Here-turi-kōkā / August

What was going on in August? – it’s not too late to find out, we’ve collected all the items here.

Dyke Diary

Ngā pitopito kōrero, News

Lesbian selfie exhibition
InsideOUT art auction
Council’s rainbow panel
Women’s choirs
Alcohol and Drug clinician wanted
Outline coming out group
Play and concert for a Living Wage
Social change conference
Protect lesbian rights in Russia
Lesbian News Aotearoa on Facebook
News From All Over

Me, Myselfie, I

Charlotte selfie1The two competition winners for the best lesbian selfie will be announced at the opening of the Charlotte Museum’s exhibition of selfies on Sunday August 16. They will receive their winning selfies blown up to A4, block mounted and posted to them after the show.

Nadia Gush, the exhibition organiser, said she was looking for “that photo with the extra little bit of je ne sais quoi, the photo where the light reflected in the bathroom mirror in just the right way, where your cat photobombed in the top left corner, where you managed to make yourself look so awesome that none of your Facebook friends would ever recognize you in real life.” Two of the submitted images are on the left.

Charlotte selfie2“In a world where others have always had the job of defining us, the Charlotte Museum Trust believes the selfie is an awesome medium for reclaiming ownership of what it means to be a lesbian. And selfies are also a whole lot of fun. Let’s not forget the fun,” Nadia said.

The competition was judged by Wellingtonian Jac Lynch, whose photographic project Butch on Butch exhibited in Wellington earlier this year, followed by podcasts with some of the participants.

On Saturday September 19, the museum is organising an event to celebrate Women’s Suffrage Day, which will include the opening of cartoonist Helen Courtney’s exhibition of recent drawings.

See the museum’s Facebook page for event details.

InsideOUT art auction

InsideOUT_art_auctionA Wellington art exhibition and auction in August will raise money for national LGBTT youth support group InsideOUT.

The exhibition at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, runs from August 17 to 23 and features Pinky Fang, Lucita Peek, Lucille Rauscher, Ellaquaint, Sophie Oiseau and many other artists who have donated their work. The auction evening starts at 6pm on Friday 21 and includes vegan nibbles and entertainment. The event has been organised by volunteer Victoria Beesley. If you can’t afford to buy a piece of art, spend your change on a special Polly Put The Kettle On vegan treat instead.

InsideOUT supports school queer/straight alliances, runs regional and national youth hui, the national Day of Silence about LGBTT awareness, and supports the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day. See snaps from this year’s Day of Silence on our pictures page.

See the art event page on Facebook.

Auckland Council’s rainbow panel

Aotea Centre rainbow flagsMembership of the Auckland Council LGBTT advisory panel will be announced early this month after candidates have been informed, and recommendations from the interview group about the recruitment process and the future makeup of the panel will be considered by the Council later this month.

Candidates were pre-screened by Madison, an employment agency contracted by the council, which recommended the shortlist. This group was then interviewed in late July by four Rainbow community members, Councillor Cathy Casey, chair of the Community Development and Safety committee, and one senior council manager who is a member of Gilbert, the council’s rainbow staff network.

Panellists will be paid a meeting fee of $250 less tax for a meeting every six weeks, where they will advise about Rainbow perspectives on draft council plans and policies, and on how the council can better engage with Rainbow communities.

Unlike other advisory panels, Mayor Len Brown funded the Rainbow panel from his mayoral budget because this committee was controversial; Rainbow panellists’ terms will end in September 2016 before the local body elections. There is no guarantee that the incoming mayor or councillors will support the future existence of the panel.
Pictured – Rainbow flags above the Aotea Centre during Pride. JR

Women’s choirs

Union Made, the Auckland women’s union choir which includes lesbian members, is reviving for a performance in support of the touring Newcastle People’s Chorus in September. The choirs will sing songs of protest, peace and working life, and the Chorus is known for its no-holds-barred renditions.

