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.

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

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau

Huitānguru / February

Thursday 1 PulseArt exhibition opening: OUT and ABOUT, 5-7pm. Artists:  Beth Hudson, Cath Head, Fran Marno, Sue Vincent, Maureen Jaggard and Nadia Gush. Garnet Station, Tiny Theatre. 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere. Wine and nibbles, lots of lesbians, good viewing and lively conversations.

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

Saturday 3 (opening, 2-4pm), Sunday 4-Sunday 18 (exhibition, 10am-2pm) fruity Kate Blundell Artist Gallery + Studio, 331 North Rd, Clevedon. Visit Facebook event page and website for details.

Saturday 3-Thursday 15 Random Shagger “A one-hour riot of sex, drugs, song, mime and gallows humour”; written & performed by Andrea Kelland. Tiny Theatre, Garnet Station, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere. 8pm each night except Sunday 4, 6.30pm. Tickets from Eventbrite.

dykehikesprofileSunday 4 Dyke Hike 11am. Awhitu Peninsula. We’ll visit a few short walks, the lighthouse and some of the bays of the Awhitu Peninsula. Bring your togs if you feel like swimming. Meet next to the bus stop at the Pukekohe train station (Station Rd, Pukekohe) for carpooling. 4 hours. Grade: 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 4 Takatapui film showcase Maori, Pasifika and international takatapui LGBTQ films. 11am-6pm, Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, central Auckland. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Sunday 4 GALS sing with pride 3pm, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 3pm. Free; visit Facebook event page for details.

Wednesday 7 Poetry Speakeasy SSBD NZ 6.30-9pm, Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Rd, Ponsonby. Free Pride event: speak it slam it recite it read it perform it sing it. Bring your original or favourite LGBTQI poetry to present or come to listen and enjoy in a welcoming word nest. Visit Facebook event page for details and updates.

Wednesday 7 The LnP Project celebrate Love & Pride 7-8pm, Q Theatre, 305 Queen St. part of Auckland Pride at Q 2018. Tickets $25 + booking fees, details on Facebook event page.

Friday 9 Opening Gala Same Same But Different Festival 6.30-9pm, AUT, 55 Wellesley St East. Theme: Great Moments in Queer life. Featuring Quinn Eades, Chris Tse, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Hera Lindsay Bird, Anton Blank, Marilyn Waring and Peter Wells. Chaired by Jeremy Hansen, editor of PaperBoy magazine. Visit Facebook event page for details, updates and link for tickets.

Friday 9 Women’s Music 80s Reunion Concert 7.30pm, Dorothy Winston Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar, 14 Howe St, Newton.

Featuring Teresa Trull and Jess Hawk Oakenstar (USA), bands and artists from Aotearoa NZ. Tickets $50/55 from Eventfinda and 0800 BUY TIX.

Saturday 10 Pasifika Superstars (part of Same Same But Different, 9.30-10.30am, AUT. Earlybird and student discounts available. Visit Facebook event page for details, updates and links to tickets.

Saturday 10 TAMS Fun Swim Competition run by the Auckland LGBT swim team, 2.30-5.30pm, Tepid Baths, 100 Custom St West, downtown. Watch out for the dog paddle and other fun relays. Enter your races here and the time you expect to finish them in – 25m, 50m & 100m freestyle, back and breaststroke, 25m & 50m butterfly, and 100m individual medley.  (If you don’t know your time, put 1hr and you’ll go in the slowest heat.) $35 entry, plus $45 for following awards dinner across the road at Monsoon Poon.

Saturday 10 Honoured Writer: Renée at SSBD 5.30-6.30pm, AUT. Earlybird and student discounts available. Visit Facebook event page for details, updates and links to tickets.

Saturday 10-Sunday 11 Heroic Garden Festival 10am-5pm both days. Visit Facebook event page for details, and website for tickets (weekend passes, $60; individual gate entries $10 adult and $5 children, gardens permitting; other tour events).

Sunday 11 Big Gay Out Coyle Park, 12midday-7pm. Visit website for details.

