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 & Support page. Information is organised by region (national events first, then north to south, then overseas), then by date.

National events
Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau
Waikato/Central North Island
Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Nelson area/Whakatū
Christchurch/Ōtautahi
Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka
Overseas/Rāwāhi

National events

Takatāpui health survey

hpa-survey-posterA national survey is gathering responses about takatāpui health with a target of 600 by August 31. The Honour Project Aotearoa is led by Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, and Alison Green, Chief Executive of national health promotion organisation Te Whāriki Takapou. Take the survey on Te Kotahi and Te Whāriki Takapou websites; email Leonie on rangahau@waikato.ac.nz and Alison on tewhariki@tewhariki.org.nz.

Haratua / May

Saturday 5 National day of action for pay equity – Mana Taurite Join with educators and other women workers calling on the Government to do the right thing by funding pay equity.

Events are planned in Wellington, Auckland, and at least 11 other centres: Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Hastings, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Taihape, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin. Visit the NZEI website for details and update.

Pink Shirt Day rainbowFriday 18 Pink Shirt Day, a global day celebrating diversity and creating environments where all people can feel safe, valued and respected. It takes a stand against bullying and aiming to spread kindness. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation with support from the Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA), Auckland District Health Board Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP), Youthline, Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust, Emerge Aotearoa, the Human Rights Commission and Bullying-Free NZ Week. See the website.

Pipiri / June

2018 WSA ConfSaturday 30 Deadline for proposals for papers, workshops, posters, panels, performances and art exhibitions from activists, community workers and academics for the WSA(NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wahine Conference 2018 Feminist engagements in Aotearoa: 125 years of suffrage and beyond at Victoria University of Wellington, 21-23 September 2018. See full details of how to submit proposals here. Registration will be available from July. Details on the WSA website and the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies website.

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau

Sundays till June 24, Salsa for Lesbians, 6.30-8pm. Auckland Women’s Centre, Unit 6/4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn. You don’t have to attend every week, come casually and just try it out, you might LOVE it!
Koha will be appreciated. Contact Susanna for more info: 021 2609 145. Communication by “WhatsApp” preferred.

Paenga-whāwhā / April

April 1 – May 13 Imogen Taylor exhibits modernist art with Vita Cochran and Isobel Thom in Pocket Histories. Imogen developed the exhibition with curator Ioana Gordon-Smith as part of Imogen’s McCahon House post-residency exhibition. Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Rd.

Heather McPherson

To Saturday 14 This Joyous Chaotic Place, an exhibition about former Auckland-based poet Heather McPherson, pictured as drawn by Allie Eagle, a co-founder of the feminist publishing imprint Spiral, and her peers, will open from 6-8pm at the kaupapa Māori gallery Mokopōpaki, 454 Karangahape Rd. There will be continuous screenings in the gallery window 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 runs for six weeks and is a Women’s Suffrage 125th anniversary event. The gallery is open from 11am–5pm Wednesdays to Fridays, and 11am–3pm Saturdays or by appointment. Email umere@mokopopaki.co.nz or see the website or the Facebook page.

dykehikesprofileSunday 1 Dyke Hike 11am. Duder Regional Park. We’ll take the Farm Loop and Sustainable Trail out to Whakakaiwhara point where there is a Pa site, and come back along the north edge of the Farm Loop. This park has good views over mainly open farmland. Meet at the Duder regional Park carpark. 3 – 3.5 hours. Grade: Easy (okay in strong walking shoes, not many hills, good tracks) to moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Lick Auckland AprilSaturday 7 Lick Auckland Glazed & Confused Five-year anniversary with free donuts (in a donut wall) and free cookies, hip hop and party jams, R&B, and disco remixes. 10pm-3am, Neck of the Woods, 155B Karangahape Rd, $10 before 11pm, $15 after. See the Lick Auckland Facebook page, join the Lick Auckland Facebook group for invitations.

MakeRockGreatAgainMonday 9 Make Rock Great Again tour Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow. Trusts Arena.

