Just Dyke Diary entries here: the News (and Media and People content) will be in the Kohi-tātea/January (archive) page when we update next month.
Rātaka takatāpui, Dyke Diary for Hakihea / December
Friday 2 Moving the Force: Puāwai Festival Comedy Night with Freya Demarais, Neil Thornton and other comics, obliterating the stigma of HIV and AIDS. 7pm, Te Pou Theatre, 44A Portage Rd, New Lynn, enter at the back off Mcwhirter Pl. Tickets $20 from iTicket.
Friday 2 Auckland Women’s Centre AGM with journalist, lawyer and activist Catriona MacLennan, includes light supper, 5.30-8.15pm, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn. RSVP by Friday 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 376 3227 x 0.
Saturday 3 Dykes on Bikes 10am-1pm, meet at Z Westgate, State Highway 16 and Asti Lane. A ride through the countryside up through to Riverhead tavern … the long way. Here we will be discussing next year’s parade so please try and make it if you can. Leaving strictly at 10.15am; visit Facebook event page for contact details.
Sunday 4 Big Gay Disco 9.30am-12noon, Destiny Church, 25 Druces Rd, Wiri. Following the lead of activists in Rotorua, a protest outside Brian Tamaki’s Destiny Church Sunday service. A family friendly non-violent peaceful protest: gay it up as much as you can! Meet at the bus stop at 59 Druces Rd, and walk up to the Destiny Church at 10am in time for the service to start. Visit Facebook event page for details.
Wednesday 7 Rainbow Auckland mixer 6-9pm, The White Rabbit on the Park, Victoria Park Market, 37 Drake St, central Auckland. Details on Facebook event page.
Saturday 10 Charlotte Museum mosaic workshop, beginners are welcome to the last workshop of the year, run by Tash Norton. 10am, 8A Bentinck St, New Lynn.
Saturday 10 Fifth Season lesbian and gay Garden Group festive season buffet feast, 7pm, Marcello’s Cafe, College Hill, Freeman’s Bay. Pay at the door: members, $30, non-members, $45. Phone Wendy Wilson, 027 548 3510 or email email@example.com
Sunday 11 Dyke Hike Fairy Falls/Goodfellow Track. This hike includes a pretty waterfall, views and some gorgeous Waitakere Ranges bush. The track has hills and steps and shallow stream crossings. It should take us about 2.5 to 3 hours. Meet at the end of Tawari Rd, which is right off Scenic Dr, just before Mountain Rd if you are driving from the city end, not the Swanson end. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills) to easy (okay for regular walking shoes, not many hills). Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.
Sunday 11 Coffee & Stroll bonus event: a shared BBQ lunch. Contact email@example.com for details.
Wednesday 14 aLBa meeting Let’s talk about … Social Justice: social justice advocates Professor Innes Asher and Frances Joychild QC talk about the important work they do with organisations such as Child Poverty Action Group and how we too can make a difference. The Tiny Theatre, Garnet Station, 75 Garnet Road, Westmere from 6.30pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 15 “Stories from the Auckland community” 8.15-10pm. A special evening of story telling: 12 people from the community who were in Auckland and involved in the Homosexual Law Reform campaign in 1986 will talk about their experience from that time – including Nicole Duval, Frances Joychild QC, Stirling and Michelle Tohi. Tickets $25 (+ service fees), on sale Monday 5, www.qtheatre.co.nz, 309 9771. All proceeds will be donated to OUTLine.
Saturday 17 Everyone and Everything market 12midday-3pm, Rainbow Youth, 11 Edinburgh St, central Auckland. A market celebrating DIY arts, crafts, comics and self-publishing, inspired by Auckland’s zinefest and Kraftbomb events, with a queer edge. See Facebook event page for details of participants.
Saturday 17 Treat her right dance event 3.30-5.30pm, Unitec, 139 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert. “We’re racing against time to gather as many dancing wahine who can participate”; dance as a group to Donna Summer’s ‘She Works Hard for the Money’ for a video campaign to help push for equal pay for women in New Zealand. Professional dancers will lead, the moves will be simple and it will be fun! Visit the website and the Facebook event page for more information.
