Here-turi-kōkā / August 2018

What was happening in August? Here’s our Here-turi-kōkā update – all items collected in one handy page!

Dyke Diary

Ngā pitopito korero / News

ILGA Oceania Conference
Women’s Studies Conference in Wellington
Auckland Pride 2018 feedback hui
Hamilton Pride hits 10
ILGA World Wellington 2019
Queenstown’s Pride in the Park

ILGA Oceania Conference

ILGA OceaniaThe ILGA Oceania conference in Samoa from August 29-31 will be opened with a talk by Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa and the patron of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association. The conference will be held at the Taumeasina Island Resort on an island off Apia.

Sessions include country reports from ILGA Oceania Scholars; about lesbians and queer women in the Pacific; funding Pacific LGBTI groups; UN systems and treaties; indigenous identities and voices; Pacific intersex people; Gay dads and Rainbow families; and Intersectionality across movements, among others.

During Thursday 30, delegates will visit the Mapuifagalele Home of the Elderly, where the Samoa Fa’afafine Association works, and the rural Aleipata Fa’afafine Association, enabling a swim at the famous Lalomanu Beach.

leitis-is-waiting.jpgOn the evening of Thursday 30 fa’afafine artist Yuki Kihara will screen her 2018 episode First impressions, from a five-episode series on French artist Paul Gauguin, followed by the Samoan premiere of the award-winning 2017 documentary Leitis in waiting. The conference ends on Friday 31 with the Miss Samoa Fa’afafine Pageant.

ILGA Oceania’s AGM will be held on September 1 and a new board will be elected. Takatāpui wahine Elizabeth Kerekere, below, will be standing. ILGA members are Rainbow organisations rather than individuals, including between up to 15 New Zealand groups.

AntiViolenceElizabethKerekere3Current board members from Aotearoa/New Zealand are Mani Mitchell of the Intersex Trust and Rāwā Karetai. Rāwā and his co-convenor Ymania Brown-Gabriel (Samoa) represent the region at international ILGA meetings.

Elizabeth encourages LGBT groups to join ILGA and attend the conference, which costs $A120. New Zealand is a high income country so ILGA membership is €150 or ~$NZ253, or $NZ507 (€300) for organisations with a budget of more than $NZ337,000.

See the programme on the Oceania conference website. JR

Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa: 125 Years of Suffrage and Beyond

2018WSAConfThe Women’s Studies Conference on September 21-23 will be full of lesbian, queer female and feminist presenters discussing a wide range of topics.

The conference begins with a tour of the National Library’s He Tohu exhibition, the opening lecture by historian Barbara Brookes and social drinks.

Session topics include plurisexual-identified women, the Canterbury quakes, abortion, aging, health, pay equity, porn, memes, online abuse, flourishing after violence, self-defence, Asian women, young Māori mothers, highschool feminism, sex work, film and history.

Workshops include a Charlotte Museum pop-up, and memes against misogyny, and panels will discuss Asian women since poll tax, and women artists, among other topics.

Suffrage125The other keynote speaker is Professor of Indigenous Studies Linda Nikora. There’ll also be feminist songs, and a visit to an exhibition by four Māori women artists.

Early bird registrations are $200 for members, $235 for non-members and $125 for students or unwaged people. One-day fees range from $70 to $145. After August 31, fees are $220 for members, $255 for non-members and $145 for students. One-day fees range from $90 to $165. Registrations close on September 14. See the website and register here. JR

Have your say on Auckland Pride 2018

Auckland Pride LogoFour community hui in August will enable Rainbow people and communities to have their say about how to improve Auckland Pride for next year.

The Auckland Pride Board says that feedback from these meetings “directly influences” its work as well as the festival and parade directors; board members and staff will be at each hui.

All hui are open to all, with some having a special focus. The first hui is on Saturday 18 from 2-4pm at Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. Takatāpui Māori kōrero and kaupapa will be the focus on Tuesday 21 from 7pm at Te Unga Waka Marae, 1 Clyde St, Epsom.

