Whiringa-ā-nuku / October 2017

What was happening in October? Here’s our Whiringa-ā-nuku update – all items collected in one handy page!

Dyke Diary

Ngā pitopito kōrero, news

National/multiple centres
Another lesbian MP
Lesbians and alcohol
New leader for Rainbow Youth
Paekakariki Pride
Deadlines for Auckland Pride participants
Charlotte Museum celebrates 10 years
Auckland Council Rainbow consultation

Another lesbian MP

Update, Wednesday 25 October: following coalition announcements earlier, ministerial and related appointments have now been announced.

Of our featured candidates (details below), Jan Logie is Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues) and Meka Whaitiri is Minister of Customs.

Also of particular interest is the appointment of Julie Anne Genter as Minister for Women.

The 2017 election delivered one new lesbian MP to parliament, Kiri Allan of Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Tuwharetoa; she is pictured with Mr G in Ruatoria.

Elections Kiri

It also delivered the highest number of female MPs ever – 46 – making up 38 percent of the house.

First-time candidate Kiri (see and hear an interview with her here) joins her returning Labour Party colleagues Louisa Wall (Tūwharetoa and Waikato) and Meka Whaitiri (Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Kahungunu), as well as returning Pākehā Green MP Jan Logie.

Louisa gained the most votes of the eight queer female candidates we profiled, 15,577 in her Manurewa electorate, with a Labour party vote of 58 percent, an increase of five percent from 2014.

Kiri made a good showing against the winning National incumbent in the East Coast electorate, gaining 33 percent of candidate votes – 12,710 – an increase of four percent on the previous Labour candidate. Her high position on the Labour list brought her into the house.

Meka, who we weren’t able to interview, gained 12,274 votes in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti seat on the East Coast, increasing her share of candidate votes to 52 percent. Labour’s share of party votes in the seat also jumped from 47 to 65 percent.

First-time Green Party candidate Elizabeth Kerekere polled over 1,924 in the same seat, slightly less than the previous election’s Green Party candidate; however, the Green share of party votes was almost half the total from 2014.

Jan Logie also returns to parliament due to her position of the Green Party list; as a candidate in the Mana electorate she gained 3,011 votes, eight percent of the total, which was slightly lower than her proportion in 2014. The Green Party share of party votes in the seat also dropped five percent on 2014.

In the Clutha Southland electorate, Labour’s Cherie Chapman came second with 7,465 or 20 percent of the votes, the same share as her party’s candidate in 2014. However, Labour’s share of party votes jumped to 24% from 15 percent in 2014.  The electorate’s other queer female candidate, the Green Party’s Rachael Goldsmith, drew 2,650 votes, seven percent, which she also achieved in 2014. However, as in other seats, the Greens’ share of the party vote dropped from eight percent in 2014 to four percent this election.

Jo Wrigley, Green candidate for Hamilton West, gained 2,355 votes, coming fourth; and Labour candidate Linsey Higgins was too low on the list to get in.

The special votes also brought Golriz Ghahraman into parliament for the Green Party, the first MP who has arrived in New Zealand as a refugee. JR

Lesbians and alcohol

A research project is underway investigating social, cultural and political influences on alcohol consumption in Rainbow communities in Aotearoa.

Very little is known about the role of alcohol and drinking in our communities, although there is a sense that the incidence of problem drinking may be greater than in the rest of the population.

The Health Promotion Agency is funding an Auckland based team from Massey and AUT who will run early evening community consultation meetings in Christchurch (Monday 9), Wellington (Tuesday 10) and Auckland (Wednesday 11). Everyone is welcome to attend. They will be followed by focus groups from November to March 2018.

The researchers welcome contact from groups and networks who may be able to run additional Rainbow focus groups. And there may be other ways to be involved, if you live outside the three centres.

See the website for more information about the project.

The community consultation meetings have Facebook event pages: Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Contact lead researcher Dr Jeff Adams by email: J.B.Adams@massey.ac.nz.

New leader for Rainbow Youth

Frances Arns started her new job as a full-time Executive Director of national LGBTT organisation Rainbow Youth in late September, overlapping briefly with departing director Duncan Matthews.