Saturday 17 EquAsian End of year party/potluck dinner: social group for Asians within the rainbow community. Meet new people, bring a plate of food to share and your favourite games to play. For location, email email@example.com and visit Facebook page.
Sunday 18 Coffee & Stroll 10am, meet for coffee at the Corner Cafe, 157 Point Chevalier Rd, Pt Chev; 10.30am, an easy 30-40 minute stroll along the new boardwalk, from Eric Armishaw Park at the end of Walker Rd.
Saturday 3 GLOW singers annual end-of-year concert 4pm, St Albans Cooperating Church, 124 Comries Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton. Women interested in joining the choir for 2017 are welcome to talk with choir director Liz during the post-concert afternoon tea.
Sunday 4 Lesbian Social Group goes to Gourmet in the Gardens A family-friendly event, so bring children. Live music and food available for purchase. From 4pm, Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron Lawn, look for the rainbow flag.
Sunday 11 Lesbian Social Group drinks and dinner with cheap pizzas and burgers and good company. 5pm, House Bar, Hood St, Hamilton. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see hamiltonpride.co.nz/lsg or the LSG Facebook page.
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.
Sunday 4 Gayquake A protest gig against Brian Tamaki’s comments that gays cause earthquakes, and a fundraiser for Kaikoura communities. San Francisco Bath House, 171 Cuba St, central Wellington. $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Details on Facebook event page.
Friday 9 Rainbow Wellington End-of-year dinner Vietnamese banquet, 6.30pm, Restaurant 88, 88 Tory St, central Wellington. Bookings must be prepaid by 6 December – members $45, non-members $55 – to Rainbow Wellington, Westpac account no 03-0566-0164688–00; put your name and Xmas event in the reference. See the Facebook page.
The Lesbian Connection (TLC) sends a monthly email of events in the area, Nelson and Motueka in particular. Contact them at email@example.com to go on the mailing list or for more details of any events.
Thursday 1 Equal Pay Tour, Nelson, 12.30pm, Victory Community Centre, Totara St. Council of Trade Unions equal pay campaigner Camilla Belich will discuss equal pay with members of the community who are interested in being part of this historic campaign. Free tea, coffee and light refreshments provided.
Sunday 4 combined brunch/lunch, Motueka and Nelson, 11am, Jester House, 320 Aporo Rd, Tasman. Pre-xmas get together – we thought it would be nice to combine the last brunch of the year. There are limited seats, contact TLC for details.
Wednesday 7 Nelson Games night from 5.30pm, Prince Albert Hotel, 113 Nile St, Nelson.
Sunday 11 Nelson walking group LoTL-WoW!! Lesbians on the loose walking outside at weekends! All welcome including your dogs. 10.30am, meeting point to be advised. Please note: If you can’t make the walk feel free to join us 1 hour later for coffee. Contact TLC for details.
Wednesday 14 Nelson Pool@Shark Club from 5.30pm, Shark Club, 132 Bridge St, Nelson.
Wednesday 21 Nelson Games night from 5.30pm, Prince Albert Hotel, 113 Nile St, Nelson.
Wednesday 28 Nelson Pool@Shark Club from 5.30pm, Shark Club, 132 Bridge St, Nelson.
The Christchurch Women’s Centre keeps a diary of events in Christchurch and elsewhere on their Lesbian Support page. The Women’s Centre is closed for a well-deserved rest, and will be open again from Monday January 16.
Check events on the Christchurch LGBT social events page.
Sunday 18 Lambda Latte Walkers Cass Bay from Lyttelton, meet 10am cnr Norwich Quay and Dublin St, Lyttelton, just after the tunnel. Phone Ian, 021 1886 613 or see http://lambdatrampers.webs.com/.
Wild Women Winter Walking: No December walk; next walk on Sunday January 29. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 022 133 9529 for details.