Youth are the focus on the online hui, live-streamed on Auckland Pride’s Facebook page on Wednesday 22 from 7-9pm and hosted by Zakk D’Larté.

The Talanoa on Saturday 25 from midday at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, 2/22 Amersham Way, Manukau, will focus on engagement with Pacific communities. It is co-hosted with the NZAF Love Life Fono.

Everyone who attends a hui, in person or online, goes in the draw to win two tickets to the Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust fundraising dinner and auction with Helen Clark at Cordis Auckland on Sunday September 9.

To discuss a specific issue at one of the hui, email, but this is not essential as participants will have an opportunity to raise their topics. See the Pride website.

Pride gets new chairwoman

CissyNew Auckland Pride chairperson Cissy Rock, a long-term lesbian community worker, says the role was not one she ever intended. “I did some pro bono work with Pride a year ago. They asked me back and that work uncovered some gaps, so I did some paid contracting with them. They were good people on the board wanting to do right by the community, and I enjoyed working with them.”

“Then Cassie (Roma, former chair until the day after the recent AGM) resigned and the board asked whether I’d consider being chair.” Cissy initially said no, because of the size of the job and her role as a former contractor, then reconsidered. Her term will last until the next AGM in 2019.

Also new to the board is former Festival Director Ta’i Paitai, elected at the recent AGM, and returning is Zakk d’Larté re-elected at the AGM for a second term. They join Verity George, Adrian Noda, Matt Jackson, treasurer and Michael Lett, secretary.

The board is also calling for expressions of interest for two remaining appointed board positions; email

Openness and transparency

Cissy wants to see “a lot more community involvement in Pride, opening up part of board meetings to members, minutes available for members, and for our communities to have the difficult conversations we need to have.” However, she acknowledges that such changes may take some time.

“We need to discuss as a board how to do that; I want to be sure that we’re all behind what we do, that we’re doing things we agree with.”

“We’re on the road to fixing rifts and lack of transparency. Everyone on the board is committed to transparency and working with integrity,” she says.

“At the AGM people said they wanted the parade to be ours, for people of our communities, not just for anyone. So how do we do that and meet the needs of the sponsors? At the last board meeting we discussed how to get the parade to be more queer, more political and more risqué. The biggest challenge facing Pride is finding the appropriate balance between community needs, available resources and sponsors’ desires.”

Cissy sees the board “being pulled in lots of different directions – even among my friends everyone wants different things from Pride.”

A problem in the past has been lack of institutional memory, she says; “the board has had to reinvent the wheel over and over. What we need are board members able to do two or three years with other people behind them, so there’s a rhythm and memory.”

She wants “to be visible as a lesbian feminist, and see what that attracts.” Jenny R

Hamilton Pride hits 10

Hamilton Pride

Six events by women are among the 16 events of the 10th Hamilton Pride Festival from September 1–9.

They include a screening the Battle of the Sexes, between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, on Sunday 2, organised by the Lesbian Social Group.

Queer Writers read things, a poetry and prose event open to all, is being organised by queer woman Shaynah Jackson on Thursday 6.

On Saturday 8, female lecturers from the University of Waikato will take part in a symposium on diverse genders and sexualities, with artists and community groups. That evening, lesbian softball team Rainbow Warriors runs a lip synch competition and dance party for women.

And on Sunday 9, lesbians can check out the ‘world’s first compostable vibrator’ at a Go eco make your own lube workshop with Jo Wrigley, an out lesbian candidate for the Green Party in 2017, as well as enjoy Pride in the Park with family and friends.

HP Queer KoreroOther events include the opening party, ‘10s, 10s, 10s across the board’ at the Meteor; the open-to-all-genders Fountain City pageant; and Queer Korero, a discussion about queer youth identities and issues.

Details of the four events organised by the festival committee will be released by Friday 10 and for those organised by community groups by Friday 17.