RY FrancesFrances has volunteered on the RainbowYOUTH executive board, and chaired the ASB’s LGBTI staff network, Unity, in her previous job as a strategy analyst for the bank; she is pictured below in 2015. She has experience in governance, finance and strategic planning.

“I’ve been given lots of opportunities and I want to use my skills and experience to support my community. I’m interested in meaningful work for positive change. Unity sparked that for me – it gave me a sense of how much work there is to be done.”

She believes “a lack of education and awareness is a root cause for many of the issues faced by queer and gender diverse rangatahi.” When asked about the power structures that support heterosexism, she stressed that there is “no singular solution” to discrimination against Rainbow people – “a cross-section of responses are important”.

She believes “there’s a huge opportunity for Rainbow Youth” in training organisation about heterosexism; “the limit is our resources.”

Otherwise, she didn’t want to commit herself on directions for the organisation, “because my background is corporates and I need to get up to speed with community organisations”.

Frances ARNS 2015She looks forward to developing a strategy with the team for 2018. “Operating Rainbow Youth in a way that aligns with tikanga Māori” and ensures that the organisation is accessible for takatāpui rangatahi is important to her, as are issues that affect young queer women.

She’s keen to find out how Rainbow Youth understands what young people need and want, “and how to respond better”.

Frances identifies as Pākehā and queer, “bisexual or pansexual if pushed; I prefer queer because it doesn’t reinforce a gender binary”. She’s excited to be a woman leading Rainbow Youth, “for diversity in leadership, although the membership and staff is diverse with strong female and non-binary representation”.

Rainbow Youth runs nine peer support groups for queer and gender diverse youth around Auckland and in Tauranga and Whangarei, which are alcohol and drug free. It supports queer youth groups around the country and lists them on the I’m Local website, and distributes the Gender & Sexuality 101 booklet as well as the Inside Out teaching resource for schools. It also runs staff training and occasional policy consultation for a range of education, NGO, business and government organisations.

See the website, the Facebook page, or email Frances on frances.arns@ry.org.nz Jenny R

Paekakariki Pride

Partners Val Little (DJ Bullitt) and Pat McIntosh (DJ dGare) are building on the success of last year’s inaugural Paekakariki Pride dance with a number of Labour Weekend events.

The dance last year was so much fun, they booked the hall for 2017. “One thing just led to another,” they said. Five events were confirmed at time of publication, and more planned. Paekakariki is maybe “the queer capital of the world”, and so an obvious choice of location.

Events, and funds raised, will honour Virginia Burns (also Virginia Parker-Bowles, or V), an event organiser, community mobiliser and glamour queen who died earlier this year. Proceeds will be donated to OuterSpaces Te Kete o Te Kāhui, a registered charitable trust which operates as the parent organisation for four LGBTIQ+ youth groups based in Wellington. “Virginia was an avid supporter of OuterSpaces,” Val and Pat said.

All events are open to the Rainbow community and Rainbow-friendly people.

Information about events is updated on the Vinyl&Proud and  Rainbow in the Village Facebook pages.

Tickets for the dance are available from Eventfinda: $16/$25 (includes booking fee).

Deadlines for Auckland Pride participants

Early registrations for the 2018 Auckland Pride Parade are open for Rainbow community groups, and will officially open for other participants early in October. Groups that participated in the 2017 parade should have already received registration forms.

Pride 2017Festival event registrations will open on the Auckland Pride website by mid-October until the deadline of December 14.

Community members who make the deadline will get their event in the Auckland Pride Guide; the deadline for advertising bookings is December 21.

Applications to join the parade close at 5pm on February 2, or sooner if the parade limit is reached. Glitter squad celebrants are already running a competition for a couple to get married at the 2018 parade; entries close on November 17.

Rainbow community members told Pride feedback hui that they wanted the parade to promote strong messages for equality, equal pay, and rights for transgender and intersex people. Participants also wanted a stronger transgender presence. Feedback from Pride community hui is still being released.

Corporations in the parade are encouraged to partner and financially assist a Rainbow community group with the costs of their registration, float, lights and sound, says Parade Producer Shaughan Woodcock.

