Dyke Diary

Rātaka takatāpui

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.

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

hpa-survey-posterTakatāpui health survey: A 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. Click here to complete the survey​​; email Leonie on rangahau@waikato.ac.nz and Alison on tewhariki@tewhariki.org.nz.

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau

Here-turi-kōkā / August

August 1 – October 31 Are we there yet? asks how far have New Zealand come since we gained the vote? Equal pay, reproductive rights, gendered violence, online trolling, legal rights and body image are all up for discussion. With photos of trailblazers and marches, posters and publications and a short-film directed by Gaylene Preston. Auckland Museum.

Friday 3 Sam RB at Nomad 5 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chev. 5.30-8.30pm. A mix of originals and covers.

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.

Wednesday 8 ALBA talk: Marine biologist Mary Sewell on improving the health of the oceans. Mary is a professor whose research on climate change and plastic pollution has gone from the Kermadecs to the Ross Sea in Antarctica. She will talk about what we can do to make a positive difference to the oceans. Garnet Station Tiny Theatre, from 5.30pm, talk starts at 6.30pm. Members free, non-members $10.

NGR AkThursday 9 Naked Girls Reading, hosted and organised by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl. 7.30pm, Caluzzi Cabaret, 461 Karangahape Rd, $20, tickets from www.eventfinda.co.nz. Details on the Facebook event page.

Saturday 11 Free highschool feminist leadership workshop for students involved or intending to start a feminist club. With former UN human rights lawyer and MP Golriz Ghahraman speaking on her feminist journey. Organised by the Auckland Women’s Centre, with lunch provided. 10am- 3pm, Betty Wark room, door 2, Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Fryberg Place, city. Follow our Facebook event link and register through Google forums for catering. If you have any questions, feel free to message Auckland Women’s Centre – Youth on Facebook or email us at youth@womenz.org.nz.

Zonta WA logoSaturday 18 Zonta West Auckland annual quiz, with lesbian quiz mistress and long-running lesbian teams. $10 + raffle and silent auction. Meals can be bought from 6pm, cash bar, BYO brain food. Prizes. Proceeds to Family Action whanau toa Refuge and Zonta West TPU Scholarship. 7–10pm, Pt. Chevalier Bowling Club, 25 Dignan St, Pt. Chevalier. To book, contact Christine Devitt, cldevitt@xtra.co.nz or phone 634 2962.

Sunday 19 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee at Ruby Red, 30B Coronation Rd, Mangere Bridge. 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll in Ambury Regional Park, off Kiwi Esplanade. Note, no dogs.

Saturday 21 Auckland Bolts roller derby vs Sulphur City Steam Rollers, the local team’s first NZ Top 10 Champs game of 2018. Doors open 5.30pm, game starts 6pm, Glenfield ActivZone, Glenfield. $5 cash on the door, under 12s free. See the Facebook event information.

Friday 31 Singer/songriter Sam RB plays Nomad 5 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chev. 5.30-8.30pm. A mix of originals and covers.

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.

Rainbow NZ Charitable Truts logoSunday 9 Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust (formerly GABA) fundraising dinner and auction with Helen Clark, MC Michele A’Court, auctioneer Michelle Maitland, and other rainbow entertainment. The event funds community grants, Pride Grants and national tertiary scholarships for LGBTI+ secondary students heading to university. 7-11pm, The Great Room, Cordis Auckland (formerly the Langham), Symonds St, city. Auction items – services, travel, accommodation, artworks, books, wine, hospitality or experiences – from $200 – $10,000 welcome; email info@rainbownzcharitabletrust.org.nz. An online silent auction app is available for out-of-town bids on the night. Limited tickets available for a VIP cocktail function with Helen from 5.30–6.30pm, including drinks and canapes. Three sponsorship levels, including an A-Reserve table of 10, VIP tickets and levels brand promotion; email chair@rainbownzcharitabletrust.org.nz. Earlybird single seats start from $175; $195 from August 6. Tickets available on the website.

ALBA dinnerWed 12 Auckland Lesbian Business Association AGM. New committee members wanted. 6.30pm, Garnet Station, Westmere.

Wednesday 12 Rainbow/LGBTQ+ communities and alcohol: Consultation meeting Hear the results of research about the alcohol and drinking in Rainbow communities; the research team is keen for feedback. Nibbles from 5.30pm, meeting from 6-7.30pm, Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. Register here.

Saturday 15 Auckland Lesbian Business Association dinner, cocktails and music night Three-course dinner at Cotto in K’ Rd, followed by music and cocktails at Anthology Lounge downstairs. $45 per person and cash bar. Numbers are limited; email alba@alba.org.nz or secure a booking by paying to aLBa’s account 38-9001-0685604-00.

