MR GAY NZ 2016
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With the final of Mr Gay New Zealand 2016 fast approaching this year’s Judging panel has been announced to help crown the next Mr Gay New Zealand.

The eight finalists from around the country have been conducting a series of tasks throughout the week that have included a public opinion piece, an “about me” bio along with getting the community engaged in public voting.

With the winner being chosen on how well they have conducted these tasks along with how well they do at the physical event on Sunday the 14 February at the LYC Big Gay Out, the competition is still anybody’s for the taking.

Meet the Judges


1Tamati Coffey

Tamati Coffey

New Zealand politician and former television host and presenter. He was the roving weather presenter for Television New Zealand’s (TVNZ) breakfast television programme Breakfast and the host of New Zealand’s Got Talent. He has also worked on children’s television show What Now and was the winner of New Zealand’s Dancing With The Stars in 2009. In 2014, he was named the Labour Party candidate for the Rotorua electorate at the 2014 general election.


2Nikki Kay

Nikki Kay

Nicola Laura “Nikki” Kaye, is the member of the New Zealand Parliament for the Auckland Central electorate. In January 2013, she was appointed to the Cabinet by Prime Minister John Key, giving her the portfolios of Food Safety, Civil Defence, and Youth Affairs, and Associate Minister of Education and Immigration. Nikki is an avid supporter of the LGBTI community.


3Medulla Oblongata

Medulla Oblongata

Medulla Oblongata is the Former Miss Capital Drag 2014, Miss Gay International NZ 2015, Performer at Limelight Cabaret, LYC Poster Girl, Dairy Queen, Human Rights Activist and Refugee.


4Matt Fistonich

Matt Fistonich

Matt Fistonich is the current Mr Gay New Zealand and represented New Zealand at the 2015 Mr Gay World Competition in Cape Town, South Africa. The former Firefighter has since worked with organisations inducing the New Zealand AIDS foundation and LYC, been named as the producer for the Mr Gay New Zealand competition and was also included as one of the most influential young New Zealanders of 2015.


Last Updated on Feb 13, 2016