The festival’s committee chair, Rhiannon Bond, says the festival is “a lot bigger and more diverse now” than in its first years.

Your last chance to contribute to the festival is the final open Pride meeting before the festival on Friday August 31. Head to Link House, 2 Dawson St at 6pm. Pictured are some of those at July’s meeting.

See the festival Facebook page and the Hamilton Pride website.

Hamilton Pride meeting

ILGA World Wellington 2019

Deadlines have been released for scholarships to attend and proposals to present at the 40th International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) world conference in March 2019 in Wellington.

2019_ilga_world wtnHosted by ILGA member organisations Intersex Trust Aotearoa/NZ, Tīwhanawhana Trust and Rainbow Youth, the conference runs in the Michael Fowler Centre from March 18-22 with the theme Celebrating the past to liberate the future.

Tīwhanawhana leader Elizabeth Kerekere encourages indigenous peoples and other Rainbow groups to apply for scholarships and to present in creative ways. “We want to support ILGA World in getting scholarships for people from marginalised communities and oppressive societies.”

“People can propose panels, workshops, films, creative presentations, and eight-minute Rainbow talks. We encourage maximum creativity.” The deadline for scholarships and presentation proposals is Saturday August 18. Programming will be selected by the ILGA World office in Geneva.

ILGA Helen_ Kennedy.jpgHelen Kennedy of Canada, left, Co-Secretary General of ILGA World, and ILGA Executive Director André du Plessis will attend the launch of the conference on August 24 (see Dyke Diary), during a visit to organisers and Wellington venues from August 20. They will also meet Mayor Justin Lester, Rainbow MPs and other dignitaries “to get a taste of what it will be like,” says Elizabeth.

The six values that guide the hosts of the conference are Mana motuhake, the autonomy and equal voices of the organising groups; Te Tīriti o Waitangi, decolonising sex and gender; Whānau, an intergenerational perspective; Whanaungatanga, extended relationships between groups; Manāki manuhiri, honouring guests; and Pārekareka, having fun.

Elizabeth says that the organisers are keen to connect people from around the world with local communities, “which is why we moved the conference to coincide with Wellington Pride.” She hopes to include meeting spaces for youth, lesbians and indigenous peoples as part of manāki manuhiri.

The conference is open to member organisations, and registrations open on September 18. See the conference website, and scroll down check out LNA’s statement of support from 2017. JR

Queenstown’s Pride in the Park

Queenstown’s Winter Pride festival from September 1–9 has been granted $25,000 by the Queenstown Lakes District Council towards the first Pride in the Park on Friday 7.

Winter Pride boardThis is the first cash funding from the council towards the first major free public Pride event in Queenstown, says co-organiser Martin King. “It’s incredible funding for Winter Pride, the equivalent of $1 for every person in the region.”

The money will go towards traffic and other infrastructure costs for such a large public event, which the council would otherwise charge.

Pride in the Park runs from noon to 8pm in Earnslaw Park, and the stage will showcase more than 30 local, Auckland, Wellington and overseas performers.

DJ Harry K from Fluffy in Brisbane will be on the music, and drag performers from Rainbow venues in Auckland and Wellington, in town for Pride parties, will be onstage.

Winter pride pledgeMartin expects the doggie drag talent show, judged by MP Louisa Wall, to be popular. Louisa will also launch the Pride Pledge with patron, Mayoress Karen Boult (Ngai Tahu). The launch will unveil all the local business and community organisations who have vowed to use their voice and influence “to support visibility, safety, tolerance, love, diversity and inclusion of all LGBTTQ+ people”.

Also attending is MP Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues, and associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples.

Winter Pride busMartin says students from the Queenstown Resort College’s event management course are co-ordinating performers and stage management.

Martin says the festival has strong female support, with women leading the core team of party organisers and making up half the festival’s 60 volunteers. Ticket sales to women have so far kept up with the one in four of the previous year’s event, run by former owners Sally and Mandy Whitewoods.