Anji.Hear them at 7pm, Saturday, September 19 at the Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. Any women union members are welcome; rehearsals start this month. Phone Tanja Bristow on 027 441 8293 or email

Lesbian Anji Kreft (pictured) is leading one women’s acapella choir and two SING! general choirs, all with lesbian members in Auckland. No Fella Acapella will practice on Tuesdays from 6-7.30 in West Auckland for an eight-week term. One SING! group meets in Blockhouse Bay on Sundays from 6-7.30pm; it started on July 19 but there is still time to join. The other practises in Westmere from August 10 on Mondays from 6.45-8.15pm for an 8-week term. All choirs cost $10 for each 90min session, including tuition, CDs, lyric sheets and venue, in advance.

You need no prior experience, and Anji promises “classic pop songs galore and lots of fun”. Email her on

Alcohol and Drug clinician job going

CADSlogoAuckland Central CADS (Community Alcohol and Drug Service) are advertising for a full-time Rainbow Designated Clinician – LGBTTF.

The role is to work with with individuals and their families, assisting them in reducing and resolving alcohol and drug-related problems. Part of the specialist CADS Rainbow Service, it include working with people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as some Rainbow community engagement.

Expectations include relevant tertiary qualifications, excellent communication, assessment, treatment and referral skills. Group work experience will be highly regarded.

More information is available from Glenda Jensen, Clinical Team Leader, CADS Central, 09 845 845. The job is advertised at and closes August 14.

Outline coming out group

OUTlineComing Out FlyerNational LGBT phone service OUTline is starting a mixed, all-ages Coming Out Group on Tuesday August 18 for six weeks in its Auckland office. The group aims to be therapeutic and educational; it is co-facilitated by OUTline’s senior counsellor Hayden Oswin and intern Corrie Diamond, who both provide face-to-face and Skype counselling.

The group is self-funded, costing $20 per session, and meets from 6 to 8pm. Interested women need to register with OUTline General Manager Trevor Easton, email or phone 0800 688 5463.

OUTline has had a second year running of record call numbers from around the country, 18 percent more than the same time in 2014, which was their previous highest year. The service also has a full client list for face-to-face counselling. Thirteen new phone workers start a training course at the beginning of this month, and for the first time the service may run four training sessions instead of their usual three in a year. “The interest in answering the phones and the need for the service has grown”, says Trevor; “we no longer have to advertise, people come to us”.

Cissy Rock has joined the Outline board at their recent AGM, which includes chair Michael Wallmannsberger, secretary Lisa Luke Michelle, treasurer Craig Bonnington, Vicky Clothier, Cissy, Hayden Bigelow and Jim Marjoram.

Renovations at the NZAF premises, where OUTline is now based, have finished, and the service now has two rooms for counselling, a large library room, and a room each for the phone service and administration on level two, 31-35 Hargreaves St, College Hill. JR

Play and concert for a Living Wage

ScrubbersA musical play about five women who clean offices at night, and a concert of dance, music and theatre by the Tongan Youth Trust are supporting Living Wage Aotearoa in August.

This national organisation campaigns for the hourly pay a worker needs to afford the necessities of life and participate as an active citizen; the rate is recalculated every year by the NZ Family Centre Social Policy Unit. In 2015, a living wage is $19.25 an hour, 30 percent more than the minimum wage.

Each woman in the play Scrubbers, above, has a story, but the dreams of one change all their lives. Scrubbers is directed by Gwyneth Glover and all profits from the Auckland season will go to Living Wage Aotearoa.

Scrubbers plays at Theatre Pitt, 78 Pitt St, next door to the Methodist Church, and costs $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students, and $20 for groups of five or more.

The play runs from Wednesday August 12 to Saturday 15 and Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 at 7.30pm, Sunday 16 at 4pm, and Saturday 22 also at 2pm. See the event page on Facebook. Book at Eventfinda, or phone Marion om 376 6583 from 9am-9pm.