Sunday 16 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee, Honey cafe, 12 Huron St, Takapuna. 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll to Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Dr, via Auburn Reserve walkway. Alternatively, Takapuna Sunday market, 42 Anzac St. Note, the walkway may be very muddy, so come prepared with suitable footwear, or $$ for the market.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

NGR AkThursday 4 Naked Girls Reading, hosted and organised by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl. 7.30pm, Caluzzi Cabaret, 461 Karangahape Rd, $20, tickets from www.eventfinda.co.nz. See the Facebook event page.

Sunday 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 at Rabbit café, 30 St Benedict’s St, Eden Terrace. 10.30am, stroll to and through Basque Park (entry via Exmouth St) and the surrounding inner city area: a close-up look at a varied, changed and changeable urban landscape – check out Timespanner’s article. Additional, or wet weather, option: Hard To Find Books, now located at 2-8 St Benedicts St. Notes: dogs on leash in park, café is vegetarian/vegan (the name is the clue).

Saturday 27 Pink Star Walk 4.15-9pm, Auckland Domain, fundraiser for breast cancer support.

Tickets $35-40. Go to Facebook event page for details and to buy tickets.

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.

Thursday 8 – Friday 9 Government and partners Rainbow Conference, working with partners to ‘move from tolerance to inclusion’. The joint government agency organising group is led by the NZ Police and Department of Corrections, and invites Rainbow groups and individuals to contribute presentations and sessions that ‘challenge agency thinking and help improve services’. The deadline for short abstracts (up to 600 words) of proposed presentations is 18 September, emailed to events@sdwevents.co.nz. Sessions will last 25 minutes including questions. Participants include the Human Rights Commission, Fire and Ambulance, Customs and other agencies. Registrations will open in September.

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.

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.

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.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

Friday 3 Lesbian Social Group go to Lady Killers, where Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynchand and Jackie Clarke make beautiful music. 7.30pm, Clarence St Theatre, 59 Clarence St, Hamilton. Tickets from Eventfinda.

Saturday 4 Lesbian Social Group meet for fish and chips and a stroll along the beach. Fresh air, exercise and great company. Meet at midday, Raglan Wharf, Raglan.

Saturday 18 Lesbian Social Club walk around Hamilton Lake. 10am, meet at the cafe followed by a lap or two. Bring fur babies if you wish. If wet, enjoy coffee/tea/hot chocolate and a bite to eat. Great chance to meet some lovely women.

Mahuru / September

HP weekSeptember 1 – 9 10th Hamilton Pride Festival 2018 For all events, see the Hamilton Pride Facebook events page.

Saturday 1 Pride preview Hear about what’s on and meet the organisers, plus local drag talent and singers, hosted by Hamie from Flat Out Pride. Free. 11am-1pm, Garden Place, city. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 1 Opening party 10’s 10’s 10’s across the board! All ages inclusive, hosted by Dakota. Starts 7pm, entertainment from 7.30pm. The Meteor, 1 Victoria St. See the Facebook event page.

HP tennisSunday 2 Queer and luscious lesbian movie night with Battle of the Sexes Movie drama about the 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs, as well as Billy Jean’s fight with homophobia in tennis. Free, organised by Lesbian Social Group. 7pm, Waikato Museum. See the Facebook event page.

Thursday 6 Queer Writers read things, a poetry and prose event open to all, organised by Shaynah Jackson. $5. 7-9pm, Nivara Lounge, Basement, 266 Victoria St. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 8 Lip Sync Competition and Dance Party for all who identify as women Hosted by Waikato’s only queer softball team, Rainbow Warriors. $5/$2, 7pm, register at RBWs2018@outlook.com or on the night, numbers are limited. Waikato Commerce Club, 197 Collingwood St. See the Facebook event page.

HP suffrageSaturday 8 Suffrage 125 diverse genders and sexualities symposium with researchers, activists, artists, and community groups. 1-3pm, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, gate 2B, Knighton Rd. See the Facebook event page.

Sunday 9 Pride in the Park Family-friendly picnic day with WaQuY’s ‘Trash 2 Fashion’ wearable arts/fashion show competition and catwalk, face painting, bake sale, sausage sizzle and information stalls. Free. Claudelands. See the Facebook event page.

HP eco queerSunday 9 Go eco queer Make your own lube workshop, check out the world’s first compostable vibrator, other sex toys, enviromenstrual and eco queer Movement. Run by Jo Wrigley, an out lesbian candidate for the Green Party in 2017. Free. 3-5pm, 188 Commerce St. See the Facebook event page.

Friday 14 Lesbian Social Group dinner 6pm, Babaganush Turkish Restaurant and Cafe, 379-381 Grey St, email lsg@hamiltonpride.co.nz to book your spot.

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.

