Send your event information to LNAotearoa@gmail.com. We add new events as we receive them, and remove past events at the beginning of each month. We list groups that meet at the same time and venue on the Social & Support page. Information is organised by region (national events first, then north to south, then overseas), then by date.
Bay of Islands
Waikato/Central North Island/Hawkes Bay/Te Matau-a-Māui
Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka
Hakihea / December
Saturday 8 Gay in the Bay Christmas pot lunch pink drinks, 4pm, 2472 State Highway 10, Waipapa. Wear Christmas theme, bring food to share and togs for swimming pool. Gold coin donation. RSVP to email@example.com.
To Sunday 16 December Lesbian Salsa dancing An introduction to salsa, open to all ages, sizes and dance levels; no partner needed, singles welcome. Taught weekly by Susanna, but no class on Sunday October 21, Labour weekend. $10 per class. 6.30-7.30pm, Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn. Phone Susanna on 021 260 9145.
Hakihea / December
Sunday 2 Dyke Hike on Waikowhai tracks [Please note new location due to protected kauri.] This series of walkways runs through reserves linked by suburban footpaths and back along the coastline. Lovely harbour views with some muddy parts – be prepared! Moderate. Meet at 11am at the carpark by at the end of Waikowhai Rd in Blockhouse Bay. 3-4 hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.
Thursday 6 Auckland Pride Special General Meeting Four Auckland Pride members expressed a lack of confidence in the board and requested this Special General Meeting. Any community member can attend, but voting is by members only, and membership closed in November. 6-8pm, Pitt Street Methodist Church, 78 Pitt St, Newton.
Wednesday 12 aLBa end of year celebration and arts and crafts fair, with organic food, funky jewellery and bookstall with Carole Beu from the Women’s Bookshop. Email email@example.com ASAP if you or any lesbians you know are interested in booking a stall. Koha box for donations of cash, supermarket vouchers or AT Hop cards for homeless women through Lifewise. Socialise and enjoy the stalls from 5.30pm, free nibbles from 6pm. Please bring cash. Garnet Station, Westmere. Free for members, otherwise $10 at the door.
Friday 14 Singer/songriter Sam RB plays Nomad 5 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chev. 5.30-8.30pm. A mix of originals and covers.
Saturday 15 The Favourite, historical drama screening as part of OutFest. In the early 18th century, a close confidante (Rachel Weisz) of an ailing Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) competes with her cousin (Emma Stone) for influence and power at the English court. 8pm, Academy Cinema, Central Library building, 44 Lorne St, city.
Sunday 16 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee at Brick by Brick (also Facebook), 359 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga – beside Tin Tacks Reserve (see Timespanner). 10.30am a choice of pleasant 40-minute stroll: A is Onehunga foreshore, a loop walk starting and finishing at Onehunga Bay Reserve which offers off-leash and on-leash required areas; B is Cornwall Park, Campbell Rd entrance. To be added to mailing list, message firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 16 Mosaic workshop with Natasha Norton, free, 10am-4pm, Charlotte Museum, 9 Bentinck St, New Lynn. See the Facebook event page.
Thursday 20 Thelma, screening as part of OutFest. A new university student falls in love and discovers she has mysterious powers in this Norwegian paranormal drama. 8pm, Academy Cinema, Central Library building, 44 Lorne St, city.
Friday 21 OUT, screening as part of OutFest. A documentary montage of videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians and transgender people, showing the groundbreaking moment of their coming out. 6.30pm, Academy Cinema, Central Library building, 44 Lorne St, city.
Friday 21 Collette, screening as part of OutFest. Keira Knightley plays the titular French novelist in this biopic. 8pm, Academy Cinema, Central Library building, 44 Lorne St, city.
Saturday 22 Vita & Virginia, screening as part of OutFest. True story romance about the love affair between socialite and author Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki). Co-stars Isabella Rossellini.6pm, Academy Cinema, Central Library building, 44 Lorne St, city.
