Dyke Diary

Rātaka takatāpui

We add new events as we receive them, and remove past events at the beginning of each month – send your event information to LNAotearoa@gmail.com. We list groups that meet at the same time and venue on the Social and Support pages. Information is organised by region (national events first, then north to south, then overseas), then by date.

Northland/Te Tai Tokerau
Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau
Waikato/Central North Island
Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Nelson area/Whakatū
Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

Northland/Te Tai Tokerau

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Saturday 4 Gay in the Bay Pink Drinks get-together in Kerikeri: everyone brings their own drinks; the hosts provide nibbles, glasses and ice, asking a donation to help cover the costs of catering. See the website for details and confirmation of date.

Hakihea / December

Saturday 16 Gay in the Bay Pink Drinks get-together in Kerikeri: everyone brings their own drinks; the hosts provide nibbles, glasses and ice, asking a donation to help cover the costs of catering. See the website for details and confirmation of date.

Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Saturday 4 Auckland Lesbian Festival – Celebrating our visibility Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. 5 events programmed from 10am, plus shared community lunch.
10am: Sharon Hawke Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Mahuta; 11.15am: Prue Kapua Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu; 12.30pm Panel discussion on Social Justice with Sharon Hawke, Frances Joychild, Prue Kapua, Betty Sio, Louisa Wall; 1.45pm free shared community lunch with Louisa Wall MP, please bring a plate to share; 2.45pm Betty Siō,  Samoa, in conversation with Cissy Rock; 4pm What’s wrong with the L word? A discussion about lesbian visibility. Panel includes Carole Beu, Verity George, Sharon Hawke, Frankie Hill, Sarah Lambourne, Cassie Roma, Betty Sio, Letitia Taikato, Sonya Temata, Louisa Wall. Moderated by Cissy Rock. Visit Facebook page for details and links to tickets. $15/session, $20 for final session, in advance; $20/25 on the day; $50 day pass in advance.

AWC concertSaturday 4 Singing for our lives – fundraising concert for the Auckland Women’s Centre with Hanna Wiskari, Linda Whitcombe, Innes Asher, Elizabeth Bennett, Anna Dunwoodie, Beverley Young, Anna Percy, Margo Regan, Kay McCabe, Karen Jones, Jean Reid and others. 2pm, St Georges Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna, $20.

dykehikesprofileSunday 5 Dyke Hike 11am. Waiheke Island Reserves. We’re going to beautiful Waiheke to walk the Forest Heart section of Te Ara Hura. We’ll walk though reserves, past vineyards, up to Trig Hill and along the coast. Take the 10am ferry to Waiheke. Meet on the ferry or at Matiatia wharf. We’ll take the bus to Rocky Bay, and walk through part of the Forest Heart walk. 3.5-4 hrs not including buses and ferries. Easy (okay in strong walking shoes, not many hills, good tracks) to moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Wednesday 8 aLBa Celebrating ‘Women like us’. Garnet Station, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere. Sheridan spent 2 years working with the Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal communities in the remote Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia. Come along and hear some of Sheridan’s stories of the people, the  work she did there, the adventures she had, and the hugely enriching experiences she enjoyed. Networking from 5.30pm, speaker from 6.30pm.

Wednesday 8 LATE 2017: Sing It, Sister music & misogyny – part of Auckland Museum’s programme: details to be confirmed. “Aotearoa New Zealand has a wonderful heritage of strong female musicians. What have they been up against in order to make it? How have they turned challenge into success? How many more wonderful musicians could New Zealand celebrate if we lead the international industry in challenging misogyny in music? This LATE will celebrate strong female and non-binary musicians, explore future visions for the music industry and discuss local solutions to global cultures of sexism.” Advance tickets $25, Institute members and students $20, door sales $30.

Roller DerbySaturday 11 Auckland Roller Derby League play Swamp City Roller Derby from Palmerston North for the first time since 2014. Doors open 4pm, first whistle 5pm, ActivZone, Glenfield. Tickets $5 on the door. See the Facebook event page.