Email Julian Cook, Festival Director, festival@aucklandpridefestival.org.nz and Shaughan Woodcock on parade@aucklandpridefestival.org.nz

See Dyke Diary for Pride events as they are announced, the Auckland Pride website or the Pride Facebook page. [Photo by Nick in exsilio] JR

Charlotte Museum celebrates 10 years

The Charlotte Museum of lesbian culture in west Auckland celebrates 10 years of events, displays, tours and commemorations this month, and the largely voluntary work that has kept it going.

miriam_asparagusrolls2Museum founder Miriam Saphira, left, will lead a lesbian walk through Ponsonby as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival from 3pm on Saturday 7 – text 021 157 3304 to book a place and get the meeting place for the start of the walk.

And on Sunday 15 all interested women are invited to celebrate a Charlotte decade at an annual meeting at the museum from 2pm. The board will report on activities and future plans, followed by refreshments. Interested women are invited to join the board for what member Jo Crowley calls “a watershed year”.

The board has applied to Auckland Council for subsidised council premises in the inner city, and the Waitematā Local Board will decide on the tenancy by October 12.

If you want to support the application, contact chair Pippa Coom, email pippa.coom@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 021 926 618. JR

Auckland Council Rainbow consultation

ACRAPJust over 200 LGBTT people responded to a consultation to determine the work of Auckland Council’s Rainbow Advisory Panel for the next three years, and the result will be reported to the panel’s open meeting on October 10.

The consultation enabled Rainbow people to respond to a web survey, on postcards in city libraries, by uploading videos, at their own DIY meetings and at a September hui with panel members. Others who worked on the $20,000 consultation included Aych McArdle and Toni Duder from Rainbow Youth, and cartoonist Sam Orchard, who drew the panel animation on the survey webpage (left).

The consultation asked community members about their dreams for Auckland, how the council could help, and what single thing they would like changed about the city. Themes from that feedback were them emailed back to responders for further development.

The panel’s role is to identify issues important to Rainbow people, advise council on regional strategies, policies and plans, and help the council engage with the community. It has three open meetings a year, and up to seven with staff.

The panel hopes that the consultation report will be useful for developing council policy and will help with Rainbow community funding. Panel members are Julie Radford-Poupard and John Kingi, co-chairs, Aram Wu, Moira Clunie, Mark Fisher, Lexie Matheson, Julie Watson, Diana Rands, Bruce Kilmister, Audrey Hutcheson and Dave Hati.

After October, the panel’s next open meeting will be in April. To attend or present at an open meeting email rainbowadvisorypanel@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or see the meeting schedule. JR

Nga wāhine, people

Peggy Link – helping care for animals
Alps to Ocean cycle ride

Peggy Link – helping care for animals

Peggy’s passion for animals shines through as she talks about her work. And it’s driven a relatively recent career change.

Peggy (right) with Alison and Beatrice

She is a lecturer in Animal Welfare at Auckland’s Unitec and coordinator of the Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations. This certificate is required for anyone who wishes to be an SPCA Animal Welfare Inspector and is the only tertiary course in this field in Aotearoa. It’s a distance course, with three blocks taught on site during the year.

It wasn’t a planned career path. Originally from Indiana, Peggy trained and worked as a teacher, working with children from Kindergarten to 12th grade (New Zealand’s Year 1 to Year 13). Then she was a neonatal nurse working in Intensive Care in the US, and after a move to Auckland to be with her Kiwi partner (she’s been a citizen since 2005), working at National Women’s for 11 years.

Peggy “thought about my passion for animals” when considering a change from the demands of nursing, and retrained at Unitec, on the one-year course she now teaches, and worked as an Animal Welfare Inspector. She also started a Master of Veterinary Forensics (distance study) with the University of Florida, graduating earlier this year – the only person in Aotearoa with this kind of qualification. Peggy now also operates a consultancy in veterinary forensics.

So what is veterinary forensics, and who uses it? Forensics involves applying science to questions of law – in this case, law around animal welfare. For the RNZSPCA, the focus is generally on matters of neglect or cruelty. Other professionals are involved, though: veterinarians, who, surprisingly, don’t get training in how to examine and write reports on cruelty and neglect, and lawyers working on animal welfare matters. Police are involved: they are also animal welfare inspectors and although they do not take many prosecutions, they may add in an animal welfare charge as part of a drug bust, for example. It is generally the police who see how animal welfare matters are associated with the occurrence of domestic violence.

