Whiringa-ā-rangi / November 2016

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National Rainbow Strategy
National Hui Takatāpui and book launch
Lesbian local body candidates elected in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
Support a world Rainbow rights conference in Wellington
Lesbians and Auckland’s Pride festival
Auckland Pride deadlines
Future of the Charlotte Museum
aLBa quiz raises funds for Auckland Women’s Centre
Support for LGBTT youth
Crowd-funding appeal for Wellington play
Tiwhanawhana and Rainbow histories
Dunedin’s Q2 Trust underway
Dunedin queer interns wanted

National Rainbow Strategy

Consultations about a National Rainbow Strategy are building momentum and will be concentrated in the first half of 2017.

AntiViolenceElizabethKerekere2The initiative is driven by Elizabeth Kerekere, a takatāpui woman affiliated with Ngāti Oneone, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Whānau a Kai, and chair of the Wellington Takatāpui group Tiwhanawhana, who is funding the idea herself.

“My goal is to meet with every Rainbow group in the country,” she says. She plans to spend January to June 2017 meeting Rainbow groups and leaders around the country, including in Pacific, migrant and refugee communities, and holding hui in different areas.

She “always intended that the strategy would be finished before the national elections, so that major priorities are identified and can be raised with candidates”, she says.

Since she first raised the idea in May, she has declared her intention to become a candidate for the Green Party in her home electorate of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

She hopes to run a strategy workshop at the national Takatāpui Hui in Auckland this month, and discussed the strategy with Q-topia in Christchurch in October. She has already discussed it with the national Shift youth hui, the Intersex Round Table and the Auckland Council’s Rainbow Advisory Group.

“The strategy will be kaupapa-Māori based and Treaty-based from the beginning”, she says. She discusses with groups “the areas they can take leadership of based on what they already do. Some groups work across the community, others focus on particular issues like education or sexual health, and others on sectors of the community – such as women or youth.”

She hopes to gain community consensus on priorities for action. “For example, we could choose three key laws that need to be changed over the next two years and agree we’re all going to push for that.”

A Facebook page and website are being developed. Email Elizabeth. Jenny Rankine

National Hui Takatāpui and book launch

‘Tū mai te Turangawaewae – A place to stand’ is the theme for the annual national Hui Takatāpui, organised by the NZ AIDS Foundation and this year celebrating the 30th hui and 30 years since the Homosexual Law Reform Act.

The hui opens on Friday November 18 at 4pm in Otara with a powhiri and speeches from takatāpui kaumātua and kuia, followed by young people.  The evening includes performance and a variety of night classes.

On Saturday 19 participants can learn about experiences and art forms in three streams – karanga, the ceremonial call of welcome; wairua, spirit; and whaikorero, formal oratory. A feast at 4.30pm celebrates 30 years of Hui Takatāpui.

takatapui_bookAt 6.30pm, the hui moves to the Auckland Art Gallery for the launch of the book Takatāpui – A Place of Standing, compiled by Jordon Harris of the NZ AIDS Foundation. The book follows the progress of the emerging takatāpui community from the years of oppression before the 1986 Homosexual Law Reform Act and the backlash from Māori communities that followed, through the dark times of the AIDS epidemic to the present day. It is the result of three years of interviews and research and includes an extensive photo essay.

After the launch, hui participants will honour takatāpui who paved the way, and enjoy an Ask Your Aunty session with senior takatāpui panellists. Aunty is a term of endearment for takatāpui elders regardless of gender. On the morning of Sunday 20, a panel will discuss the future of takatāpui.

The hui will be held at Nga Kete Wananga Marae, Manukau Institute of Technology, NC Block, Gate 12, Otara Rd, Otara. Registrations for the hui have closed, but people can still RSVP for the book launch by emailing Jordon. See the hui Facebook page. JR

Three lesbian local body candidates elected

Three of the six lesbian candidates that LNA is aware of were elected by local body voters, one each in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

In Auckland Denise Yates gained 5,173 votes for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board in west Auckland, ranking fifth out of six successful candidates. In Wellington Eileen Brown was elected to the Capital and Coast District Health Board; and in Christchurch Cynthia Roberts gained the second-highest number of votes, 50,255, for the Christchurch constituency of Environment Canterbury.

LB Denise YatesDenise Yates was part of a clean sweep by her centre-left Future West ticket; all six were sitting members who were re-elected. “We’ll have the same responsibilities; I’ll focus on arts, culture, events and facilities including libraries. We’re all interested in environmental issues, so we’ll share that responsibility.”

Denise also plans to follow up the Auckland Council’s Rainbow Advisory Panel with the responsible staff member “and see if there is anything I can do to help”. She was marshalling her arguments in case incoming mayor Phil Goff wanted to axe the panels, but he has agreed to fund the Rainbow Panel for another term with the same members.

LB Eileen BrownEileen Brown was the third-highest polling contender for the Capital and Coast District Health Board, which serves the Wellington area, behind Fran Wilde, who led the campaign for the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in the 1980s, and feminist Sue Kedgley.

All the board members apart from Kedgley are new, and Eileen says she is looking forward to working with them, “most of whom I consider to be like-minded and progressive. Three of us have made a public commitment to the Living Wage, but implementing that will be very tough as it is a national issue.”

She is relieved that candidates opposed to fluoridation of the water supply did not get elected, and “that fluoridation will not be a contentious issue. Mostly the board is pro-fluoride, which is an important indicator to me of support for public health, for evidence-based health policy and health equity.”

Eileen says the role of the Board in pushing for an increase in health funding is important, “but that is another tricky issue as funding is based on ethnicity and demographics. The answer to low funding is an increase in national funding.”

Eileen will build a group of people who she can use as a sounding board before the first board meeting in December.

cynthia-roberts-teamEcologist Cynthia Roberts, left, was elected with Steve Lan and Lan Pham, the other members of her People’s Choice ticket to the Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECan), one of four women in the 13-person council, six of whom were appointed by the government.

“We were the three top-scoring candidates in the region, a wonderful affirmation that Christchurch people want people with ecological and scientific skills,” she says.

“The Fish and Game person from Christchurch will be a great ally, and two of the appointed people are Ngai Tahu, who went through their own election process so have a mandate from more than 50,000 iwi members.”

“It’s an interesting situation; there’s not anyone around the table who didn’t say they were worried about water – we’re all concerned to do the best for the environment. The differences are around how we address it.”

She says she received or heard of “no comment about me being a lesbian, it wasn’t an issue at all. That felt good, that I was being judged on my credentials to do the job.” She has had conversations over morning tea “with those I don’t know and told them all that I live with a woman. I make sure I share who I am, where I come from and my interests – it’s part of building trust.”

Rosemary Neave came the closest to being elected of the other three lesbian candidates, a close third for the Heathcote Ward of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board in Christchurch with 2,407 votes, only 121 behind the second of the two people elected. Sonya Temata gained 3,418 votes for the Auckland DHB, coming 16th out of 28 candidates in a contest for seven seats. Conservative independent Jo Holmes gained 1,211 votes for the Waiheke Island Community Board off the coast of Auckland, coming ninth in a contest for five seats.

