Hala Vaiola – âEvalata Vehikite
1st Talent – Miss Vavaâu Lahi Night Club – Epenisa Hafoka
1st Stage Interview – Miss Pouono Krafts – Fetuâu Uluaki.