WhirlwindSunday 12 As the whirlwind swoops Six queer poets read their work as part of the NZ Poetry Conference and Festival. With Whaitiri Mikaere, winner of the 2014 Matariki Poetry Slam; prose writer and poet Gina Cole; actor and writer Verity George; Shortland Street trans consultant Cole Meyers; Dan Goodwin, and led by novelist and poetry slam winner Sandi Hall. 3-4pm, One2One Cafe outdoor garden, 121 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. See the website.

Sunday 19 Coffee & Stroll 10am, meet at Columbus Coffee, Auckland Museum; 10.30am, we explore the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Entry is free with museum entry; museum entry is free for Auckland residents (bring MyMuseum card or proof of residence and ID).

Tuesday 21 Book launch: These Two Hands: A memoir, by Renée, 6pm, Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Rd. Celebrate the sassy life-story of an 88 year-old NZ feminist lesbian novelist and playwright.

Thursday 30 The Muse, Vale Cole and Frances Christoffel, play at Ponsonby Cruising Club, Westhaven, 6:30–8pm. Bar snacks and meals available. Accessible by lift, phone venue on 09 376 0245.

Hakihea / December

Friday 1 Auckland Women’s Centre AGM 5.30-8.15pm, incorporates election of the Governance Collective. Betty Siō (QSO, BSW) will speak after, on ‘Preventing Violence in Pacific Communities’, followed by a Q and A. For catering purposes please RSVP, to info@womenz.org.nz or 376 3227 x 0, by Friday November 24. Note, the AGM is only open to members; yearly membership fee ranges from $5 to $50. 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn.

Young Feminist HuiSaturday 2 Young Feminists Hui for highschool feminists of all genders. Workshops, speakers, resources. Contact the Facebook event page if you are interested in helping out on the day, 10am-4pm, Sir Paul Reeves building, WG, AUT city campus, Auckland city.

Sunday 3 Dyke Hike 11am. Whatipu Loop. We’ll walk in a loop through forest from the coast back up into the ranges, around to Mt Donald McLean and back down to Whatipu. Beautiful Waitakere bush, views from Mt Donald McLean and finishing up walking alongside and over a stream. Note: Kauri Die Back: this disease is killing Kauri in the Waitakere Ranges. To avoid spreading this disease please ensure all boots and walking poles are clean before entering any park or reserve and follow instructions for disinfecting boots on arrival at infected and at risk sites. For more information go to www.kauridieback.co.nz. 6 hours. Grade: Hard (boots required, tracks may be rough and difficult, steep hills possible. A reasonable level of fitness will help you to enjoy these hikes. If you are not an experienced hiker, we require you to complete two moderate hikes before you join us in a hike graded hard).  Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 3 Dykes on mics Open mic night for Lesbians – women only space. MC’d by Cissy Rock. 7pm start, cafe open earlier. Come along, have a go, be part of the magic. Koha at the door. Pizza/drinks/cake/coffee all available.

Tuesday 5 GALS presents The Street Requiem 7.30-10pm, Auckland Town Hall. In memory of all those who live on the margins of society, or have died nameless, homeless or innocent on streets around the globe. Visit GALS website or Facebook event page for details.

FA xmas dinnerWednesday 6 Auckland Feminist Action Christmas dinner, followed by some sneaky stickering. 7-9.30pm, Mutiara BYO Malaysian restaurant, 66 Ponsonby Rd. RSVP on the Facebook event page for booking numbers.

Sunday 10 Bonus extra Coffee & Stroll 10am, meet at Solar café*, 139 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island; 10.30am, a walk on the beach or around the shops, or both. Ferry departs Auckland 9am, Devonport 9.10am, or earlier. Buses meet every ferry & there is a stop outside the cafe. *Note, an additional transport cost to get to Waiheke, although AT Gold HOP cardholders, or blue HOP cardholders with the SuperGold or AT Senior Citizen ID concession loaded, travel for free all day on weekends (and public holidays). Fullers ferry & bus information is at www.fullers.co.nz/timetables-and-fares; for public transport info to downtown, download the timetable.

