SECTION I: PRELIMINARY

The Miss Samoa Pageant is owned by the Government of Samoa. The Chairman of the MSPC is the Minister of Tourism & Trade. The Director of the MSPC is the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Tourism Authority. Other official committee members of the MSPC are members appointed by the Chairman and Director of the MSPC accordingly.

The Miss Samoa is a national event:

a)  Which recognizes the beautiful attributes of the Samoan Lady through her natural poise & personality and graceful performance of traditional/talents and confident presentation of traditional wear.

b)  Which enhances the essence of our cultural heritage through knowledge and information, performance, visitation and promotions.

c)  Which highlights the Samoan Lady’s contribution to the country’s affairs and herability to advance in diverse fields.

d)  Which advice & provide assistance to the ladies of Samoa in their advancement as ambassadors of Samoa.

e)  Which showcases the creativity and talents of our local fashion designers and seamstresses.

SECTION II:  CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

The winner of the Miss Samoa title must be a young lady of good character and personality, who possesses poise and beauty. She should be capable in every aspect of representing Samoa.

Rules of Eligibility:

1.   She must be Samoan or of Samoan descent:

2.   She must be able understand English and/or Samoan.

3.   She must be 18 years of age by 1st September and not older than 26 years of age as of 31st December in the year of entry. (If under the age of 21, the contestant must submit application form with parents/guardians consent.)

4.   She must never have been married and has not born a child.
5.   All applicants must attach a full medical report to their application form before handing in their form.

6.   She must be of good character and possess beauty of face and figure, poise and personality;

6a. Each contestant must attach to their application form a maximum of
3 character reference letters. These letters must be written and signed by people that hold posts within Government Departments, Private Sector
or a village faifeau. These letters shall bear the common seal of these
Departments/Organizations. With the exception of a faifeau, other reference letters shall not be written and signed by family members or close friends of a contestant.

7.   Has not committed any offence or act that may be inconsistent with accepted standards of good public behaviour.

7a. Each contestant must provide a police report as proof that they have a clean background. For overseas contestants, they must provide a police report from the country in which they reside.

8.   She must be willing to cooperate with directions given by the Chairperson and Organizers of the Miss Samoa Pageant during the Teuila Festival and any other related events and is available for public relations (PR) work as required.

9.   Should she have competed in a Samoan Community Pageant overseas and not been successful, she must take a stand down period of 1 year before she can enter the Miss Samoa Pageant.

10. On submission of application forms the following must be adhered;

10a. Application forms for local contestants must be received by the Miss Samoa Pageant Committee two (2) months before the date of the pageant. Application forms for overseas contestants must be received by the Miss Samoa Pageant Committee no later than one (1) month before the pageant.

11. The application form must have all the required documents and necessary signatures. If the application form is handed in on the last minute without all of the required documents, that application form will not be accepted.

The Chairman/Chairperson of the Organizing Committee reserves the right to disqualify any contestants entering the Pageant who does not meet the above requirements.
SECTION III:  CATEGORIES OF THE CONTEST

The categories of the contest will be:
A.      Pre Pageant Interview Category
B.       Sarong Category
C.       Talent Category
D.      Traditionally Inspired Attire Category
E.       Puletasi Category
F.       Stage Interview

SECTION IV: TITLES OF THE CONTEST

Contestants entering the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant will compete for the following titles:

 Miss Samoa
 Miss Samoa – 1st Runner Up:
 Miss Samoa – 2nd Runner Up:
 Miss Samoa – 3rd Runner Up:
 Miss Samoa– 4th Runner Up:

Contestants that do not place will receive consolation prizes.

SECTION V: TITLES OF THE CONTEST

In addition to the above titles, special awards will be presented for:

  Best Talent Award

  Best Traditionally Inspired Attire

  Best Sarong Award

  Best Puletasi Award

  Best Interview Award

  Miss Personality Award

  Miss National Tourism Award
  Miss Photogenic Award

  Miss Internet Award

  Most Popular Tausala  (texting) Award

SECTION VI: JUDGING CRITERIA

There will be specific points that the judges will consider for each category of the
Contest:

A.   MAJOR CATEGORIES
i.   Pre-Pageant Interview:
This category is judged on the contestants overall presentation.  Essential is her ability for social interaction and to communicate clearly, confidently and knowledgeably to the questions asked.

