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Kia ora,

First of all, I would like to thank my friends who supported me back in Borneo, my extended family in Wellington, my whanau – the volunteers and the amazing people behind the New Zealand Aids Foundation (NZAF), the Love Your Condom (LYC) community, the committees from Out in the Park, the amazing Kapa Haka & trans community from Tiwhanawhana & New Zealand Prostitute Collective (NZPC), the individuals behind EIKON who made this possible and finally the overwhelming support from my partner.

As you may know, I now have the amazing opportunity to represent Aotearoa in the Mr Gay World competition which is being held at Malta from the 19th -23rd April. With the support from Matt Fistonich, last year’s Mr Gay New Zealand, we are setting our sights at regaining the title of Mr Gay World.


I will be continuing the important work Matt Fistonich has done to ensure personal achievements, personality and abilities are crucial judging factors for future Mr Gay New Zealand competitions. The main goal is not only electing a role-model that effectively represents our diverse rainbow community here but one respected by other nations.

As a believer of the importance of social consciousness and an advocate for social voluntary work within & outside our LGBTIQA+ community, it means a great deal for me to voice the benefits of it to a wider community outside of Wellington while representing New Zealand on the world stage.

Nga mihi,
Bernard Lee
Mr Gay New Zealand ‘16

Mr Gay New Zealand 2016 Bernard Lee with last years winner Matt Fistonich.
Mr Gay New Zealand 2016 Bernard Lee with last years winner Matt Fistonich.

Last Updated on Feb 18, 2016

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