Lesbian New Zealand


DocEdge Film Festival - 24 May - 9 July

Auckland 24th May - 5th June 8 pm @ The Capitol Cinema
Wellington 7th - 18th June 8 pm @ The Roxy Cinema, Miramar

The annual Documentary Film Festival has a number of movies of interest including:

Auckland Saturday 27 May 4:45pm
Wellington Saturday 10 June 2:25pm
Lyra McKee, a committed journalist and activist for LGBTQ+ rights, was born in Northern Ireland during the period known as the "ceasefire baby" generation. Tragically, at the young age of 29, she was shot while covering a riot in Derry. Director Millar offers an intimate and powerful exploration of the state of "post-conflict" Northern Ireland, a quarter-century after the signing of the Good Friday Agreements. Through McKee's life and death, the film sheds light on the ongoing struggle for peace and understanding in a region still grappling with its troubled past.
Who I Am Not.
Who I Am Not
Auckland Thursday 25 May 8:30pm
Wellington Monday 12 June 8:15pm
The life of Sharon Rose Khumalo, a South African beauty queen, was thrown into disarray when she discovered that she was intersex. This surprising revelation led her to further explore her own identity, while also questioning why society places so much importance on gender signifiers. With the help of Dimakatso Sebidi, a male-presenting intersex activist, she begins to break down the barriers that intersex people face. The film offers up an intimate portrait of its subject's life and provides members of a persecuted minority with a much-needed public platform.
Frances Hodgkins.
Frances Hodgkins, Anything but a Still Life
Auckland Saturday 27 May 10:30am
Wellington Thursday 15 June 6pm
Explores the life and art of celebrated New Zealand painter Frances Hodgkins. Spending much of her life and career in Europe, Hodgkins was a modernist painter whose work continues to inspire contemporary New Zealand artists. The film retraces Hodgkins' footsteps, taking viewers to the places she lived and worked, and shedding light on the challenges she faced and her unwavering commitment to her craft. The film celebrates Hodgkins' courage and determination as a pioneering woman in the arts, and her enduring legacy as a role model for women everywhere.

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Social media places

A selection of the facebook groups that may be of interest - login may be required


FLUNK: The Exchange  - Lesbian High School romance web series

Sabina and Esther's relationship is pushed to breaking point when international exchange student Annie comes to stay. The Exchange is a new feature film from the creators of Flunk. Buy or rent on Vimeo to support Flunk and see the whole film first, as well as get access to lots of exclusive behind the scenes videos.

Filmed in Auckland – FLUNK: The Exchange follows the complicated love lives of Annie (Mirene Castelltort) Sabina (Lucy Wyma – ‘Shortland Street’) and Esther (Celine Dam – ‘The Eggplant’) exploring themes including first loves, believing in yourself, and moving on from the past.

Movie Same but Different

Movie: Same but Different.

The movie Same but Different is now available to rent or buy at www.sbdmovie.com ... And watch the extra scenes after the credits with the real people who inspired the characters.

Produced by RAW Productions, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story follows Rachel, a single working Grey Lynn mum, who breaks a three-year spell of singledom to pursue her escalating feelings for Nikki, whom she meets at a Maori film festival. Things don’t go according to plan, with Rachel’s awkward first romantic attempts fumbling into a sequence of embarrassing events, and her ex-lover, Rob, turning up. With all hope gone, it’s Rachel’s humanitarian efforts that eventually grab Nikki’s attention, and the two finally connect. Based on Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si’ulepa's and producer Rachel Aneta Wills’ journey in pursuit of true love.

Pot Luck webseries.

Pot Luck webseries Season two

Pot Luck, a kiwi lesbian TV webseries Season two launched on 10th December 2017. More on their facebook page

He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between

Film: 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/.

Film: Tits on a Bull.

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.

Lil O'Brien. So no one told you life was gonna be this GAY - interview with Lil O'Brien

An interview with Lil O'Brien, author of Not that I'd kiss a girl, an account of her experience growing up lesbian in New Zealand. The interview is a long read but excellent - as is the book which is available at LILAC library in Wellington and all good public libraries and book shops.

Listen to voices of Aotearoa New Zealand's rainbow communities.

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.

The On This Day page has a rich mix of rainbow life - from today to events that happened over 100 years ago.

Takatāpui resources.

Takatāpui resources

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 page.
  • 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.
  • 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 (0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE)) and online chat support service for the rainbow community.
  • I'm Local is a project to support queer and gender diverse youth all over Aotearoa. Their website is 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.
  • Miscellaneous - resources about rainbow mental health.
  • 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
  • NZ Human Rights Commission LGBTQ+ resources

Travel and outdoor holidays

Lesbian News Aotearoa.

Lesbian News Aotearoa

Alas and Woe ...

Lesbian News Aotearoa ceased publication in 2018 when their group became too small. The historical archive of articles is still on the website but the Social, Support and Dyke Diary pages are no more. Very sad ... but their facebook page is worth following esp for Auckland notices

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.