2019 Huitānguru / February
Friday 1-Sunday 17 Auckland Pride Festival Major events include Big Gay Out, Sunday 10 and Pride Parade and Party, Saturday 16. Like and follow the Facebook page for updates.
Sunday 3 Fundraising screening of On the basis of sex about young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, now a Supreme Court Judge, as she brings a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturns a century of gender discrimination. 7.24pm, Lido Cinema, 427 Manukau Road, Epsom. See the Facebook event page.
Tuesday 5 ‘Sisters Gay’ present After-Hours Storytime for Grown-Ups and Other Family Part of the same same but different programme. 6.30-7.30pm, Grey Lynn library, 474 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. Entry free, donations accepted.
Saturday 16 Lick Auckland Parade Dance 10pm-3am, Neck of the Woods, 155b Karangahape Rd, $10/$15. See the Facebook event page.
Summer Saturdays Rainbow Warriors women’s softball team play in the local league at Resthills Park in Glenview, Hamilton, either at 1pm or 3pm, depending on the draw. Check their Facebook page.
Thursdays Social dodgeball for Hamilton takatāpui and LGBTIQ+ people Nau mai haere mai! Folks of all dodgeball abilities are welcome and a gold coin koha is appreciated. 6.30-7.30pm, University of Waikato Faculty of Education Gym just off Gate 4, 213 Hillcrest Rd. See the Facebook page.
Every Sunday until March Lesbian Social Group at Gourmet in the Gardens, rhododendron section of Hamilton Gardens, 4 to 8pm. Look out for the Rainbow flag. See the LSG Facebook page.
Hakihea / December
Sunday 9 Lesbian Social Group Wetland Walk at Te Aroha. Meet 10am at the entrance on the left as you go into Te Aroha, just off the main road before the bridge. 4km walk, dogs on leads welcome, followed by coffee/cake. Spas available, please pre-book. Phone Donna 027 557 7199.
Friday 14 Lesbian Social Group dinner night 6pm, Original Thai Restaurant, 8 Alma Street, Hamilton. RSVP to email@example.com by 12 December. Bring a $5 wrapped festive season gift for some christmas games. Dust off your Santa/Mrs Claus’s hat and come have some laughs.
From Friday 28 at Vinegar Hill campground. Vinegar Hill is on the banks of the Rangitikei River within the Putai Ngahere Reserve, near the junction of State Highway 54 and State Highway 1, about 5 km north of Hunterville. Some LSG Waikato members are travelling down on this day, others earlier. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to come.
Saturday 19 Lesbian Social Group Dinner Night 6pm, Jaipur Indian Restaurant, 793 Victoria Street, Hamilton. RSVP to email@example.com by 12 January please.
Anytime Self-guided LGBTTI walking tour of 24 historic rainbow locations around Wellington’s waterfront in one hour, free. Start at the former site of Carmen’s Balcony on the corner of Harris and Victoria Sts, now the City Library, walk through Civic Square, onto the waterfront, down to Bats Theatre and then back to the Michael Fowler Centre via Courtenay Place. Hear short eyewitness accounts at each location with your smart device using the interactive Google Map, or download the mp3 audio before you set off. See the website.
Hakihea / December
Saturday, 1 Rainbow Wellington Christmas banquet Phu Thai Lana, Thai restaurant, 39-41 Vivian St, cnr Tory St. Pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm, dinner after 7pm. BYO wine (no corkage fee) and fully licensed. $40 for Rainbow Wellington financial members, $50 non-members. Deposits to Rainbow Wellington account 03-0566-0164688-000 with your name and banquet.
Sunday 9 Lesbian Overlanders Waikanae River walk. Meet about 10.20am at the Olive Grove cafe between the Mahara Gallery and the Shoreline Movie theatre in the Waikanae shopping area. We walk from the cafe along Marae Lane to the river, follow it downstream to the lower footbridge, Otaihanga Park and then to the beach. Then back upstream on the south bank to complete the loop, and to the shops, cafes or train.
