Families, friends, sponsors and the public had the opporunity to hear out the thirteen young women participate in a question and answer session as they were assessed by a panel of judges.
This was the first of the two public judging events, where the Queen contestants are given an opporunity to express their views and values on life experiences as young ambassadors of various social issues that each are advocating for.
The young women contestants had five judges assessing their response, public speaking skills, leadership qualities and their stance on various topical issues facing Fiji and the region.
The public judging was telecasted live by Fiji TV, reaching an audience-base not only in Fiji, but the Pacific and the world as well through SKY Pacific and live streaming on the internet.
The questions posed to the Queen contestants were based on various cultural, social, political, economical and environmental issues; ranging from the theme of the 2015 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus: â€œClimate Change â€“ Communities adapting from the Ridge to the Reefâ€, to issues such as economical development, poverty, equality in society, anti-discrimination of disabled persons and more.
After the conclusion of the question and answer session for each category, the judgeâ€™s score tally sheets were verified by the team leaders of the judgeâ€™s panel, sealed and placed away in a safe.Â This was done in front of the Judges Committee Chairperson Ms Ana Tuiketei, the Chief Auditor Mr Kamlesh Kumar, a police officer, the contestants and the public.
It was also the Sarong Night on Monday 17th August. The Queen contestant’s second public judging will be on Thursday 20 August 2015.