See the website, the Gay Ski Week Facebook Page, join the Women’s Pride Facebook group, or download the updated full schedule. JR

Ngā wāhine / People

Flat Out Pride
Building community through photography, performance installations and passion – the work of Tuafale Tanoai’i

Flat Out Pride

Takatāpui woman Hamie Munroe has been one of the mainstays of Hamilton’s weekly Rainbow access radio show, the Flat Out Pride hour, broadcast on Fridays at 5pm on Free FM 89.0 Independent Community Media, and on demand. She spoke with Jenny Rankine.

FOP_Team_2018Hamie (front) and the other long-term volunteer, gay man Phoenix Adamson (back), have just welcomed two new members, Krysta (left) and Jaimie Veale, and look forward to the new approaches they’ll bring to the programme.

Hamie, of Ngati Maru and Te Aupōuri, Irish and Scots descent, has volunteered with Flat Out Pride for nine years.

“I was approached by Geoff Rua’ine who wanted to pass the mantle over, although I had no previous experience in radio. It was exciting to connect with a new learning and able to promote and empower the community in a new way.”

“I had to put myself out there in a way I hadn’t done before. People hear my voice but don’t see my face, and it’s taken me to lots of pride parties, parades, fundraisers and events supporting all the colours of our rainbow community; this part I love too!”

Flat Out Pride includes a mix of interviews, music shows, hot topics, comedy, Rainbow readings, all music, news and events, and coming out stories. Its tagline is ‘news, views and interviews for and about our community’.

They describe the community with the acronym “GLITTQFAB – Gay, Lesbian, Intersex, Takatāpui, Transgender, Queer, Fa’afafine (Samoan), Akava’ine (Cook Islands), Bisexual and all the fabulousness in between”.

“We like to rotate different topics – we don’t want it to be mundane or repetitive. We try to have interviews every month with people from the community, and Rainbow reading hours with queer and Rainbow writers.”

We run coming-out stories from across the globe, international and national news and events, and play clips from queer comics. At the end of every show we update ‘what’s hot and happening’ for the coming weekend”.

“I personally promote Te Reo Maori and Māori events and kaupapa relevant to Rainbow communities – the most recent was Matariki.” Hamie attends the biennial Hui Takatāpui run by the NZ AIDS Foundation, and promotes the Pacific Love Life Fono every intervening year.

“There’s youth summits, junior and senior Kapa Haka, and the Tainui annual Koroneihana (coronation) commemorations. We celebrate NZ Music Month with artists that interest our community. Sometimes we’ll interview people at the Big Gay Out during Auckland Pride. We try to get involved with community events as much as possible, not just in the Waikato.”

Flat Out Pride also deals with hot topics in the community, and Hamie believes it’s important to “talk about the hard stuff. For example, our transgender whānau who don’t have equal status, how is that for them in prison, at work, how is the government ensuring they’re included?”

“Relationship violence, which happens everywhere and has gone on for years – there’s no open dialogue and there’s minimal community support. We have to talk about it whether we like it or not.”

FOP 2014“Youth suicide is a big issue for all colours of the rainbow, especially transgender people and those estranged from their families. Housing, health and mental health services, support for our Rainbow immigrant communities, does it exist? Those issues are vital for the empowerment and growth of our Rainbow communities.

“When she’s asked about the best programmes, the ones she’s most proud of, she says “interviews, hands down. You hear people’s stories, real and true about who they are, and their journey. If people identify with it, great, if not, they learn something new.”

FreeFM 89.0 Independent community media can be heard from Bombay to south of Tokoroa, and from east of Te Aroha to west of Raglan. “It promotes and encourages all parts of our society, irrespective of how you identify culturally, ethnically, or ethically to ‘have your say’.”

Every Flat Out Pride show is available on the following Monday as a podcast from the website and remains available for about six months. Besides the number of Facebook followers, the team’s gauge of their audience is the management’s tracking system and the number of people who click on the podcast link.

