Meet the Bachelorettes of The Bachelor New Zealand 2017

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Meet the Bachelorettes of The Bachelor New Zealand. Read the profiles and get to know the Bachelorettes looking for love on The Bachelor New Zealand!

Here's your very first look at New Zealand's next Bachelor

ALLY

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Age: 23

Star Sign: Virgo

Hometown: Worcester, England

Where are you based now? Nelson

Ally describes herself as “hilariously awkward” and confesses she is a hopeless romantic with a heart of gold. She moved to NZ from her hometown Worcester in the UK when she was 19 and has settled in Nelson where she is a qualified yoga instructor with her cosmetic tattooing business.  The best advice she’s ever been given is from her Dad who said that “life is what YOU make it” - now one of many impressive tattoos she’s had inked on her body.

Do you have any hidden talents? I can twerk, do the splits… and I have a sloth tattoo on my butt!

Describe the qualities of your ideal man: Kind hearted, funny, smart, happy and loyal.

BEL

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Age: 25

Star Sign: Libra

Hometown: Christchurch

Where are you based now? Auckland

Canterbury girl Bel’s passion for travel and adventure brought her to Auckland where she works in the tourism industry. She lives with her friends and her two rescue cats and describes herself as someone who wears her heart on her sleeve – but who is unlucky in love. She’s ready to settle down and enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family – chocolate cookies are her speciality!

What advice did your family give to you ahead of your time on the show? If you’re not nervous, your heart isn’t in it.

What would you cook on a first date? I love to cook. I would make a fresh salad with homemade bread and vege lasagne, then a homemade chocolate tart, with bubbles!

CHARLOTTE

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Age: 24

Star Sign: Scorpio

Hometown: Auckland

Where are you based now? Auckland

Account manager Charlotte auditioned for The Bachelor NZ because she hopes to meet that someone special to travel the world with. She’s a qualified massage and beauty therapist, and has also worked on cruise ships, but is still looking for a career she is passionate about. Very active, Charlotte does a twerking class once a week to keep fit and she loves activities involving surf and snow. She thinks her friends would describe her as outgoing, loud, friendly, caring, funny and crazy!

Describe an embarrassing moment: I tried to ride a scooter in Thailand and I drove straight across the road and crashed into a mechanic’s car. Luckily just the number plate fell off and I dodged the lamp-post!

What’s a deal-breaker for you in a relationship?  Dishonesty.

CLAUDIA

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Age: 21

Star Sign: Leo

Hometown: Auckland

Where are you based now? Auckland and Dunedin

Aspiring interior designer Claudia is looking for someone she can be her “lovely weird self with”. At 21 she’s travelled extensively, and has been to every continent except for Antarctica.  She’s very close to her brother and parents; they are there for her no matter what and always remind her that if things aren’t going quite right, they will get better.  She is such a fan of Anthony Kiedis from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, she has read his autobiography four times!

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone? I’m quite fond of the old love letter! Otherwise, creating a study ‘tool kit’ for someone. I put lots of quirky and cute things into a tool box and left it in their room on their bed for them to come home to.

What made you want to be on The Bachelor NZ? A new experience and an alternative way to find love. If it doesn’t work out, at least I will have hopefully learnt something new about myself.

ELAINA

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Age: 26

Star Sign: Pisces

Hometown:  Bangkok, Thailand

Where are you based now? Wellington

Always smiling, Elaina has recently qualified as an early childhood teacher and has a BA in Languages and Linguistics.  She’s been single for two years and while she considers herself adventurous, she’s not competitive, so The Bachelor NZ environment will be a challenge for her. Her dream date would be to go hot air ballooning.

What’s your favourite sport?  I love doing a bit of muay thai boxing for exercise and enjoy watching UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

What is your biggest fear? That I will lose my family or precious sentimental things in a fire.

HANNAH

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Age: 29

Star Sign: Libra

Hometown:  Invercargill

Where are you based now? Auckland

Born and bred in Southland, account executive Hannah now calls Auckland home.  As a teenager her passion was gymnastics and she narrowly missed out on qualifying for the NZ gymnastics team (to her sister) but can still wheel out a back flip as a party trick.  She’s also a keen snowboarder, horse rider, and captains a touch team in her spare time. She’s looking for a loving, honest and genuine relationship and her greatest fear is not finding love.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes!

What are you most proud of? My O.E. trip that I planned and did in 2015 for four months.  