Jenny Rankine

Support a world Rainbow rights conference in Wellington

Lesbian and queer women’s groups around the country have a short time to show their support for a bid to host the 2018 world conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in Wellington, which will attract more than 500 international Rainbow activists.

Groups have until Friday November 4 to send a statement of support, their logo and a photo for the bid document, which do not commit their organisation to any work or sponsorship. If groups get their statements of support in after the deadline they will go on the website, which will be launched if the bid is won.

tiwhanawhana-ilga-world-conf2016Representatives of Wellington-based national groups the Tiwhanawhana Trust and Intersex Awareness NZ (ITANZ), and Auckland-based Rainbow Youth, will present the bid at the 2017 ILGA world conference this month in Bangkok.

Chair Elizabeth Kerekere, Kevin Haunui and youth worker Kassie Hartendorp will represent Tiwhanawhana; Mani Bruce Mitchell and Tom Hamilton will represent ITANZ and General Manager Duncan Matthews and Communications Manager Toni Duder will represent Rainbow Youth.

The first day of pre-conference meetings focus on education, health, workplace inclusion, interfaith dialogue and United Nations advocacy, and the second enables women, bisexual, trans and intersex people to caucus. The three-day main conference includes plenaries, workshops and short presentations.

AntiViolenceElizabethKerekere3Elizabeth, left, says the bid will “show the world how indigenous representation works and how community can be engaged in activism, and make the world conference more accessible for organisations in Aotearoa and the Pacific to attend.”

Send your statements of support to Elizabeth at aionokerekere@outlook.com.  JR

Lesbians and Auckland’s Pride Festival

pride-lesbians1An enthusiastic and diverse group of lesbians, pictured making the L sign, discussed a range of ideas at the end of October to increase lesbian visibility and events in the 2017 Auckland Pride parade and festival, including grouping lesbian parade entries together, lesbian zones at Pride events, and getting Pride events to lesbians outside the inner city.

The 27 women wanted a both/and approach, supporting events for and by women as well as lesbian visibility in general queer events; what several called “adding the L back into LGBT”. The meeting was organised by the Auckland Lesbian Business Association.

Several participants are already organising Parade entries or festival events, and others had done so in previous festivals.

Other ideas included creating intergenerational women’s events; making sure that events for women do not clash with each other; dedicated lesbian co-ordination of festival events; enrolling Rainbow-owned or friendly cafes outside the inner city as information and event hubs; more free events for lesbians on low incomes; more lesbian music and comedy events; and specific promotion of women’s events to lesbians.

As usual, LNA’s Dyke Diary will list lesbian and other queer women’s Pride events, and mixed events with a strong lesbian/women’s component, as soon as they are announced, and we will also post them on our Facebook page.

As a result of the meeting, several activities are planned, including a new lesbian Parade entry; an approach about a lesbian corner at the Big Gay Out; a Lesbian Pride Facebook page; and a group to co-ordinate lesbian involvement. See our article for confirmed events and participation deadlines.

Pride co-chair Kirsten Sibbit and secretary Julie Swift, who were at the meeting, valued the interaction with community members and will take the suggestions to the board. JR

2017 Auckland Pride Festival deadlines

auckland-pride-2017-logoNext year’s Pride Festival will include a major international lesbian performer, a new women’s burlesque night, a Lick Party, a multicultural queer women’s art exhibition and a return of the popular Rock and Spier lesbian sketch comedy show.

Details have yet to be confirmed for most of these events, and the festival welcomes more. Lesbians and queer women wanting to organise events can apply to Rainbow Auckland (formerly the Gay Auckland Business Association) for grants until Saturday December 3.

Organisers are also encouraged to contact Festival Director Julian Cook before they register their event and finalise dates and details, to prevent scheduling clashes. They need to enter a registration form by Monday December 12.

More than 25,000 copies of the Pride Festival programme will be distributed throughout the country in mid-January.

Planned lesbian floats in the Pride Parade at the end of the festival include a marching group, called Sisters in the Hood, and the Women’s Bookshop. Other groups wanting to enter a float need to register their interest early by emailing the Parade Director, Jonathan Smith, as the number of floats, whether walking or driven, is limited. JR

The future of the Charlotte Museum

Twenty women brainstormed visions for the future of the Charlotte Museum, the southern hemisphere’s only lesbian museum, at an Auckland meeting on November 6, facilitated by recently appointed museum board member Jo Crowley.

Participants were keen to see the museum get into a strong financial position, have a vibrant programme of events and exhibitions in a sustainable and accessible venue, work synergistically with other lesbian, feminist and Rainbow groups, and increase the diversity of its displays and membership in a way that reflects the Treaty of Waitangi, as well as offering many other suggestions.

After the brainstorm, participants voted on their three preferred ideas in areas such as exhibitions, events, education, community engagement, programmes and collections.

The three other board members who also took part – Yvonne Johns, Catherine Taylor, and Evana Belich, will work with Jo and museum founder Miriam Saphira to draft the suggestions into a strategic plan.

The museum in New Lynn is open from 1-4pm on Wednesdays and Sundays and other days by arrangement. Email charlottemuseum@gmail.com, txt 021 157 3304 or see the Charlotte museum Facebook page and The Charlotte Muse group.

aLBa quiz raises funds for Auckland Women’s Centre

More than 140 women supported aLBa’s successful and popular fundraising event for the Auckland Women’s Centre in September.

Generous donations from sponsors and a lot of time and effort from a big group of volunteers meant about $2,500 has been raised, tagged for lesbian events and activities.

Seventeen tables competed for prizes, for the most outrageous team name, and for the loudest voices in the musical section: MC & quiz mistress Anji Kreft led a hall full of singers in a variety of popular songs associated with iconic lesbians (and “probably/should be lesbians”).

There are plans for a repeat event in 2017: anyone interested should contact aLBa, alba@alba.org.nz. See a record of the event on our photos page.

Alison

Support for LGBTT youth

elly-crispinLesbian Elly Crispin, left, started work in late October as Rainbow Youth’s Regional Coordinator for the Bay of Plenty and Hauraki, based in Tauranga. She is responsible for building and supporting peer-based youth support groups, programs in schools and running education workshops. Email Elly on elly@ry.org.nz.

Auckland schools co-ordinator wanted

Auckland-based queer and trans group Rainbow Youth seeks a part-time Auckland Schools Co-ordinator, to help create safe and affirming environments for Rainbow students and school staff. The person needs to be comfortable talking to a range of audiences and running workshops and professional development sessions.

Applications for the position close on Friday November 11. See the job description at www.ry.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/SchoolsCoordinatorDraftJD.docx.pdf

rainbow-youth-logoScholarship for tertiary student volunteers

Full-time tertiary students around the country working as volunteers in Rainbow communities can apply for an ASB and Rainbow Youth $2,500 tertiary scholarship. The successful person will have their award published online and in news media with their full name and photo. Applications close on Monday December 12 and you can apply hereJR

Crowd-funding appeal for Wellington play

Former Kapiti Coast mayor Jenny Rowan is putting her name to an appeal to crowd-fund a season of lesbian playwright Lorae Parry’s new play, Scarlet & Gold, which opens at Circa Two in Wellington on November 25.