Sunday 10 Fifth Season Garden Group end-of-year BBQ, verandah of historic St Mark’s Parish Centre. 95 Remuera Rd, Remuera. 5pm mix and mingle with welcome drinks, dinner 6pm. $10 members at the door; non-members $15. Door prizes. BYO bottle. RSVP by 7 December to Wendy Wilson, 027 548 3510.

Sunday 17 Coffee & Stroll (details to be confirmed). 10am, meet for coffee at The Tannery, 44b Portage Rd, New Lynn; 10.30am, a stroll in Olympic Park (one of Auckland Council’s Premier Parks). Followed by an optional end-of-year shared lunch in Blockhouse Bay.


Kohitātea / January

Sunday 21 Coffee & Stroll 10am, meet at Café Miko, Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Rd, Manurewa; 10.30am, a stroll around the Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition.

Huitānguru / February

Friday 2-Sunday 18 Auckland Pride Festival Keep up-to-date with events on Facebook and the website.

Saturday 17 Auckland Pride Parade

Sunday 18 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee at The Tearooms at Shamrock Cottage (historic building), 73 Selwyn Rd, Cockle Bay; 10.30am, a  stroll on Howick Beach (tide permitting) and/or along Marine Parade – clifftop with views.

heather-1976Friday 23 – Saturday 24 February This Joyous Chaotic Place, an exhibition about former Auckland-based poet Heather McPherson, a co-founder of the feminist publishing imprint Spiral, and her peers, will open at the kaupapa Māori gallery Mokopōpaki, 454 Karangahape Rd. Heather’s posthumous book, This Joyous Chaotic Place: Garden Poems, edited by Janet Charman and published by Spiral, will be launched. There will be continuous screenings of archival footage by Auckland Women’s Community Video, including 1980 readings and interviews with Māori writers JC Sturm and Keri Hulme and with Heather herself; artist Joanna Paul’s short films; and 1990s film of Heather talking with writer Cathie Dunsford. The exhibition will run for six weeks and is a women’s suffrage 125th anniversary event.

Poutūterangi / March

Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Friday 23, Saturday 24 Chop Chop Hiyaaa! Anika Moa’s “terrifically cheeky, wonderfully naughty and magical ” show for tamariki. 11am & 4pm each day. Visit website for details. Tickets $10 GA, $29 family.

Friday 16-Saturday 17 Love Me As I Am A celebration of the life and music of one of our great musicians, Mahinārangi Tocker. She wrote over 1,000 songs exploring identity and aroha which form a deeply compelling narrative of her own life experiences. Mahinārangi was a champion for Māori music, gay rights and mental illness. Artists include Anika Moa, Annie Crummer, Shona Laing and Charlotte Yates. 8pm, Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall. Tickets from $39-79 pp, $294-474 for table of 6. Visit Facebook event page and Auckland Arts Festival website.

Waikato/Central North Island/Hawkes Bay

Saturdays Rainbow Warriors women’s softball team play in the local league at Resthills Park in Glenview, either at 1pm or 3pm, depending on the draw. Check their Facebook page.

Thursdays Social dodgeball for 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.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Thursday 2 LSG drinks, 5.30-8.30pm, The Helm Bar and Kitchen, 22 Ulster St, Hamilton in the Garden Bar. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 4 Pink Drinks and Performing Arts Night, with the Glow Singers among other performers. 5-7pm, Nivara Lounge, Victoria St.

Sunday 19 Lesbian Social Group Gourmet in the Hamilton Gardens Bring a deck chair or rug and enjoy the wide variety of food available, or your own picnic on the Rhododendron Lawn. From 4.30pm; look for the rainbow flag.