Visit Facebook event page for information on tickets & time.

Wednesday 11 Guest speaker Cathie Powell – Sex Educator M Ed Social Activist – speaking on ‘Pleasure as a Human Right: Sensuality, sex and succulence’.

Sunday 15 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet at Sheinkin Café, 3 Lorne St, central Auckland. 10.30am, a ‘Big Hoot’ stroll: check out up to 10 large owl sculptures between Aotea Square, Albert Park, down to Fort St. Plus bonus 3 smaller owls (‘Little Hoot’) in the central library. If you download the app, you’ll be able to add these to your Found list. Not dog-unfriendly, but mostly on inner city streets, not grass.

Sunday 15 Fifth Season Garden Group visits Ray King’s eclectic and quirky garden at 25 Tauhinu Rd, Greenhithe. Meet there 2pm, bring something for afternoon tea. Phone Wendy Wilson, 027 548 3510 or wendyirenewilson@gmail.com

Katie SuttonTuesday 17 Katie Sutton talks on Trans photography in German sexology and Weimar sexual subcultures, a Hidden perspectives: Bringing the arts out of the closet and Gender Studies seminar. Katie, left, from the Australian National University in Canberra, compares the ethics of photographs of “transvestism” by early 20th-century German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld with photographs published in the interwar subcultural magazine Das 3 Geschlecht (the third sex). All welcome. 4pm, Room 201, Arts 1, University of Auckland building 206, behind the corner of Symonds St and Grafton Rd. See a campus map here.

Ak Pun BattleFriday 20 Auckland Pun Battle Championship semi-final #1 Punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off. MC’d and organised by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl, 8-10pm, Encore, 258 Karangahape Rd, tickets $15 with the promo code LESBIANNEWS on Eventfinder, otherwise $25.

WantokSaturday 21 Wantok exhibition opening and panel discussion Melanesian artists living in Australia and Aotearoa (Dulcie Stewart, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Luisa Tora, Salote Tawale, Torika Bolatagici and Tufala Meri) present de-colonialised views of beauty and mana, curated by Luisa Tora using the lenses of spirituality, symbolism and rites of passage associated with hair in Melanesian cultures. Opening from 10.30am followed by a panel discussion with Luisa Tora and artists facilitated by Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo from 12-1.30pm. Exhibition runs from Saturday 21 to Saturday May 26, Mangere Arts Centre/Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, cnr Bader Dr and Orly Ave, Mangere. See the exhibition Facebook page. Photo: Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Post-Plantation, 2017.

Saturday 21 Auckland Pun Battle Championship semi-final #2 Punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off. MC’d and organised by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl, 8-10pm, Encore, 258 Karangahape Rd, tickets $15 with the promo code LESBIANNEWS on Eventfinder, otherwise $25.

Tof EklundThursday 26 Gender Games – Transgender and non-binary characters in videogames Tof Eklund of AUT talks about mass games and the growing queer games movement, where gender is never taken for granted, and the existence of the ‘normal’is called into question. Free seminar organised by Hidden Perspectives: Bringing the arts out of the closet at the University of Auckland. 12 noon-1pm, Pat Hana n Rm, Cultures, languages and linguistics (CLL) building 207, corner of Symonds St and Grafton Rd. Bring your lunch, coffee and tea provided. See the HP website and Facebook page.

Friday 27 – Saturday May 26 Imogen Taylor and Diena Georgetti exhibition, Stolen Leopard, preview 6-8pm, Michael Lett Gallery, 312 Karangahape Rd, corner of East St.

Ak Pun BattleSaturday 28 Auckland Pun Battle Championship final Punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off for a $1,300 prize. MC’d and organised by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl, 8-10pm, Encore, 258 Karangahape Rd, $20 earlybird or $25.

Haratua / May

Thursday 3 Annual Queer Quads at University of Auckland Queer Quadscampuses, celebrating Rainbow communities across the university with free home baking. 12-2pm. Arts quad stall organised by Hidden Perspectives: Bringing the arts out of the closet.

