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
Northland/Te Tai Tokerau
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. 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.

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.

Northland/Te Tai Tokerau

Pipiri / June

Saturday 2 Gay in the Bay of Islands Pink Drinks Bring a plate of food to share and BYO drinks, 5-7pm, 88 Lodge, 88 Koropewa Rd, Waipapa, see the map. Please RSVP with numbers to news@gayinthebay.org.nz

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau

Pipiri / June

Friday 1-Sunday July 15 “Story telling as Koha: consolidating community memories”, Tuafale Tanoa’i – aka Linda T, part of the Auckland festival of photography. “The work draws from decades of artist Tuafale Tanoa’i’s career as an interdisciplinary artist, community documenter and independent archivist, ranges from the political to personal, pertaining to Pacific, Māori, and LGBTQI communities.” Corbans Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Exhibition hours: 10am-4.30pm, 7 days. Visit festival and CEAC websites for details.

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.

Saturday 9 Knitting Group All welcome. This month, participating in one of the wider events for World Wide Knit in Public Day, Ellen Melville Centre.

Saturday 16 GALS Goes To The Movies A selection of favourites from movies across the decades. 3pm & 7pm, Pitt St Methodist Church. Visit Facebook event page or website for ticket information and details.

Sunday 17 Coffee & Stroll. 10am, meet at The Grounds, 8 – 14 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll at Corbans Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Option A, indoors: photography exhibition, Tuafale Tanoa’i – aka Linda T, “Story telling as Koha: consolidating community memories” (see entry for June 1 above); option B, one or more walks around CEAC or the park.

NGR AkThursday 21 Naked Girls Reading, the smut edition and Auckland premiere, 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.

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 “The best of Urzila Carlson 7.50pm both nights, Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen St, central Auckland. More information on the Facebook event page, and tickets from Eventfinda.

Saturday 23 Fifth Season LGBT garden group Annual Mid-Winter Dinner. Sizzling spit-roasted meats, freshly-made salads, traditional desserts, door prizes and a welcome drink. 7pm, Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings. Bring other drinks, $20 members and partner/friend, $36 non-members, pay at the door. Bookings essential – email Ron on rjudd@pl.net, phone 849 4461 or txt 021 031 5446 with how many are coming.

Sunday 24 RainbowYOUTH AGM 12noon-3pm, 11 Edinburgh St, central Auckland. Members of RainbowYOUTH, friends, whānau and community professionals are all warmly invited to attend this open event. Go to Facebook event page for details.

Thursday 28 OUTLine AGM 6-8.30pm, Rainbow Youth, 11 Edinburgh St, central Auckland. Meet the staff and have your say on the future of the organisation. Go to the Facebook event page for details.

Friday 29 Lesbian Speed Mate-ing 8-11pm, The Dogs Bollix, 2 Newton Rd, Newton. Doesn’t matter if you’re Single, In a Relationship or It’s Complicated … $6. Go to the Facebook event page for details.

Hōngongoi / July

To Sunday 15 “Story telling as Koha: consolidating community memories”, Tuafale Tanoa’i – aka Linda T, part of the Auckland festival of photography. “The work draws from decades of artist Tuafale Tanoa’i’s career as an interdisciplinary artist, community documenter and independent archivist, ranges from the political to personal, pertaining to Pacific, Māori, and LGBTQI communities.” Corbans Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Opening: 6-8pm; exhibition hours: 10am-4.30pm, 7 days. Visit festival and CEAC websites for details.

dykehikesprofileSunday 1 Dyke Hike 11am. CHANGE OF LOCATION DUE TO TRACK CLOSURES. Now: Puweto Loop at Waitawa, near Kawakawa.
A shorter hike through young regenerating bush, fields and pine forest. Lovely views of the harbour and islands. This is a relatively new park. The tracks cover hilly areas. We will walk to Waitawa Bay and Mataitai Bay. About 3-4 hrs. Meet at the car park within Waitawa Park near the shore. 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 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

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.

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. See the Facebook event 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.

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

Monday 31 Auckland Pride AGM 6pm, Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. Voting for board members is by Auckland Pride members only; any member of the community is welcome to attend the AGM. For details of membership, nominations, proposing agenda items, go to the Facebook event page.

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.

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

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, 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.

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.

Pipiri / June

Thursday 21 Lesbian Social Group drinks  5.15pm, The House on Hood, Hood St, Hamilton. Stay for a bite to eat.

Sister ActFriday 29 Sister Act Dress up as a nun and join members of the Lesbian Social Group to see Sister Act, by the Hamilton Operatic Society. 7.30pm, Clarence Street Theatre. LSG will meet for drinks from 5.30pm at House on Hood, Hood St, Hamilton. Book tickets for the show here.

