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.
To Sunday 16 December Lesbian Salsa dancing An introduction to salsa, open to all ages, sizes and dance levels; no partner needed, singles welcome. Taught weekly by Susanna, but no class on Sunday October 21, Labour weekend. $10 per class. 6.30-7.30pm, Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn. Phone Susanna on 021 260 9145.
Whiringa-ā-nuku / October
To 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.
Monday 1 – Friday 5 University of Auckland Pride Festival 12 noon – 3pm each day in the Symonds St central campus Quad and Queerspace; stalls, movies, quiz, clothes swap and lunch. See the Facebook event page.
Wednesday 3 Auckland Pride Hot Topic Hui: your views on the State sector’s place within Pride – the inclusion of police and Corrections staff has been contentious. 7-9pm, Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd. Go to the Facebook event page for details.
Thursday 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.
Saturday 6 Pulse lesbian art group exhibition Potpourri opening 2-4pm, Depot Gallery, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
Saturday 6 – Wednesday 24 Pulse lesbian art group exhibition, Potpourri, events through the month, see below.
Sunday 7 Pulse artists available to talk informally with visitors about the Potpourri exhibition, 11am-3pm, Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
Sunday 7 New Lynn Women’s Walk 11am-1pm, to places associated with early New Lynn women, including some contemporary women’s art. Part of the Heritage Festival, organised by the Charlotte Museum Trust. Bookings preferred as spaces are limited. Phone 021 157 3304 or email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.
Sunday 7 Capturing lost stories Lois Cox will discuss her recent interviews with four older Auckland Lesbians who talk about their early years in oppressive times as part of Auckland Heritage Festival. 2-4pm, Charlotte Museum, 8 Bentinck St, New Lynn. See the Facebook event page.
Sunday 7 – Sunday 16 December Lesbian Salsa dancing An introduction to salsa, open to all ages, sizes and dance levels; no partner needed, singles welcome. Taught weekly by Susanna, but no class on Sunday October 21, Labour weekend. $10 per class. 6.30-7.30pm, Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn. Phone Susanna on 021 260 9145.
Monday 8-Sunday 14 ‘Breathe Out, Breathe In’ art exhibition by Sam RB as part of Art Week. Ponsonby Central, opening Monday 5pm, Sam present 9am-5pm daily. Visit Facebook event page for details.
Monday 8 Charlotte Museum de facto AGM (we don’t formally have a membership but we have some wonderful friends) to share what we’ve been doing, planning and the direction we see the museum going in its twelfth year. Also looking for interested people to join the Board. 6pm, with refreshments after the meeting. 8a Bentinck St, New Lynn. Go to Facebook event page for updates.
Tuesday 9 Mana Wāhine Showcasing the mahi of wāhine Māori. With Khylee Quince (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu), criminal justice researcher and lecturer; Laura O’Connell Rapira (Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue), Director of ActionStation and co-founder of RockEnrol; and Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi, Ngāti Māhanga) Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato and co-director of a project surveying takatāpui. Moderated by broadcaster and journalist Mihingarangai Forbes (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Maniapoto). All genders welcome. Organised by the Auckland Women’s Centre and supported by the Ministry for Women’s Suffrage 125 Community Fund. 7-9pm, Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Gt North Rd, Western Springs.
Wednesday 10 Pulse artists talk about how art, poetry books, visual diaries and other women artists have influenced the art in their Potpourri exhibition. 1-2pm, Depot Gallery, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
Wednesday 10 aLBa meeting Hear Youthline CEO Shae Ronald talk at the Auckland Lesbian Business Association meeting this month, from 5.30pm, Garnet Station, Westmere. Shae will be speaking at 6.30pm. Free for members, otherwise $10 at the door.
Sunday 14 Pulse art member Cath Head demonstrates stone carving techniques. 1-2pm, artists’ panel discussion. Depot Gallery, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
Tuesday 17 Artist Luisa Tora discusses the Fijian female tattooing tradition of Veiqia (vain-gear). 10.30-11.30am, Papatoetoe Library, 30 Wallace Rd. See the Facebook event page.