UrzilaCarlsonLoserFriday 4-Saturday 5 Urzila Carlson presents ‘Loser’ (International Comedy Fest). 8.30pm both nights, Skycity Theatre, tickets $30/$35. Visit website for details and to book.

dykehikesprofileSunday 6 Dyke Hike 11am. Tanekaha Forest track, Brynderwyns. This is a newly developed walk through public and private land. The track goes through regenerating forest with kanuka and tanekaha as well as mixed broadleaf and podocarp forest in parts. There are great views from the top and a swing bridge to cross. Meet at the access point just off King Road. King Road is off Cove Road, on the right hand side coming from Langs Beach and just past the Mangawhai Heads turnoff. Meet at the access point which is from 3km up King Road via an unsealed road on the right just beyond the second bridge. 5-6 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 6 The Breaker Upperers – Feminist Film Night, fundraiser for Auckland Women’s Centre. 7.45-9.45pm, The Lido Cinema, 427 Manukau Rd, Epsom. Details on the Facebook event page; tickets $20 from Eventfinda.

Saturday 12-Saturday 26 Popcorn play by Ben Elton, directed by Suzy Sampson. Includes lesbian character Karla. The Rose Theatre, Rose Centre, School Rd, Belmont. Performances 8pm, Wednesday to Saturday, plus 4pm Sunday matinees. Go to theatre website for details and iTicket for tickets.

Sunday 20 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet at Clevedon Farmers Market, Monument Road (Gate 6, The Munro Entrance). There are many and varied food outlets; we’ll have a table, if possible, in the central green in front of the coffee stall, or picnic blanket if we are not quick enough. 10.30am, we’ll drive to Duder Regional Park, 889 North Rd, Whitford; approx. 10 minutes). This is a no dog area, as it’s a working farm. It’s also home to kauri, so we need to wash and brush footwear on the way in and the way out. There is a flat walk to and around the coast, and a steeper walk up the hill – your choice!AWC meetoo forum

Tues 29 #metoo Forum organised by the Auckland Women’s Centre, with Huhana Hickey, Mengzhu Fu of Shakti Youth, Alison Mau and MP Jan Logie. All genders welcome. 7-9pm, Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Gt North Rd, Western Springs, sliding scale $1-$20. See the Facebook event page.

Pipiri / June

topp_twinsSaturday 2 Topp Twins 60th birthday celebration concert ASB Waterfront Theatre, $75, limited seats. Book through the theatre website or call 0800 ATCTIX (no booking charges).

dykehikesprofileSunday 3 Dyke Hike 11am. Kaipatiki Explorer. This walk goes through a variety of parks, urban streets and reserves on the North Shore. It begins at Smiths Bush, at the cricket clubrooms off Northcote Road. We will relocate some cars to the end of the walk at the end of Rawene Rd before we start as this is not a loop walk. 3-4 hours. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed). Meet at Smiths Bush. Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 17 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

Hōngongoi / July

dykehikesprofileSunday 1 Dyke Hike 11am. Okura Bush Walkway to Dacre Cottage. This walk goes along the estuary through bush on a well made path to Dacre Cottage. Meet at the carpark at the end of Haigh Access Road. 3 hours. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed) to easy (okay in strong walking shoes, not many hills, good tracks). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 15 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

dykehikesprofileSunday 5 Dyke Hike 11am. Oakley Creek/Mt Albert. This urban walk starts at Harbutt Reserve. We’ll explore the changes around Oakley Creek and the Waterview interchange as well as the lush streets of the area taking us up Mt Albert for good views and a bit of cardio. Meet at Harbutt Reserve at the end of Harbutt Ave, Mt Albert. 3- 4 hours. Grade: Easy (okay in strong walking shoes, not many hills, good tracks) to moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 19 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