The free ECHO sign up concert, organised by the Living Wage Tongans, features artists from Crescendo Trust, Black Friars, dancers from FreshMovement, and more. It will be held at 6.30pm on Friday, August 14 at the Mangere Arts Centre, on the corner of Bader Dr and Orly Ave, Mangere and includes food. Email

A Living Wage at Selwyn Village

Living Wage SelwynA public meeting in Pt Chevalier, Auckland, on Wednesday August 5 will explore why a living wage is important for the elder care industry, and how it will benefit Selwyn Village residents, families and workers.

Professor Judy McGregor, author of Caring counts, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue, and Living Wage rate researcher Charles Waldegrave will speak at the Pt Chevalier School Hall, 7 Te Ra Rd from 7pm.

The meeting has been organised by the Coalition of Selwyn Supporters, which is campaigning for Selwyn to become the first elder care provider to become a Living Wage employer. Most elder care staff are women, and Selwyn pays the vast majority of their carers, cleaners, laundry and kitchen workers under $18 an hour.


Social change conference

Registration is now open for the Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change II: Possibilities, Ideas, Demands conference. It will be held from 9am-5pm on Wednesday 2 to Friday September 4 at the Auckland University of Technology. The conference is free but participants must register.

The three days have different themes – possibilities, ideas, and demands. Topics include confronting rape culture, queer politics in the Pride Parade, revolutionary art, social movement unionism, the Auckland housing crisis, building a movement against neoliberalism, the meaning of John Key, challenging symbolic power, and worker co-operatives, among many others. Presenters include Annie Newman, Niki Harre, Sue Bradford and many more.

Download the draft conference programme and a registration form on the electronic social science page. Email queries to

Protect lesbian rights in Russia

Amnesty International is asking people to email a Russian prosecutor to stop a court case against a lesbian under the country’s 2013 anti-gay law.

AmnestyElenaKlimovaElena Klimova started the online community Children 404 with a Facebook and another social network page in 2013, after she published a series of articles about LGBTI teenagers. She aimed to help combat stigma, and enable teenagers to discuss LGBTI issues and support each other. Teenagers used the pages to share personal stories and seek advice and support.

The project’s name refers to the error message ‘404 Page not found’ that screens when searches ask for a web page that doesn’t exist – the way many LGBTI people feel in present-day Russia. But the 2013 law makes it illegal to distribute material on gay rights to youth.

The law prohibits ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors’, which is punishable by fines from 4,000 roubles (NZ$110) for individuals and up to R1 million (NZ$27,412) for organisations. The law views using the internet or other electronic networks as an aggravating factor, punishable by up to R100,000 (US$1,630) for individuals.

In 2014, Elena was found guilty of ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors’ and issued with a fine of R50,000 (NZ$1371). She appealed the sentence and in March 2015 a district court shunted the appeal back to another judge. Elena is still awaiting the retrial.

A separate court hearing about the Children 404 pages ruled that they must be blocked. Local LGBTI activists are discussing legal avenues to appeal this judgement, but this decision may have a negative impact on Elena’s retrial.

Send an email in support of Elena from

Rainbow Network on the way

Amnesty International NZ plans to launch a Rainbow Network later this year for people who want to take action to protect and improve LGBT rights around the world. It will be co-ordinated by Margaret Taylor, Activism Support Manager, and Event Manager Mo Farrell; email Mo on

Lesbian News Aotearoa sorted on Facebook

Facebook logoWe’ve made another step in the transition from Tamaki Makaurau Lesbian Newsletter (TMLN) to Lesbian News Aotearoa (LNA), on Facebook. TMLN changed from a ‘person’ to a ‘website page’ last year; if you were a friend, this became one of the pages you like. (And we hope you still do!)

Now, you will see notifications with the same logo, from Lesbian News Aotearoa: same page, same people, If you’ve not yet visited and liked us – please do!

News From All Over

What were we reading and viewing around the web in the last month? (Reminder: exercise caution when reading comments on any story.)

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Women in love, Pride events around the world
Thanks to the team at SheWired, here’s a link to 29 uplifting and cheerful images of women at various Pride festivals: diversity of age, colour, size.

