Lesbian News Aotearoa
Lesbian News Aotearoa's Social, Support and Dyke Diary pages have information and contact details for lesbian groups, activities and events throughout the country.
ILGA World Conference 2019
18-22 March 2019, in Wellington
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is holding their next confenence in Wellington! Hosts are the Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, Tīwhanawhana Trust and RainbowYOUTH. Visit the Conference website for information about the Conference.
Get involved !!
Join the Friends of ILGA World Conference 2019 Wellington facebook group to keep up to date with news and to volunteer - lots of helpers needed!
ILGA Trade Unions Pre-Conference: "World of Work"
Sunday 17 March, 9am - 6pm
LGBTI union activists will gather to kick off the week of ILGA World Conference events. More info on the event facebook page.
Movies of interest
There are a number of movies that pass the Bechdel Test coming in the next few months. First up is The Favourite, now showing up and down the country ... but not quite everywhere. See it before it disappears!
The Favourite is about Queen Anne, her best buddy since childhood
Lady Sarah - the power and brains behind the throne and in the royal bedchamber,
and ambitious new kid in town Abigail. Meanwhile the powerful men are fussing about their
makeup and wigs! A highly rated film!
There is a fact-checking article on people.com.
About staunch women - mostly zero lez content but who cares ...
- Mary Queen of Scots
- The ill-fated Scotish queen who came up against Elizabeth I of England. Now showing
- On the Basis of Sex
- Biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Opening 7 February
- Biopic about the French writer and gender bender Collette. Opening 14 February. Read the DIVA mag interview with actresses Keira Knightley and Denise Gough.
- Biopic about Celia Lashlie who campaigned relentlessly to raise awareness of the social issues facing New Zealand. Opening 28 February
Auckland Pride 1-17 February 2019
Auckland Pride is all go and the full programme is now on the
Pride website. The major events are:
Same Same but Different Writers Festival Monday 4 - Saturday 9 Feb
Ending HIV Big Gay Out Sunday 10 Feb
Heroic Garden Festival Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 Feb.
Follow Auckland Pride on facebook for breaking news.
Second Lesbian Summer Camp reunion
The second Canterbury Summer Camps reunion will be held at the beginning of February, 2019, following on from a successful reunion camp in February 2018. Registrations will be taken from early December, but you can indicate interest by emailing sarajan@slingshotco..nz. Lesbians don’t have to have participated in a summer camp to come to a reunion, but numbers are limited. More info on ... Lesbian News Aotearoa.
The Topp Twins Heading for the Hills Tour
Dames Lynda and Jools are heading out again into the regions ...
The Topp Twins: an Exhibition for New Zealand at Waikato Museum
10 November 2018 - 10 February 2019
The Exhibition was created for Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History in Palmerston North and has been displayed at the National Library in Wellington. Now it is the turn of their home territory in the Waikato. More info on the Waikato Museum website.
- Charlotte Museum of lesbian culture, a lesbian museum for New Zealand ... like their facebook page to keep up to date with their events and special exhibitions
- Rainbow Women's social night - last Wednesday of the month at the Auckland Women's Centre
- Lesbian League - social group with a range of activities
- lesbian.co.nz - a directory and more
- aLBa (formerly Auckland Lesbian Business Association) on facebook
- EquAsian - an LGBTQI+ group for Asian Aucklanders on facebook
- Birds of a Feather lesbian coffee group in Whangarei - facebook group
- LSG - Waikato's Social Group for Lesbians and on facebook.
- Bay of Plenty dykes on facebook
- Sapphic Table - Meetup group for Tauranga/Bay women who enjoy good, food and conversation in the company of other lesbian/takatāpui women
- Deco Divas - Hawke's Bay
- Wanganui's own 'Flock of Lesbians' - Regular meetings for coffee, activities, support, ideas sharing, and a laugh email: firstname.lastname@example.org and join in the loop. Lesbians visiting Wanganui welcome to email and we'll meet for coffee.
- Ms Q Manawatu meets the first Friday of every month for drinks.