An aside: New Zealand research, reported as ‘Pets as Pawns: The Co-Existence of Animal Cruelty and Family Violence’, is available from Community Research. It’s an examination of the link between animal cruelty and family violence, investigated with a combination of interviews, a survey of Women’s Refuge clients, and surveys of animal shelter managers.

Being an Animal Welfare Inspector was “my hardest job ever”, says Peggy. The work makes physical, mental and emotional demands on the worker. People are often working independently; it’s just as likely to be rural as city-based work, and for animal lovers, there is a constant presence of evidence and worry about mistreatment and neglect.

There is a strong link with nursing work, it turns out. “They are both high stress,” says Peggy, “and you are often working with vulnerable people, families in crisis, a wide range of cultures. There is also the opportunity and need for education.”

Education is a theme that comes through many aspects of animal welfare work. “Most people want to do the right thing,” Peggy confirms. Sometimes the education is for the animal owner, and sometimes for the complainant. For example, “it’s not against the law for a dog to be on a chain all day. It may not be the best treatment, but it’s not automatically unlawful.” So then the inspector is helping the owner to review and maybe modify their approach, as well working with the concerned complainant, perhaps a neighbour, to explain why they are not implementing their preferred solution, such as removing the dog. (Complaints are not infrequently received as solutions to a problem that hasn’t actually been determined.) The communication component of their training clearly needs to address technical, cultural and safety matters.

The implementation of the Health and Safety at Work Act has made changes to how Animal Welfare Inspectors’ work is arranged, and there is more thought given to some of the most challenging physical aspects of the work: someone shouldn’t be on their own climbing a ladder or crawling under buildings. There is more awareness of the risks inspectors may face when working alone: approaching situations where people don’t want them there, where drugs and alcohol, mental health issues may be affecting the parties. Most call-outs in the middle of the night have stopped, although there are still responses to owners needing help to rescue their animal.

Peggy brings her previous experience to her teaching, so the course, which she is rewriting, will address more interpersonal skill requirements for the increasing numbers of students. This year they started with about 30 students, and are expecting around 45 in 2018.

What else does an animal welfare inspector do? They teach, help, advise, and direct the animal owners they come into contact with. They also prosecute – a last resort – so they are the experts in the Animal Welfare Act, how to collect and collate information and evidence, how to create the prosecution file.

And her own animals? Peggy and Alison have an ageing Golden Retriever named Beatrice, who has worked as a therapy dog, and several cats. They have fostered “around 100” cats over the years, and “failed to return” some of the most needy: blind, three-legged, developmental delay.

Alps to Ocean cycle ride

Sarah reports on a lesbian adventure. In comparison with the better known Otago rail trail, this ride is more challenging: while mostly downhill, some of it is quite steep – both up- and down-hill – and falls are part of the territory. It was lots of fun, but it was a lot more than a ride round city streets.

Six women set out for an intrepid cycling adventure in April. The mission: to cycle the Alps to Ocean cycle way starting at Tasman Point (near Mount Cook/Aoraki) to Oamaru (300kms).

It started with an email in November from Ali Watersong seeking women to cycle with. “Well why not?” I thought. (I hadn’t been on a bike for 20 years and am adverse to hard physical exercise.) I consulted a work colleague who had done some distance cycling and she agreed – not in the realm of impossibility.

Decision made! Then I was on my bike. I took this biking very seriously. Out there after work and in the weekends, breaking in my bike bum and leg muscles. Finally the time came and it was all on. It was totally awesome. Fantastic company, incredible scenery, physically challenging at times but totally do-able. We biked about four hours a day over 6 days with a back up van for the busy on road bits or if we needed a day off. Ali booked accommodation ahead: a mix of holiday homes and motor camps. We had a night each cooking and shared petrol and van costs. This kept the cost very reasonable.

So if I can do it, you can. I am encouraging those of you who shirk from such physical challenges to get on your bike.

There are some amazing bike tracks around the country. I was surprised at how off road the track was for scenery not otherwise accessible by car. Biking is a great way to holiday and see the country. Grab your friends and go for it.

See www.alps2ocean.com and www.nzcycletrail.com.