Tuesday 13 A Night of Comedy featuring Urzila Carlson and other comedians, a fundraiser for Cure Kids. 7pm, The Classic, 321 Queen St, central Auckland. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Tuesday 13-Saturday 17 Fala Muncher Definition of Fala Muncher (plural fala munchers): A derogatory term which refers to the act of a female of pacific descent partaking in the licking and eating of another woman’s Fala. Welcome to our world! Four beautiful solo performances. Basement Theatre, 7pm each night. Visit iTicket for booking details.

Wednesday 14 Gender & Diversity Research symposium, AUT City Campus, WF610. Registration: gdresear@aut.ac.nz. Visit website for details.

Wednesday 14 aLBa Random Shagger  – a performance with Hilary King and Andrea Kelland, directed by Deb Filler. aLBa have booked all seats ($20 ticket) at the Tiny Theatre, Garnet Station exclusively for aLBa. Reserve your seats asap by emailing us at alba@alba.org.nz. Tickets are limited. Visit Facebook event page.

Friday 16 Book launch: Pride and Joy 6pm, Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. Author & activist Kathleen Archambeau & her Kiwi wife will be here from San Francisco during Pride to celebrate her delightful book. Celebrate with MP Louisa Wall who features in this inspiring new USA book. Visit website or Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 17 Auckland Pride Parade Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. 7.30pm start. Visit website for details.

Saturday 17 Lick Auckland T H E L O V E C L U B 10pm-3am, Neck of the Woods, 155B Karangahape Rd.
Expect all thing heart-shaped. $10 before 11pm, $15 after 11pm. Please arrive early as there will be lines due to Pride Parade.

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

Sunday 18 PRIDE Thanksgiving service  7-9pm, St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St (corner of Wellesley & Hobson Sts). The Auckland Rainbow Community Church (ARCC) has been meeting at St Matthew-in-the-city for over 30 years. They will have members of “Akakoa te aha”, readings, a message from a significant New Zealander and singing by the totally amazing, authentic and inspiring American counter tenor Mikah Meyer. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Sunday 18 Lady Bird, a film by Greta Gerwig, 7.45pm, Lido Cinema, a fundraiser for Auckland Feminist Action and the Auckland Women’s Centre. All genders welcome. Tickets available from Eventfinda. “Greta Gerwig has created a character rarely seen onscreen: a young girl who loves herself.”

Poutūterangi / March

Heather McPhersonThursday 1-Saturday April 14 This Joyous Chaotic Place, an exhibition about former Auckland-based poet Heather McPherson, left, 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 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.

Saturday 3 Heather McPherson book reading Heather’s posthumous collection, This Joyous Chaotic Place: Garden Poems, edited by Janet Charman and published by Spiral will be read by 10 women. 2-4pm, Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Pl, Auckland city. Copies available only through Spiral, not bookshops. Pre-order for $25 including p&p in NZ, by messaging Marian Evans’ Facebook page.

dykehikesprofileSunday 4 Dyke Hike 11am. Mt Karioi. Spectacular if challenging walk at Raglan. This mountain is often covered in cloud, creating a lush forest. There are ladders and a chain section and mud. We’ll walk to the top of Mt Karioi from the coastal side, and back down the same way. Amazing views from the summit, of Raglan and Kawhia Harbours as well as Mt Pirongia and maybe even Mt Taranaki. Carpool to the Te Toto Gorge car park. From Raglan, take Wainui Rd which becomes Whaanga Rd. The car park is signposted off Whaanga Rd. Approximately 6-7 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.

Thursday 8 New King Hits! a social gathering to discuss Drag King culture and the opportunity to run a regular show establishing the art of drag kinging on the performance calendar. 7-9pm, Garnet Station, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere. Visit Facebook event page for details.

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

Tuesday 13 Women and disability panel discusses how women’s experiences and needs are different. Organised by the Auckland Women’s Centre, 7-9pm, Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Rd.

Wednesday 14 aLBa picnic at Pt Chevalier Beach, 6pm. Picnic and swim if the tide is in, picnic at the park if the tide is out. If it rains we will gather at Garnet Cafe.

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

SamRB gigSaturday 17 Music, song and skills auction fundraiser for the Auckland Buddhist Centre With singer-songwriter SamRB in her first performance after three years of painting; singer Nick Brown-Haysom, poet Karunajoti and a skills auction. Bring a plate of vegetarian nibbles to share. 7-10pm at the centre, 381 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn

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.

