Here-turi-kōkā / August 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Here-turi-kōkā update.

We start with an international news story this month: the ILGA Oceania conference is in Samoa at the end of the month.

Our national news stories preview, north to south, Hamilton Pride in September (turning 10!), the ILGA World conference in Wellington in March next year, and Queenstown Pride, also September.

Our People profile this month is a conversation with Hamie Munroe of Hamilton’s weekly Rainbow access radio show, the Flat Out Pride hour.

Who is writing about a wild colonial girl? (And who is she?) Go to our Media page to read about what Lorae Parry is up to. We also reflect on the International Film Festival, underway in Auckland and Wellington, just rolling out in the other 11 centres.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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Hōngongoi / July 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Hōngongoi update.

Our national news stories look at Suffrage 125 grants (only this month left to apply), participation in the ILGA Oceania conference in August, and report on the first ‘Out on the shelves’ event and the three lesbians honoured at Queen’s birthday.

Regionally, it’s north and south: in the south we’re looking ahead to  Diversity Week at Otago University (July) and Winter Pride ’18 in Queenstown (September).

In Auckland, Pride are looking for new Board members (AGM in July), rookies are being welcomed to Roller Derby (Glenfield), several rainbow community groups are looking at the possibility of setting up a pride centre (not for the first time), and Auckland Council are including rainbow communities in their consultation about homelessness.

Our People profile this month is a personal tribute to Tuafale Tanoai’i (aka Linda T) by Charmaine Poutney: read about the work and person.

We preview the International Film Festival – will our experience be abounding with lesbians? And we reflect on Virago (the publisher) and one of their Modern Classics.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page – there are more links to stories there, and they don’t always get to the website.

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Pipiri / June 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Pipiri update.

Our national news stories feature lesbians with interesting and varied experience and expertise. Two lesbians are among the experts appointed to the government’s Welfare Expert Advisory Group, and a Christchurch psychiatrist and an Auckland GP are organising the first Australian and New Zealand Lesbian Medical Association conference to be held in New Zealand.

Regionally? The National Rainbow phone support line OUTLine has a new role in their Auckland office, a same-sex dancing pair from Wellington and Auckland are off to the Gay Games in Paris in August, and the Auckland Pride board will have new members after the forthcoming AGM. (Dates are set for 2019, put those in your diary now.)

Our People profile this month is a softballer: read about Okkie as a player and now administrator.

We have a review of The Breaker Upperers, and would love to hear your opinion.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page – there are more links to stories there, and they don’t always get to the website.

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Haratua / May 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Haratua update.

Our national stories address big matters for us all: deliberately creating family/whānau, and mental health and wellbeing (the government’s inquiry has just launched).

Our People page profiles Wellington-based drag king Hugo Grrrl: “Everyone should do drag”.

And our Opinion page has a reflection on the ‘Love me as I am’ tribute concert to Mahinārangi Tocker, performed in Auckland as part of the Arts Festival in March, 10 years after she died.

What about regional stories? Well, Auckland is looking for drag kings and for lesbians to talk about the social scene in the 1980s. One of the good things about the approach of winter is skiing: read about Queenstown’s plans, and the change to Winter Pride. Dunedin’s Pride had enthusiastic participation in a whole range of events.

Our Media page previews an Auckland theatrical production, and a recent re-publication of a novel first published in 1918.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page – there are more links to stories there, and they don’t always get to the website.

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Paenga-whāwhā / April 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Paenga-whāwhā update.

Our national stories are pretty funny: women in the International Comedy Festival, and a pun battle!

What about regional stories? Charlotte Museum in Auckland has some good news, we have a report on what rainbow services are needed in Christchurch and on Pride events, and we preview Dunedin Pride.

We’ve been reading: our Media page previews the Auckland Writers Festival and reviews two new books.

And our People page profiles activist (ActionStation, and a lot more) Laura O’Connell Rapira.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page – there are more links to stories there, and they don’t always get to the website.

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Poutūterangi / March 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Poutūterangi update.

It’s Pride round the country! What happened in Auckland? What’s happening in Wellington and Christchurch? – read on …

Our national story is OUTLine taking over gayline.org.nz. There are other regional stories, too: South Canterbury’s Lesbian Summer Camp reunion, a new drag king show in Wellington, an 80s women’s music reunion in Auckland, and more on museums in Auckland: Charlotte, of course, and a rainbow network.

We’ve been reading: our Media page reviews two books, and previews two more with recent launches.

Our People page profiles Dunedin artist Sarah Baird and some of her thoughtful and exciting works with a focus on body positivity.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page – there are more links to stories there, and they don’t always get to the website.

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Hui-tanguru / February 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Hui-tanguru update.

It’s Pride month in Auckland and Wellington, so we preview some of the many activities planned in both centres.

But that’s not all! There’s a national initiative promoting takatāpui healthInsideOUT explores marginalised identities beyond LGBT, and Dunedin is preparing for Pride in April.

Our Media page is interested in books: a review of Peggy Seeger’s memoir, the latest work from Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, and a preview of a Ngaio Marsh/Stella Duffy collaboration!

Our People page profiles Dunedin-based archaeologist Shar Briden this month, and farewells Denise Yates, a long-time member of our community.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & 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!

We have made some changes to the website this month, and hope you will find it easier to negotiate. We’ve combined the Social & Support pages, and removed Photos as a separate page. You will find more photos on the News and People pages, instead. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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