FOP Phil_Mike_FreeFMThe team gets feedback from listeners commenting on their Facebook page, emails asking questions, or suggesting content, interviewees, and music to play. Hamie would love to share interviews with other Rainbow access programmes; “that’s definitely an aim of the FOP whānau as well as finding a sponsor for the show, learning how to plug to international audiences, and hopefully go live at some point.”

Hamie wanted to “give a big shout out to the FreeFM 89.0 management team (General Manager Phil Grey, left, and Programme Director Mike Williams). “They’ve been nothing but supportive of our show, helping us improve our delivery, reach a wider audience, training us to use the technical equipment and processes, and sponsoring gifts and equipment for Hamilton Pride events.”

Coming out

Hamie, who identifies as Takatāpui, came out at 18. “I spoke to my mother first – I told her while she was driving so she wouldn’t have to look at me, her response was ‘I know’, and I said ‘What?! How come you didn’t tell me!’”

“She said it was up to me to figure it out for myself. ‘All that matters is you’re happy, you’re healthy and you’re safe. You’re my daughter and I love you’.”

“I’m one of the lucky ones that got the best response, I had never heard the worst case scenarios. I wasn’t exposed to any Rainbow people, I lived in a very straight world, so I wondered what the hell was going to happen.”

“It took my mum seven years to be a part of my Rainbow life, be with me around the community and engage in the Rainbow scene. She came with me to the last ever Hero Party in Auckland.”

“She invited herself, arrived with two gay male work colleagues, left them found me among those thousands of people and stuck to me like glue. She wanted to talk to the people who knew me, ask people questions.” Hamie laughs. “It meant I wasn’t getting any ‘sessi’ time that night.”

Hamie is a trainee Sign Language Interpreter, and her day job is as a disability support worker with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. She’s also an apprentice teacher women’s self-defence teachers’ network.

Hear Flat Out Pride podcasts online, see the Facebook page, listen live online at 5pm on Fridays, repeats 12pm same night, or email the Flat Out Pride team.

Building community through photography, performance installations and passion – the work of Tuafale Tanoai’i (aka Linda T)

A personal tribute by Charmaine Pountney

Linda T & CharmaineBorn into a Samoan family in Kingsland, Tamaki Makaurau, and christened Tuafale Tanoai’i, she was also given the name Linda by an elder to link her to her Lufilufi aiga(family). Tuafale’s mother encouraged her to use Linda in her dealings with teachers and other Pākehā, as was common at the time in our schools. But now she is proudly Tuafale –

Known as Linda T, she was a student at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School from the mid-1970s to early 80s. She was in the band Elle Phyzeek, which competed in a talent quest, and one of a lively group of Samoan, Māori and Cook Island girls who ran a Friday disco club in the Cocoa House. Many of them went on to challenge racism, sexism, capitalism and all kinds of injustice in a variety of settings.

Linda also worked before and after school in a number of jobs, including paper runs and cleaning. When she was 14 she had a holiday job at the Foot and Mouth Painting Artists’ office, packing and posting artists’ cards, and became interested in the drawings and paintings. With her first pay she bought a Hanimex camera, which had tiny negatives.

Linda left school to work as a volunteer in the youth action movements of the early 1980s. She did odd jobs as a paid youth worker and as a DJ. Many older lesbians will have seen her at feminist and political events, with her wide smile and camera, and admired her energy and her commitment to documenting women’s activities.

In 1997 Linda answered an SOS from Hillary College, and after looking around and talking with students decided she should help a group set up a radio station within the school, to broadcast positive school and community news and music over lunchtime. With her combination of technology skills, love of music, and commitment to young people, she helped to energise student hope and pride during a hard time in the school’s story.

Tuafale exhibitionIn 2003 Tuafale began some undergraduate work in graphic design at AUT. She found academic requirements a challenge as an undergraduate, and dropped out when her partner, Edith Ridings, became terminally ill. Edith made her promise to return and complete a degree, which she did, earning a Master’s degree with first class honours in 2009, specialising in visual and performance installation art.