The play is inspired by the events surrounding the Waihi gold miners’ strike in 1912, to which Parry, below, has a family connection. One of the strike leaders was her great-great-uncle Bill Parry, an ‘Aussie stirrer’ who became a minister in the first Labour government and introduced the Social Welfare Act. Jenny Rowan says the play “beautifully” combines a great political story with music and dance.

dd-scarlet-gold“A few local women saw the rehearsed reading a few months ago and at the end they were part of the crowd on their feet clapping and cheering. Many cried and laughed, and left the theatre singing or humming.”

The big play has a big cast, but has received no public funding, Jenny says.  Supporters have raised $28,000 towards cast rehearsal costs, costumes, publicity and design, but another $7,000 is needed to get to opening night.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonations can be made on the crowd-funding page on the Arts Foundation site. “Even $20 will pay for a prop so feel no pressure whatsoever to break the bank – everything helps,” says Jenny.

Paekakariki, which has an active lesbian community, is at the centre of fundraising; Lorae lived there, Jenny currently does and local Allie Webber is helping to organise the fund-raising.

Book to see the play at www.circa.co.nz/package/scarlet-gold, see Lorae’s website, and like the project on Facebook.

Tiwhanawhana and Rainbow histories

The Leaving a Legacy workshop in Wellington during Queer Histories Month was very fruitful, says Tiwhanawhana Trust chair Elizabeth Kerekere (Ngāti Oneone, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Whānau a Kai). The event was organised by the Wellington-based national takatāpui group with the Lesbian and Gay Archives of NZ (LAGANZ).

“It brought together all those interested in recording our stories of the past and the present,” Elizabeth said, involving groups like the LILAC Lesbian Library, PrideNZ.com, Wellington Pride, InsideOUT and others to discuss how Rainbow groups record our histories as they make them. Speakers illustrated how to record our stories in sound, newsletters, waiata and performance (such as Tiwhanawhana kapa haka, below), archives, art and social media.

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Workshop participants talked about “how we can ensure that marginalised voices can have support for their stories to be heard now and for their historical information to be gathered to create a full picture”.

“For young people, the bulk of their history is happening on social media, and it’s for groups to work out how to record it,” Elizabeth said. “PrideNZ.com has more than 700 recordings of queer and trans events and people on its website and has recruited members of youth organisations to record events.”

“The workshop showed how well Wellington queer organisations work together,” she said, with overlapping memberships making communication easier. It also raised the question of privacy settings when people post queer material online.

The film screening, art exhibition and dance gala that Tiwhanawhana also ran over a week in September raised $8,500 towards the group’s representation at the world conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association in Bangkok this month (see the ILGA article, above).

Elizabeth said that the events were so successful and well-supported that the group plans to repeat them annually during Queer Histories Month in Wellington. Half the art works were sold on the opening night of the exhibition, which attracted well over 100 people, says Elizabeth. Most of the work was donated and sold, raising most of the money for the week.

She describes the dance gala as an “old-school mix” of ballroom dance, kapa haka and drag performances, interspersed with ballroom dancing and dancing to DJs. “Some of the young people said they had never been to an event like that.” JR

Q2 Trust underway in Dunedin

q2-trust-dunA female-dominated board was selected at an October meeting for Dunedin’s newly formed Q2 Trust. Most of the other 25 people at the meeting volunteered for sub-committees that will meet four times a year.

Board members include Indo-Fijian demisexual woman Payal Ramritu, co-chair; secretary Hahna Briggs, full-time Queer Support Co-ordinator with the Otago University Students Association; lesbian student Rachel Shaw; bisexual woman Bonnie Scarth; queer woman Ella Rohinson; gay man Tom McAlpine, co-chair and founder of Paths Together, a queer disability network; queer man Adam Rance, treasurer; and lesbian-feminist activist Ann Charlotte, who co-ordinates the lesbian group Wild Women Walking. Ann, in red, is pictured with Leigh, Jacinda and Ella on the October walk up Grahams Bush track.

wild-women-walkingThe trust aims to increase the visibility, self-esteem and wellbeing of queer and trans people in Otago; educate the general public about issues facing queer and trans people; and increase the awareness of services available to queer and trans people.

Hahna, who organised the meeting, says the board wants to “increase our diversity in age and ethnicity and identities”. They are “focusing on Pride 2017 and encouraging organisations and schools signing up to the Dunedin Diversity Charter”, which is part of the Dunedin Diversity Strategy.

When organisations sign up to the charter they commit to a range of actions, such as equal opportunity policies, diversity training for staff and gender-inclusive bathroom facilities, Hahna says. “Trust representatives will evaluate and accredit this commitment.”

Hahna also wants to work towards a Queer Hub for Dunedin that provides services and information to queer and trans people living in Otago and their friends, families, and whānau.

To contact the trust, email Hahna Briggs or phone 03 479 5445. JR

Queer and trans interns wanted

Dunedin-based student volunteers are wanted to work as interns in 2017, organising events for queer students and young people with Hahna Briggs, Otago University Students Association’s Queer Support Co-ordinator.

dunedin-internsThe interns will get training with Hahna to help them run peer-support workshops, youth groups and events. The intern programme has been running at the university for several years, including university and polytech students. Says Hahna: “Early in the year I do a full-day training in Queer 101, covering the spectra of identities, communication, boundaries, and self-care, followed by other workshops during the year.” Fifteen interns have worked with Hahna in 2016, and 10 in 2015, some of whom are pictured above. “There are currently six queer women, six genderqueer non-binary students, and three queer men, including one takatāpui and three international students.”

dunedin-tea-partyThe interns help Hahna facilitate Alphabet Soup, a group for young queer and trans people aged 12 to 18, which meets from 4-5.30pm on Fridays at different locations. They also work on Queer 101 workshops for tertiary staff, student groups, local organisations and schools, the annual Diversity Week at the end of semester 1, and the two Queerest Tea Parties each year. Hahna, left is pictured with some of the food from the last tea party.

“That’s always a fun event. We run a cupcake decorating competition with a few fun categories, like the queerest cupcake and the Sylvia Rivera trans activist cupcake, and invite a celebrity judge.”

Interested students can email Hahna with a brief CV and statement of why they want to be a queer support intern. JR

Nga wāhine, people

RIP Carol Bartlett
Jenny Ryan of Tākaro Trails in Hawkes Bay

RIP Carol Bartlett

Carol, right, pictured with Juliet Leigh, left, Mike Stone, Carol’s partner Claire Gummer, and Lindsay Curnow.

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The Auckland lesbian community is feeling the sudden loss of Carol Bartlett, who was a founding member of the collective that published the Tamaki Makaurau Lesbian Newsletter for over 25 years. (TMLN transitioned to this current online, national, news website nearly two years ago.)

Carol was a passionate and strong-minded woman. In 1975, aged 26, Carol moved with her husband and two infant daughters to New Zealand, and decided that she also had an opportunity to start again. So she enrolled at Mt Roskill Grammar for School Certificate and went on to a BA in English and Geography with a Trained Teachers’ Certificate in 1983.

