Hakihea / December 2018

Kia ora and welcome to our Hakihea update. (And please note, we won’t be updating here, or our News, Media, People pages till Huitānguru  (February) 2019. We will update Dyke Diary though – keep information coming through about events.)

We have a number of national stories for you this month, as well as some regional ones. Police and Pride parades (Auckland and Wellington) have been big news in the mainstream media. We have a summary as at the end of November, though we know more meetings, discussion and decisions will be coming. We have two viewpoints on our Opinion page.

The first national rainbow conference for government agencies in Auckland last month was very positive, and it is now planned to become an annual event. Women and Rainbow communities now have a Human Rights Commissioner with responsibility in those areas, and we report on how Women’s Refuge will be adopting a change to one of its four cornerstones, from ‘Lesbian visibility’ to ‘Takatāpui nurturing diversity’. And in ‘herstory updated’, seven lesbian groups are featured in the digitised and updated online version of Women Together – Ngā Ropū Wāhine o te Motu, first published in 1983.

Regionally, we have early notice about plans for Auckland and Wellington Pride events in 2019, and an update on Wellington’s LILAC (Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre), whose future is looking more positive.

Our People profile this month is a conversation with Gill Greer, a New Zealander who has made a global impact.

This month our Media page previews an exhibition opening in Lower Hutt: an exploration of Melanesian cultural values expressed through relationships to hair and a Māori suffragist musical play featuring the little-known Meri Te Tai Mangakahia. And then, because it’s summer, we have a selection of summer reading suggestions.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women – remember, 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.

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

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