Contestants will draw a Topic for Pre-Pageant interviews at the start of the week’s  program,  with  the  Pre-Pageant  interviews  to  be  held  on  the  day before  the  contest.    Contestants  will  be given  four  (4) minutes for their presentations  of  which  they’ll  be  asked  three  (3)  questions  by  three (3) separate judges.

Judges will be given a set of questions on issues/topics that are provided the contestants for their presentation, in order to facilitate the process easily. This shall not prevent the judges from asking their own questions on the topic.

ii.   Contestant’s Introduction
This category is the contestant’s introduction of her sponsor, brief introduction of herself, and the contestant will be judged on her poise, beauty as well as her elegance and eloquence. It is also based on her ability to command the attention of the audience; she should have clarity of speech as well as overall confidence in carrying out her introduction.

iii.   Traditionally Inspired Attire:
The traditionally inspired attire must be created from traditional materials only e.g. Ietoga, tapa, seashells, lopa, coconut shells, afa etc. There must be an emphasis on Creativity and Design in this original piece. The contestant receiving the highest total score in this category will receive the “Best Traditionally Inspired Attire”.

All traditionally inspired attire must be ready and available 1 hour prior to the pageant for the special awards judges to examine.

Maximum word limit for script is 300 words.
No shoes are to be worn in this category.
iv.   Sarong Category:

The following specifications must be observed:
a.    2 yards of coloured fabrics.
b.    Practically tied for wear to the beach
c.    Be able to swim in
d.    Tied in ways that are practical and culturally sensitive to societies. (Whereas revealing too much body may not be acceptable to others)
e.    Must be tied and not held together by buckles of any kind and is of one piece of fabric.

Notwithstanding the above specifications, the contestant will NOT be penalized if the fabric was less than two (2) yards in length.
All traditionally inspired attire must be ready and available 1 hour prior to the pageant for the special awards judges to examine.

Maximum word limit for script is 300 words. No Shoes are to be worn in this category.
v.   Talent Category:
This Category is judged on the contestant’s outstanding presentation of talent (not a chore or daily acivity) creativity and performance to command and capture the attention of the audience.   The presentation is to be completed within three (3) minutes. Contestants will be penalized if they exceed the stipulated time. 1 point for each 10 seconds. Introductions by the hosts are not included in the time limit. The contestant receiving the highest total score in this Category will receive the “Best Talent” Award.

Each contestant must provide her own music and props for talent. Maximum words for script is 300 words.

vi.    Puletasi Category
The puletasi must consist of a two piece attire, proper wrap around lavalava with ties & not long skirt with slits on side or back. The puletasi will act in place of a formal evening wear. The contestant receiving the highest total score in this Category will receive the “Best Puletasi” Award.
No shoes are to be worn in this category.

vIi.   Stage Interview (for all contestants):
This category is judged on the contestants overall presentation.  Essential is her ability to communicate clearly, confidently and knowledgeably to the question asked.

All Contestants will be interviewed on Pageant night.

At the end of the nights, the contestant’s stage interview score will be added to her pre pageant interview score. The contestant receiving the highest
total score in this category will receive the “Best Interview” Award.

B.   SPECIAL AWARDS
Miss Personality Award:
This Category will be judged by the contestants themselves on who they believe was the most popular. Contestants are not permitted to vote for themselves.

Miss National Tourism Award:
The National Tourism Award is awarded by the Pageant Committee, to the contestant who is:
1) Prompt to all functions and engagements
2) Appropriately dressed for all occasions
3) Respectful and considerate of the Pageant Committee and others
4) Attentive to press conferences and
5) All other characteristics that reflects good ambassadorship as may be decided by the Pageant Committee.

Miss Photogenic Award:
This category is judged on the contestant projection of beauty, immediate appeal and visual impact.   A professional photographer independently judges this award.

The Miss Photogenic special Award winner is selected by the Official Photographer appointed by the Pageant Committee. The Official Photographer must provide photos to the committee.

Miss Internet Award:
This  award  is  determined  via  online  votes.    Contestants’  profiles  and photos are launched on the official Miss Samoa Website and/or Facebook Page and the  winner of this Award is the contestant  who receives the highest votes.

Most Popular Tausala Award:
This  award  is  determined  via  texting  votes. The  winner of this Award is the contestant  who receives the highest texting votes.