Mahuru / September

dykehikesprofileSunday 2 Dyke Hike 11am. Rangitoto Island. We’ll take the ferry over to this rocky volcanic island. The island is covered in mainly pohutukawa with a some great kidney and other ferns. Astelia and other epiphytes grow out of the rocks rather than in the trees, making this forest very different. The walk up to the summit is worth is for great views of the surrounding harbour and city. Bring all the water and food that you need as there is none on the island. Meet at the ferry terminal in time to buy your ticket and catch the 10.30am ferry. 3hrs. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 16 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

dykehikesprofileSunday 7 Dyke Hike 11am. Tapapakanga. We will zig zag through this coastal reserve south of Clevedon, and wander along the beach for part of the hike. Meet at the carpark in the middle of Tapapakanga. The Park is at the end of Deery Road. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 21 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

dykehikesprofileSunday 4 Dyke Hike 11am. Atuanui/Mt Auckland walkway, north of Helensville. Lush bush with great views at the summit. There are large kauri and rimu growing here. Mt Auckland is about 70kms north-west of the Auckland CBD. The track is signposted 3km down Glorit-Kaipara Hills Rd, off Kaipara Coast Highway (SH 16). Meet at the start of the track. 3hrs. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed) to 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 18 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

Hakihea / December

dykehikesprofileSunday 2 Dyke Hike 11am. North Shore Ramble. This hike will go from the Birkenhead War Memorial Park to Manuka Reserve. We will relocate some cars to the end of the walk, before we begin, as this is not a loop walk. This walk takes us through a range of reserves and parks linked by urban streets. Meet at the end of Mahara Rd which is off the Highbury Bypass. 4-5 hours. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed) to Hard as it’s a longer hike (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 16 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

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.

First Saturday of the month: Pink Drinks hosted by Hamilton Pride Aotearoa. From 6.30pm, Cook Street Social, 7 Cook St. Go to Facebook event page for dates & details.

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.

Paenga-whāwhā / April

Saturday 7 Pink Drinks at the Cook Street Social, 7 Cook St from 5.30. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 7 Hide and Sleek (or Leather and Lace ) dance with live entertainment and singing by Lee Page. Wear your best leather/lace gear and boogie. 9pm at the Next Door bar in Frankton. $30 includes complimentary drinks.

Monday 9 Make Rock Great Again tour Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow. Claudelands arena. Visit Facebook event page for information on tickets & time.

Saturday 14 Lesbian Social Group walk/run around the lake. Bring your fur baby and have some fun. Meet at the Yacht Club 9am, and finishe with coffee/breakfast/brunch/lunch at the Verandah Cafe.LSG dance

Saturday 28 Lesbian Social Group dance with singer Lee Page, DJ Rosie and quick-fire raffles. 7pm-midnight, Two Birds Eatery, Clyde St Shopping Centre, $10.

Whiringa-ā-Rangi / November

ToppsSaturday 10 – Sunday February 10, 2019 The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand Waikato Museum

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.

Paenga-whāwhā / April

‘The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, National Library, corner Molesworth & Aitken Sts, ground floor. Free. See website for more information.

Sunday 8 Lesbian Overlanders walk Hemi Matenga, Waikanae A 1.5hr uphill climb to the lookout or a 45m loop walk, starting at the Relish Cafe, 12 Elizabeth St at 10.15am. Catch the 9.15am train from Wellington. Check the Hemi Matenga Memorial Park Scenic Reserve brochure. Phone Sylvia 027 295 4020 or Mary 027 626 1271 to confirm or for info.

Sunday 8 DANSS lessons in same-sex classical Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue dances.  No partner needed, upstairs at Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts. Beginners: Samba/Waltz, 7-8pm; Intermediate: Gypsy Tap, 8-9pm. See the website, email DANSSNZ@outlook.com or join the Facebook group.

Monday 9 Make Rock Great Again tour Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow. TSB bank arena. Visit Facebook event page.