Te ao pāpāho, media

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

Elizabeth Kerekere speaks on Māori LGBTQ term takatāpui
Literary women
Celebrating Kate Millett

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

Elizabeth Kerekere speaks on Māori LGBTQ term takatāpui

“Elizabeth Kerekere, who identifies as lesbian, has spent five years writing her PhD and discovering new evidence takatāpui existed in pre-colonial society.”

This brief Herald article outlines Kerekere’s work, includes an animated story of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai narrated by her, and profiles three takatāpui youth.

Literary women

Auckland gets a second Ladies Litera-tea this month (Sunday 29). These events are enjoyed for literary and culinary delights.

Additionally, this programme includes poet and prose writer Courtney Sina Meredith (Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick, Tail of the Taniwha) and Tina Makereti’s Black marks on the White page, an edited collection of Māori & Pasifika work that includes contributions from Courtney Sina Meredith and Gina Cole (Black Ice Matter) – note, Gina is not present at this event. Both delighted audiences at this year’s ‘Same Same But Different’ celebration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s top LGBTQI writing talent. Listen to Courtney Sina Meredith on Radio NZ.

Annaleese Jochems is also participating, talking about Baby, her first novel. The story follows Cynthia who steals money from her father to pay for the boat Baby, a sanctuary for her, her dog Snothead and Anahera, her fitness instructor and the woman of her dreams. (Read more at The Pantograph Punch.)

Buy tickets, $65, from the Women’s Bookshop.

Celebrating Kate Millett

Kate Millett was born in the US in September 1934 and died early last month, September 2017, shortly before her 83rd birthday.

By Linda Wolf – Contact us/Photo submission, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5282109

She was hugely influential to feminists and lesbians, since at least the publication of Sexual Politics, based on her PhD thesis, in 1970. It is available from Lilac in Wellington and should also be available in public libraries.

Millett published another 10 works, mostly non-fiction, and was also an artist (sculptor and artist). She established what was the Women’s Art Colony in New York State, now the Millett Center for the Arts. She was active in civil/human rights activism, and the peace movement. She experienced severe mental health issues, and was an anti-psychiatry activist.

In 2012, with Armistead Maupin, she was awarded a Lambda Pioneer Award for Literature. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

Watch and listen to Millett at 1974 Gay Pride March in NYC – the importance of coming out (3’30”); listen to her interviewed on radio, 1975, on Flying (24 minutes).

Read what you can find that Millett has published, and read about her, in Wikipedia and in obituaries: Robin Morgan and Julie Bindel, radical lesbian feminist, in the Guardian. Here is Val McDermid’s letter on the importance of Kate Millett. The New Yorker’s interview with her at the beginning of September – the last one.

And more obituaries: The New RepublicThe Washington PostNew York Times, and the Advocate.

Rātaka takatāpui, Dyke Diary

Northland/Te Tai Tokerau
Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau
Waikato/Central North Island
Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Nelson area/Whakatū
Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

Northland/Te Tai Tokerau

Sunday 1 Pink Drinks in the afternoon at Jimmy Jacks, Paihia. Details to come.

Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau

dykehikesprofileSunday 1 Dyke Hike 11am. Tawharanui. This predator proofed peninsula is spectacular. The beach is gorgeous, and there are more and more of our rarer native birds here every year. There are a range of walks so hikers can choose shorter or longer sections. Some bush, some open farmland. 2-4 hours. Grade: Moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and stream crossings are possible). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 1 Auckland Women’s Centre fundraiser Battle of the sexes, 7.45-10pm, Lido cinema, 427 Manukau Rd, Epsom. Tickets $20 from Eventfinda. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Thursday 5 One-year anniversary of Hidden Perspectives – Bringing the Arts out of the closet in the University of Auckland. Music, pizza, good company, and a complimentary drink for students. 7.30pm, Cellar Bar, 8 Alfred St, city. RSVP HERE.

Friday 6 Zonta West fundraising dinner with guest speaker Charmaine Poutney “Today’s Girls: Tomorrow’s Leaders? Empowering young women in challenging times …” 6.30 for 7pm drinks, 7.30pm dinner; Titirangi Golf Club, Links Rd (off Portage Rd), New Lynn. Proceeds to Family Action Whanau Toa Refuge & Zonta International projects. $60 includes welcome drink; cash bar available. For details, to book a seat at a lesbian table, and to pay, contact Mike Stone, m.stone@auckland.ac.nz.