Out Senator Penny Wong, Australia
Closer to home, an article describing occasions Penny Wong, Senator for South Australia and Leader of the Opposition, has outspoken and outsmarted conservative and homophobic opponents.

PennyWongAnd watch her speak at the Labor Party national conference in July, on the importance of same-sex marriage and the ongoing fight for equality in Australia, in a six-minute speech delivered after a 30-second standing ovation. “There is nothing to fear from equality.”

Unfortunately, the motion to have marriage equality in the first 100 days of a Shorten Labor government was not passed.

US Campaign: Proud parents of LGBT Asian children
A joint project of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and the Asian Pride Project, nine videos, narrated and subtitled in varying languages and dialects, were featured on Asian TV stations and YouTube. Fact sheets for parents were also produced, in 19 different languages.

Check out Rosetta Lai, a Chinese mother of a lesbian daughter (Cantonese with English subtitles) and Phanida Phivilay, a Lao mother of a lesbian daughter (English with Lao subtitles).

Sweden: Women and heterosexuals evident at Pride
A poll taken at last year’s Stockholm Pride, but only recently released, determined that 60% of participants were women, and 40% were heterosexual. One third of participants decided to spontaneously.

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Australia: LGBTI people much more likely to attempt suicide
Australia’s Governer General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, opened the 2015 National Suicide Prevention Conference urging governments and researchers to come up with new and creative approaches to stop the 2,500 suicides around the country every year.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for both men and women under 44. Of all the deaths of young people, suicide is the cause in one in four cases.

“And, very sadly, the difficulties and discrimination still faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people is reflected in the fact that they are 14 times more likely to try to take their lives than members of the heterosexual community.”

Ngā Tangata/People

Build houses with Habitat in Nepal

Marion, a lesbian from Whakamarama in the Bay of Plenty, is looking for volunteers to join her team of at least 10 people building houses in Nepal as part of a Habitat for Humanity (HFH) project in early November.

Habitat Fiji 2Marion enjoyed her experience of an HFH project in Fiji in 2007 when she and her wife Denise (pictured right) helped build six houses in two weeks “in a tiny village up in the hills with no electricity or running water”. She is a team leader in the Nepal project, and her team will build one new permanent house for a family in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city.

The families who will live in the new homes are currently squatting, mostly with no sanitation and little water. “It’s a win-win”, says Marion; “I get to do something good for someone else, I learn a lot as I’m doing it, and I get a wonderful adventure.”

She says the Nepal technique is “similar to wattle and daub, except we’re using bamboo instead of wattle and some cement in the daub. I’ve done a bit of that.” Houses using the same construction methods survived the earthquake with very little damage. Each team includes a member with building qualifications, and volunteers get good supervision. But Marion stresses that volunteers need “no building skills at all”. One lesbian has registered for the team and another is seriously interested. “Anyone is welcome who wants to make a difference, learn something, and have a lot of fun. Some people are fundraising for their trip.”

Habitat Fiji 3Half the volunteers at previous big builds have been female. Marion says some HFH regular volunteers are from church groups and “some young people go for an OE to contribute and be part of the local life rather than the tourist experience. Money is the main problem for people who would otherwise like to come.” Being part of the team costs NZ$6,200, including accommodation, all meals, international and domestic airfares, local transport, a week’s insurance, HFHNZ gear and a contribution to Habitat Nepal. Payment can be made in instalments, with the final deadline on August 30.

HFH NZ will contribute 200 people out of a total of 1,000 HFH international volunteers, who will work with another 1,000 Nepalese volunteers to build 100 houses. This HFH project was planned before Nepal’s devastating earthquake in April as the annual HFH Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The 91-year-old former US President and his wife have worked for a week every year for three decades with HFH building projects in many countries.

Marion says volunteers can “work as hard as they want – no one will stand over them. Most people come away really happy with what they’ve learnt,” and for many their first build is a life-changing experience. Team mates will be provided with hotel accommodation in Pokhara from Saturday October 31 to November 6, and meals from dinner on Sunday November 1.