Are you interested in being involved in the womens LBGT community? For more information and confidential support they offer a 24 hour phone line 022 451 6617 or email email@example.com
- Wellington Lesbian website - calender of activities and links to other local websites
- LILAC - the lesbian library in Wellington
- Armstrong & Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians - a Wellington region charitable trust
- Nelson/Tasman area
- Christchurch lesbians - information on the Women's Centre website and on Lesbian News Aotearoa
- Dunedin - a list on Lesbian News Aotearoa social page
- Beso Queenstown - a monthly LGBT party - on facebook
Social media places
A selection of the facebook groups that may be of interest - login may be required
- NZ lesbians social group - lots of chatter
- Hutt/Wellington social group for lesbian & bisexual women - plus there are other regional groups
- GLBT Young Adults NZ
- NZDF Overwatch - an organisation of Regular, Reserve and Civilian members of the New Zealand Defence Force who are GLBTI their friends, family and allies
- Rainbow families NZ - a friendly forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents, prospective parents, and their families
Kiwi media online
Pot Luck webseries Season two
He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between
A short film about a courageous takatāpui activist is fighting for true diversity
in our Gay Pride celebrations.
New Zealand's Pride celebrations are glitzy and glamorous, but takatāpui activist Kassie (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is challenging the inclusivity of the festival. The historic Wellington Pride celebration forces Kassie to make a decision. Will she take part and speak for those who are both queer and Māori?
This short documentary uses English and te reo Māori to tell an intensely personal story of a courageous wahine fighting to be heard. View it at loadingdocs.net/he-kakano-ahau/.
NZ Lesbian-themed short film Tits on a Bull available to view for free online
The NZ lesbian-themed short film Tits on a Bull has been released to view for free online. It was shown during the 2015 NZ International Film Festival, and has been screened at a number of prestigious LGBTQ festivals internationally including: Framline40, The Iris Prize, Inside Out, Outfest, as well as the Side by Side LGBT film festival in Leningrad, Russia.
PrideNZ audio archive
PrideNZ.com is a community website exploring the voices and opinions of Aotearoa New Zealand's rainbow communities through over 600 audio recordings of interviews and of local LGBTI events. Plus there are transcripts, images and video available - some historically important such as Parliamentay debates. More recordings are added regularly.
Check out the awesome historical timeline of GLBTTIQ events and people in New Zealand. Sample it by decade or settle in to read the big page with the full list.
Two booklets by Elizabeth Kerekere are available online and to download at takatāpui.nz, a resource hub for Takatāpui and their whānau
Support Kiwi groups supporting LGBTIQ youth
Let's support the groups and organisations that support the youth in our communities - they are always short of $$$ for their valuable work. Most are registered charities and have Donate pages on their websites.
- InsideOUT is a Wellington-based national organisation that works to make Aotearoa a safer place for all young people of diverse genders and sexualities to live and be in.
- Im Local - a project of Rainbow Youth that helps queer and gender diverse youth all over the country to feel valued, recognised and supported in their local communities. They focus on getting information into smaller centres and rural areas. I'm Local has a give a little we can support.
- Rainbow Youth - Auckland based group that initiates and supports projects nationwide including InsideOUT and Im Local.
- OUTLineNZ provides a free confidential telephone help line from Auckland for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender & Takataapui (GLBTT) - 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE). For all ages and an important service. They have a givealittle page.
- Naming New Zealand is an organisation to help transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth with updating their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender.
- TRANZform is a support group for youth who identify as transgender, fa'afafine, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, intersex, two-spirits, genderqueer, non-gendered, questioning and their allies.
Helplines and support
- OUTline provides a free confidential telephone help line from Auckland for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender & Takataapui (GLBTT) - 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE). Counselling by skype available by arrangement.
- I'm Local is a project to support queer and gender diverse youth all over Aotearoa. Their website is chock-a-block full of info about the a-z of being queer & gender diverse, plus a region-by-region map of all the queer and gender diverse support groups for young people.
- Rainbow Youth - an Auckland based organisation that provides support, information and advocacy and education for queer young people and their families. They have released an accessible educational resource which can be viewed online or downloaded.
- Intersex Youth Aotearoa - a place to share information, find support and network.
- Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence - dedicated to building Rainbow communities in Aotearoa New Zealand free of partner and sexual violence.
- Voicing Pride - a storytelling platform that gives a voice to the unheard members of LGBTQ+ communities across all New Zealand secondary schools
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity FAQs - NZ Human Rights Commission
Quality care for lesbian, gay and bisexual residents in aged care facilities
A kit created by the School of Nursing at The University of Auckland in collaboration with a working group drawn from the aged care sector and the Auckland LGB community is available at dropbox. It a short video, training workbooks for facilitators and participants, and guidelines on caring for LGB residents.
Planning a trip to New Zealand or just a holiday
Women Travel New Zealand - essential information for the woman traveller visiting New Zealand.