Paenga-whāwhā / April

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.

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

Visit Facebook event page for information on tickets, time, etc.

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 for coffee, 10.30am a pleasant 40-minute stroll. Venue/location to be confirmed. To be added to mailing list, message coffeeandstroll@gmail.com.

Haratua / May

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 20 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.

Pipiri / June

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.

Huitānguru / February

Be part of Hamilton Pride and Friends in the Auckland Pride Parade Waikato area lesbian and queer women are invited to join this Waikato LGBTT walking float in the Auckland parade. Family members and young people are particularly welcome. Dress in Waikato colour and RSVP to the Waikato Lesbian Social Group, lsg@hamiltonpride.co.nz and see the Facebook event page.

Sunday 4 Lesbian Social Group enjoys Gourmet in the Gardens, 4-8pm, Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Dr, Hamilton. The event is free. Look for the rainbow banner, bring a chair and a picnic or buy from the stalls, and enjoy lesbian duo Daughters of Ally.

Sunday 11 The Topp Twins Kids Show (part of Hamilton Arts Festival), 2pm. A show for all ages, pricing varies. Visit website for ticket and programme details.

Poutūterangi / March

Sunday 4 Lesbian Social Group enjoys Gourmet in the Gardens, 4-8pm, Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Dr, Hamilton. The event is free. Look for the rainbow banner, bring a chair and a picnic or buy from the stalls, and enjoy lesbian duo Daughters of Ally.

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 “I Create” She said! Toi Wāhine Exhibition for International Women’s Day, 10.30am-5pm, Toi Waikato/Creative Waikato. Email Kyro, selketky@gmail.com

Film screeningWednesday 7 Women, film and diversity, short films and a talk by Dr. Arezou Zalipour about ways women filmmakers from various ethnic backgrounds have brought a new texture to New Zealand screens, and how we can support diverse voices to reflect our world. Films include Coffee and Allah, 2007, directed by Sima Urale; Amadi, 2010, Zia Mandviwalla; Night Shift, 2012, Zia Mandwivalla; Take 3, 2008, Roseanne Liang; Fleeting Beauty, 2004, Virginia Pitts; Eating Sausage, 2004, Zia Mandviwalla; with episodes of two successful web-series, Friday Night Bites and Flat 3 (Roseanne Laing). Q&A session after the screenings. Doors open 5.30pm for 6pm start, Room 5, Level 1, Block S (S.1.05), University of Waikato.

Thursday 8 IWD Community breakfast. Bring your mothers, daughters, grandmothers and friends, tell us your stories about the women who inspire you. 7.30-9am, Fairfield Community Centre, Hamilton.

Thursday 8 Morning tea for ethnic women Bring a plate and share your journey. Wear your traditional dress. 10am-12noon, Shama, 27 Beatty Street, Melville, Hamilton.

Paenga-whāwhā / April

Monday 9 Make Rock Great Again tour Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow. Claudelands arena.

Visit Facebook event page for information on tickets, time, etc.

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.

Huitānguru / February

Sunday 4 Turquoise tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington A 90-minute walk tour of the inner city. Most of the walk is on the flat using accessible public footpaths. 1pm, City Gallery, 101 Wakefield St. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 10 W E L C O M E Q U E E R P A R T Y # 4 10pm-2am. The Fat Angel (upstairs at Eva Beva), corner Dixon & Eva Streets, Te Aro. All night entry $10; student discount $5 with ID. More information at Welcome – Queer Party NZ Facebook page and event page.

Saturday 17 Summer BBQ in the Wairarapa, Rainbow Wellington. Travel by train departing Wellington at 9.55am, arriving Woodside station at 11.02am. You will be met by motor and driven to the venue. Return will be by train departing 5.18pm arriving Wellington 6.25pm. Super Goldcards can be used on this route. Driving options also available. Bring food (either meat/sausages or salad or a dessert); drinks (your own wine/beer or soft drinks); bathing costume, towel and old shoes/sandals to wear in the river (gravel under foot); sun hat and sun screen. RSVP to rainbowwellingtonevents@gmail.com by Wednesday 14.

