Hereturikōkā / August 2017

Courtney sky fish fKia ora and welcome to our Hereturikōkā update, with topical cartoon from Helen Courtney.

This month we focus again on the arts and politics. Election coverage features two female takatāpui candidates and there will be equal pay events in both the South and North Islands in August. Combining the arts with the political, you may want to join in a dance for equal pay … read on!

Some Auckland Pride event dates have been set (February 2018) and Dunedin is planning Pride for April 2018.

There is also news of the National Day of Silence against bullying this month, and an opportunity for Aucklanders to contribute their priorities to the three-year plan of the Auckland Council’s Rainbow Advisory Panel.

Our People profile is of Waiora Pene Hare, from Mitimiti to Waipareira, and our Media page features a review of k.d. lang’s recent tour in Australia.

Check out our expanding Dyke Diary, with events of interest to lesbians and queer women – 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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Hōngongoi / July 2017

priestlyKia ora and welcome to our Hōngongoi update, this month with a topical cartoon from Helen Courtney.

This month we also focus on the arts, with items about four concurrent lesbian and queer women’s exhibitions in Palmerston North; women’s films in the NZ International Film Festival, the expansion of Naked Girls Reading beyond Wellington and Christchurch; public queer events by an arts faculty; and a Charlotte Museum update.

And we haven’t forgotten politics – Alison checks out what political party policies offer lesbians. For a more rural story, check out the story on sheep scanner and horse trainer Sophie Wilkinson who migrates seasonally between Northland, Southland and Taupo.

Check out our expanding Dyke Diary, with events of interest to lesbians and queer women – 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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Pipiri / June 2017

Post Pride depressionKia ora and welcome to our Pipiri update.

What do we have for you this month? – international, national and regional news items. Melbourne has a new LGBTIQ health service, and the UN Human Rights Office has released 3 short videos illustrating the positive possibilities of culture and tradition opening to LGBTI people.

A Waiuku couple are producing a resource for guided meditations, it’s Matariki time, and the Rule Foundation is looking for a female trustee. We are heading into the election season, so we have started our coverage with notes on (the very few) lesbian candidates. And we note the closing of the Gaynz news website.

Auckland is looking forward to a number of events for lesbians and queer women – check out the list.

Did you miss something, or do you want to check back on a story from earlier this year, or last year? A story archive is available from the dropdown menu under the News tab.

Our Media page has a new cartoon by Helen Courtney, a review of a new book by Paekakariki feminist economist Prue Hyman (particularly timely given the approaching election, as noted above), an exciting update on the webseries Pot Luck, and news of 2 award-winning lesbian authors.

Read about 2 musical sisters and a sheep farmer on our People page, and read Nadia Gush’s Opinion on Translesbians in lesbian feminist spaces.

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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Haratua / May 2017

Post Pride depressionKia ora and welcome to our Haratua update.

We thought Jade du Preez’s strip was timely given that many Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch women may be in withdrawal after Pride festivals. Take heart! We have national and regional news items – almost all good news, too: the Topp Twins are planning a new film, swimming success in the World Masters Games in Auckland, pay equity has made significant progress (though we need to be mindful of further, future plans for change), there’s a Rainbow political panel coming up mid-month, and it’s time to start planning for Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week (September).

Did you miss something, or do you want to check back on a story from earlier this year, or last year? A story archive is available from the dropdown menu under the News tab.

Our Media page has a new cartoon by Helen Courtney, two stories about the forthcoming Documentary Film Festival, and a recommendation about reading May Sarton.

Read about South Otago farmer Megan Barclay on our People page, and read Nadia Gush’s Opinion on Translesbians in lesbian feminist spaces.

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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Paengawhāwhā / April 2017

courtney-cartoon-febKia ora and welcome to our Paengawhāwhā update. We have some good news (activism in Taiwan) and bad news (significantly higher rates of smoking by young lesbians in the US) from overseas, and reports of community activities in Wellington, Palmerston North and Auckland. A good news story from Auckland, too, about the appointment of a Rainbow Housing support worker.

Our People page features an interview with Jenni James, working with refugees in Greece, and our Media page previews the lesbian and bisexual women (international guests and local writers) in the Auckland Writers Festival.

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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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 tattooing, 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!

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