Wednesday 17. Pulse artists talk about the art in their Potpourri exhibition. 1-2pm, Depot Gallery, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
Thursday 18 Free screening of Pride, by Hidden Perspectives: Bringing Arts out of the Closet, and Gender Studies at the University of Auckland. This drama shows the connection between lesbian and gay activists and striking coal miners in 1984. Pizza from 4.45pm, raffles and a 10-minute clip of Nevin Govindasamy’s new documentary, Line Out, about Auckland’s queer-friendly rugby club, the Falcons. Pride screening from 5.30pm. Arts Bldg 1, Room 209, 14 Symonds St. All welcome.
Saturday 20 Lick Auckland/The Sexy Chainsaw Massacre A Halloween dance for girls who like girls, 10pm-3am, Neck of the Woods, 155b Karangahape Rd, city. $10/$15. See the Facebook event page, or join the Lick Auckland Facebook group.
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).
Sunday 21 Aorewa McLeod talks about Heather McPherson and her poetry; Nadia Gush talks about Emotional deviants and the politics of love; and Joanne Drayton talks about artists Edith Collier and Frances Hodgkins. 1-3pm. Part of the Pulse lesbian Potpourri exhibition. Depot Gallery, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
Wednesday 24 Celebratory ending to the Pulse lesbian art exhibition Potpourri with a trumpet medley from Edwina Thorne. 5-7pm. Depot Gallery, 28 Clarence St, Devonport.
Thursday 25 Rafiki screening followed by Q&A with director Wanuri Kahiu 6pm, Rialto Cinema Newmarket, bookings online but not yet open.
Saturday 27 Singer/songriter Sam RB plays Nomad 5 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chev. 5.30-8.30pm. A mix of originals and covers.
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
Sunday 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 email@example.com, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.
Monday 5 Understanding gay Professor Mark Henrickson will argue that the differences between gay and non-gay people is more about the ways we understand the world and decide what is true, rather than about sex, as non-gay people believe. Gender and sexually diverse persons experience themselves as fundamentally different in a cisgender heteronormative world. This difference has implications for educators, health and social service providers, parents and family members, as well as gender and sexually diverse and trans persons. 7–8pm, SNW 100, Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre Building, Gate 1, Massey University, Albany campus, Albany Expressway. Register here.
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Thursday 8 – Friday 9 Government and partners Rainbow Conference, working with partners to ‘move from tolerance to inclusion’, Jet Park Auckland Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, Mangere, Auckland. The joint government agency organising group is led by women in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions will last 25 minutes including questions. Participants include the Human Rights Commission, Fire and Ambulance, Customs and other agencies. Email email@example.com to register.
Wednesday 14 aLBa meeting Hear Tee Peters talk about her work in her newly created role as Diversity Manager with the Department of Corrections at the Auckland Lesbian Business Association meeting this month, from 5.30pm, Garnet Station, Westmere. Tee will be speaking at 6.30pm. Free for members, otherwise $10 at the door.
Sunday 18 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet for coffee at MELBA Hillsborough, 1/602 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill. 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll in Waikowhai Park. Now the largest block of native forest left in Auckland city (because the land was considered too infertile for farming, so was not cleared) – although was also used as a landfill site. Timespanner has an entry on its history, and there is a large off leash dog exercise area. To be added to mailing list, message firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 24 GALS Can’t Keep Quiet – Songs of Protest and Progress from votes for women to apartheid, workers rights to marriage equality; an evening of inspirational, rousing, wonderful music. 7pm, St Matthew in the City. Tickets $15/$35 from the GALS website. See the Facebook event page.
Tuesday 27 Mental health of Asian LGBTI populations in Auckland with speakers Seng Poh Lee and Yun Huang. A presentation organised by the Cross Culture Interest Group at Waitemata DHB. 6-8.30pm, supper 6-6.30pm, Conference Room, Independent Living Service, Auckland, 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak Join the live webcast by emailing a request for the webcast access password to Chris Wong at least one week beforehand, or ask to view the recorded session.