Friday 6 The Topp Twins Head for the Hills 7.30-10pm, Pukekohe Town Hall, Cnr Massey Ave and Edinburgh St, Pukekohe. Visit website for details, and Eventfinda for tickets: $59.50/$64.50.

Saturday 7 Lesbian walk (part of Auckland Heritage Festival), 3-5pm, meet corner of Ponsonby Rd and Collingwood St, Ponsonby. The walk is along K Rd, highlighting meeting places for lesbians who still faced discrimination prior to the 1993 Human Rights Act, ending at Stark Bar.

Saturday 7 Auckland Roller Derby League takes on Sulphur City Steam Rollers from Rotorua. Doors open 4pm, game starts 5pm, ActivZone, Glenfield. Door tickets $5.
See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 7 Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Star Walk fundraiser, Auckland Domain: 5km, 10km, half marathon distances. Fees vary by distance; earlybird registration available before September 1. Visit website for details and to register.

Lick SundaySunday 8 Her Sunday Feels #ROUND4 A chilled afternoon-into-evening for queer women and friends. with teapots, new cocktails, candied alcohol snacks, wine tastings, vegetarian menu, food specials and DJ. Free entry. 3pm-12am, Revelry, 106 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. Table bookings available, see the Facebook page.

Tuesday 10 Rainbow Ribbon making 6-8pm, with Rainbow Youth; all welcome – you don’t have to be young, or rainbow. Rainbow Youth, 11 Edinburgh St, central Auckland. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Wednesday 11 Rainbow/LGBT communities and alcohol: Consultation meeting Have your say about the role of alcohol and drinking among Rainbow/LGBT communities. 6.30-8.30pm, Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd. See Facebook page and website for details.

Wednesday 11 LATE 2017: Invisible Privilege – Confronting entitlement – part of Auckland Museum’s programme, 6-9pm: details to be confirmed. “Power and privilege can be a confronting subject to discuss – the idea of society’s ingrained biases and unfairly-wielded influence is hard to debate without accusation. This LATE explores the idea of power and privilege – what is it, who has it and what are the implications for New Zealand society – and looks at how we can discuss issues of identity, power and privilege without condemning groups of people. Our panel will discuss the importance of owning our privilege – and the discomfort that comes with it – and using it to grow our awareness of inequality and call it out when we see it.” Advance tickets $25, Institute members and students $20, door sales $30.

Caroline BlythThursday 12 Caroline Blyth on her life as a queer researcher, talk organised by Hidden Perspectives: Bringing the arts out of the closet, a Rainbow discussion group in the University of Auckland Faculty of Arts. Caroline’s research explores relationships between gender, sexuality, and religion, including the ways religion shapes understandings of gender and sexuality in pop culture. 12.30-1.30pm, Room 408, Arts/humanities building 206, one building back from the corner of Symonds St and Grafton Rd. Everyone welcome, biscuits provided.

Sunday 15 Coffee & Stroll 10am, meet at Willow cafe, in the business park, 42 Tawa Drive; 10.30am, an easy 40-minute stroll in Bushlands Park Reserve.

Sunday 15 Fifth Season gay and lesbian garden visiting group go to Zen Garden, Whitford. Phone Wendy Wilson, 027 548 3510 or wendyirenewilson@gmail.com.

Friday 20 Anika Moa: In Swings the Tide 10th anniversary tour, Kings Arms Tavern, 59 France St South, Eden Terrace. 8-11pm. Reserve tickets ($43.60) at nztix. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 21 EquAsian Movie night: Waru 6-9pm, Rialto Cinemas, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket. Tickets $17 or discount, from Rialto. Please note this event is open to everyone, we’d love you to bring all your friends to support! However please remember this is a queer and trans space, and homophobia, transphobia and racism will not be tolerated.

White Chapel JakSaturday 28 White Chapel Jak Bonnie Hurunui and her male backing band play Galatos basement in a lesbian-run event. Organised by Cissy Rock after the success of Daughters of Ally at the same venue. White Chapel Jak is smooth, soulful and will get you dancing. 7.30pm for facilitated and fun networking, 8pm start. See their videos on YouTube. Tickets earlybird $29 from Eventbrite, $39 from Oct 1 or $50 on the door.

