Whiringa-ā-nuku / October 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-nuku update.

There is a lot happening nationally: the NZ documentary on women sheep shearers in the 2018 International Film Festival, She Shears, goes on general release, attention is on participants in Lesbian Summer Camps for a theatre/documentary project, there is a review of the first-ever Aotearoa-hosted Australian Lesbian Medical Association, and research into long-term lesbian relationships.

Regionally, read about what Auckland Rainbow people want from their council, the ball in Tauranga, Manawatu Pride Month (October), Paekakariki Pride (end of the month), and more research: this time, Rainbow Research being undertaken in Christchurch by the All Right? project.

Our People profile this month is a conversation with GP and writer Lucy O’Hagan.

This month our Media page is focussed on film: at the end of the month, Rafiki, the amazing Kenyan film in this year’s International Film Festival is screening in three locations with the director present. And Auckland has a women’s ‘countercinema’ series of films at the beginning of the month.

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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MAHURU / SEPTEMBER 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Mahuru update, full of Pride, parties, conferences, art and activities.

Organisers of the first ever cross-government Rainbow conference in November invite presentations from Rainbow groups. A new online booklet for parents of young lesbian, queer, trans and gender diverse people has been produced by OUTLine in response to demand. And the Women’s Studies Association conference in Wellington this month will be full of lesbians.

This month we hear from former multi-sport rep player and current Ōpōtiki Deputy Mayor Lyn Riesterer (Whakatōhea) about her story, and the first same-sex civil union on a marae. And Taranaki photographer Fiona Clark reflects on changes as the book of her Living with AIDS exhibition is printed 30 years later.

Pride is breaking out in Hamilton and Queenstown in the first week of this month, with lots of events, and a women’s party is the first confirmed celebration of 41 years of being out with MaLGRA in Palmerston North.

And read about the return of Val McDermid to our southern shores, the lesbian PulseArt group, and a feminist exhibition at Auckland Museum.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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