Hakihea / December
Sunday 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 email@example.com, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.
Wednesday 12 aLBa meeting Summer gathering and craft fair – come along to socialise and buy some art, crafts and home produce made by women from our community. from 5.30pm, Garnet Station, Westmere. Free for members, otherwise $10 at the door.
Friday 14 Singer/songriter Sam RB plays Nomad 5 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chev. 5.30-8.30pm. A mix of originals and covers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Summer Saturdays Rainbow Warriors women’s softball team play in the local league at Resthills Park in Glenview, Hamilton, either at 1pm or 3pm, depending on the draw. Check their Facebook page.
Thursdays Social dodgeball for Hamilton takatāpui and LGBTIQ+ people Nau mai haere mai! Folks of all dodgeball abilities are welcome and a gold coin koha is appreciated. 6.30-7.30pm, University of Waikato Faculty of Education Gym just off Gate 4, 213 Hillcrest Rd. See the Facebook page.
Whiringa-ā-nuku / October
Saturday 27 Tauranga She Ball, a masquerade party for queer girls 18+ with dancing to DJ Pulse from 8pm. Photobooth on site for great souvenirs. Tickets $65, includes supper and a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink. Fully licensed bar, no BYO. Dress wildly – prizes for best dressed and funniest dressed. Age ID required, tickets scanned on entry. Gates open at 6pm to allow time to explore the Fountain Gardens Wedding Venue, set in stunning lush native gardens 20 minutes from Tauranga. See the Facebook event page.
Whiringa-ā-Rangi / November
Saturday 10 – Sunday February 10, 2019 The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand Waikato Museum, open daily 10am-5pm, free entry.
Sunday 11 Lesbian Social Group Halloween Dance Party It’ll be a scream! Details to come.
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-nuku / October
To 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 email@example.com.
Saturday 13 MaLGRA Womyn’s Dinner and Dance Organised by MaLGRA women to celebrate 40 years of activism, organising, support and fun times. 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. 6pm–midnight, Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North, $5-$35. Request tickets by Messenger on the Facebook event page. 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
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.
Sunday 14 Lesbian Overlanders Kapiti coastal walk Meet in the Coastlands carpark near the underpass to Paraparaumu railway station at 10.45am for an easy 3hr walk along the shared bike path to Raumati Beach, down the beach to Queen Elizabeth Park, then either through the park or along the beach to Paekakariki. Coffee at lesbian-owned Perching Parrott. Text Linda 0274 428 563 if you are coming.
Thursday 18 Wellington Feminist Poetry Club We are the hysterical feminists the internet warned you about. 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.
Friday 19 True Colours – Tattoo Flash Day for InsideOUT New designs; 70% of all proceeds goes to InsideOUT. 10am-6pm, The Gallery Custom Tattoo, level 2, 4 Bond St, Wellington city. See the Facebook event page.
Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 Filth monster: A Halloween drag show, with Robin YaBlind as The Werewolf, Judy Virago as The Cyborg, Harlie Lux as The Zombie, Angel Ace as The Bug, Violet Tendencies as The Gremlin, Vulga Tits as The Swine, Bunny Holiday, a domestic and Hugo Grrrl as The Mad Scientist. 8pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. $20-$30, tickets from Eventfinda, see the Facebook event page.
Friday 26 Wellington Lesbian Radio Fundraiser Quiz 7-9pm, Thistle Hall, corner Cuba St & Arthur St. $10 entry per team, pay on the night. Go to Facebook event page for more information and to register.
Sunday 28 Rafiki screening followed by a Q & A with director Wanuri Kahiu. 3pm, Te Auaha cinema, Dixon St. Tickets via Conferize.
