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 fourth poster competition he has organised and the second one under the name of The Great Kiwi Poster Competition. Prior to this was 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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The Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grants 

Jeanette Fitzsimons CNZM was a tireless advocate for the environment and for an economy of ‘enough’. The Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grants were established in 2020 by her friends and colleagues to honour her memory and keep alive her legacy. Jeanette was a co-founder of Our Climate Declaration, who award these grants.


The Valley Project

The Valley Project is a community-led development project in North East Valley, Dunedin, that builds community connections and promotes the wellbeing of local families and whanau.



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Competition Judges

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


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.


Kezia Field

Kezia is a Visual Art educator with secondary teaching experience of thirty years in the Visual Arts. As a Visual Art kaiako I’ve worked with a variety of teaching styles to a diverse range of students from different cultural, socio economic and ethnic backgrounds.  As an artist I create artistic nesting shapes. My ART Nesting Shapes, domestic ornaments, nesting objects are to be displayed, arranged and looked at by the viewer. These arrangements have allowed me the freedom to explore, appropriate and then re-translate imagery that hovers somewhere between an objective rendering of an image and yet a personal statement at the same time. The resting place, viewing space of these artistic shapes is dependent on its owner - where they choose to put them in their own spaces. Be it domestic, living, private, working spaces, they can sit anywhere and can reflect the owner’s perception and relationship with art. That is what I find satisfying as an artist.