Moemoana Safaatoa Schwenke is the newly crowned Miss Samoa New South Wales.
A passionate performing artist and environmental advocate is the daughter of Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands 1997 Maryjane McKibbin Schwenke.
The 23-year-old holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies.
In an appreciation post Miss Schwenke says she is humbled to take on the role as a service to Samoa and the Samoan-Australian diaspora communities.
“We carry the responsibility to safeguard our Samoan culture to honour the legacy of our Ancestors, and for the future generations.”
Miss Schwenke says the gift of being a Samoan and Pacific Islander is a treasured gift.
“No matter what oceans I traverse, I carry Samoa with me to the utmost.”
“Drawing strength from our Ancestors, and guided by God. I am humbled to be your Miss Samoa NSW 2023-2024 and excited to serve and empower our communities. Fa’afetai tele lava.”
Miss New South Wales also paid tribute to the indigenous people of Australia.
“Grateful to live and receive this award on Dharawal and Dharug Country, their lands and waterways have been sustained and cared for by First Nations people from time immemorial.”
Moemoana Safaatoa Schwenke her gratitude to her supporters.
“My beloved family and friends for showering me with love and offering unwavering support..”
“Fa’afetai mo lenei fa’aaloalo maualuga ua tu’uina mai mo lo’u nei tagata fa’atauva’a.”