Habitat Fiji 1Pokhara is 200km west of Kathmandu and commands a view of three of the ten highest peaks in the world, all starting only 50km away. The area was not seriously damaged by the earthquake, but it worsened the people’s existing need for housing. After the build, volunteers can enjoy paragliding, mountain-biking, rafting and boating on Phewa Lake, book a trek of the nearby Annapurna Circuit, or trek in other parts of the country.

Marion has a background in teaching, initially in primary school, but later as a technology teacher and teacher advisor in secondary schools. Growing up, she learnt concreting, building hay barns and general handyperson skills. She and Denise have only recently moved from Auckland to a lifestyle block at Whakamarama, north of Tauranga, and Marion plans to use her new skills to build bamboo chook houses and sheds when she returns from Nepal.

Email Marion; see a video from an earlier Nepal HFH building project at ; see project information or download the registration form.

Jenny R

Te ao pāpāho, Media

Australian poetry

Sandy Jeffs, Chiaroscuro, Black Pepper, Melbourne, 2015
Sandy Jeffs, The Mad Poet’s Tea Party, Spinifex Press, Melbourne, 2015

To have two poetry books published and launched in Melbourne by two different publishers within days of each other, Chiaroscuro by Chris Wallace-Crabb at the Fitzroy Arms Hotel on 2 June 2015 and The Mad Poet’s Tea Party by Jennifer Harrison at the Christmas Hills Mechanics Institute Hall on 11 June, is no mean feat. But then the poet, Sandy Jeffs, is no ordinary poet. Diagnosed with schizophrenia during the 1970s Sandy has had to learn to live with this debilitating and mind-altering disease for almost 40 years, an almost impossible task but one she has managed with aplomb and with her sense of humour intact.

One of the mitigating features of her compromised life was the fact that Sandy wrote poetry and it was after her first book of poems, Poems From the Madhouse, was published by Spinifex Press in 1993 to critical acclaim that Sandy realised that she finally had a purpose in life as a recognised poet and also as an advocate and a public face for people living with mental illness.

Sandy Jeffs_The Mad Poet’s Tea PartyThese are books seven and eight of Sandy’s output to date and as with the previous books being mad, a ‘loony, loopy, schizy’, to use Sandy’s terminology, is the central theme of the poems in The Mad Poet’s Tea Party. She writes about her fears and her feelings of despair in The Dark Hours (p 19): “I spend too much time in these hours / my mind darkens in to them / a long creep down a deep weeping wound / where I know myself too well”. She likens the ways in which madness manifests itself in her head to an on-going conflict in Waging War (p 15): “This is not the war to end all wars. / A mind wages perpetual war – against itself.” And even the every day ordinariness of madness in The madwoman in This Poem (p 1): “The madwoman in this poem / is everywoman / is any woman / is a mother, daughter / sister, lover, friends – / the madwoman in this poem – / is me.”

And yet, and at the same time, Sandy is able to step back, to recognise the humour in the bleakest of situations as in Occupy My Mind (p 25), “it is occupied by / Jesus, Judas, God, Satan / Tweedledum and Tweedledee / my mind if a full house / I’ve hung out the ‘no vacancy’ sign.” It is perhaps essential to make fun of the medical profession in a reproving fashion in Therapy: Prices Update (p 27): “Hello! $10 $30 / Sit down $20 $70 / How are you? $30 $110.” And especially to make fun of madness itself as in Downsizing (p 60): “I’m downsizing my mind / in preparation for the new year”. This is also true of Done to Death (p 66): “I’m a little concerned / I’ve done madness to death / and I’m casting around for another subject / to engage my interest”.

And yet, ultimately, we are left with no illusions in Housemate (p59): “I live with schizophrenia / and all her moods / she is the housemate from hell.”

Madness is also the subject of many of the poems in Chiaroscuro, how not to be in this book whose very title means the strong artistic contrast between light and dark. However here, the darkness is not quite so terrifying: Splintering (p 6): “I am splintering in winter barrenness” and Lifequake (p 25): “A life is quaking / tectonic plates are shifting” and again Someone Else (p 60) “Perhaps I could climb into someone else’s mind / hear someone else’s voices / have someone else’s delusions”, which are all about madness in a different key to the sometimes desperation in the other book.