Sunday 15 DANSS lessons in same-sex classical Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue dances.  No partner needed, upstairs at Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts. Beginners: Rumba/Cha Cha Cha, 7-8pm; Intermediate: Swing Waltz/Lucille Waltz, 8-9pm. See the website, email DANSSNZ@outlook.com or join the Facebook group.

Tuesday 17 Rainbow Wellington AGM open to members only; to renew membership email RWmembership@gmail.com. Nominees for the board must be RW members and be nominated by two other members. Send nominations and indications of general business to the secretary at rainbowwellington@gmail.com. 6pm, Committee Rm 1, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield St, city.

Friday 20-Monday 23 Shift Youth Hui, Horouta Marae, Porirua. A workshop based hui for young people (15-20 years) of minority sexualities, genders, and sex characteristics run by InsideOUT; places for 50 attendees plus 50 volunteers. Applications open to March 9; visit website and application form for more information.

Sunday 22 DANSS lessons in same-sex classical Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue dances.  No partner needed, upstairs at Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts. Beginners: Tango, 7-8pm; Intermediate: Tango Terrific/La Bomba, 8-9pm. See the website, email DANSSNZ@outlook.com or join the Facebook group.

Thursday 26 Male Tears: A Poetry Show We are the hysterical feminists the internet warned you about. We drink male tears with our morning coffee. We don’t care about your feelings. A night of poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Prepare for hilarious and biting commentary on girlhood and LGBTQIA resistance. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

Cool Story Bro

Friday 27 Cool Story Bro! Stand-up comedy that’s funny ’cause it’s true, hosted by drag king Hugo Grrrl. Some of Wellington’s funniest people  confess their most bafflingly stupid decisions, sexual misadventures and close calls. $16 presold, $20 at the door. 8pm, the Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets from EventFinda. See the event Facebook page.

Sunday 29 DANSS lessons in same-sex classical Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue dances.  No partner needed, upstairs at Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts. Beginners: Revision, 7-8pm; Intermediate: Revision, 8-9pm. See the website, email DANSSNZ@outlook.com or join the Facebook group.

Haratua / May

Tuesday 8 Movie Fundraiser for Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust The Breaker Upperers, 5.30-8.30pm. Tickets $25 via Facebook event page.

Tuesday 8-Sunday 13 (6 shows) Urzila Carlson presents ‘Loser’ (International Comedy Fest). 8.30pm each night, Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre), tickets $30/$35. Visit website for details and to book.

Thursday 10 ‘Feisty Feckin’ Fulltime Feminists’ performance Celebrating New Zealand Music Month and Suffrage 125 with the singing stars and protest songs of the 1970s and 1980s women’s movement.

12 midday-1pm, He Tohu, National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon. Visit Facebook event page for details of performers and updates.

~Saturday 12 DANSS Wellington Dancesport Competition. Day, venue and registration to be confirmed. Email DANSS NZ, danssnz@outlook.com  or see http://www.danss.org.nz/ for details.

P Nth Pun BattleSaturday May 12 Palmerston North Pun Battle Semi-final 1 See the city’s wordiest nerds and biggest pun-ks, punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off. $1,300 cash prize. Hosted by Wellington-based drag king Hugo Grrrl. $18/$24, 8pm, Royal Hotel, 44 Rangitikei St, Palmerston North. See the Facebook event page.

Sunday 13 Rainbow Wellington and Wairarapa Waiguys Lunch RSVP by Friday 4. Non-drinking drivers willing to provide transport please email  rainbowwellingtonevents@gmail.com 11am-5pm, The Vineyard Cafe, Martinborough.

Wtn Les Radio filmThursday 17 Wellington Lesbian Radio fundraising screening of  The Breaker Upperers, by Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek. See a preview at https://youtu.be/-phMlkRiWIg. 6pm, The Lighthouse, Cuba St. Email les.radio.welly@gmail.com for tickets, $25 waged, $20 unwaged, includes a sweet treat on the night. Numbers are limited so get in quick.

