Now in its 13th year, applications for Mr. Gay New Zealand 2021 are now open, with the winner being chosen on stage at the 2021 Ending HIV Big Gay Out.

Proudly supported by express and Ending HIV, finalists will complete a range of online tasks prior to the final weekend which will be held on Saturday the 13th and 14th of February – where the finalists will conduct an Ending HIV workshop, charity challenge, written test, and public speaking onstage at the Ending HIV Big Gay Out.


The competition is broken up into five criteria, including: 

  1. Engagement  – Candidates are assessed on their ability to engage with the wider LGBT+ community.
  2. Community out-reach – Candidates are assessed on their work conducted throughout the community.
  3. Public speaking – Candidates are assessed on their ability to articulate a message in a public forum.
  4. Natural Leadership Ability – Candidates should possess a Natural Leadership ability that can be built on and developed to give back to the community.
  5. Mana – The Mana of a candidate is assessed ensuring the future Mr. Gay New Zealand will have a positive persona to become a role model and leader that the community can be proud of.
Mr. Gay NZ’s 2019 finalists

Former Mr. Gay New Zealand and the competition producer Bernard Lee says he is looking forward to seeing a wide range of finalists in 2021 from across Aotearoa. 

“The competition has come a long way in 13 years, and we love seeing and showcasing the diversity and inclusion of the LGBT+ community.” 

Lee adds, that the competition is open to everyone, and the winner will have the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the next Mr. Gay World, which was sadly cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“We are all hoping that Mr. Gay World 2021 will be able to go ahead, however, even if it the unthinkable does happen again, there will still be plenty of opportunities for the winner to get out and involved within their community in 2021, especially working alongside Ending HIV as an ambassador.”

Registrations for 2021 close on the 29th of January – For more information on the competition or to apply head to