From 1977-1981, she interviewed for Heylen Research then became the South Auckland Field Manager; she also delivered circulars and was involved in Girl Guides. Carol’s teaching career began in 1984 with four years at Epsom Girls’ Grammar, followed by three years at St Cuthbert’s College. There she demonstrated how far she was prepared to go both for her students and others in need, when she accompanied a school group to India to do volunteer work.

She moved to Rutherford High in 1990, where she met her friend Juliet Leigh, who was with her on her last holiday in Canada. “Carol probably clocked up five to six thousand equivalent years of experience with individual students,” says Juliet, “in the classroom and later as a Dean at Henderson High School. An allied passion was teaching those same adolescents how to exult in learning for its own sake, as much as for qualifications.”

“Other issues we shared were the continuing battles for equality and equity, mainly through active involvement in the Post Primary Teacher’s Association. Carol held several PPTA committee positions over the years, including that of chair at both Rutherford and Henderson.”

“In the early 90s, I well remember her on the other end of a bedsheet that advertised our discontent at the prospect of bulk funding of Schools. We had hung it over the Te Atau Motorway Interchange! At Henderson, Carol was on the Board of Trustees as a staff rep for years, advocating for her colleagues.”

“She taught many subjects over the years as she was always ready to help out – Geography, Liberal Studies, Social Studies, Economic Studies . . . But her passion was English. (What better partner than a journalist and editor!)”

“For Carol, clear expression was a mantra; the enjoyment of the written, oral, filmed or even illustrated word an imperative. She didn’t care what kids said behind her back so long as they punctuated and parsed it properly!”

“In April, 2004, at the age of 55 she graduated with a Masters in Educational Administration, with a thesis titled Are you a lesbian Miss? Being Lesbian, A barrier to employment in NZ secondary schools. This gave her extra clout in many of her legendary epic battles on educational issues with other strong personalities … Carol was never one to resile from a good stoush for any cause she deemed worthy.”

“As a passionate worker for equality and equity, she could not help but be a Labour Party member, and she worked hard to help Chris Carter, a former teaching colleague, secure the Te Atatu Parliamentary Seat in 1993, and then again in 1999.”

“She obviously thought she had time to fill in the mid-2000s, as she volunteered for the Refugee and Migrant Service, working closely with a Somali woman and her daughter for over a year. Of course she ensured that the mother was enrolled in an English course!”

“Carol must also hold a New Zealand, if not world record, as the only 65-year-old woman to be concussed in a rugby incident! Even while she was recovering and unable to concentrate for any length, she offered her services to Owairaka Primary school as a reading aide, quickly becoming a favourite with many small people there.”

“I was privileged to share Carol’s last fishing trip, and I can assure you that many outstanding boxes were ticked for her. On our flight home, I was humbled by Carol’s bravery; every small respite she got was indicated with a thumbs up. Even in hospital, hooked up to machines and unable to speak, she wrote: ‘I always wanted to come to Honolulu!’”

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Carol was a member of the Auckland lesbian Coffee & Stroll group from the start, enjoying easy walks in different places around Auckland each month, starting and often ending with coffee. It was not unusual to bump in to former students on these walks and observe Carol’s memory and interest in their well-being. Social media messages have noted this, with particular mention of her support for LGBT+ students.

Fishing and photography were very important components of Carol’s leisure time, as was watching sports.

Carol was on her way home from a holiday in Canada with her twin sister and a close friend when she had a heart attack. The plane was diverted to Honolulu, and complications with travel insurance mean there could be a shortfall in meeting health treatment costs. Those who knew and loved her are invited to help cover the bill, via GiveALittle.

Carol is mourned by her partner of over 27 years, Claire Gummer, her sisters, her daughters, their families, and the wider New Zealand lesbian community.

Photo at top by Adel van der Westhuizen, below by Andrea.

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Taking the cycle path

Jenny Ryan, owner of Tākaro Trails in Hawkes Bay, spoke with Jenny Rankine about running a successful outdoor travel business.

tt-jenny-with-journoJenny Ryan, left, ran a travel agency in Auckland for 14 years during the time that DIY internet travel gradually ate into the sector. “Travel agents are the middle man – you don’t have any control over the outcomes of packages that you sell.”

She sold the agency in 2006, and moved to Hawkes Bay for a gap year doing a Diploma in Recreation and Sport at EIT. “My father was born in the bay and we came here a lot as kids, plus I had friends here. And I couldn’t afford to study full-time in Auckland, but I could rent out my house there and afford to study full-time in Hawkes Bay.”

She loved living in the region, and decided to combine her love of travel and sport by starting a cycle touring company, launching the Tākaro Trails website on Labour Day 2009.

The third year

“I’d been selling a lot of cycle tours in Europe at my agency, and the Central Otago Rail Trail was becoming really popular. Hawkes Bay then had about 60km of off-road cycle trails. We now have over 200km of gorgeous, scenic, often flat cycle trails that criss-cross the regions’ highlights.

“But that turned out to be a double-edged sword; in our second year we had fantastic growth because there was really only us and the Otago Rail Trail, but by the third year there were another four or five regions offering cycle trails, and not enough people to use them all.

“So we got smashed in our third year, mainly by the Hauraki Rail Trail because of its easy access from Auckland. I didn’t know whether the business would come back from that but I got good advice, hung in and now we’re reaping the benefits of all the early work.”

Tākaro Trails now owns 100 bikes, including mountain bikes, and provides them to about 2,000 people a year, mostly on day trips but also on multi-day tours. “We get a lot of women’s groups from New Zealand, like book clubs and reunion groups looking for an easy weekend away.” The business also provides cycling tours for conferences and cruise ship passengers.

Jenny advertised in express early on, and regularly has lesbian and gay couples doing Tākaro tours. She is planning a three-day guided tour for lesbians and gay men, probably early or late in the summer – watch Dyke Diary.

Luxury tours

tt-guiding-groupLast year she launched a set of four, six and eight-day luxury tours, staying at Greenhill and Breckenridge Lodges and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. “It’s becoming popular with Australians and North Americans; it includes about 35km of cycling a day, degustation dinners with matching wines, behind-the-scenes winery tours and private car transfers. We’re lucky because we can offer accommodation across the whole price spectrum.”

It was important to the government that the NZ Cycle Trail attracted new visitors to the country, so Tourism NZ assisted cycle tour businesses around the country. They funded the video on the Tākaro website, which includes lots of expensive aerial shots.

“I always host journalists, I’ve had incredible success from that. One UK journalists wrote an article for the UK Times and three years later I still have people book from the UK because they kept that article.”

“Tourism NZ featured us on the Australian Getaway travel programme; it was a week’s filming for a 20-min segment, and we’ve had a lot of Australian customers from that. Tourism NZ does a great job.”

A seasonal business

tt-jr-kaCycle touring is a seasonal business, “but this year we operated right through for the first time, with two people full-time in winter. In summer we have four full-timers and six contractors doing guiding and conference activities.”

“We’ve had mostly female staff, although it varies from season to season. Kerry-Anne, (pictured on the right) has been the other main staff member for the last five years.”

Jenny, who is Pākehā, links her customers with Waimarama Māori Tours and takes cruise ship customers to the Otatara Māori Pa site outside Taradale. “Tākaro means play; I chose a Māori name because I wanted it to be uniquely New Zealand, and I’m mindful that we need to do more. International visitors are very interested in Māori culture. Hawkes Bay Tourism are arranging for me to meet local iwi and discuss future options.”