Friday 23 Carterton Pink Drinks All welcome, friendly crowd. 6.30pm, in the main bar or the room by the garden bar of the Buckhorn, Carterton, off High St at the north end of town, near the roundabout on Memorial Square. You can get snacks and meals and the usual range of drinks/coffees. Email Kerry kerry.elizabeth@xtra.co.nz

Saturday 24  Out in the Park Free Rainbow event, 11am–4pm, Waitangi Park, 107 Cable St, city. See the Facebook event page.

DisruptingSunday 25 ‘Disrupting the male gaze: NZ women artists & female representation’ 2-3pm, Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, 25 Tinakori Rd, Thorndon. Join a talk from Kirsty Baker, PhD candidate whose doctoral research concerns the position of women within New Zealand’s written art history, on the representation of women in New Zealand’s art landscape. This talk connects with the current exhibition, Reflections: New Zealand Women in Art. Note, museum entry fee applies. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Sunday 25 Special Wellington Pride Festival Ballroom and Latin Night Julian and Richard from DSW swimmers teach salsa basics, followed by short refreshment break and Heta from DANSS will teach basic cha cha cha. Refreshments, koha. 7-9pm, upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, city. See http://www.danss.org.nz/

Monday 26-Sunday March 4 Wellington Rape Crisis 2018 Annual Appeal Week Volunteer collectors wanted. For more information, and other fundraising ideas, visit Facebook event page.

Tuesday 27 LBGTI+ in Education Forum hosted by Rainbow Wellington; 5.30-7.30pm, St Andrews on The Terrace. Speakers include David Pegram, Deputy Principal at Newlands College; Tabby Besley, National Co-ordinator InsideOut; Kirsty Farrant, Rainbow Co-ordinator, PPTA Head Office plus three students. Details from website or Facebook.

Poutū-te-rangi / March

Monday February 26-Sunday 4 Wellington Rape Crisis 2018 Annual Appeal Week Volunteer collectors wanted. For more information, and other fundraising ideas, visit Facebook event page.

Saturday 3 Flash day tattoo fundraiser for InsideOUT. Tattoo artists include Bree Collins (Insta: @breectattoo), Koryn Leigh (Insta: @koryn_leigh), and Stephanie Maree Higgins (Insta: @stephmaree01). 10am to 4pm at Kakapo Ink, 2/33 Cuba St, Wellington city. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 3 LILAC Library Open Day 11am-2pm. All women welcome. Go to the Facebook event page for details.

Sunday 4 DANSS ballroom and Latin dance classes. 7-8pm, beginners Rumba/Cha Cha Cha; 8-9pm Intermediate Swing Waltz/Lucille Waltz, koha. Upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, city. See http://www.danss.org.nz/

Thursday 8 Writers & Readers: Women changing the world with Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh, broadcaster Kim Hill, novelist Charlotte Wood, food writer Annabel Langbein and others. 7–8.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield St, city. Tickets phone 0800 120 071, see the website.

Saturday 10 W E L C O M E Q U E E R P A R T Y 10pm-2am. The Fat Angel (upstairs at Eva Beva), corner Dixon & Eva Streets, Te Aro. All night entry $10; student discount $5 with ID. More information at Welcome – Queer Party NZ Facebook page and event page.

Sunday 11 DANSS ballroom and Latin dance classes 7-9pm, beginners Tango; 8-9pm, intermediate Tango Terrific/La Bomba. Koha. Upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, city. See http://www.danss.org.nz/

Wednesday 14 A Comedy Show with Queer Comedians In It! 8.30-9.30pm, The Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Visit Facebook event page for details and link for tickets.

Sunday 18 DANSS ballroom and Latin dance classes. Beginners 7-8pm, intermediate 8-9pm, revision of previous lessons. Koha. Upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, city. See http://www.danss.org.nz/

SwitzerlandTuesday 20 Fundraising performance of Switzerland for LILAC lesbian library, with Catherine Downes and Simon Leary. A mysterious young man appears unannounced at crime writer Patricia Highsmith’s Swiss Alps hideaway, and what first appears to be a standard cat and mouse game soon becomes a dance to the death. Directed by Susan Wilson. Pay $45 into the LILAC account (Westpac 030502 0030496 00) with your name and Circa as the reference, then email librarian@lesbian.net.nz for booking confirmation. 7.30pm, Circa Theatre. See the event page.

