A new co-producer has been announced to run the annual Mr. Gay New Zealand Competiton following a recent re-structure by Mr. Gay World.

Former Mr. Gay New Zealand Bernard Lee, who represented New Zealand at Mr. Gay World 2016 has been appointed Co-Producer for the 2018 competition with former Mr. Gay New Zealand producer and winner Matt Fistonich stepping up into a new role as Mr. Gay World Director of Oceania.

Speaking with Eikon, Bernard Lee says that the opportunity to co-produce the New Zealand competition is extremely exciting, and is looking forward to meeting with the finalists closer to the final which will be held at the Ending HIV Big Gay out on Sunday 11 February 2018 at Auckland’s Coyle Park.

MGNZ 2017 Final
the 2017 Mr. Gay New Zealand Finalists and judges.

“This year’s new Mr. Gay New Zealand will have huge boots to fill,” Lee explains with New Zealand making history by in 2017 selecting the first openly HIV positive Mr. Gay World delegate.

Mr. Gay New Zealand 2017 Charlie Tredway represented New Zealand at Mr. Gay World 2017 hosted by Spain, and says that his time as Mr. Gay New Zealand has been an “experience of a lifetime.”

Bernard Lee - Malta
Mr. Gay New Zealand 2016 – Bernard Lee at Mr. Gay World 2016 in Malta

The newly crowned Mr. Gay New Zealand 2018 will be flown to South Africa, in a bid to secure the title of Mr. Gay World 2018, a title that New Zealand has won twice in the competitions decade-long history.

You can Register for the 10th annual Mr. Gay New Zealand by following this link.

If you wish to represent your Nation from Oceania you can register your interest by following this link.

Applications for Mr. Gay New Zealand 2018 will officially close at 11 pm on Monday the 15th of January 2018. 

*Applicants for Mr. Gay New Zealand or any other Oceania nation are required to be at least 18 years of age at the time of registration.

You can follow the progress of Mr. Gay New Zealand 2018, and Mr. Gay Pride Australia right here on New Zealand’s largest gay platform Eikon who proudly supports both nations Mr. Gay World competition.

Mr. Gay New Zealand would also like to thank, Ending HIV For their continued support of the annual competition.