Thursday 24 Male Tears: A Poetry Show Poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

Pipiri / June

Friday 8 A comedy show with good comedians in it! Hosted by drag king Hugo Grrrl. 8pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $15/$20. See the Facebook event page.

Thursday 28 Male Tears: A Poetry Show Poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

Hōngongoi / July

P Nth Pun BattleSaturday 21 Palmerston North Pun Battle Semi-final 2 See the city’s wordiest nerds and biggest pun-ks, punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off. $1,300 cash prize. Hosted by Wellington-based drag king Hugo Grrrl. $18/$24, 8pm, Royal Hotel, 44 Rangitikei St, Palmerston North. See the Facebook event page.

Thursday 26 Male Tears: A Poetry Show Poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page. Menagerie Variety Hugo Grrrl

Saturday July 28 Menagerie Variety Show Like the Royal Variety Performance but a lot younger, weirder and heaps more kiwi, with acrobatics, circus, comedy, dance, music, magic, burlesque, drag, poetry and more. Featuring drag king Hugo Grrrl with Eve Envy, right. Pix by Paradox Photography NZ. 8pm, Wellington Opera House, 111 Manners St, Wellington city. Tickets $45-$75 from Ticketmaster. See the Facebook event page.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

Wtn comedy show JuneFriday 10 A comedy show with good comedians in it! All-women line-up, hosted by drag king Hugo Grrrl. 8pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $15/$20. See the Facebook event page.

Thursday 30 Male Tears: A Poetry Show Poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

Mahuru / September

Friday 21-Sunday 23 Women’s Studies Association / Pae Akoranga Wāhine conference: Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa: 125 Years of Suffrage and beyond Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington/Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui Rutherford House, Victoria University Pipitea Campus, central Wellington. Details on website.

Male tearsThursday 27 Male Tears: A Poetry Show Poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 15 Palmerston North Pun Battle Semi-final 2 See the city’s wordiest nerds and biggest pun-ks, punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off. $1,300 cash prize. Hosted by Wellington-based drag king Hugo Grrrl. $18/$24, 8pm, Royal Hotel, 44 Rangitikei St, Palmerston North. See the Facebook event page.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

Thursday 18 Male Tears: A Poetry Show We are the hysterical feminists the internet warned you about. We drink male tears with our morning coffee.We don’t care about your feelings. A night of poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Prepare for hilarious and biting commentary on girlhood and LGBTQIA resistance. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Friday 9 A comedy show with good comedians in it! Hosted by drag king  Hugo Grrrl. 8pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $15/$20. See the Facebook event page.

Thursday 29 Male Tears: A Poetry Show Poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

2019 Poutūterangi / March

The Host Rōpū of Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, Tīwhanawhana Trust and RainbowYOUTH invite you to attend the next ILGA World Conference in Wellington, March 18-22. Visit the website for information, including pre-registration.

2019 Pipiri / June

ToppsThursday 11 – Sunday June 16, 2019 The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand Expressions, Upper Hutt.

Nelson area/Whakatū

The Tasman 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. Do contact TLC if you can help with regular – or one-off – events.

Paengawhāwhā / April

Friday 13/Saturday 14 Tramp to Mt Arthur Hut (day trip & overnight options). Walk from Flora carpark. Overnight option: 1.5hr walk on a good track to the hut (4.2km). Stay overnight and share dinner. Next day 3hr walk above snow line towards summit (5km) and back to carpark. First part of summit track is relatively easy, last part more of a tramping track. No pressure to get to the top! Day trip option: Join the group at the hut on the Sat and carry on to the summit before returning to the carpark. RSVP (tlconnection.link@gmail.com) for more details and to arrange car pooling, hut bookings, etc.

Saturday 21 Pot luck dinner, Motueka from 6.30pm. Bring food to share and whatever you want to drink. Contact tlconnection.link@gmail.com for details.

Sunday 22 Brunch, Motueka from 11am. Elevation Cafe, High St.