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Manawatu

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.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Sunday 5 LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington 1-2.30pm. A 90-minute walk tour of the inner city. Most is on the flat using accessible public footpaths. Learn about activism and homosexual law reform, homosexuality being used as a political weapon, LGBTI rainbow personalities and famous artists, early social meeting places. Starts outside the City Gallery, Civic Square, ends Midland Park, Lambton Quay. Free, no booking required. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Friday 10 RW Drinks 5-7pm, Bad Grannies, corner Cuba and Vivian Sts. Hosted by Rainbow Wellington, everyone welcome. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 11 Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Star Walk fundraiser, Frank Kitts Park, Wellington waterfront: 5km (7.15pm start) and 10km (6.30pm start) distances. Fees vary by distance; earlybird registration available before September 1. Visit website for details and to register.

Sunday 12 Book launch: These Two Hands: A memoir, by Renée, part of Playmarket’s ‘Accolades’ event. 3pm, Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Tce, central Wellington. Visit website for details and to RSVP. Celebrate the sassy life-story of an 88 year-old NZ feminist lesbian novelist and playwright.

Wednesday 22 LILAC AGM 6.30pm, LILAC lounge, 2nd floor, 187 Willis St, central Wellington. The Annual report and associated papers on the website, along with previous years’. Visit ‘About LILAC’ on the website for more information about resources and services.

Monday 27 Launch of the book of the exhibition We don’t haveTorrington to be the building by Sian Torrington at the opening of the HELP fundraising exhibition, No Apologies. The collaborative exhibition told the personal stories of lesbian, bi-sexual, queer female bodied, trans* and female identified activists as a form of activism. The loose-leaf, poster-style book edition of 100 was designed by Jemma Cheer, and includes a commissioned essay by Ellie Lee-Duncan, written reflections and images from the process, and colour prints of the final works, which can be put on the wall. Sian will also show some original drawings from the project, and smaller drawings and sculptures, and speak with the other artists. The book is $40; and 60 are presold. 6.30pm, Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, city. See the Facebook event page.

Hakihea / December

Friday 1 ‘A comedy show with good comedians in it’ 8-10pm, The Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $14 Eventfinda, $20 on the door. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Friday 8 RW Drinks 5-7pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Hosted by Rainbow Wellington, everyone welcome. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 9 Naked Girls Reading – the crime & punishment edition 8-11pm, The Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $20 Eventfinda, $25 on door, $30 VIP. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 9 Rainbow Wellington End-of-year Dinner The Big Elephant Thai restaurant, 58 Cambridge Tce (corner Vivian and Cambridge), Wellington city. Pre-dinner drinks from 7pm, meal from 7.15pm, price includes BYO wine or bar available. $40 members/non-members $50. See the website.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October 2018

The Host Rōpū of Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, Tīwhanawhana Trust and RainbowYOUTH invite you to attend the next ILGA World Conference in Wellington, October 22-26 2018. Visit the website and the Facebook event page for information, including pre-registration.

Nelson area/Whakatū

The Lesbian Connection (TLC) sends a monthly email of events in the area, Nelson and Motueka in particular. Contact tlconnection.link@gmail.com to go on the mailing list or for more details of any events.

There’s currently no-one co-ordinating activities for Nelson potluck dinners or brunches. Walking group is still happening now and then; keep an eye on Facebook for details. And there is a Motueka brunch once a month. Do contact TLC if you can help with regular – or one-off – events.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Sunday 12 Motueka brunch from 11am, The Smoking Barrel, 105 High St, Port Motueka.

Christchurch/Ōtautahi, Canterbury/Waitaha and West Coast/Te Tai Hauāuru

The Christchurch Women’s Centre keeps a diary of events in Christchurch and elsewhere on their Lesbian 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.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Sunday 12 Kahukura Pounamu Whānau Day 1-5pm, a whānau social event for Takatāpui and their whānau before the next major hui. Please bring a plate of kai to share, and your own non-alcoholic drinks (alcohol-free event). Venue details will be sent to you when you register: visit Facebook event page for details.