JESS

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Age: 23

Star Sign: Aries

Hometown:  Hull, England.

Where are you based now? Auckland

The Edge Fan Fave Jess used to dream of being a Barbie doll or a princess when she was small, now at 23 this British expat has realised this goal by competing internationally in beauty pageants and working part time as a model. She also works in marketing and events and enjoys reading, dancing, drawing and socialising in her spare time. Her dream date would be a secluded beach location with a picnic and candles.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes and no. It’s hard to understand someone’s personality from just their looks.

What advice did your family give to you ahead of your time on the show?  Have fun, but not too much fun.

KATEY

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Age: 21

Star Sign: Scorpio

Hometown:  Auckland

Where are you based now? Auckland

Former cheerleader and gymnast Katey says her friends would describe her as loud, confident, bubbly, clumsy, energetic and a bit of a lunatic! She’s recently graduated from film school and enjoys going to the movies, drinks with friends, eating out, playing indoor netball and going to the gym. Her strategy for her time on The Bachelor NZ is just to be herself.

What would you cook on a first date? I would make sushi because that’s my favourite food and he has to love sushi.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? Ideally to end up liking Zac and to get the final rose. I would also like to come out with heaps of new girlfriends.

LILY

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Age: 20

Star Sign: Scorpio

Hometown:  Darwin, Australia

Where are you based now? Wellington

Self -proclaimed adrenaline junkie, snowboard instructor and barista Lily is the wild child of the group whose hobbies include “stuff that goes fast and that makes me feel like I might die.”  She spent a year living in Cambodia when she was growing up and has a passion for travelling. Upon being accepted to be on the show the advice her family gave her was to “swear less”. A deal breaker for her in a relationship would be someone who hates animals.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone? Real lame, but I’m guilty of making a mix tape.

What are you looking for in a partner? Someone who is honest, caring, patient, with a sense of adventure.

LUCIA

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Age: 21

Star Sign: Cancer

Hometown:  Auckland

Where are you based now? Auckland

Lucia is in the final year of her nursing degree and also works part time as a nanny. Her friends would describe her as a bit of a “cool cat”, who is open, honest, trustworthy and real – qualities  she plans to bring to the table when looking for love on The Bachelor NZ.  The only daughter in a family with three brothers, Lucia is sporty and adventurous, having played touch rugby and athletics at a competitive level.

What are five things that would put you off a potential boyfriend?  Being a bad kisser, unfaithful, possessive, too serious and if he didn’t get along with my family.

What would you plan for a first date? Pizza up the top of Mt Eden, then a yummy dessert.

MARIANA

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Age: 31

Star Sign: Cancer

Hometown: Rotorua

Where are you based now? Rotorua and Tokoroa

At 31 Mariana has an impressive list of accolades to her name including graduating with a Masters of Business Management, spending four years in the New Zealand Navy as a chef, and breaking records as an open ocean swimmer.  Now, as well as working full time as a business studies lecturer and moderator, she is finishing her PHD, does regular community and charity work and is a proud mother to a seven-year-old girl. Her ideal man would be someone like Frank Farmer from The Bodyguard (played by Kevin Costner).

What are five things that would put you off a potential boyfriend?  If he still lives at home with his mum, has no goals, no drive, no motivation and no long-term plan for a family.

What advice did your family give to you ahead of your time on the show? Be classy and humble.

MOLLY

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Age: 24

Star Sign: Aquarius

Hometown: Wellington

Where are you based now? Wellington

Goofy and fun, pre-school teacher Molly always looks on the bright side of life.  After a few wines she’s known for her breakdancing, and her friends would describe her as outgoing, hilarious and insane! She regrets not embracing life more in her teens and decided to go on The Bachelor NZ because it was a “‘bizarre and out-there experience”  and she would like a boyfriend.   In her spare time she does some MCing and hosts pub quizzes.

Do you believe in true love? Is the Pope a Catholic?

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone? Sent them a text with a few emojis.

MONIQUE

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Age: 25

Star Sign: Capricorn

Hometown:  Wellington

Where are you based now? Auckland

Sales area manager Monique is no stranger to being in the spotlight with her beauty pageant background. She entered Miss Universe New Zealand in 2015 thinking at best she may make it to boot camp round, but made the finals and got to travel to the Philippines for charity work and be part of a show at SkyCity.  Her dream date would be to go whale watching – combining her love of travel and nature.  The best advice Monique’s mother ever gave her was to “build a bridge and get over it.”