Saturday 28 Chartered fishing trip, Marlborough Sounds, 8am-5pm. Leaving from Havelock. Contact tlconnection.link@gmail.com for details.

Haratua / May

Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 Great Taste Bike Trail – Nelson to Mapua (or vice versa). 35km, includes Rabbit Island and ferry crossing at Mapua. Carpool options. Contact tlconnection.link@gmail.com for details.

Sunday 27 Walk & brunch, Motueka from 10.30am if you’re walking, or 11am at the café. Meet at Community Gardens at 10.15am for a 30 min walk to TOAD Hall, Lower High St for brunch, then walk along the inlet the rest of the way round back to your car (about 1hr total walk). Or walk back the way you came if you’re short on time. Dogs allowed at TOAD Hall on a leash. A table will be reserved for us in the name of TLC. First come first served.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

Nelson Pun BattleThursday 23 – Saturday 25 Nelson Pun Battle Championships See Nelson’s smartest alecks, wordiest nerds and biggest pun-ks, punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off. $1,200 cash prize. Hosted by Wellington-based drag king Hugo Grrrl. $20/$25, 8-10pm, Ghost Light Theatre, 146 Bridge St, Nelson. See the Facebook event page. Tickets from EventFinda.

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 (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.

Paengawhāwhā / April

Sunday 29 Lambda Trampers walk the Tirimoana Walkway through farmland, bush patches, limestone gorges and seacoast. Meet at the corner of Peacock and Durham Sts for a prompt 9am departure. 10 per person for sharing a car. Contact Alan on 03 383 9222.

Haratua / May

Mondo FeticheSaturday 26 Mondo Fetiche, Christchurch Fetish Ball, with interactive shows throughout the night – Mistress Abby Normal & subs, Arth the Bondage Bear and Lady Disgrace, Dodgyrope, Cydonia, Strawberry Fairy, Uncommon Bonds, aerial, fire, hoop and fire hoop performers. DJs Danice (aka Disco Danice) and Therobsta. Giveaways, and nibbles. R18; no effort no entry. $35 presale tickets available from Peaches and Cream Colombo St, all Cosmic Corner stores, also online at Risque Events and Cosmic Ticketing. Phone 0274 354 536 or email wairewaglen@gmail.com 8pm, Halo Bar, 66B Wharenui Rd.

Mahuru / September

Friday 21-Sunday 23 Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) annual conference Hanmer Springs. ALMA was founded in 1999 for lesbian doctors, lesbian medical students and their partners. Conference information via the website.

Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

Paengawhāwhā / April

WWW Pride April2Saturday 7 Wild Women Walkers and interested Rainbow people and their children tramp the Pineapple Track. Meet near Ironic Cafe opposite the Farmers Market for 10am departure. If you need or can offer a ride, email Ann, acharlotte10@gmail.com or text 022 1339 529.WWW Pride April1

Saturday 7 – Saturday 14 Fāgogo Conversations around Pacific queer identity with Pati Solomona Tyrell’s extensive documentation of Fafswag Arts Collective. Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 16 Dowling St.

Dunedin PrideSunday 8 – 15 Dunedin Pride, including an art exhibition, women’s and gender-diverse art panel, poetry competition and readings, readers and writers evening, a screening of the docco Thin end of the wedge, picnic and childrens activities, closing party. Download the programme here and see the Facebook event page  Selected events follow.

Sunday 8 Art Exhibition Opening Drinks, nibbles and entertainment provided. 6pm, 23 Princes St. Exhibition runs until Sunday 15, open 10am-4pm.

Monday 9 Coming Out Stories Share your experiences or just listen to others. Nibbles, coffee & rainbow desserts, $5. 6-8pm, Blacks Rd Greengrocer & Cafe, 178 North Rd, NEV. Text Ann on 022 1339 529 or email acharlotte10@gmail.com.