Not only that, the majority of these poems are laugh out loud funny and some have an underlying political meaning that is criticising, and understandably so, the status quo. The best of these include poems that take down the sacred literati. Such as Hermione Beecham-Smith Counsels J Alfred Prufrock (p 17): “J Alfred, you can’t go on like this / you need therapy… Who cares if you are growing old / and balding … I can recommend my therapist / J Alfred, go and see her and get back to me … You’ll find me with my girlfriends / in a room walking to and fro / talking of Michelangelo.”

Then there’s Durer’s St Jerome in his Study who is editing a book of fiction (p 18): “It’s title, The Bible, is most uninspiring. / Who on earth is going to buy a book called that?” This is accompanied by the black and white illustration of the same name to emphasise the point. In fact, the only other illustration on page 33 is equally serious in contrast to the poem that accompanies it.

And taking one of Australia’s iconic poems on which to hang her critical humour in Clancy@the (p 43), Sandy gives us an altogether different perspective on mateship in the bush: “and a reply came as directed in a font quite unexpected, / (The Epson printed the email like a thumb-nail dipped in tar) / ‘Twas his secretary who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it: / ‘Clancy’s gone to some retreat and we don’t know where he are.’ ”

The much darker poem, Daddy, What Did YOU Do in the Great War? (p 33), reveals Sandy’s political intelligence as The Sergeant, whose job it is to turn army recruits into killing machines, replies: “made them drink semen / chucked them into a shower / and scrubbed them with a wire brush / rubbed their dicks and balls and arse with boot polish / sodomised a young bloke” with the inevitable consequences as the The Recruit answers the same question (p 34): “I gave the sheila recruits a hard time… and ya gotta let the shitheads know who’s boss / so I raped a few of their women / it’s what happens in war”.

Sandy Jeffs_ChiaroscuroMention must also be made of the eye-catching covers. The cover painting on the Black Pepper book is My Mad Friend by Veronica Holland, a colourful stylised picture of Sandy with her long hair flying as she plays the violin surrounded by everything she holds dear, cats, books, friends, a circus tent, trees, a magpie and green rolling hills with the monster breathing fire held at bay in the far corner. The Spinifex book has Charles Blackman’s painting Feet Beneath the Table on the front with a wary looking Alice at the unstable tea table and more feet under the table than seems possible.

In the interest of full disclosure I was also there when Sandy’s first book Poems From the Madhouse (Spinifex Press, Melbourne, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), was launched by Judith Rodrguez at Bromham Place Clubhouse in Richmond on 19 June 1993 and wrote a review of it for Lesbian Network no 37 September 1993. And likewise when Sandy’s autobiography, Flying With Paper Wings: Reflections on Living With Madness (The Vulgar Press, North Carlton, 2009), was launched by Christos Tsiolkos at Dantes in Gertrude Street on 17 October 2009, I reviewed it for LOTL online in February 2010 and also included the review in Stroppy Dykes (2012).

In other words, Sandy is one of my all-time favourite poets and I admire her talent and courage immensely. For as Sandy puts it in Dangling (p 20) “we dangle from a thread of sanity // while madness snaps at our heels”, but it hasn’t stopped her from offering us the very best of herself and we are the richer for her persistence over the years.

To read more of Sandy’s work: she also coauthored Loose Kangaroos (Domain Press, Melbourne, 1998), and wrote Blood Relations, (Spinifex Press, Melbourne, 2000), Confessions of a Midweek Lady: Tall Tennis Tales (Overthefence Press, Melbourne, 2001, 2009) and The Wings of Angels: A Memoir of Madness (Spinifex Press, Melbourne, 2004).