Taking pictures, putting up screens and linking with projectors may sound simple enough, but Tuafale has had many challenges. Often she had to sleep in her car to protect equipment overnight. She has been known to leap out and frighten off a group of youths intending to make off with her cables or gear.

Tuafale has also dealt with grief and loss, poverty and serious illness during her life so far. She says she has been blessed with enormous support from women throughout her life – her mother, her AGGS friends, mentors like Tui O’Sullivan and Vivien Bridgewater at AUT, Peggy Dunlop-Fairburn, other artists such as Janet Lilo and the D.A.N.C.E. art club women – too many to name. And, she says, she has always been surrounded by the love and awhi of our lesbian community.

Tuafale has always been close to her family, and cared for her mother during the last stages of her life with dementia. The enlargements of her photos of her mother during her last years made poignant and powerful exhibitions in China in 2016, at a Kelston Girls West Auckland Arts event, as well as at Studio One in Ponsonby in 2017.

Tuafale exhibition2Tuafale spent a couple of hours with Tanya and me in Grey Lynn in June sharing some of her story – she’s a neighbour now, renting a studio at Rachel House’s place. Tuafale is off to the USA for a month, to indulge her passion for music at the Essence Festival in New Orleans and other events, with her cell phone primed to film and record as much as she can. No doubt she will share these experiences as she has so many others.

From a 14-year-old with a camera, Tuafale Tanoai’i has become a leading Pasifika artist in Aotearoa. Pantograph Punch has a wonderful article about her work by Ioana Gordon-Smith: Building the Community (Archive): The Work of Linda T, which explores Tuafale’s commitment to her work as her gift to the people she films and photographs. The quotes from Tuafale show the depth of her commitment as an artist to supporting others.

See her exhibition, Storytelling as koha: consolidating community memories at the Homestead Galleries, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, before it closes on Sunday July 15, if you can.

PS: The physical archive Tuafale has accumulated is costing her $500/month to store – it is a treasure trove which she funds from her limited and unpredictable income. If you are interested in helping, contact Charmaine for details.

* Photo of Tuafale with Charmaine by Tanya Cumberland

Te ao pāpāho / Media

We welcome your suggestions of websites, books, films and any other media of interest to lesbians and queer women.

Writing about the wild colonial girl
International Film Festival provides a good women’s programme

We appreciate the original cartoons provided by Helen Courtney. This one, Flight of fancy, seems to fit particularly well with Media.

Writing about the wild colonial girl

Lorae Parry & Gill GreerLorae Parry’s play Bloomsbury women and the wild colonial girl had its birth during a five-year stay in London. She and partner Gill Greer, left, had moved there after Gill was appointed as the Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, a sexual and reproductive health organisation that works in more than 150 countries.

For once Lorae, a prolific actor and playwright, didn’t work fulltime, “because Gill travelled 30 times a year and I went with her about half the time”.

“I heard of the Katherine Mansfield Centenary Conference coming up at the University of London in 2008 and I thought I could put something together. I had a one-woman show called Darling women, about all these lesbians – including famous women like Katherine Mansfield, Emily Dickinson and Vita Sackville-West – as well as ordinary ones.”

“I fronted up to the conference organisers with this play, and they said ‘Why don’t you just write about Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury women?’” It didn’t hurt that Gill Greer was one of New Zealand’s foremost Katherine Mansfield academics.

Virginia WolfeLorae spent about six months cycling to the London Library in St James Square, “with these beautiful iron grids in the floor through which you could see the people below. It had lots of big manuscripts of Mansfield’s and tomes about Virginia Woolf (left).”

“The play is verbatim, all taken from their writing. If Virginia wrote a letter to Katherine, I’d look up the closest letter Katherine wrote back, and their journal entries. I wrote it as if they were talking together, without there actually having been a conversation.”