Tuesday 10 Do It Yourself Babymaking What happens when lesbians ask gay men to donate sperm and be part of their children’s family networks? This talk by Dr Nicola Surtees of the University of Canterbury highlights some creative ways lesbians and gay men navigate conceiving and raising kids together. 5.45pm, Dunningham Suite, 4th floor Central Library.

Tuesday 10 The Queerest Quiz A free memorable night of fun, entertainment, questions and prizes. Register teams of 4-6 quizzers and your team name at proud@op.ac.nz 7pm, The Hub, Otago Polytechnic.

Wednesday 11 Pride Poetry Night Celebrating emerging and established queer poets, with guest poets Robyn Maree Pickens, Emer Lyons, and this year’s Robert Burns Fellow, Rhian Gallagher. Featuring the prize-giving ceremony for the inaugural Pride Poetry Competition. Winners will be invited to read their poems, with an open mike session for audience members. Spot prizes, free drinks and nibbles. Doors open 5.15pm for 5.30pm start, Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, Dunedin Central Library.

Thursday 12 Film screening: Thin end of the wedge: Homosexual Law Reform in Aotearoa New Zealand  A collection of archival news and event footage, talkback, and comment from those involved at the time. Jackie Hay from Ngā Taonga will introduce the programme. 7pm, Burns 2 Theatre, University of Otago. $15/$10 concession, tickets from eventfinda.co.nz. Door sales cash only.

Friday 13 Queer as…LGBTIAQ writers tell it how it is Mary Rillstone, Kyle Mewburn and Stevan Eldred-Grigg discuss their writing and read from recent works. MC is local poet and performer, Emer Lyons. 5.45pm, Dunningham Suite, 4th floor Central Library.

Saturday 14 Pride Picnic Family-friendly picnic with games, face painting, balloon twisting and more. BYO food. See the Dunedin Pride facebook page for weather advice. 11am – 2pm, Woodhaugh Gardens, near the BBQ and paddling pools.

Saturday 14 Pride Closing Party Good beats, saucy performance and craft beer. MC and performances by Sacrilege performers Jasper as Jake, Andrew Brinsley-Pirie as Andrew Woolf and Kat Kennedy as Maddie May. DJ’s Tyler Chokely, Jaimee Green and others. R18. 8.30pm-1am, New New New, 218 Crawford St, $15/$10 concession. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz. Limited cash only door sales.

Mahuru / September

Gay Ski Week QTSaturday 1 – Saturday 8 Gay Ski Week QT Parties, apres-ski, lake cruise, shared table dinners, film,  karaoke and comedy nights, pride cycle rides and hikes, heli-ski rides, adrenaline junky jet boat rides, white waterrafting, bungy and canyoning, charity drag ski race, dedicated pride areas in Cardrona and Remarkables bars and restaurants. See the website, and download the schedule here.

Overseas/Rāwāhi

April 3-7 Make Rock Great Again tour: Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow, 4 locations (Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney).

Visit Facebook event page for details of locations, tickets, etc.

April 11-13 Health in Difference 2018: Australia’s LGBTI Health Conference Sydney, Australia. Details on Facebook event page.

April 20 Topp Twins A 60th birthday, one-night-only celebration in Hackney, London, with a special introduction by former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark and free kiwi treats on arrival. Bookings on Hackney Empire website.

May 20-25 25th Norf’k Ailen Kantri Myuusik Festiwl/Norfolk Island Country Music Festival includes Topp Twins, Wednesday 23. Ticket and travel information on website.

June 8-17 Edmonton Pride Festival, Alberta, Canada. “A world proud of its LGBTQ2S+ communities”. Visit website for details of programme and events.

July 23-29 Kvinnorum (Women’s Room), radical feminist gathering Sweden. Organisation created by lesbian radical feminists; event for women who would like to develop their radical feminist analysis of the world around them, any woman who has an interest in radical feminism can attend. Programme in English. Visit website for details.

Paris GGAugust 4 – 12 Paris 2018 Gay Games 10, 36 sports events. See the website for details. Registration is €185 plus a fee for your sport.

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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