Tuesday 30 Rafiki screening with director Wanuri Kahiu. Part of Māoriland Film Festival, 68 Main Street, Otaki. 6-9pm. Go to Facebook event page for details.
Wednesday 31 “#MeToo : what now? Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation AGM and speakers event. 5.45pm arrival & drinks, 8pm, close. Entry by donation. Go to Facebook event page for details and updates.
Whiringa-ā-rangi / November
To Wednesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Saturday 3 Coven Party for women and gender minorities, hosted by Hugo Grrl, DJs and live music, 8–11pm, Ivy Bar and Cabaret, 49 Cuba Street, Te Aro, $13-$15, tickets 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
Thursday 11 – Sunday June 16, 2019 The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand Expressions, Upper Hutt.
The Tasman Lesbian Connection (TLC) sends a monthly email of events in the area, Nelson and Motueka in particular. Contact email@example.com to go on the mailing list or for more details of any events.
Whiringa-ā-nuku / October
Thursday 11 Four bridges walk 4-5pm. This loop walk will start at the town end of Clouston Bridge at the end of Nile Street East. We will walk up and over Cleveland Terrace, wind around various streets and end up back on Nile Street. Optional stop at the Prince Albert for a cold one if people want. Walk is around 45 minutes. Cancelled if it is raining.
Sunday 28 Motueka brunch, from 11am, Elevation Cafe, High St, Motueka.
Whiringa-ā-Rangi / November
Sunday 25 Motueka brunch from 11am, Jester Cafe, High St, Motueka. Must have numbers to book a table as it’s always busy there. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by November19 .
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.
Whiringa-ā-nuku / October
Various dates: Rainbow community research, focus groups as part of research into the wellbeing of the Rainbow community in Christchurch: 6-8pm for all. Groups currently planned include 40+ women and those who identify as non-binary (Monday 8), 14–25 year olds (Friday 12), Takatāpui, Pacifica rainbow community (Wednesday 17), anyone who can’t make the above dates or doesn’t identify with those groupings (Friday 19). Visit the website for more information and how to register.
Friday 19 CAMP! Drag show and dance party, with drag talent and DJs to keep you dancing throughout the night, including Nyte Mare, Poppy Beardhammer, Peggy The Basic Cheesecake, Fantasia D’Vyne, Lady Bubbles, Aurora Borealis, Tony Chestnut, Reno Remitál, Sera Tonin and Aurora Storm. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl, best dressed prizes, $10- $20 from Eventfinder, 7.30pm, A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, Christchurch. See the Facebook event page.
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.
Hakihea / December
Friday 14 CAMP! Drag show and dance party, with drag talent and DJs to keep you dancing throughout the night, including Nyte Mare, Poppy Beardhammer, Peggy The Basic Cheesecake, Fantasia D’Vyne, Lady Bubbles, Aurora Borealis, Tony Chestnut, Reno Remitál, Sera Tonin and Aurora Storm. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl, best dressed prizes, $10- $20 from Eventfinder, 7.30pm, A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, Christchurch. See the Facebook event page.
Hui-tanguru / February 2019
Friday 1-Tuesday 5 Second Summer Camps reunion weekend near Geraldine, South Canterbury. Registrations limited to around 25 due to space. Costs will be as low as possible (approx $20 night for bed and $15 for food). Registrations from early December, but you can before then if you want to: email@example.com.
Suggestions/ideas include a ritual celebration on Saturday (Lammas), archiving interviews, grief and loss discussion, accommodation networking.
Whiringa-ā-nuku / October
Saturday 6 Wild Women Walk up Grahams Bush Track from Hall Rd, Sawyers Bay. About two hours, which can be extend for another two up the Organ Pipes. Meet at 10am at Anzac Ave, opposite the Hocken Library. Transport and other queries Email Elizabeth Thompson or phone 022 0678 400 about transport or other queries.
To Saturday 22 October, Holly Near Fall concert series across several states, more dates expected. Visit ‘Holly Near Fan’ Facebook page for details and updates.
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.