The play is written for two or three women. Katherine and Virginia are the two protagonists, with other voices including Katherine’s close friend Ida Baker (always called LM). “KM and Virginia were very rivalrous at first but I think they came to some kind of acknowledgement that there was no one else like each of them as a writer. So the rivalry turned into a friendship.”

“Virginia, I wonder if you know what you visits mean to me – how much I miss them. You are the only woman with whom I long to talk work. There would never be another… Farewell dear friend, may I call you that?”

BW&WCG vert“Towards the end of the play, Katherine knows she is dying of TB and writes five short stories – they all pour out of her, and she’s ecstatic about it. Virginia is suffering from intense depression and anxiety; it seems like one longed to live but couldn’t, and the other wanted to die but didn’t for years.”

“They were two literary giants who were completely different. We’ve never had a play before with Katherine interacting with someone like her. A lot of people don’t know what Virginia meant to Katherine, especially towards the end.”

Lorae also included passages from Katherine’s journal about her relationships with women, including Maata Mahupuku and Eddie Bendall in Wellington.

“I cannot sleep… last night I spent on her arms – and tonight I hate her – which, being interpreted, means that I adore her: that I cannot lie in my bed, and not feel the magic of her body. I feel more powerfully all those so turned sexual impulses with her than I have with any man.”

Lorae played Mansfield in the conference performance and participants loved the play, she says. “Sylvia Ashton Warner’s grandson was there, the granddaughter Katherine’s husband] John Middleton Murray, and lots of very knowledgeable Mansfieldites.”

The play was also performed at the Pacific Playhouse for one night; “it never had a season and we never put down our books.”

bloomsbury bk coverPlaymarket published the play in 2010 and it was launched early in 2011. “Sue Wilson said after the launch that she’d love to have a crack at the play,” and it was submitted every year to the Circa Council.

In the meantime, Lorae and Gill returned to Wellington, and Lorae the last three years have been a hectic period of writing and performing in plays, political comedies and pantomimes in Wellington. They include Scarlet and gold, her play about her great-great-uncle and female relatives in the 1912 gold miners’ strike in Waihi that led to the founding of the Labour Party.

Circa WTF“Only months ago BW&WCG was pulled out of the hat, Sue cast the actors and I went to the first reading.” The play begins the 2018 Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) and is also part of the KM130 festival leading up to Mansfield’s 130th birthday on October 14. Lorae and Gill are involved in three Circa events about KM from July to September (see Dyke Diary).

Catch the play on Tuesday 21 at the LILAC lesbian library fundraising performance or see the Circa Theatre website for tickets between August 18 and September 15. Jenny R

International Film Festival provides a good women’s programme

The national rollout of the 2018 NZIFF is well underway, with Auckland and Wellington seasons already live, and Christchurch starting Thursday August 2.
As promised, there are a number – more than usual – of lesbian films, and a significant number more that are women-focussed.

Only Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have the re-screening of Desert Hearts. See it if you can – yes it’s available from other sources, but some of its power comes from the big screen. Sadly, Rafiki is only screening in Wellington and Auckland.

This year is also a year of books-to-films: as well as Desert Hearts, the big lesbian two (screening everywhere) are Disobedience and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Opinion varies on how well they work as films and how well the adaptation has been done. It’s a given that books are better than films (though we are open to expressions of different opinions), and usually readers prefer to know the book first.

All these four have great dramatic power: there is tension, happiness and positivity, loss and grief. There are happy endings, though not for everyone, and there are ambiguous endings.

She Shears

In Christchurch, we suggest you also see Disobedience, The Heiresses, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and She Shears.

In Nelson (from 8 August) you can see Disobedience, The Heiresses, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. In Dunedin (from 9 August) the same three plus She Shears.

The Gore and Timaru seasons both start 16 August and both have screenings of Disobedience and The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

Las herederas / The Heiresses

The Hamilton, Palmerston North and Tauranga seasons start later in the month (22 August for Hamilton, 23 August for the other two), and all are screening Disobedience, The Heiresses, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Tauranga is also screening She Shears.