An easy flat walk, about an hour to hour and half each way – boots not needed. A swim at the beach or a splash in the river is possible. The Suffrage Year exhibition Being female here and now at the Mahara Gallery is open 1-4pm on Sunday. Text Lainey if you are coming on 027 303 9006.
Saturday 12 The Ruby Slipper Revue: A fundraiser cabaret A glittering and gay variety show for all the friends of Dorothy. Starring a cast of the capital’s finest vaudevillians and theatre folk. Fundraising for OuterSpaces. 8pm, The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street, Wellington, R18. Earlybird ticket: $16.38 ($15 + $1.38
fees); general admission: $23 ($20 + $3 fees); phone 0800
BUY TIX (289 849). See the Facebook event page.
2019 Poutūterangi / March
The host rōpū – Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, Tīwhanawhana Trust and RainbowYOUTH – invite you to attend the ILGA World Conference in Wellington from March 18-22. Express your interest on the website to be the first to know when scholarship applications and early bird pricing are available.
2019 Pipiri / June
Thursday 11 – Sunday June 16, 2019 The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand Expressions, Upper Hutt.
The Tasman Lesbian Connection (TLC) sends a monthly email of events in the area, Nelson and Motueka in particular. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to go on the mailing list or for more details of any events.
The Christchurch Women’s Centre keeps a diary of events in Christchurch and elsewhere on their Lesbian Support (now “Rainbow Support”) page. Check events on the Christchurch LGBT social events page. The Lambda Trampers and Lambda Lattes are mixed social tramping and walking groups for lesbians and gays living in and around Christchurch, and their friends.
Hakihea / December
Friday 14 CAMP! Drag show and dance party, with drag talent and DJs to keep you dancing throughout the night, including Nyte Mare, Poppy Beardhammer, Peggy The Basic Cheesecake, Fantasia D’Vyne, Lady Bubbles, Aurora Borealis, Tony Chestnut, Reno Remitál, Sera Tonin and Aurora Storm. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl, best dressed prizes, $10- $20 from Eventfinder, 7.30pm, A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, Christchurch. See the Facebook event page.
Hui-tanguru / February 2019
Friday 1-Tuesday 5 Second Summer Camps reunion weekend near Geraldine, South Canterbury. Registrations limited to around 25 due to space. Costs will be as low as possible (approx $20 night for bed and $15 for food). Registrations from early December, but you can before then if you want to: email@example.com. Suggestions/ideas include a ritual celebration on Saturday (Lammas), archiving interviews, grief and loss discussion, accommodation networking.
Hakihea / December
Saturday 1 Wild Women Walk at Waikouaiti, combining beach, lagoon & Matanaka farm & finishing with a shared lunch. Meet for a 9.30am departure from George St by the Woodhaugh Gardens entrance & bridge. Carshare from there. $5pp contribution to drivers. Bring food to share. Drive on to northern motorway for ~30m to Waikouaiti. Turn R into Beach St (signposted to beach & motorcamp), and L into Stewart St & park at 48 Stewart St where the walk begins. RSVP by Thursday Nov 29 to firstname.lastname@example.org or text 022 133 9529. If weather unsuited for walk meet at that address at noon for shared lunch.
Hakihea / December 2019
Milford Track walk December 2019 Ruth Seeman and Katrina Allen are pre-booking all 50 places for the 58km, 5 day-4 night, Milford Track walk from Monday 9 to Friday 13 December 2019. RSVP by January 2019. 15% GROUP DISCOUNT. Light pack, meals provided, including morning and afternoon tea, all bedding and hot showers provided in huts. See Ultimate Hikes & DOC. Email email@example.com for details.
30 August – 8 September Winter Pride 2019 on and off the snow slopes at Queenstown. Individual event tickets on sale from February 1, with a March 1 deadline for the earlybird discount. Includes the popular, free Pride in the Park on Friday 6, with ew events – a Pride Sevens Touch Tournament and Queenstown’s Got Talent. See https://winterpride.co.nz/
April 12-14 2019 Second edition of the European Lesbian* Conference, Kyiv, Ukraine. Visit the Facebook page for information and updates.