The future

Jenny is looking ahead: “I said I’d give it 10 years; I’ve done seven and now I’m lining up the ducks with a view to selling the business in three years. So I entered the NZ Tourism Awards this year, and Tākaro Trails was a finalist in the business excellence category for businesses with less than $6m in turnover. To have got this far is really great because they had a lot of entries.”

“It’s quite a difficult process; you have to write a case study of a challenging situation, so I talked about our third year with all the cycle trails opening so quickly. I described where I looked for new markets, spending to get into the Australian market, and working with travel chains around the world. It was a solid week’s work.”

Being out in the industry

Jenny doesn’t like any of the available labels and reluctantly identifies as lesbian: “I’m not not out, but I don’t make a big song and dance about it. Since I’ve been here I’ve been single and happy; I tend to be a bit of a lone wolf.”

She originally met someone “a long time ago and fell in love. We were together for three years and I’ve had another couple of significant relationships, but I’m not actively seeking one.”

“Last summer I worked 164 days straight; it’s pretty intense but there’s a lot of variety and I love the people I’m meeting. I’m there every day in the season. I vary what I do – if I’m tired of reception, I might guide a tour. Some days I might just clean helmets; there’s always something constructive to do. But there isn’t a lot of other time; I jog, walk the dog and see friends.”

See the website and the Tākaro Trails Facebook page.

Te ao pāpāho, media

We welcome your suggestions of websites, books, films and any other media of interest to lesbians and queer women: send them to LNAotearoa@gmail.com.

Exhibition about queer female sexualities
Lesbian vampire movie coming
Graphic love for Orlando massacre
Feminist utopias generate ideas

Exhibition about queer female sexualities

An exhibition exploring female sexualities, desire, power, and safe spaces will travel between Auckland and Wellington Pride Festivals next year.

Called When Can I See You Again?, the multimedia exhibition features eight lesbian and queer female artists of Māori, Pacific, and Pākehā descent.

wcisya-sangeeta-singh-four-womenThe artists are illustrator ‘Aliitasi Su’a; weaver and fashion creator Ana Te Whaiti; photographer Emma Kotsapas; multimedia artist Jamie Berry, collagist Kerrie Van Heerden; multi-disciplinary artists Luisa Tora, Molly Rangiwai-McHale, and Sangeeta Singh – her work ‘Four women’ is on the left. They will exhibit their works at Fresh Gallery Ōtara, and the 17 Tory Street Artspace in Wellington.

This multicultural and multiregional exhibition develped from a conversation between the Auckland-based artists. “We’ve been talking about it for a while now, but this formation came together organically when we were hanging out one weekend. We don’t all identify as lesbian, some of us identify as bisexual or queer, so we didn’t want to make a show about lesbian visibility,” says Luisa. “We’re more interested in building that community of resistance that American writer, bell hooks talks about. We wanted to explore what it is to be queer and female and how we move in spaces that aren’t always inclusive.”

luisa-toraFive of the artists live in Auckland, two in Wellington, and Kerrie has recently moved to England. “It’s a collectively curated show,” says Luisa, left. “We’ve discussed the form of the show and share responsibilities through our Facebook group page.”

“The Wellington half of the show will morph a little from the Auckland one. We hope to engage more and nurture an exchange with the Wellington artists rather than export the show from Auckland. We think we have a unique opportunity for real conversation within our community, and we hope there will be many more shows to come from this.” JR

Lesbians and Vampires and Movies! Oh my!

carmillaSocial media was set atwitter and atumblir recently following news that the hugely popular web series Carmilla is spreading its wings into feature film territory. The show’s producers, Smokebomb Entertainment, made the announcement at New York Comicon, unveiling a short preview squarely aimed at Carmilla’s devoted fans (self-titled Creampuffs).

Probably the most watched lesbian web series to date, Carmilla might best be described as a millennial Buffy with lesbian leads and a decidedly queer sensibility. Based on and taking its name from Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 gothic novella (which isn’t but should be famed simply for introducing the first ever Lesbian Vampire) the show is cleverly written, genuinely funny, fantastically entertaining, and sets a new benchmark for inclusivity by featuring the only non-binary/non-corporeal romantic pairing I have ever seen. The cast chemistry is all round superb so it bodes well for the movie that, according to Variety many of the actors in the series are making the transition to film, importantly including leads Elise Bauman (Laura) and Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla).

Seasons one to three of Carmilla, plus many extras, can be viewed for free on Smokebomb’s YouTube channel KindaTV.

Barbara Bennett

Graphic Love

love-is-love-coverTo honour the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando, comic book giants DC Entertainment and IDW Publishing are releasing Love is Love, an anthology graphic novel they call “a 144 page love letter to the LGBTQ community”.

Organised by Batwoman writer Marc Andreyko, the anthology will feature over 100 stories and a wealth of volunteered talent from within and without the comic book community. A great queer collectable for an even greater cause: all proceeds from the $US9.99 cover price will go to Equality Florida’s fund for Pulse victims’ and survivors’ families.

Barbara B

A great “ideas for action” generator

This book is interesting in its concept, as well as its content.

feministutopiaproject

There is a unifying theme (feminist utopia) and there are a collection of overlapping themes used to describe the content. The content comes in a variety of forms: short fiction (speculative fiction, I guess), poetry, graphic images, interviews, essays, … Some of it is reflective, some of it advocacy. Some of it is written from the viewpoint of the future, usually someone looking back sadly at how backwards people were in the early 21st century.

So what is the point of this work? Is there any use in such a publication? What would you use it for? The editors are working on a “if you can imagine it, you can make it happen” basis. So the huge variety of topics and format, all items relatively brief (nearly 60 pieces in about 350 small-ish pages), give you something to consider for anything you might be interested in. And something to consider in relation to perhaps a topic you’ve not previously considered.

fupphoto1There’s no index, and there are no chapters, but there is an appendix of “Imperfect categories” at the end. Many pieces are listed more than once. You could go to those categories and read everything listed under “The Body” (or try just one, “The Day without Body Shame”, for example), or “Myths & Narratives” (read the interview with Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous, see photo at right), or “Essays” (and read the Jill Soloway (creator of Transparent, see October’s Media page) contribution, “Lesbo Island”).

fupphoto2The authors demonstrate how multiple, intersectional identities can and do work, how they might work better. Race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, relationship status, political priorities – they are all there, and more.

After all that? – then you choose. You could be fizzing with ideas on one – or more – topics. Take it further, turn ideas in to action. Work with others, challenge yourself.

Also, make sure you make the rocket take off!

Alison

He huatau, opinion

Walking for Peace

Charmaine & TanyaCharmaine Poutney, left, and Tanya Cumberland write about the Pākehā Hikoi for Peace in June – a walk from New Plymouth to Parihaka in support of Mayor Andrew Judd’s campaign for Māori representation on New Plymouth District Council. The council’s proposal to include one Māori ward for the next council election was defeated last year by a citizen’s referendum.

