The hunt for the next Mr Gay New Zealand, with registrations opening on 18 December. Mr Gay New Zealand 2015 Matt Fistonich The competition winner will head to Malta in April to represent New Zealand in the Mr Gay World Competition. In launching the search for his successor, Mr. Gay New Zealand 2015 Matt Fistonich announced that this year’s entrants will need to cover off attributes such as Leadership, Relate-ability, Communication, and their ability to Engage with the wider LGBTI community to win the 2016 nomination. “I believe the Mr. Gay New Zealand competition is a great opportunity for people to get involved in and support the LGBTI community in New Zealand and around the world,” he says. “The Mr. Gay New Zealand platform provides kiwis with a fantastic opportunity to not only challenge themselves mentally, but help them build confidence, meet new people, learn new skills, and help in their personal development.” Rather than being judged on physical appearance, the contestants will be judged on their engagement with the wider LGBTI community, public speaking, leadership abilities and mana. Fistonich says: “The competition gives kiwis a unique opportunity to put themselves at the forefront, and encourage acceptance, inclusion and understanding for one another. As a nation we must not become complacent, we must continue to educate and encourage a positive change for equality throughout the world. “My time as Mr. Gay New Zealand 2015 has opened many doors, and given me the chance to gain a greater understanding of the wide range of challenges and issues that face members of the LGBTI community around the world. Ranging from criminalisation, discrimination, HIV and AIDS, Self-esteem, Suicide, and Bullying,” he says. More information can be found by visiting www.mrgaynewzealand.com.
First published: Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 - 12:23pm
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