Special Prizes are awarded for the best in each at the above categories

•    Each contestant must provide scripts containing descriptions of each category. These scripts must be submitted to the committee in Microsoft Word form on a flash drive.
•    The scripts must be submitted to the committee no later than the 1st day of the Teuila Week by 4pm.
•    Pageant Organizers will not be responsible for any mistakes in the descriptions.

SECTION IV:  JUDGES OF THE CONTEST

There shall be five Main Judges the appearance and performance of the contestants and the suitability of costumes in accordance with the specified judging criteria. In addition, they will also judge the various categories based on originality, design materials used in accordance with the specified criteria.

There shall also be an alternative judge. The role of the alternative judge is to step in to fill the role of the main judge should either of the main judges not comply with the regulations surrounding any judge during the contest. The alternative judge must also attend all judges and scrutineers briefings.

Judges are selected based on following criteria:
(a) A renowned personality in business, arts entertainment, journalism, public service, sports, or a former beauty queen
(b) A person of proven integrity in his/her profession and impartiality in decision making with the ability to retain confidentiality.
(c)  A person who is not related to any of the contestants. A prospective judge must disclose any family relationship to any contestant before accepting the role of judge

SECTION V:  METHOD OF JUDGING

There shall be two briefings of the judges conducted by the Pageant Director and other
Officers of the Organizing committee prior to the contest.

At the briefing, each judge will be provided with:
(a) Judging criteria, which shall define specific points that must be considered during the contest.
(b) Each contestant’s portfolio, which shall include the contestant’s bio-data sheet and photograph;
(c)  Score sheets, on which each judge will rate every contestant on all the listed criteria;
(d) Any other relevant details;

The judges in carrying out their duties shall observe the following:
(a) They must be prompt in their decisions during the contest and activities:
(b) They must not converse or make eye contact with contestants during the pageant except during the interviews and approved official functions;
(c)  They must not converse with the family or friends of a contestant during the contest;
(d) Their results and score-sheets must not be disclosed or discussed with other people.

The judge’s ballots/score sheets shall be collected promptly after each category
appearance of the contest

SECTION VI:  SCRUTINEERS/AUDITORS

The committee shall select at least two auditors on related suitable professionals who shall be persons of proven independence and good reputation and whose duties shall include:
(a) The tabulation of the judges’ scores
(b) The preparation of the judges’ results for the Master of Ceremonies & judges
(c)  The care and custody of the score-sheets and tabulated results after the Pageant

All judges’ score sheets, materials, tabulation, ballots, scrutineers’, sheets, and all documents relating to the contest shall remain the exclusive property of the Samoa Tourism Authority.

SECTION VII:   OBLIGATIONS OF CONTESTANTS

Each contestant shall enter into an agreement with the Miss Samoa Pageant Organizing
Committee, agreeing to abide by the Rules herein.

(1)        Contestants must attend all rehearsals and activities before and during the week of the Pageant.

(2)        Contestants are required to be fully equipped with suitable wardrobe to be used during the period of the contest.

(3)        Contestant must wear Sponsor’s sash at all public and official functions during the period of the contest:

(4)        Contestants are required to perform a talent not exceeding three minutes on the Pageant night.

(5)        Contestants must be barefoot on stage at all times.

(6)        Contestants shall not accept personal engagements during the contest period.

(7)        Contestants must be available for all public appearances including Television, radio film or newspaper interviews for purposes of publicity or promotional activities as approved by the Organizing Committee.

(8)        Contestants must submit a full medical report to the organizing committee, two weeks prior to the Pageant for safety and medical purposes.

(9)        The winner of the contest is obliged to follow the winner’s obligation and enter into contract with the Samoa Tourism Authority, abiding by the Rules outlined in the document called “Contract between Miss Samoa and the Samoa Tourism Authority”.

Contestant is expected to comply with all of the above obligations.

SECTION VIII:  OBLIGATIONS OF CONTESTANT SPONSORS

Each sponsor shall enter into an agreement with their sponsored contestant agreeing to abide by the rules herein:

1.   Sponsor representative should attend all rehearsals and activities during the week of the Pageant;

2.   Sponsor must ensure that contestant has suitable wardrobe to be used during the week of the contest;

3.   Sponsor must prepare a sponsor sash for contestant to wear at all public and official appearance during the week of the contest; the sash for the night of the pageant will be provided by the committee.