‘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.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

Snatch gameFriday 3 The Snatch Game: A celebrity impressions drag show hosted by Hugo Grrrl. $800 in prize money. Taking the piss out of Judge Judy, Julie Andrews, Michelle Obama, Paula Bennett, Ron Weasley, and Jacinda Ardern. The Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $18/$25 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

Circa WTF.jpgSaturday 4 August Ginette McDonald, Lorae Parry and Sue Wilson read stories by Katherine Mansfield. $20 including a glass of wine. 2pm, Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, city. See the Circa website for booking.

Monday 6 Rafiki Film Screening – NZIFF InsideOUT fundraising screening 6.15-7.40pm, Reading Cinemas, 100 Courtney Place. Tickets $20/$25 available online. See the Facebook event page.

Friday 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.

BWB Maori womenSunday 12 Wāhine Māori: Women who moved us A free afternoon of kōrero and waiata with Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango), Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), Matariki Williams (Tūhoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti), Helen Brown (Ngāi Tahu), Melissa Matutina Williams (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maru), Emma Frost (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri) and Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa). These historians, curators and archivists will celebrate the diverse history of mana wāhine, with a performance by musician Ria Hall. 2-4.15pm, Te Marae, Level Four, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, waterfront. All welcome, no RSVP needed. See the facebook event page or download a flier.

Saturday 18 Naked Girls Reading: The food edition Hosted and organised by resident drag king Hugo Grrrl. 8-10pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $20-$35 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 18 – September 15 Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl about Katherine Mansfield in London, by Lorae Parry, directed by Susan Wilson with Isobel MacKinnon as KM, and Jessica Robinson as Ida Baker and Virginia Woolf. Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, city, Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4.30pm. Tickets: $25–$52 from the Circa website or phone 04 801 7992.

Sunday 19 Wellington Feminist Poetry Club Sunday poetry workshop – Paradigm shifts, with Freya Daly Sadgrove. Bring bring a paragraph about a specific event or observation from your childhood/adolescence. Koha $5-$20. 1pm, the Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. See the Facebook event page.

Tuesday 21 Bloomsbury Women and the Wild Colonial Girl – a LILAC fundraiser at Circa 7.30pm, all tickets $45. By Lorae Parry from the words of Mansfield, Woolf & friends – A witty look at love, life and literature. Details including payment arrangements on LILAC website.

2019_ilga_world wtnFriday 24 ILGA World Conference launch Meet Helen Kennedy, ILGA Co-Secretary General, and Andre du Plessis, ILGA Executive Director, and hear from Tiwhanawhana Trust, Intersex NZ and Rainbow Youth about their plans for the conference on March 18-22, 2019. 5.30-7pm, National Library Molesworth St
RSVP to events@laganz.org.nz. See the LNA article, the conference website and the ILGA World website.

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

Monday 10 Rainbow/LGBTQ+ communities and alcohol: Consultation meeting Hear the results of research about the alcohol and drinking in Rainbow communities; the research team is keen for feedback. Nibbles from 5.30pm, meeting from 6-7.30pm, executive Suite, Massey University, Wallace Street, Mt Cook, Wellington. Register here.

Tuesday 18 Rainbow Wellington Pizza/Pasta three-course banquet Vegetarian options available, request when you book. Arrive 6.30pm, serving starts 7pm, Mediterranean Foods, 42 Constable St, Newtown. $40 for Rainbow Wellington members, $50 non-members, includes a glass of wine. Reserve places with an online payment to Rainbow Wellington, 03-0566-0164688-000; in Payee include your name and reference “Med Banquet”.

Wednesday 19 Carmel McGlone and Lorae Parry read from Bloomsbury women and the wild colonial girl. National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Sts, city.

Rocky Horror Drag showThursday 20 – Saturday 22 Rocky Horror Drag Show An an outrageously sinful, genderbent reinterpretation of a cult classic. Best dressed prizes. 8-10pm, the Fringe Bar, 26 Allen St. Tickets $20 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

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.

Wednesday 26-November 7 Expressive Life Drawing class with Sian Torrington. A six-week drawing adventure, 6-8pm, Vincent’s Art Studio, Willis St (no class Oct 10). $245, including all materials and model fees. See the class website and email Sian siantorrington@gmail.com.

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.

Friday 28 Wellington Pun Battle Championship heat 3, hosted by drag king Hugo Grrrl. 8pm, the Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, city. Tickets $18/$24 from Eventfinda, see the Facebook event page.

Sunday 30 Wellington Feminist Poetry Club Sunday poetry workshop – The green light, with Courtney Rose Brown – getting rid of that critical voice in your head and letting the creative one flow. Koha $5-$20. 2pm, the Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. See the Facebook event page.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

Saturday 19 Palmerston North women’s dine and dance An event in the Malgra Palmy Pride Month. If you enjoyed a women’s night at Malgra sometime over the last 41 years, or wish you had, this is a night for you. If you are interested in other women’s reunion possibilities over the weekend, or you want to come to the dinner, please email Jeankahui@hotmail.com to give an idea of numbers, a suitable venue and catering.