Do you have any party tricks? I know the alphabet backwards!

What words would your friends use to describe you? I asked one of my best friends and she said: pedantic, kind, particular, empathetic, intuitive and silly!

NINA

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Age: 23

Star Sign: Libra

Hometown:  Christchurch

Where are you based now? Auckland

Nina loves her work as a freelance graphic designer because it indulges her passions of painting, drawing – and basically doing anything creative.  Her friends would describe her as friendly, funny, bubbly and a ray of sunshine! She’s very active, often working out twice a day and has more than a few musical talents having played the harp, flute and piano for over four years.

Describe a dream date: Honestly, take me to an art gallery and then a delicious Italian dinner and I’m yours.

What life mottos do you live by? Treat others as you’d like to be treated. Always be confident. You are in control of your own life.

ROSIE

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Age: 23

Star Sign: Aries

Hometown:  Benson, Oxfordshire, England.

Where are you based now? Christchurch.

Rosie was born in Cyprus but grew up in Benson in England before moving to New Zealand when she was 11.   She considers herself a very romantic person and hopes that when she settles down and starts a family she has can have a relationship like her parents who are very happily married. She’s studying for a degree in psychology via distance learning, but also works in administration. She’s been told before she looks like Snow White – so now she’s hoping that Zac will be her prince charming!

What’s the best advice your mum ever gave you? You are your own brand, always act well.

Describe the qualities of your ideal man: Funny, respectful, loyal, active, confident, romantic, and spontaneous.

SOPHIE

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Age: 26

Star Sign: Taurus

Hometown:  Te Pahu

Where are you based now? Te Pahu

Sophie is a sales and marketing co-ordinator in the travel industry. She’s extremely sporty, enjoying fishing, boxing, touch-rugby, biking and diving in her spare time. She loves running marathons – her highlights are winning the 90 Mile Beach Marathon and completing China’s Great Wall Marathon.  She hopes to one day run a marathon on every continent! The qualities she most values in others are loyalty, kindness and friendship.

Describe an embarrassing moment: I once showed a guy I had just met a giant blister on my toe because I got nervous and didn’t know what else to do.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone? I planned a weekend away for us; flights, accommodation etc. and we went to an All Blacks game together.

STEPHANIE

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Age: 24

Star Sign: Taurus

Hometown:  Auckland

Where are you based now? Auckland

Auckland local Stephanie is studying to be a lawyer while working as a law clerk. She is unashamedly ambitious, and her many achievements include presenting work, MCing and winning Miss Asia International in 2011. She uses any spare time she has to travel, and has ticked off over 23 countries, but her favourite place is still Maraetai Beach in Auckland.  Her life mottos are “live it up, eat dessert and travel more!”

What did you want to be when you were little? A marine biologist - so that I could swim with dolphins all day.

What words would your friends use to describe you? Bubbly, talkative, incredibly loyal, and highly ambitious.

TAYLAR

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Age: 23

Star Sign: Virgo

Hometown:  Christchurch

Where are you based now? Christchurch

Cantabrian Taylar works in the finance industry as a credit and loan officer even though when she was little she dreamt of being a hairdresser.  Six years of cheerleading means her favourite party trick is her ability to put her leg behind her head. The craziest thing Taylar has ever done for love was bungy-jump,  even though she is terrified of heights! She’s never had the opportunity to travel outside of New Zealand.

What are five deal-breakers for you in a relationship?  Being unfaithful, lying, insecure, controlling and vain.

What would you plan for a first date? A nice walk looking at views, then a nice packed lunch on a hilltop.

VIARNI

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Age: 22

Star Sign: Leo

Hometown:  Mount Maunganui

Where are you based now? Auckland

Growing up in the Mount means that Viarni loves being at the beach – whether it’s sunbathing or kiteboarding or swimming, however she never goes too deep because she’s afraid of whales!  She describes herself as super laid-back and is happiest when around people.  When she was 13 she had a taste of fame when she won a nationwide magazine model search which led to numerous other opportunities including being invited to an after party with Justin Bieber.  In Auckland she works as national account manager for a boutique homewares company.

What words would your friends use to describe you? Outgoing, caring, friendly and a clown.

What would you cook on a first date? I do a great tofu noodle Asian salad. But if he loves meat I’d do that!