Literatea2Sunday 29 Second Ladies Litera-tea Hear 11 women writers talk about their work, including poet and prose writer Courtney Sina Meredith who delighted audiences at this year’s ‘Same Same But Different’ celebration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s top LGBTQI writing talent; Tina Makereti’s Black marks on the White page, an edited collection of Maori & Pasifika work that includes contributions from Courtney Sina Meredith and Gina Cole; as well as novels, autobiography, poetry and a lavish afternoon tea; 1-5.30pm, Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls. $65; get tickets here or contact the Women’s Bookshop – 09 376 4399 or email books@womensbookshop.co.nz – with credit card details. No door sales.

Waikato/Central North Island/Hawkes Bay

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.
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 The Topp Twins Head for the Hills 7.30-10pm, Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames. Visit website for details, and Eventfinda for tickets: $59.50/$64.50.

Thursday 12 The Topp Twins Head for the Hills 7.30-10pm, Deluxe Theatre, 127 Church St, Opotiki. Visit website for details, and Eventfinda for tickets: $59.50/$64.50.

Friday 13 The Topp Twins Head for the Hills 7.30-10pm, Gisborne War Memorial Theatre, 159 Bright St, Gisborne. Visit website for details, and TicketDirect for tickets: $59.50/$64.50.

Friday 13 Daughters Of Ally free and public gig 9.30pm-12midnight, The Phoenix Bar, The Strand, Tauranga.

Saturday 14 The Topp Twins Head for the Hills 7.30-10pm, Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier South. Visit website for details, and Ticketek for tickets: $67.50.

That Bloody Woman by Luke di Somma and Gregory Cooper. Dir. Kip Chapman. Auckland Theatre Company production. Production Photos - Michael SmithTuesday 17 That Bloody Woman A rock musical about suffragist Kate Sheppard taking on the patriarchy, public opinion and Prime Minister Richard ‘King Dick’ Seddon. ‘Radical, riotous and bursting with wit’, starring Esther Stephens with a live band, get ready to party like it’s 1893. Napier Municipal Theatre.

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 The Topp Twins Head for the Hills 7.30-10pm, Taupo Great Lakes Centre, 5 Story Pl, Taupo. Visit website for details, and Ticketek for tickets: $64.50/$69.50.

Friday 20 Daughters Of Ally free and public gig 9pm-12midnight, The Junction Bar, Thames.

Sunday 22 The Topp Twins Head for the Hills 7.30-10pm, Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton. Visit website for details, and Ticketek for tickets: $67.

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.

To October 27, The Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand, Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North. “An exciting opportunity to celebrate the outstanding contribution these inspiring women make to our nation’s social, cultural and political landscape.” Visit the website for information about specific events, opening hours.
Sunday 1 LGBTI Rainbow walk tour through Wellington 1-2.30pm. Starts at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, ends at St Peter’s church, Willis St. Learn about early female impersonators, the Salvation Army and homosexual law reform, community icons giving back, LGBTI social meeting places, infamous local hate crimes, a landmark church service on homosexuality. Free, no booking required. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Friday 6 RW Drinks 5-7pm, S&Ms, 176 Cuba St. Hosted by Rainbow Wellington, everyone welcome. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Friday 6 Lick Welcome Party 9pm-2am, The Fat Angel, cnr Dixon and Eva Sts, Te Aro. $10 before 10.30pm, then $15. See the Facebook page.

Sunday 8 Lesbian Overlanders walk the Petone foreshore and Hutt riverbank. Meet on the Petone Esplanade opposite the end of Nevis St – see the map at wellington.lesbian.net.nz/overlanders/index.html Finish with coffee at the Dowse Gallery’s new cafe. Phone Ellen, the trip leader on 027 209 4004 or 04 566 0140.

Tuesday 10 Rainbow/LGBT communities and alcohol: Consultation meeting Have your say about the role of alcohol and drinking in Rainbow/LGBT communities. 6.30-8.30pm, Executive Suite, Massey University, Wellington Campus. See Facebook page and website for details.