Friday 23 Carterton Pink Drinks All welcome, friendly crowd. 6.30pm, in the main bar or the room by the garden bar of the Buckhorn, Carterton, off High St at the north end of town, near the roundabout on Memorial Square. You can get snacks and meals and the usual range of drinks/coffees. Email Kerry kerry.elizabeth@xtra.co.nz

Paenga-whāwhā / April

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

Visit Facebook event page for information on tickets, time, etc.

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.

Haratua / May

~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.

Whiringa-ā-nuku / October 

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

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.

Huitānguru / February

Friday 16-Sunday 18 Trip to D’Urville Island Fishing charter, walking, kayaking. Can do dive charter as well. Suitable for children and elderly relatives to come along. Accommodation has been booked, so RSVP to book a bed and arrange payment.

Sunday 25 Brunch, Motueka from 11am. TOAD Hall, Lower High St.

Poutūterangi / March

Sunday 18 Brunch, Motueka from 11am. Muses, High St.

Saturday 24 Kayaking on the Motueka River from Alexandra Bluff Bridge to Motueka Bridge. Source your own kayak and make sure it’s suitable for rocks. May be spare ones to borrow. Subject to water levels.

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 for more details and to arrange car pooling, hut bookings, etc.

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

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. RSVP 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. Pls RSVP as usual, or first come first served.

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

The Christchurch Women’s Centre keeps a diary of events in Christchurch and elsewhere on their Lesbian Support page. Check events on the  Christchurch LGBT social events page.

The Lambda Trampers and Lambda Lattes are mixed social tramping and walking groups for lesbians and gays living in and around Christchurch, and their friends.

Huitānguru / February

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

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

Monday 5 Gay drinks 7pm, The Cuban, 236 St Asaph St. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Thursday 18-Sunday 21 (4 shows) The Topp Twins, 6pm, part of the World Buskers Festival, ticket suggested price $40-50. Visit website for details and ticket sales.

Thursday 18-Saturday 27 (10 shows) Unacceptable, 9.30pm or 8.30pm, part of the World Buskers Festival, ticket suggested price $25-45. Visit website for details and ticket sales.

Poutūterangi / March

Thursday 15-Sunday 25 Christchurch Pride Go to Facebook page Events tab and website for updated listings of events planned and information about booking, where required. Opening event is Pride Art Show, Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph St, 5-8pm: over 150 art works from both local and national LGBTQIA+ artists with some works available for purchase.

Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

Huitānguru / February

Saturday 3 Wild Women annual picnic and walk, all lesbians and queer women welcome. From 12noon, Karitane Reserve; park opposite the Boating Club and look out for the rainbow flag. Bring food to share, drinks, togs and any beach playthings. Contact Ann if you need a ride or can offer transport from Dunedin, acharlotte10@gmail.com or 022 133 9529.

Paengawhāwhā / April

Sunday 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. The programme and Facebook event page will be available by late February.

Overseas/Rāwāhi

February 2-29 96 Festival multiple LGBTQ+ theatrical events, including one by Pākehā Londoner Stella Duffy (website, Twitter): Learning to Swim in the Abyss (A Live Improv Death Show).

February 3-28 OUTing the Past 2018The 4th National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History 11 dates & locations across the UK, including 2 in London. Programmes for each hub available from the website.

February 10-March 11 London Klezmer Quartet Australian tour (VIC, NSW, QLD and ACT).

Details of venues, dates & times, and booking information on their website.

February 16-March 4 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras A spectacular programme of events; visit the website for details.

February 26-March 26 The Ingénue Redux 25th anniversary tour comes to the United States. Visit the Facebook page for details of 19 events from late February to late March.

March 16-18 Outing the Past (formerly Sexing the Past) conference: ‘Exploring the Intersections of History and Activism’, Liverpool, England. Dedicated to examining the subjects and methodologies that are part of LGBT+ history, with delegates involved in academic research related to a wide array of disciplines, political & human rights activism, and others. Details of programme and registration from the website.

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.

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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