Maramatoru/March

courtney-cartoon-febKia ora and welcome to our Maramatoru update. We preview this month’s Wellington Pride and Christchurch Pride, and look back on Auckland Pride. More of the Charlotte Museum’s lesbian collections will go online in 2017, and the Veiqia exhibition, inspired by Fijian female tattoing, returns home. We have news for non-biological lesbian mothers. Watch out for Stella Duffy, a show about lesbians and immigration, and a multimedia art exhibition in Auckland, and try re-reading some Jane Rule. Check out our Photos page for pictures from Pride events.

On our People page is an obituary of lesbian community stalwart Heather McPherson, and an extended interview with nurse and Pacific Rainbow organiser Sonya Apa Temata. And check out Dyke Diary – we update this whenever new events come in. We include women’s and other events of interest to lesbians – send us your suggestions for other local, regional, or national women’s/lesbian events we should be listing.

See our Services page for classified ads, national Rainbow training and accreditation services, and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

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Huitānguru / February

courtney-cartoon-febKia ora and welcome to our Huitānguru update.

We have two significant stories on our People page this month: an obituary of lesbian community stalwart Heather McPherson, and an extended interview with Sonya Apa Temata, most recently publicly active in standing for election to the Auckland District Health Board. Take some time to read about their lives.

We’ve set our News page out with national stories (or those where activity occurs in multiple centres) first, and then regional events and information: North and South Islands are included.

The Media page update this month is focused on summer reading: it’s not too late to pick some more lesbian books to read. We’re always keen to hear your ideas of what we could and should read and watch.

Check out Dyke Diary – we update this whenever new events come in. We include women’s and other events of interest to lesbians – send us your suggestions for other local, regional, or national women’s/lesbian events we should be listing.

And see our Services page for classified ads, national Rainbow training and accreditation services, and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

If you prefer to read LNA on paper click on print at the top of our main pages.

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Hakihea / December

courtney-brumpKia ora and welcome to our Hakihea update.

What’s new? We’ve got stories from north and south this month: particularly Dunedin and Auckland. Read good news (a new discussion group) and disappointing news (harassment continues) from Dunedin; read about what’s planned for the Charlotte museum, and what lesbians will be participating in, in next year’s Auckland Pride events.

Best practice guidelines on how to support LGBTI survivors of violence have been released. And we have some updates on lesbian balls and parties for queer women – again, some good news and some less good news.

There’s an interesting, and hopeful, development in Australia: a state government providing significant funding for the development of the country’s first Pride Centre.

Two books are included in this month’s Media page, and we have an update on Pot Luck, the Wellington-based lesbian web series is still doing well, here and overseas.

Do check out Dyke Diary – we update this whenever new events come in. We include women’s and other events of interest to lesbians – send us your suggestions for other local, regional, or national women’s/lesbian events we should be listing.

See our Services page for classified ads, national Rainbow training and accreditation services, and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

And thank you to Helen Courtney for a new cartoon.

If you prefer to read LNA on paper click on print at the top of our main pages.

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Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Kia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-rangi update, with a cartoon from Helen Courtney.

courtney-selmaA National Rainbow Strategy consultation is underway, and a book about takatapui will be published at a hui this month. Three out lesbians were elected to local bodies in three cities, and a world Rainbow rights conference may be held in Wellington. We cover lesbians and Auckland Pride Festival, crowd-funding for a Wellington play, and the launch of the Q2 Trust in Dunedin, among other items on our News page.

If you enjoy lesbian vampire stories, you’ll love the news of the Carmilla movie. There’s a multicultural art exhibition about queer female sexuality on its way, and a comic anthology of LGBTQ stories. And we review the Feminist Utopia Project on our media page.

And check out Dyke Diary – we update this whenever new events come in. We include women’s and other events of interest to lesbians – send us your suggestions for other local, regional, or national women’s/lesbian events we should be listing.

See our Services page for classified ads, national Rainbow training and accreditation services, and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

If you prefer to read LNA on paper click on print at the top of our main pages.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

courtney-selmaKia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-nuku update, with a new cartoon by Helen Courtney.

On the News page we cover a bombshell in the AfterEllen website for queer women, and profile our last takatāpui local body candidate for Aotearoa. You can also read about InsideOUT’s multi-media arts competition for queer and trans youth, a scholarship for a Rainbow community student next year, the Charlotte Museum changes in Auckland, the Nouveau Party in Christchurch, an Alphabet Soup hui for youthworkers in Dunedin, and the establishment of a new trust for LGBTIQ people in Otago.

We have updates on funding problems for a couple of Women’s Centres (and others may have similar problems – do let us know), and information about a national people’s mental health review, something we encourage lesbians to participate in.

On our media page, we review the Her Story lesbian and trans webseries and review a book about north American feminist bookshops and lesbian antiracism.

We have two stories on our people page: an obituary of Carol Bartlett, and a profile of Jenny Ryan, running a cycle tour business in Hawkes Bay.

And check out Dyke Diary – we update this whenever new events come in. We include women’s and other events of interest to lesbians – do send us your suggestions for other local, regional, or national women’s/lesbian events we should be listing.

See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

If you prefer to read LNA on paper click on Print at the top of our main pages.

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Mahuru / September


MastheadrevisedKia ora and welcome to our Mahuru update. Three more local body candidates are interviewed this month, two from Te Wai Pounamu/South Island. If you are a candidate we haven’t spoken with yet, or know someone who is who we should speak with – do contact us – there is time for one more round of interviews in the Whiringa-ā-nuku update.

On the News page you can read about national events: the Day of Silence, researching lesbian mothers, the Living Wage campaign. You can also read about upcoming events – Hamilton Pride week is starting soon! –  and reports of recent events.

Our Te ao pāpāho/Media page features stories on photography and television, and on our Nga wāhine/People page you can read about Gina Cole, ‘Fijian-infused, queer-inflected’ writer.

And check out Dyke Diary – we update this whenever new events come in. You’ll see a number of events included as lesbian because they are women’s events: the Living Wage campaign is a good example. So are the Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Star Walks in Tamaki MakaurauŌtautahi, and Te Whanganui-a-Tara.  Do you have suggestions for other local, regional, or national women’s/lesbian events we should be listing?

See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

If you prefer to read LNA on paper click on Print at the top of our main pages. If you’re reading this on your phone, use landscape view to see the stories better.

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Here-turi-kōkā / August


Kia ora and welcome to our Here-turi-kōkā update, profiling our first two lesbian local body candidates in Auckland and Wellington. See our News page for the activities of groups in Albany, Auckland, Hamilton and Hawkes Bay. Read about crowdfunding queer resources and tackling racism.

Our Media updates this month include live performance in Hamilton and Auckland, and the chance to see or hear events again (or for the first time): a short film from the 2015 International Film Festival, and guests from the Auckland Writers Festivals of 2016 and 2015.

How many lesbians have received an official honour for working with the lesbian and other rainbow communities? Read about one of the recipients in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours on our People page.

And check out Dyke Diary – we update this whenever new events come in. See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

If you prefer to read LNA on paper click on print at the top of our main pages. If you’re reading this on your phone, landscape view may help you to see the stories better.

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