The Team

Competition Organiser

Bruce Mahalski is a Dunedin-based artist, known for his illustration, street murals, and sculpture incorporating animal bones. He is founder and director of the Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery - a private museum with a focused on some of the more unusual aspects of natural and social history. This is the third poster competition he has instigated, the most recent one being the Aotearoa Poster Competition in 2020 which had a focus on anti-racism and celebrating our multi-cultural identity.


For all enquiries and support please contact Bruce on 021 032 9906 or email [email protected]


Phantom Bill Stickers

New Zealand's oldest and biggest poster business with a  major presence in the country’s key commercial centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, with a further presence in 16 centres across the country, from Whangarei in the north to Invercargill in the south. Phantom Bill Stickers are particularly active in supporting the arts and conservation in New Zealand. 

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Hell Pizza

A very successful locally based pizza chain which began in 1996 and now has 64 stores nationwide as well as in  the UK, Ireland, Canada, Korea and India. They support many worthy causes including previous poster competitions. 

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New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge | Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho

Working to protect Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity, improve biosecurity and enhance resilience to harmful pests, weeds and diseases.

They do this under three main categories of ‘impact’. Whakamana/Empower is all about helping New Zealanders be able to protect and enhance te taiao (the environment). Tiaki/Protect is focused on safeguarding what we have through a first-class biosecurity system. And the Whakahou/Restore impact aims to create a resilient, thriving environment.

From mountains to the coastline, the BioHeritage Challenge brings teams together from all walks of life – researchers from all of our universities and Crown Research Institutes, mana whenua, community groups, industry and so many more. All working together to leave a better Aotearoa for the next generation.

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Competition Judges

Fifi Colston

Fifi has a richly varied career as a writer, illustrator, magazine poet, wearable arts designer and costumer for the film industry. Graduating in Visual Communications Design, Fifi has illustrated more than 50 books for trade and education. In 2004 she graduated from Victoria University with an MA in Scriptwriting and is also a published fiction novelist. Her two non-fiction titles about creative costuming have both won awards. In 2019 Fifi was the Otago University College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence. 26 years of creating garments for the prestigious World of Wearable Art Awards show and facilitating workshops in creative process complete her life as a career artist.


Nicola Jackson

Nicola is a New Zealand artist, born in Dunedin. She is best known for her small, highly detailed and vividly coloured papier-mâché three dimensional paintings. She frequently references domestic life and female identity in a very subtle way, occasionally reaching over into the expressively grotesque and medical anatomical taxonomy. Jackson studied at the Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, focusing on sculpture and printmaking. She received a prestigious Goethe-Institut scholarship to study in Germany in 1992 and in 1994 she was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship from the University of Otago.


Michel Tuffery

Michel is a New Zealand artist of Samoan, Tahitian and Cook Islands descent. He is one of New Zealand's most well known artists and his work is held in many art collections in New Zealand and around the world. He was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to art, in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2010 he was awarded the Contemporary Pacific Art Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards, while in 2020 he received the Senior Pacific Artist Award from the same organisation