"Hello, Kia ora, Talofa lava, fakalofa lahi atu, bula vinaka, kia orana,
I am so overwhelmed and humbled by the love shown to me by the diverse and wonderful LGBTIQA+ community of New Zealand and further abroad.
To my Takatāpui and Pasefika friends who have supported and championed me, it is one of the greatest honours of my life."
"I have the incredible honour of representing Aotearoa in the Mr. Gay World competition in Madrid & Maspalomas Spain from the 5th-10th of May.
Winning Mr. Gay New Zealand has exceeded anything I could have possibly envisioned for myself but I have my sights set on bringing the same passion, dedication and strong platform of eradicating HIV stigma.
New Zealand has been known and respected globally for its diversity, progressive spirit and commitment to leading on social justice issues and this is what I most love about our country and what I want to stand for, and share in Spain."