Plans are underway for a grand welcome home for the adopted New Zealander crowned Mr Gay World 2012 in Johannesburg.
Andreas Derleth, an operations manager at Warehouse Stationary,
took out 22 men from around the world at the weekend to win the
annual competition that aims to empower gay men.
Plans are now underway for a lavish airport welcome, as well as a celebration at Auckland's Family Bar, which was a major supporter of the Mr Gay NZ 2012 contest, according to gaynz.com
Derleth's civil union partner Tom Linn told gaynz.com he was extremely proud of Derleth who had worked hard to prepare himself for the competition.
"He is a non-pretentious, friendly and generous person with great ideas and wisdom, who lives within his means and discipline and true to his words," Linn said from Auckland, where he has been closely following news of the competition in South Africa.
"I take my pride to be his long term partner and gay community and New Zealand as a whole should be proud of him."
The 32-year-old took out the swim wear leg of the compeition, as well as sports challenge and best interview.
He then performed in the Grand Finale wearing All Blacks gear for his national costume.
The 32-year-old, originally from Hassfurt in Germany, made New Zealand his home after coming over for a working holiday.
He took out the Mr Gay New Zealand 2012 in February, winning an all-expenses paid trip to Johannesburg.
He told gaynz last month he was proud to represent the country he has "fallen in love with".
Among Derleth's many prizes include a $25,000 travel allowance to visit all five continents during his term as Mr Gay World, as well as a holiday for two back to South Africa, clothes, jewelry and cosmetics.