NGR chch novThursday 16 Naked Girls Reading: The sci-fi edition Tickets $20 from Eventfinda or $25 on the door, 7.30-11.30pm, Exchange, 376 Wilsons Rd North, Christchurch, see the Facebook event page. Fetish Ball DodgyRope

Saturday 18 Christchurch Fetish Ball 2017 – Sensual  Overload Acts confirmed so far include Cherry Buttonz (Australia), Zylah (Auckland), Domania Duo (NZ), the Magenta Diamond (Wellington), DodgyRope (right) and UncommonBonds (Christchurch) with DJ Forge. See details and book tickets on the website.

Sunday 19 Lambda Lattes Walk the hilly Zig Zag Track. Meet opposite 7 Nayland St, Sumner for a prompt 10am departure. Near the bottom the track splits in two; take the left branch. Phone Devon on 926 5692.

Hakihea / December

Sunday 3 Hui Te Rā Whakatinana (2nd hui) 9.30am-5pm. A second one-day event for takatāpui – Māori with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, or sex characteristics. At our first hui on 30 September, Te Rā Tūhura, we agreed to run a second hui event for takatāpui to make decisions about a possible network. Venue details will be sent to you when you register: visit Facebook event page for details.


Huitānguru / February

Friday 2-Sunday 4 Womyn’s Summer Camp Reunion Remember those summer camps in the 1980s around Christchurch – Waipara, Staveley, Loburn? A reunion at Geraldine South Canterbury. Catch up with old friends, rebuild our sense of community at a different stage of our lives. Bring your photos, videos, memories, songs …

Contact torfrida@snap.net.nz or text/call 021 107 3937 or 03 382 0580 for details and to be invited to join the private event.

Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Kiri-Mitchell-ReconfigureTo Monday 6 Re-Configure – an art exhibition revisiting Mariam Shapiro and Judy Chicago’s groundbreaking Woman House, 46 years ago, which tackled art as installation, craft as art, feminism and the lack of gallery representation for female artists. Dunedin artists Shelley McConaughy, Kiri Mitchell, Sarah Baird, Megan Brady, Francine Keech, and Michele Beevors address these issues and note that the ratio of female to male students at Dunedin School of Art has been 85-15 over the last 15 years. 20 Atkinson St, South Dunedin, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. See the webpage.

Friday 3-Thursday 16 “A cure for restlessness” exhibition of paintings and drawings by Becky Cameron Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Pl, central Dunedin. Drawings made on my walk down the length of the South Island contrast with works made on my return to Dunedin. Two ways of being in the world: moving through it, gathering fleeting impressions; or staying put and looking for beauty in the familiar. Opening Friday 3, 5pm. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

DunWildWomenOctSaturday 4 Wild Women Walk from Brighton Beach to Bruce’s Rocks & return For details, and to advise whether you need or can offer transport, contact Ann Charlotte: 022 133 9529 or acharlotte10@gmail.com. Pictured is the October walk with 15 women to Papanui Inlet, where archaeologist Shar Briden talked about her discovery of waka and other artefacts dating to the 1500s (see the News page). Photos by Audrey Heyzer.DunWildWomenOct4

Hakihea / December

Saturday 2 Wild Women Walk Organ Pipes For details, and to advise whether you need or can offer transport, contact Ann Charlotte: 022 133 9529 or acharlotte10@gmail.com.


October 3-December 1 Peggy Seeger’s ‘First Time Ever Tour’ To coincide with the publication of her memoir, The First Time Ever  and accompanying CD, singer songwriter and feminist icon Peggy Seeger takes to the road for a 20-date UK concert and literary festival tour. Details on Facebook Tour Dates page.

November 3-5 DIVA Literary Festival & Awards Birmingham, England. “Celebrating the best of lesbian/bi women’s literature” Visit website and Facebook event page for details, programme, author information and bookings.


September 13-16 Ohio Lesbian Music Festival Visit the website and Facebook page for information about the 2017 festival and details for 2018.

2 thoughts on “Dyke Diary”

  1. Feb 14th Also – Pirate City Rollers Vs Vagine Regime (Queer Rollerderby team) – PItt St YMCA – Tickets from Undertheradar.co.nz.


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