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Haratua/ May

Issue 4

Anzac Poppy comic JdPWelcome to issue 4 of our online newsletter, with a cartoon from Jade du Preez.

Lots of news stories this month: the Auckland Council Rainbow Panel has got the go-ahead, and it’s time for the annual Biggest Lesbian coffee break in Auckland. Whanganui has a hui for youth, parents and health workers. A lesbian photography exhibition at Auckland’s Charlotte Museum opens at the end of the month; and there will be a Considering feminisms exhibition and journal  in Wellington later in the year. Vicky Wood is holding a free Healthy relationships workshop for young LGBTTQI people in Auckland at the Human Rights Commission. Friends and fans of The Johnnys and Suzi Fray will want to know about the Give a little campaign for Suzi. The Auckland Pride board has vacancies, it’s the last Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, and there’ll be no Out Takes Festival this year.

You’ll see a change in the way Dyke Diary looks: we’ve now set it out geographically (north to south), then by month within each region. We think this makes it easier to read and to find events – do let us know what you think, and feel free to make any suggestions for a better way to present it.

Are you missing the Classifieds and similar ads from the print newsletter? The online place for them is our Services page.

Diary entries, Services notices, new or changed details for Social or Support organisations … these are updated during the month. Email us ( and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

And have you liked us on Facebook? – that’s where you’ll see more immediate commentary, posts and re-posts, in between issues here.

Feedback? – we welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!


Kia ora, Paenga-whāwhā

MastheadrevisedWelcome! It’s April and issue 3 of our online newsletter.

We have lots of news about the Charlotte Museum and vulva poppies for Anzac Day; a possible Rainbow Panel for Auckland city; lesbian gigs in the Comedy Festival; free clothes; podcasts of butch women and Wellington queer awards; women’s inequality, research and stories about older lesbians; and News from all over.

In other sections: go to People for a ‘what lesbians do’ story involving steam trains; the Kapiti Coast potluck, lesbians in the Auckland Writers Festival, and women in WW1 events.

See Photos for some ‘about town’ activity, and to Media for a New Zealand and an Australian book review, a film review AND an art show review!

We have finally sorted an automated email reminder of new issues. Those who haven’t already emailed us can fill in the form below for once-a-month-only email reminding you when the next issue is online. Each issue will be available around the first of each month – this way you don’t have to remember. Big thanks to Jade du Preez for sorting it for us!

If you are accessing this site on a phone or other small screen, you may have some display problems with the main page. We think this is a WordPress code problem, but will keep an eye on it (so to speak). Altering your view to landscape will help.

Any feedback? – we welcome your comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!


Haere mai, welcome

MastheadrevisedWelcome to our second issue! This month we have stories about the new Auckland social group EquAsian, a decolonisation hui for young takatāpui and queer people of colour, an inspiring Pacific women’s political action group, a Dunedin feminist conference, Heroic Gardens as well as more stories on our news page. And if you missed any of last month’s stories, you can see the dropdown link to the February issue on the news menu. This month’s profile is of comic and actor Freya Desmarais with more items on the People page. We also have a new opinion piece, this month on Pride and protest. We welcome your comments on that, or any opinions you’d like to send in. If you follow us (there’s a ‘Follow’ link on every page, in different places depending on your device), you’ll get a message telling you when the next month’s issue is published. You can leave comments on any page, or email us on If you use Facebook, please like our page – Lesbian News Aotearoa is the online daughter of the Tāmaki Makaurau Lesbian Newsletter, which was published for 24 years, and we haven’t yet changed our Facebook name. Please send us news from your area, information about events, and photos, and tell your friends about the site. And we always welcome your feedback.