4.   Sponsor must have full understanding of the categories of the contest and assist with preparations for the Pageant night.

5.   Sponsor of the winning contestant may become a member of the Miss South Pacific Pageant organizing committee.

6.   Sponsor of the winning contestant must be aware that the winner automatically becomes a party of a Contract agreement with the STA and shall be responsible to the Authority during her one year reign.

7.   Sponsor is entitled to receive 2 complimentary tickets and 2 Backstage Passes for the Pageant night [Please see Benefits Package enclosed].

8.   Sponsor is entitled to attend the Sunday luncheon following the Pageant night for prize presentation.

9.   Sponsor is responsible for drawing an agreement between themselves and the contestant on obligations, to each other prior, during and after the pageant.

10. Make time available for production of advertisements that our Media
Committee will brief you on in due course. [Media Plan attached].

SECTION IX:   WINNER’S OBLIGATION

1.   Miss Samoa shall be responsible to the Samoa Tourism Authority during her one year reign. (refer Terms of Reference).

2.   Miss Samoa is expected to conduct herself with decorum during her reign and shall not act offensively;

3.   Should the Miss Samoa be found acting offensively in contrary to number 2 above, the committee (after consultation and examination of the issue) by all parties may have the discretion to withdraw the title and declare the 1st Runner up as the Miss Samoa.

4.   The Miss Samoa must attend all official functions as and when required by the Samoa Tourism Authority. Should there be any invitation received directly in her capacity as Miss Samoa, she should seek approval by the General Manager of the Samoa Tourism Authority.

5.   The Miss Samoa title holder is expected to wear her crown and sash at all official functions during her reign or as required. Whenever travelling she is expected at all times wear suitable attire to suit events both day and evenings.

6.   On official overseas trips, the Miss Samoa should be received as the guest of that country and be treated accordingly.  For this purpose the Samoa Tourism Authority will be responsible for all arrangements of her visit and should be
made well in advance in order that the receiving country may prepare for certain appearances;

7.   The winner of the Miss Samoa Pageant shall enter into a one year contract with the Samoa Tourism Authority where she  will be required to carry out Public Relations and official duties as well as play a very active role in the Marketing and Promotional work as well as Training and Awareness Programme with schools and community at large;

8.   All traditional items purchased and supplied by the Samoa Tourism Authority must be returned to the Samoa Tourism Authority for display purposes.

SECTION X:   OBLIGATIONS OF ORGANISING COMMITTEE
The organizing committee shall provide and be responsible for the following:

(a)  All preparations leading up to the Pageant eg. Contestant sponsors, venue, media etc.
(b) Secure sponsorship including all prizes for the Pageant
(c)  All advertisements & Public Relations work of the Pageant as well as Rehearsals
(d) Transportation arrangements
(e)  Hosting the Pageant:  Final Programme

The members of the Organising Committee shall not be responsible to any contestant or chaperone on matters arising out of fault, misconduct, negligence, or misbehaviour of that contestant & chaperone.

Schedule 2

CONTRACT OF OBLIGATION BETWEEN THE MISS TEUILA TITLE HOLDER AND THE SAMOA TOURISM AUTHORITY

The holder of the title Miss Samoa is expected to comply with the rules as stated in Section IX of the Rules and Regulations of the Miss Samoa Pageant contest under the heading “Winners Obligations”.

The winner is obliged to undertake employment with the Samoa Tourism Authority as specific in TOR during the time of her reign.  The Miss Samoa is also expected to carry out  all  Public  Relations duties  as  deemed  necessary  by  the  Samoa  Tourism  and/or requested by Government officials.

Any prizes awarded to the Miss Samoa on the night of the Miss South Pacific Pageant, shall be distributed 50% each by the said Miss Samoa and the General Manager of the Samoa Tourism Authority.

These prizes and awards should be distributed fairly between the two parties named above, in order to cover all or part of the expenses incurred in preparation for the Miss South Pacific Pageant contest.

This contract is to be signed by both parties (Miss Teuila and the Samoa Tourism Authority) before the commencement of the Miss South Pacific Pageant contest.  The legal advisor of the Miss Samoa Pageant should be the witness.