As a result of the hate-mail and abuse he received during the campaign for a Māori ward, Andrew has been urging all Taranaki people, indeed, all New Zealanders, to engage in new conversations about Māori-Pākehā relationships.  So a group of Pākehā and Māori supporters organised the Hikoi for Peace. On the first day, Wednesday 15, a group walked from the New Plymouth Council Chambers to Oakura, where a two-hour discussion was held.  On the second day, the walkers went from Oakura to Okato.

Hikoi Okato Settlers HallWe joined the conversation in the Okato Settlers Hall, where more than a hundred people gathered after completing two days of walking and talking from New Plymouth. For two hours, in small groups, we all shared our reasons for joining the hikoi, possible ways for achieving strong representation of Māori on the New Plymouth District Council, and other concerns about Māori-Pākehā relations and Pākehā responsibilities.

The next morning, Friday 18, we all set off on a 22km walk from Okato to Parihaka. Why Parihaka? See what happened at Parihaka on 5 November 1881, and the years before and after, at the end of this article; Parihaka is one of the worst examples of colonial oppression in our country’s history, and has become a symbol of non-violent resistance, and therefore of the search for peace and justice, in Aotearoa and world-wide.  The walk to Parihaka was seen as a walk of commitment to justice, and to peace, and we were all committed to walking peacefully, without banners, or slogans, or shouting, or retaliation to any abuse.

Hearing the stories
We each engaged talked with a dozen or more different people as we walked. Local people along the way set up small stalls and offered refreshments, or waved and tooted, or greeted us with flags.

Every story was different. One solo mother of four, who had learnt a bit about the Treaty many years earlier at a Catholic family retreat, had recently experienced workplace bullying. She came because, as she said, “I suddenly realised, when I heard about the hikoi, that Māori for all these years must have been feeling the humiliation and pain that I felt when I was bullied – and I just had to come and support change in what we do as Pākehā because it just isn’t fair…”

Hikoi arrival at ParihakaAn older man said his 13-year-old daughter had been expressing her pain and horror about the bad things happening in the world; she said she didn’t want to grow up to live in a world like this. So when he heard about the hikoi, he decided to bring her with him to see that there were good people, who cared, and who wanted to make the world better- and that she could help to change the world too.

A young woman who had been an exchange student from her prestigious school in New Plymouth to a school in Denmark had realised when she was away that her schooling had taught her nothing about New Zealand history. She was deeply angry about this failure, and went to a different school with a strong Māori presence, when she returned.

One young man from a Catholic boys’ college in New Plymouth had been taught quite a bit about the history of New Zealand at school including about the Treaty of Waitangi, but had left school with the belief that most claims were settled now and the problems of the past had been resolved.  Now a third-year university student in history and politics at Victoria University, he knows differently.

A local Pākehā dairy farmer had been brought up in a small Taranaki settlement alongside Māori whanau, and now is trying to support his children’s school in their attempt to build a wharenui at the school. He is trying to encourage some of his fellow school board members to consider the consultation process with local Māori in a positive way, so he felt moved to join the hikoi to show his support for Andrew Judd’s stand.

Many people, of all ages, commented that growing up in New Zealand they had never learnt about what happened at Parihaka, or indeed anything at all about the Land Wars and the attempts to assimilate (or exterminate) Māori in Taranaki. Their schooling left them totally ignorant, and now feeling angry about the continuing neglect of New Zealand history in the curriculum of most schools.

By the time we arrived at Parihaka, the numbers on the hikoi had swelled to almost a thousand. We were welcomed into the village and led to Te Marae o Toroānui, all the way to the sound of karanga, greeting and grieving, from many kuia, both hosts and guests.

Hikoi Mayor hongiAfter the exchange of whaikorero among the kaumatua on both sides, Andrew Judd (left, with a kuia) was invited to speak. He talked briefly about his own ignorance until very recently, his determination to go on working for change, and his intention not to seek re-election as mayor because of the violence of opposition and the way his presence would polarise the election.

He took off his mayoral chain, and holding it up, declared, that no-one should wear this chain again unless committed to justice for Māori in Taranaki. A kuia took the chain in her hands and blessed it with a prayer.

And finally, the people of Parihaka, assisted by some Pākehā locals, served hot soup and rolls and home baking for the crowd of almost a thousand in the whare kai, Te Rānui.

So what next?

Of course, one of the main talking points during the walk has been follow-up action on the issues raised about Māori-Pākehā relationship in New Plymouth – and beyond – during the last few months.
There has been a huge groundswell of support for Andrew Judd and his stand since. The Facebook group set up by supporters is on-going and anyone can join – more than 11,000 have already.
• One suggestion from many supporters was that all people allowing their nominations to go forward for councils in the local body elections (and actually for Parliamentary elections too) should be invited to participate in locally-organised workshops on the history – Māori as well as Pākehā – of the area they wish to represent. Also, that all should have to ensure they are capable of pronouncing Māori personal and place names properly, at the very least.
• Another strong recommendation was that pressure be put on the Ministry of Education to require schools to include coverage of New Zealand history in the New Zealand curriculum, and to ensure that resources available to schools include Māori as well as Pākehā perspectives.
• A third was that the local body legislation be amended to make participation by tangata whenua in decision-making obligatory, not just “consultation” which can be ignored. (The only requirement on local councils is to have some form of consultation with Māori. Councils may choose to have Māori wards – and some have – but this decision can be overturned by a citizens’ referendum. In New Plymouth, the District Council voted last year for a single Māori ward (with a one-vote majority of Council members), and immediately hostile Pākehā began agitating and then organising for a Citizen’s Referendum. The result was that 83% of those who voted (though only 32% of those eligible to vote) rejected the proposal.)
• A fourth idea was that all those who participated in the hikoi should have conversations about these issues with another half-dozen people – family, friends or workmates – and that they in turn continue the process, perhaps.

The Parihaka story

Hikoi Parihaka in 1881.jpgMost of you will know that there were wars over land between Pākehā and Māori during the 1860s and 70s. You may also know that Māori were not defeated by these wars, in spite of heavy losses in some battles with British and colonial troops. However, they were overwhelmed by a tsunami of British settlers who believed they had a right to land, and a settler government which believed they could take land if they wanted to.

The Treaty of Waitangi, which offered full protection for Māori land ownership, was ignored (and even declared by Chief Justice Sir James Prendergast, in 1877, to be “a simple nullity”). This painting by George Clarendon Beale shows Parihaka in the late 1870s, when Parihaka was the largest Maori community in the country.

In Taranaki, in 1881, settlers began to move onto productive, cultivated Māori land around the village of Parihaka. Every day new fences were put up on their land by surveyors, and road works begun, and every evening men from Parihaka pulled out the fences and dug up the roads. This peaceful (and entirely reasonable) resistance – the settlers had no legal right to take the land – angered the government, and John Bryce, Minister of Police, came with a force of around 2,000 British and colonial soldiers and camped above Parihaka Pa with cannons trained on the village.

On November 5 1881 the force marched up to the gates of the Pa, where they were greeted by children dancing and women offering loaves of bread. Pushing past, they found all the men of the village sitting peacefully, without weapons, on the ground. Under the leadership of two prophets of the Pai Marire faith, Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, this village had become a settlement for many hundreds of Māori refugees from other areas where their land had been seized and their people were starving. All in the village were committed to finding peaceful ways to resolve conflict.