Programmes for Masterton, Hawke’s Bay and New Plymouth all go live on Thursday August 2. At time of publication the programmes were not complete, but all have Disobedience and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Hawke’s Bay and New Plymouth are also screening The Heiresses.

Rātaka Takatāpui / Dyke Diary


hpa-survey-posterTakatāpui health survey: A national survey is gathering responses about takatāpui health with a target of 600 by August 31. The Honour Project Aotearoa is led by Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, and Alison Green, Chief Executive of national health promotion organisation Te Whāriki Takapou. Click here to complete the survey​​; email Leonie on and Alison on

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau

Here-turi-kōkā / August

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

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

dykehikesprofileSunday 5 Dyke Hike 11am. Oakley Creek/Mt Albert. This urban walk starts at Harbutt Reserve. We’ll explore the changes around Oakley Creek and the Waterview interchange as well as the lush streets of the area taking us up Mt Albert for good views and a bit of cardio. Meet at Harbutt Reserve at the end of Harbutt Ave, Mt Albert. 3- 4 hours. Grade: Easy (okay in strong walking shoes, not many hills, good tracks) to moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible, moderate fitness needed). Email, visit or the Facebook page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 28 – Saturday September 1 Future’s Eve, a cult sci-fi performance spectacle by Perth artist Michelle Aitken uses theatre, dance, projection and a Roomba to take on hard questions about robot ethics, man-made women and our gendered relationships with new technologies. Fembots, sex slaves and ideal women! 6:30pm, Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland city. Book online or call iTicket on 09 361 1000

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

Waikato/Central North Island

Saturdays Rainbow Warriors women’s softball team play in the local league at Resthills Park in Glenview, either at 1pm or 3pm, depending on the draw. Check their Facebook page.

First Saturday of the month: Pink Drinks hosted by Hamilton Pride Aotearoa. From 6.30pm, Cook Street Social, 7 Cook St. Go to Facebook event page for dates & details.

Thursdays Social dodgeball for takatāpui and LGBTIQ+ people Nau mai haere mai! Folks of all dodgeball abilities are welcome and a gold coin koha is appreciated. 6.30-7.30pm, University of Waikato Faculty of Education Gym just off Gate 4, 213 Hillcrest Rd.  See the Facebook page.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

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

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

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

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Anytime Self-guided LGBTTI walking tour of 24 historic rainbow locations around Wellington’s waterfront in one hour, free. Start at the former site of Carmen’s Balcony on the corner of Harris and Victoria Sts, now the City Library, walk through Civic Square, onto the waterfront, down to Bats Theatre and then back to the Michael Fowler Centre via Courtenay Place. Hear short eyewitness accounts at each location with your smart device using the interactive Google Map, or download the mp3 audio before you set off. See the website.

‘The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, National Library, corner Molesworth & Aitken Sts, ground floor. Free. See website for more information.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

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

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

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

Friday 10 A comedy show with good comedians in it! All-women line-up, hosted by drag king Hugo Grrrl. 8pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $15/$20. See the Facebook event page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 30 Male Tears: A Poetry Show Poetry from badass and bitter female-identifying people and queers. Hosted by Hugo Grrrl and Poetry in Motion Wellington. 7.30pm, Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro, $5. See the Facebook event page.

Nelson area/Whakatū

The Tasman Lesbian Connection (TLC) sends a monthly email of events in the area, Nelson and Motueka in particular. Contact 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.


The Christchurch Women’s Centre keeps a diary of events in Christchurch and elsewhere on their Lesbian Support (now “Rainbow Support”) page. Check events on the  Christchurch LGBT social events page. The Lambda Trampers and Lambda Lattes are mixed social tramping and walking groups for lesbians and gays living in and around Christchurch, and their friends.

Here-turi-kōkā / August

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

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

CAMP!Friday 31 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.

Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

Here-turi-kōkā / August

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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