Mr Bear New Zealand contestents

Say hi to our 6 contestants for this year’s Mr Bear New Zealand contest!! The winner will represent NZ at Mr Australasia Bear at Southern Hibernation in Melbourne in June, hosted by VicBears Inc.

This year, for the first time, the contestants have nominated a cause or charity that they each will be collecting for on the night. Amazingly, all 6 have picked different causes.

Ali – NZAF: “A super friendly non-judgmental place where I first got tested and will continue to support when I can.”

Phoenix – Hamilton Pride: “Hamilton Pride is a FANTASTIC organisation that not only celebrates but also supports the diversity of Waikato’s Rainbow Community.”

Hamish – Outline: “I’m collecting for Outline because it’s important that people can connect to the LGBTQI+ community wherever they are. It’s a nice way to give back that recognises my own background growing up in rural South Canterbury.”

Matias – Hospice: “Hospice is not a building; it is a philosophy of care. Their goal is to help people make the most of their lives. They care for the whole person, physically and emotionally; their families and friends.”

Taylor (Mr Bears Christchurch) – Rainbow Youth: “This is because of the help to vulnerable LGBT+ youth in New Zealand.”

Matt – Camp Quality: “An organisation that I have volunteered for 12 years that takes children living with cancer on summer camps. There’s not much one can do about the quantity of one’s life, but we can all do something about the quality.”

Mr Bear New Zealand, Friday, Dog’s Bollix, doors open at 8pm, competition starts at 10pm, free entry