Parihaka feathersofpeaceSoldiers arrested the two prophets, and dragged away the other men; all were imprisoned without trial. On subsequent days, during the troops’ occupation, they raped women, looted treasures and burnt houses, without any violence in return.
Some soldiers had the grace to be appalled at the actions of their own troops and defected. When word got out, many Pākehā outside Taranaki protested at the brutality and injustice of the invasion of Parihaka. Later, the village was rebuilt to a high standard, with streetlights, water and sewage. But no land was returned, and the only employment open to Parihaka people was poorly paid casual labour on farms and in factories.

Since then, Parihaka has become a symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of provocation, injustice and war. People have come from all around the world to honour their courage and reflect on the ways of peace.

But no New Zealand government has apologised and no restitution has been made for the terrible losses experienced by Parihaka people.

See the Parihaka website, or get Dick Scott’s Ask That Mountain and Rachel Buchanan’s Parihaka Album from your library.

Rātaka takatāpui, Dyke Diary

Auckland / Tamaki Makaurau

rainbowaucklandmixerWednesday 2 Rainbow Auckland Mixer with special guests EquAsian 6-8pm, The Oakroom, 17 Drake St, Victoria Park Market, Freemans Bay. All welcome; members free and non-members $10 on the door. See Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 5 Parihaka Day Peace Action Conference about the legacy of Parihaka, colonialism today, global peace and justice movements, Islamophobia and militarism in the Pacific. Speakers include law professor Jane Kelsey; Emilie Rākete from No Pride in Prisons; anti-colonial anti-capitalist activist Sina Brown-Davis; Pacific studies academic and writer Teresia Teaiwa; peace activist Valerie Morse, Muslim feminist Khayreyah Amani Wahaab; Native Hawaiian filmmaker and journalist Anne Keala Kelly; MP Marama Davidson on the Women’s Boat to Gaza; Parihaka descendant & filmmaker Paora Joseph; English professor and native Chamorro Craig Santos Perez; Dennis Maga from Auckland Philippines Solidarity and Faisal Al-Assad from Racial Equity Aotearoa. Free, 10am-3.30pm, Whāre Wananga, level 2, Auckland Central Library, followed by a free BBQ outside the library from 4pm. At 5pm the Academy Cinemas will be showing Tatarakihi – the children of Parihaka  for $10 with a Q&A session with film-maker Paora Joseph.

tams-25th-partySaturday 5 Team Auckland Masters Swimmers Big Bang Party Auckland’s LGBT swim team celebrates its 25th anniversary afloat on Auckland harbour with a great view of the Guy Fawkes fireworks. Limited numbers; $50 includes a drink on arrival, two-course BBQ and birthday cake; no BYO, cash bar; pay by October 31 to bank account 02 0144 0191459 00. 6.45pm, Red Boats, Pier Z, Westhaven Marina. Email tams.secretary@yahoo.co.nz.

Saturdays & Sundays, 5-6 and 12-13 OUTLine LGBTI phone helpline volunteer training course. Phone 0800 OUTLINE or email info@outline.org.nz.

Sunday 6 Dyke Hike Kauaeranga Valley/Billy Goat Track. This hike goes through the gold mining area into some spectacular country in the hills behind Coromandel township. The track follows old packhorse tracks and abandoned railway lines in places. It can be very hot here if the sun is out, so bring plenty of water. Expect rocky stream crossings and long hills. Meet at the carpark at the end of the Kauaeranga Valley Road, past the DoC visitor centre. About 5 hours. Grade: hard (boots required, tracks may be rough, steep hills, reasonable fitness helps to enjoy these ones). Email hike@lesbian.co.nz, visit www.lesbian.co.nz or the Facebook page.

Sunday 6 Charlotte Museum community meeting What would make you participate in events or support the museum? Bring your ideas on events and programmes; exhibitions and collections; education and politics; other services; and the museum premises and location. Bring your vision for how the museum could look in 21 years. Museum board members will collate everyone’s ideas and return them to another community meeting. Afternoon tea provided, 1.30pm, 8a Bentinck St, New Lynn. Email charlottemuseum@gmail.com or txt 021 157 3304.

womenhomelessnessMonday 7 Women and Homelessness forum 7-9pm, Western Springs Community Garden Hall, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs. What are the drivers of female homelessness? What do homeless women experience? What policies prevent homelessness? Three speakers followed by Q&A. Entry by cash donation at the door: sliding scale between zero and $20. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Wednesday 9 aLBa meeting Recently acclaimed lesbian writer Gina Cole talks with Cissy Rock about living in a lighthouse, her life in the law and her foray into literature. Her book Black Ice Matter has received brilliant reviews and we look forward to hearing her read from it. The Tiny Theatre, Garnet Station, 75 Garnet Road, Westmere from 6.30pm. Visit Facebook event page; contact alba@alba.org.nz.

wetheonesWednesday 16 We the Ones book launch Spray cans & flag poles! Julie Helean’s second novel; a funny, anti-racist, political activist satire. 6-7.30pm, the Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby.

Friday 18-Sunday 20 Hui Takatāpui Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae, Manukau Institute of Technology. Register at the Facebook event page or see the Hui Takatāpui Facebook page.

Saturday 19 Charlotte Museum mosaic workshop. Need charlotte-mosaicinspiration for a gift? Have an idea you’d like to try out? Beginners are welcome to the last two workshops of the year, run by Tash Norton. 10am, 8A Bentinck St, New Lynn. See the Facebook event page.

Saturday 19 “Pitt Stop Before Christmas” GALS concert 5.30-8pm, Pitt St Methodist Church, 78 Pitt St, central Auckland. Tickets online from GALS: $20 adults, $10 children. Visit Facebook event page.

takatapuiSaturday 19 launch of Takatāpui – A Place of Standing 6.30-9pm, Auckland Art Gallery, corner Kitchener & Wellesley Sts. The culmination of 3 years of interviews, research and an extensive photo essay of our unique past and present. The powhiri will take place at 6.30pm sharp and attendees are advised to congregate near the foyer of the Auckland City Art Gallery. Details on the Facebook event page.

smithsbushlSunday 20 Coffee & Stroll 10am, meet for coffee at Columbus coffee, 74 Taharoto Rd, Smales Farm; 10.30am, an easy 40-minute stroll in Smiths Bush Scenic Reserve. Entry from the cricket ground car park in Onewa Domain.

Sunday 20 Fifth Season gay and lesbian Garden Group visit to the nursery of Urban Garden, a gay-owned indoor plant hire company. 2pm at 451 State Highway 16, Kumeu, just past the roundabout at Soljans. Bring something for afternoon tea and cash in case you want to buy some ex rental dracaenas, peace lilies, calatheas or aspidistras. Non-members welcome; phone Wendy Wilson, 027 548 3510 or email wendyirenewilson@gmail.com

Tuesday 29 Second Puāwai Festival opening night. Puāwai means to blossom, and the festival aims to reduce the stigma of HIV and AIDs with performance, stories and song. Hosted by Steven Oates with GALS, musicians, kapa haka and a panel about the oral history of HIV in New Zealand, including Judith Ackroyd. Te Pou Theatre, 44A Portage Rd, New Lynn, enter at the back off Mcwhirter Pl. Festival runs November 28-December 3; visit Facebook page for details.