Thursday 12 Lower Hutt Women’s Centre fundraising screening of the movie Battle of the Sexes, about the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. $20, 8.30pm, Lighthouse Cinema, 52 Beach St, Petone. Email info@lhwc.org.nz for tickets, or drop into the centre at 186 Knights Rd, Waterloo, Lower Hutt.

Friday 20 Lesbian pub drinks & dinner at Finns from 5.30pm, combined with Paekakariki Pride drinks & dinner from 6pm. Please add your name the list by phoning or emailing Finns on 04 292 8081 or finnskapiti@xtra.co.nz if you intend staying for dinner.

Friday 20-Sunday 22 Rainbow in the Village Paekakariki Pride Festival. Events include Meet & mingle, Friday 20; Pride Parade and Dance, Saturday 21, Brunch and Movie, Sunday 22. Visit the Vinyl&Proud events page and the Facebook event page for updates and details.

Saturday 21 Poetry, Flash Fiction & Open Mic 3-4.30pm. The Kapiti Lesbian Writing group will perform poetry and flash fiction, Petticoat Junction, Paekakariki train station. There will also be an open mic for others to join in. Part of the Rainbow in the Village Paekakariki Pride Festival. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 21 Naked Girls Reading – the feminist propaganda edition 8-10pm, The Fringe Bar, 28 Allen St, Te Aro. Tickets $20 Eventfinda, $25 on door, $30 VIP. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Sunday 22 Glitter & Gold (Afternoon tea for seniors) hosted by InsideOUT. 2.30-4.30pm, Tararua Tramping Club, 4 Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria. Bringing elders and young people from our rainbow communities (friends and whānau welcome) together to share stories of glitter and gold, with tea and cake. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Nelson area/Whakatū

The 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. Walking group is still happening now and then; keep an eye on Facebook for details. And there is a Motueka brunch once a month. Do contact TLC if you can help with regular – or one-off – events.
Sunday 15 Motueka brunch, from 11am. Riverside café, 289 Main Rd, Lower Moutere (Moutere Highway).

Saturday 28 Halloween dance party from 7.30pm, Imagine Theatre, near New World (opp Thorps Bush). Halloween fancy dress optional. $10. Music via a jukebox app on the iPad. Bring a plate of finger food to share if you can.

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.
Saturday 7 Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Star Walk fundraiser, North Hagley Park: 5km and half marathon distances. Fees vary by distance; earlybird registration available before September 1. Visit website for details and to register.

Monday 9 Rainbow/LGBT communities and alcohol: Consultation meeting 6.30-8.30pm, Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St. Have your say about the role of alcohol and drinking among Rainbow/LGBT communities. See Facebook event and website for details.

Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

That Bloody Woman by Luke di Somma and Gregory Cooper. Dir. Kip Chapman. Auckland Theatre Company production. Production Photos - Michael SmithSeptember 26-Sunday 8 October That Bloody Woman A rock musical about suffragist Kate Sheppard taking on the patriarchy, public opinion and Prime Minister Richard ‘King Dick’ Seddon. ‘Radical, riotous and bursting with wit’, starring Esther Stephens with a live band, get ready to party like it’s 1893. Fortune Theatre, Dunedin.

Saturday 7 Wild Women walk Victory Beach Archaeologist Shar Biden will talk about the site where she recently discovered the remains of a 15th century waka and other Maori artefacts, and what they reveal about the early history of the area. Meet for a prompt 11am departure opposite the Bunnings main entrance in Otaki St. Phone Ann Charlotte on 022 133 9529 or email acharlotte10@gmail.com.


October 6-8 European Lesbian* Conference Vienna. Conference theme: CONNECT, REFLECT, ACT, TRANSFORM! Programme available from 1 July. Deadline to propose workshop, panel discussion or exhibition: 28 May. More information from website. “We use “lesbian*” with an asterisk, so as to include anyone who identifies as lesbian, feminist, bi or queer, and all those who feel connected to lesbian* activism”

October 3-December 1 Peggy Seeger’s ‘First Time Ever Tour’ To coincide with the publication of her memoir, The First Time Ever  and accompanying CD, singer songwriter and feminist icon Peggy Seeger takes to the road for a 20-date UK concert and literary festival tour. Details on Facebook Tour Dates page.

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