Jean Taylor, Wurundjeri Country Melbourne

Rātaka takatāpui, Dyke Diary for Here-turi-kōkā / August

Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland

Sunday 2 Dyke Hike: Tamaki Estuary to St Heliers Bay. This walk goes through parks, along suburban streets and a via coastal bird reserve to end at St Helier’s Bay. Its a long walk but over mostly easy terrain. We’ll meet at St Heliers, and leave some cars there while we car pool to East Tamaki boat club. About 4.5 hours. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible). Email,

cartwright statueFriday 7 Forum: Future of cancer screening – Balancing benefits and risks 9.30am–4.30pm, Potters Park event centre, 164 Balmoral Rd, Balmoral. For health workers, consumers and policy makers, about cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screening and primary prevention. Speakers from Breast Cancer Network, Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa, health professionals and researchers. Organised by the Cartwright Collective with the Auckland Women’s Health Council and Women’s Health Action. $80 NGOs & consumers or $150, pay online at, phone Women’s Health Action, 09 520 5295 or See Facebook.

Wednesday 12 alba, 6-8pm, Farida Sultana on her life and lesbianism in Islam, in conversation with Carole Beu. Tiny Theatre, Garnet Station café, see Facebook for details. RSVP, $10 non-members, members free.

Twin Oak driveSunday 16 Coffee & Stroll 10am, coffee at Cornwall Park Cafe (from the Green Lane entrance, take the first left at the roundabout – note, this is not the old kiosk/cafe/restaurant beside the Information Centre); 10.30am, stroll around Maungakiekie One Tree Hill, starting with the daffodils in Twin Oaks Drive.

resizedimage600848-Goals-For-Girls-poster2Sunday 16 Auckland Women’s Centre fundraiser: documentary Goals for Girls, the story of women from the slums of Buenos Aires who overcome the stereotypes to achieve their goals, challenging stereotypes that restrict women in Latin America. 7pm for 7.30pm start; Capitol Cinema, 610 Dominion Rd, Balmoral; tickets $20 or $25 (includes ice cream or glass of wine) from AWC (376 3227 x 0, email or purchase direct from the Centre. Tickets also from The Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Rd (cash only).

Wednesday 19 Queer Faith Four Bible study meetings for LGBT Christians to discuss what the Bible says about LGBTT people, and to affirm their faith and sexuality. 6pm, Wednesdays, to September 9, Maclaurin Chapel, Princes St, city, by members of Auckland Rainbow Community Church. Email Julie at

Tuesday 25 Professor Judy McGregor’s free inaugural professorial address uses two case studies from women’s rights and disability rights to discuss Human rights and human wrongs in New Zealand. 4.30-5.30pm, WA conference centre, Level 2, WA Building 55, AUT University city campus, Wellesley St East. RSVP to for catering.

TakeBackTheNightMarchSaturday 28 Take back the night March 7pm, starting at the Old Choral Hall steps, cnr Symonds and Alfred Sts. Walk, dance and chant through Albert Park, Bowen Ave, Victoria and Queen Sts, to remind the city that we have every right to walk safely at night. Followed by a rally with speakers at Aotea Square, ~7.30pm. Organised by Auckland Feminist Action, all genders and sexualities welcome, see Facebook.

Waikato/Central North Island

Saturday 1 Dykes and dogs gathering at Hairy Maclary family day at the Strand, Tauranga waterfront, 10am-2pm.

Saturday 22 Waikato Lesbian Social Group (LSG) dinner, 6.30pm, Diakoku Restaurant, 65 Bryce S, Hamilton.

Sunday 30 Reaching for the Moon movie, organised by LSG, Waikato Museum theatre, 4pm, $10. Based on the true love story of US poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.See the trailer here.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

Monday 17-Sunday 23 Art exhibition and fundraising auction, Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, for LGBTT youth support group InsideOUT. With Pinky Fang, Lucita Peek, Lucille Rauscher, Ellaquaint, Sophie Oiseau and others. Auction Friday 21, 6pm, includes nibbles and entertainment. See the event page on Facebook.

Sunday 30 All-day fundraising clothing swap by School’s Out and Naming NZ (which helps transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth update their identity documents), 17 Tory St, city. Email about clothing donations.

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

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