Tuesday 29 Pacific Women’s Watch NZ discussion evening as part of the global campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (visit Facebook and website for details). Superintendent Tusha Penny, NZ Police National Prevention Manager, will talk about Defeating violence as an issue for all New Zealanders, followed by refreshments. 6.30pm for a 7pm start, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. Contact Christine, 09 575 1523, 021 612 416 or e-mail info@pacificwomenswatch.org.nz.

Waikato/ Central North Island/ Hawkes Bay

Saturday 5 Rainbow Warriors women’s softball team game, 3pm, diamond 4, Resthills Park, off the end of John Webb Dr, off Houchens Rd, Glenview, Hamilton. All supporters welcome.

Saturday 5 Pink Drinks LGBTI mixer, 5pm, Ember Bar & Grill, 60 Church Rd, Pukete, Hamilton.

Saturday 12 Rainbow Warriors women’s softball team game, 1pm, diamond 4, Resthills Park, off the end of John Webb Dr, off Houchens Rd, Glenview, Hamilton. All supporters welcome.

Friday 25 Deco Divas drinks, 6.30pm, the Loading Ramp, Havelock North. Email Sky on decodiva2010@gmail.com 

Sunday 27 Lesbian Social Group at Gourmet in the Gardens A family-friendly event, so feel free to bring children. 4pm, Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron Lawn, with live music and food stalls. Look for the rainbow flag. Email lsg@hamiltonpride.co.nz or see hamiltonpride.co.nz/lsg or the LSG Facebook page.

Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Sunday 6 DANSS classes for LGBT people and friends to learn classical Ballroom, funky Latin American and elegant New Vogue dance moves, upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, koha. 7pm, Beginners Samba, Rhythm Foxtrot; 8pm, Intermediate Jive. See the website  or the Facebook group page, or email DANSSNZ@outlook.com.

rainbowwellingtonFriday 11 Rainbow Wellington drinks 5-7pm, S&Ms, 176 Cuba St, central Wellington. Visit Facebook event page for details.

Saturday 12 Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Star Walk 6.30pm for PinkStarWalk201610km, 7.15pm for 5km, Frank Kitts Park. Wear pink, walk to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise money to support NZ women. Pricing varies for earlybird and by age. Visit the Pink Star Walk webpage.

Sunday 13 DANSS classes for LGBT people and friends to learn classical Ballroom, funky Latin American and elegant New Vogue dance moves, upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, koha. 7pm, Beginners Rumba; 8pm, Intermediate Quickstep. See the website  or the Facebook group page, or email DANSSNZ@outlook.com.

Sunday 20 DANSS classes for LGBT people and friends to learn classical Ballroom, funky Latin American and elegant New Vogue dance moves, upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, koha. 7pm, Beginners Tango; 8pm, Intermediate Merilyn. See the website  or the Facebook group page, or email DANSSNZ@outlook.com.

dd-scarlet-goldThursday 24 (preview), Friday 25-Thursday 22 December Scarlet & Gold Lorae Parry’s new play, based on  real events of the long 1912 Waihi Gold Miners‘ strike. It follows women from the three clashing sectors; miners, mine owners and shareholders; and workers who crossed the line. Visit Circa Theatre webpage for details and tickets ($25-$46), Facebook page for information.

Sunday 27 DANSS classes for LGBT people and friends to learn classical Ballroom, funky Latin American and elegant New Vogue dance moves, upstairs, Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Sts, koha. 7pm, Beginners revision; 8pm, Intermediate revision. See the website  or the Facebook group page, or email DANSSNZ@outlook.com.

Nelson area/Whakatū

Wednesday 2 Nelson Games night from 5.30pm, Prince Albert Hotel, 113 Nile St, Nelson.

Sunday 6 Nelson brunch/lunch 11am, Sinful Coffee, 276a Queen St, Richmond.

Wednesday 9 Nelson Pool@Shark Club from 5.30pm, Shark Club, 132 Bridge St, Nelson.

Sunday 13 Nelson walking group LoTL-WoW!! Lesbians on the loose walking outside at weekends! All welcome including your dogs. 10.30am, meeting point to be advised. Please note: If you can’t make the walk feel free to join us 1 hour later for coffee. Contact TLC for details.

Wednesday 16 Nelson Games night from 5.30pm, Prince Albert Hotel, 113 Nile St, Nelson.

Sunday 20 Motueka brunch/lunch 11am, T.O.A.D Hall Store and Cafe, 502 High St, Motueka. Contact TLC for details.

Wednesday 23 Nelson Pool@Shark Club from 5.30pm, Shark Club, 132 Bridge St, Nelson.

Wednesday 30 Nelson Games night from 5.30pm, Prince Albert Hotel, 113 Nile St, Nelson.

Christchurch/Ōtautahi

rainbownetworkingcanterburyWednesday 23 Mixer meeting 5.30pm, Stellar Bar, 235 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton. $10 to cover the cost of venue and nibbles; cash bar available. Details on website. RSVP to info@rainbownetworkingcanterbury.co.nz.

Otago

silverrainbowousaSunday 13 Discussion evening: Aged Care & the Rainbow Community 4-6pm, Dunedin Fringe Community Room, 26 Princes St. Silver Rainbow is an initiative that offers education for the aged care sector on how to make retirement homes and aged care facilities LGBTTIQ+ friendly places. Julie Watson, the programme lead, will speak about the background of Silver Rainbow and how it works. Free, light snacks provided, gold coin donation for hot drink.

Visit Facebook event page for details.

alphabetsoutSaturday 19 – Sunday 20 Alphabet Soup Hui for youth workers and teachers about LGBTQ+ issues, Otago Museum, 419 Great King St, Dunedin. Email Hahna on hahna@ousa.org.nz, phone 03 479 5445 or see the hui website.

Sunday 27 Wild Women Winter Walking at Port Chalmers on the Bullock Track and possibly the Ross Creek track. Meet at 10am at Prospect Park near the corner of Lachlan Ave and Stonelaw Tce (roadside parking in Stonelaw Tce). Email acharlotte10@gmail.com or txt 022 133 9529 about a lift or details. Note: No December walk; next walk on Sunday January 29.

Overseas/Rāwāhi

Saturday 29 October–Sunday 13 November Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival.

Saturday 5 South Australian Same Sex Dancesport Competition, 1-5pm, Western Youth Centre, 79 Marion Rd, Cowandilla, $12/15, email sasamesexdancesport@hotmail.com.

DykeBookslogoSaturday 19 Launch of Lesbians Ignite! A history of Melbourne lesbian activities and communities in the 1990s by Jean Taylor, published by Dyke Books, with playwright Patricia Cornelius and entertainment by singing group Dyke Divas. 2-4pm, Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton. Afternoon tea provided.

Friday 25-Saturday 26 Breakthrough conference Melbourne, planning how to accelerate the pace of change for women. Organised by the Victorian Women’s Trust.

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

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