Hōngongoi / July

Sunday 15 Lesbian Social Group brunch 10am, Joe’s Garage, 6 Bryce St, Hamilton.

Mahuru / September

September 1 – 9 10th Hamilton Pride Festival 2018

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.

Pipiri / June

Rainbow Wtn logoThursday 7 Rainbow Wellington visits the Lesbian and Gay Archives/Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa (LAGANZ) Curator Linda Evans and trustee Roger Swanson will present items from the collections, and briefly introduce the Topp Twins exhibition. Meet at 5.30pm at the ground floor entrance of the National Library on Aitken St. Followed by drinks at the Backbencher to continue the discussion; snacks provided. RSVP  to rainbowwellingtonevents@gmail.com

Friday 8 Rainbow Wellington drinks, 5-7pm at The Fat Angel, upstairs, 31-35 Dixon St, Wellington.

Friday 8 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

Sunday 10 Lesbian Overlanders walk to Kaukau. A loop walk from Simla Cr to Awarua St takes the main northern walkway on a climb to Mt Kaukau. Great panoramic views, followed by coffee at a Ngaio cafe. Starts at Simla Cr. railway station at 10.20am, leaving cars in the station carpark, or catch the 10.02 train on the Johnsonville line. Text Mary, 027 626 1271 to confirm.

Sunday 10 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: Rhythm Foxtrot, Samba, 7-8pm; Intermediate: Rumba, Charmaine, 8-9pm. See the website, email DANSSNZ@outlook.com or join the Facebook group.

NGR June 16Wednesday 16 Naked Girls Reading, the motherhood edition. Hosted and organised by Hugo Grrrl. 8-10pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $20-$35, www.eventfinda.co.nz. 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.

Saturday 30 The Glamaphones Sing a Rainbow (The Colours Concert) The Glamaphones are back and we are more colourful than ever! 7pm, Andrew’s on The Terrace, 30 The Terrace, central Wellington. Tickets from Eventfinda, details on Facebook event page.

Hōngongoi / July

Little Boys Room

Friday 6 Cool Story Bro! Stand-up comedy that’s funny ’cause it’s true, hosted by Hugo Grrrl. For those who’ve ever said ‘we’ll laugh about this one day’ – the day has come! 8pm, the Fringe Bar, 27 Allen St, Te Aro. $16 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 7 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.

Saturday 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.

Male tearsThursday 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.

Friday 27 Wellington Pun Battle, heat #2, organised and MCd by Hugo Grrrl, queer friendly. 8pm, The Fringe Bar. See the Facebook event page.

Menagerie Variety Hugo GrrrlSaturday 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

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.

Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

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 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.

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.

Hōngongoi / July

HugoGrrrlNGRNateMcQuadeThursday 12 Naked Girls Reading: Crime and punishment edition with Melanie McKerchar. A sexy book club – the art of storytelling with, you know, boobs – organised by MC Hugo Grrrl. 7.30pm, Space Academy, 371 St Asaph St, Christchurch city. $20 from Eventfinda.  See the Facebook event page.

Friday 13 CAMP! Drag Show & Dance Camp party Chch.jpgParty for boi scouts, grrrl guides, and gender trekkers of all ways, shapes and forms. Hosted by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl, with DJs and best dressed prizes. 8.30pm, A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, city. Tickets $10/$15 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

Ch'ch PBCSaturday 14 The Christchurch Pun Battle Championships semi-final #2 Hosted by Wellington drag king Hugo Grrrl, queer friendly. A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, city. Tickets $18/$24 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

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

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

Pipiri / June

Saturday 2 Wild Women Walk St Clair to Lawyers Head and return, an easy, flat, 2hr walk beside the ocean. We’ll finish as usual with coffee at Starfish. Meet at the front of the St Clair Surf Club for a prompt 10.30am departure. Text by Friday 5pm if you need transport. Email Ann, acharlotte10@gmail.com or text 022 133 9529.
NGR DunedinFriday 29 Naked Girls Reading: The Dunedin premiere, hosted by Feather Unsure and Hugo Grrrl, 8pm, New Athenaeum Theatre, 23 The Octagon. Tickets $20/$25 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 30 The Dunedin Pun Battle Championships organised and hosted by drag king Hugo Grrrl. Wits have been sharpened, wea-puns will be wielded, funny bones may well be broken. Will our competitors pun-ble under the pressure?! Queer friendly. 8.30pm, Fifty Gorillas Grill, 66 Princes St, city. Tickets $15/$25 from Eventfinda. See the Facebook event page.

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, download the schedule here, go to Eventfinda for tickets.

Overseas/Rāwāhi

June 6 Sydney film festival opening night The Breaker Upperers, State Theatre. 49 Market St, Sydney. Go to Facebook event page for more information and link for tickets.

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.

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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News, pix and profiles about lesbians and queer women in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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