Saturday 13 Naked Girls Reading: The occult edition Hosted and organised by resident drag king Hugo Grrrl. 8-10pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $20-$35 from Eventfinda, see the Facebook event page.

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.

Sunday 21 Wellington Feminist Poetry Club Sunday poetry workshop – Slam Stage Brave Face with Tarns Hood. Koha $5-$20. 1pm, the Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. See the Facebook event page.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Saturday 3 Pink Star Walk 4.15-9.15pm, Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, fundraiser for breast cancer support.

Tickets $35-40. Go to Facebook event page for details and to buy tickets.

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

Little Boys RoomSaturday 17 The Little Boys’ Room: A drag king cabaret hosted by Hugo Grrrl, 8pm, Fringe Bar, 27 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $15/$20 from Eventfinda. 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 – 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

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.

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, queer friendly 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.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

Saturday 11 Cool Story Bro! Stand-up comedy that’s funny ’cause it’s true, hosted by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl. For those who’ve ever said ‘we’ll laugh about this one day’ – the day has come! 8pm, A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, city. Tickets $15/$20 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

Thursday 30 Naked Girls Reading: The women of history edition, organised by MC Hugo Grrrl. 8pm, Centre of Contemporary Art, 66 Gloucester St, city. Tickets $20/$35 from Eventfinda, see the Facebook event page.

Mahuru / September

Tuesday 11 Rainbow/LGBTQ+ communities and alcohol: Consultation meeting Hear the results of research about the alcohol and drinking in Rainbow communities; the research team is keen for feedback. Nibbles from 5.30pm, meeting from 6-7.30pm, Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St, Christchurch. Register here.

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.

Whiringa-ā-Rangi / November

Saturday 3 Pink Star Walk 4.15-9pm, Hagley Park North, fundraiser for breast cancer support.

Tickets $35-40. Go to Facebook event page for details and to buy tickets.

Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

Here-turi-kōkā / August

July 30-Friday August 3 University of Otago Students Association Diversity Week See the Facebook page.

OU Diversity WkWednesday 1 Human Library: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover A pop-up event where real people from a variety of background and communities, including people with trans and queer identities and others, are the books that you loan. Stories from 5-7pm, University of Otago Central Library.

Thursday 2 Human Library: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover The second round of books sharing their stories from 5-7pm, University Central Library.

Friday 3 Queer Awareness Workshop An opportunity to better understand the broad spectrum of queer identities and learn how to create inclusive environments for queer groups and individuals, focusing on tertiary education but applicable to other contexts Register here. 1-2pm, Otago Room, Otago University Student Association Clubs and Societies. $5.

Friday 3 UniQ Beer and Board Games Potluck Bring along a brew or two and a plate, and get playing with a selection of great games, 6pm. Email OtagoUniQ@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook.

Saturday 4 Wild Women Walk from Waldronville to Blackhead and back, about two hours followed by coffee at Brighton or Green Island. Meet at 10am opposite Bunnings main entrance in Otaki St. We’ll carshare from Otaki St, $5 donation to drivers please. Women needing transport please email acharlotte10@gmail.com or text 022 133 9529.

Mahuru / September

Gay Ski Week QTSaturday 1 – Saturday 8 Winter Pride 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 our update, the Winter Pride website, download the schedule here, and go to Eventfinda for tickets.

Pink Youth BallSaturday 8 Pink Youth Ball for LGBTIQA+ high school students aged 13–18; the theme is Outer Space Rainbows. Science gallery, Otago Museum. Co-ordinated by Tee Bouttier-Esprit, for Dunedin Pride, and encouraging donations of tickets ($27.32) for young people who would not otherwise be able to attend. Limited tickets are available for parents and caregivers supporting their young people for the first hour of the event ($21.97), includng an opportunity to meet members of Dunedin Pride. See Eventbrite for tickets and donations.

Overseas/Rāwāhi

August 3-6 Michigan Framily Reunion a women’s music festival in the spirit of Michigan Women’s Music Festival. 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.

August 18-19 Flame Con,  the world’s largest queer comic con (6,000 attendees in 2017). Visit the Facebook page and website for details. Also visit organiser Geeks OUT: Facebook and website.

September 8-October 22 Holly Near Fall concert series across several states, more dates expected. Visit ‘Holly Near Fan’ Facebook page for details and updates.

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

October 17 Peggy Seeger in conversation 7-8.30pm, Barbican Music Library, London. Follows the paperback publication of her award-winning memoir First Time Ever (due 6 September 2018). Visit Facebook event page for details and tickets.

April 12-14 2019 Second edition of the European Lesbian* Conference, Kyiv, Ukraine. Visit the Facebook page for information and updates.

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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