Get to know our Mr Bear NZ Contestants a little more below:
My names Pete, at 27 I am the current reigning Mr Bear Canterbury. Originating from the Wellington region, Christchurch is the place I call home. I studied at Otago University and work as a Radiation Therapist. In my spare time, I go to the gym, play rugby in the winter and touch in the summer. My chosen charity is: Qtopia
I am 39-years-old born in Curitiba, Brazil. I have been living in New Zealand for about 12 years now, I am doing a degree in massage therapy, although I am already qualified as a masseur. I live in Eden Terrace, Auckland and my chosen charity is Auckland City Mission.
Howdy, I’m Richard. A 22-year-old born-and-raised Kiwi. I’m fairly new to the Bear community, but I’ve always loved the aesthetic. Being only 5 feet tall my friends call me “Pocket Bear”. My partner and I are bookbinders and proud parents of a baby Hermann Tortoise. My charity of choice is Rainbow Youth. I’ve hung around the Auckland queer community for several years now, attending meets and mic nights, along with previously volunteering at the annual Shift Hui in Wellington. I’ve seen the queer kids who can’t always afford to go to events, so RY will cover them. I believe it’s so important to give these youth good and proper support growing up.
I am from Christchurch, and I work in the Music and Performing Arts Industry. I also own/operate a non-profit organisation/community support group for LGBT+ Performer/artists. Our main target is to create platforms for new and existing LGBT+ performers to showcase their talent. I have been heavily involved with the LGBT+ Community for the past 2 years, striving to create a more diverse and open environment and to push pass social norms and stereotypes.
I am a General Manager for Garage Project Kingsland Cellar Door. Avid outdoors-man who enjoys tramping through the bush (pun intended), nude beaches and spinning good yarns with great mates. Happily married to Todd (Cadno) Hopkins. I’m an active member of the Bear NZ community and Cabal helping organise Bear Week, running raffles at monthly Furry Friday events, administrator for Outdoorsy Gay Bear Facebook page and hosting outings. Volunteered with Body Positive, learning NZ Sign Language, and am a certified Mental Health First Aid-er. Charity Supporting: New Zealand Prostitute Collective
Ola! My name is Henrique. I’m originally from the steamy shores of Brazil and Moved to New Zealand when I was only 13. I love theatre and performing arts, and when I’m not on stage as my drag alter ego Rhubarb Rouge, I am a production manager for a theatre company in Palmerston North. My main message is about body positivity. Big is BEAUTIFUL! There is a lot of bullying and body shaming, particularly in the gay community, which can leave people feeling ostracised and worthless. My charity of choice is Outline NZ which provides counselling and support to vulnerable individuals.