Pipiri (June)

Kia ora and welcome to our Pipiri update, with a cartoon by Helen Courtney.

HC onion cartoonYou’re invited to help reduce violence in relationships involving queer women, and we explore some of the Matariki events by women around the country. And we’re keen to hear from you about any lesbian and other queer female local body candidates in your area. We preview two celebrations planned for the 30th anniversary of homosexual law reform in Auckland in July, and describe changes and challenges to the Auckland Pride Festival board as it becomes member-run. On our Media page you can read about lesbian writers Louise Welsh, Eileen Myles, Jeanette Winterson and Susie Orbach; a history of lesbian activism in Melbourne, and a film about the Chinese closet. See our People page for a female carpenter making a specialist item, and our Opinion page for Jan Rivers’ Public Good philosophy.

And check out the Photos page – like Dyke Diary, we update this during the month, whenever photos come in.

See our Services page for Rainbow training and accreditation programmes, classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

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Haratua (May)

Kia ora and welcome to our Haratua update.

A good mix of news items: groups have beginnings (Whanganui) and endings (Whangarei). Our coverage ranges from young (National Shift hui, Rainbow Youth in Auckland) to old (Silver Rainbow). Work on a national Rainbow strategy is under way, and the success of the ILGA Oceania conference in Wellington has lead to plans for more ILGA activity.

Our People page features a profile of a lesbian who has worked in a range of interesting organisations and causes, and on our Media page you can read about Sam RB’s next art exhibition, and get this month’s recommendation for a good read: a lesbian graphic memoir.

And check out the Photos page – like Dyke Diary, we update this during the month, whenever photos come in.

See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

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Paenga-whāwhā (April)

Kia ora and welcome to our Paenga-whāwhā update, only a little bit later than usual. (And avoiding April Fools Day!)

Lots of arty activities this time, including writers, poets, dance, art, and comics. On our media page you can read about ground-breaking Fijian art on a women’s tattooing tradition; Jeanette Winterson and Susie Orbach coming to Auckland; a review of the local Three Words women’s comix anthology; and the documentary Inside the Chinese closet. And roving reporter Alison interviews Canadian writer Mariko Tamaki and online US writer Mallory Ortberg on our People page.

On our news page read about Christchurch’s Lady Poets (and a lusty poem); classical and queer Indian dance in Auckland; the Charlotte Museum’s Auckland discussion dinners; a new social group in Whanganui; the Shift national youth hui in Wellington and a trans booklet for schools; funding problems at the Christchurch Women’s Centre; a women’s unconference; and a report on the ILGA Human Rights conference, one of the Wellington Proud events. And check out our pix of Wellington Pride on the Photos page.

See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

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Poutū-te-rangi (March)

Kia ora and welcome to our Poutū-te-rangi update. Another big month: the Auckland Pride co-chair reviews the Festival and Parade and the Auckland Proud to Play multisport festival plans to become an annual event. The Charlotte Museum is also hosting a multicultural lesbian feast with speakers and discussion. We preview the Wellington Pride Festival, including the women’s pre-human rights conference hui, and Christchurch Pride Week, Waikato research on queer sport, and the upcoming Shift Hui in Wellington. We also cover Dunedin activities and, for those who long for cold weather, plans for Gay Ski Week Queenstown.

On our media page you can read about two overseas guests in the Writers Week part of the arts festival. See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

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Hui-tanguru (February)

Kia ora and welcome to our Hui-tanguru update. This is a big month – we preview Pride festivals running or being organised in three cities. We profile Kiki , writer of Puzzy, the first Pacific lesbian play to show in the Auckland Pride Festival, and describe a Fijian women’s art project about young women’s tattoos. Two lesbians have started a new campaign to support refugees and there’s a new Wellington safe house for women trying to leave sex work. Enjoy reviews of the web drama Auckward Love; the latest book of Paekakariki lesbian writing; and Darlinghissima, about a long-term, long-distance relationship. If you missed the Transforming Feminisms conference in Dunedin late last year, you can read about it here. And you can hear our very own WordPress whiz and artist Jade read her award-winning short story during Pride.

On our media page you can also read about the Charlotte Museum’s Pride exhibition, and a forthcoming anthology of women’s comics from Aotearoa. See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

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Hakihea / December 2015 & Kohi-tātea / January 2016

Kia ora and welcome to our Hakihea and Kohi-tātea update. This month: new funding will strengthen regional queer youth support, and the lesbian web series Potluck is launched. We cover the Auckland Pride Festival and Parade in February and the Wellington Pride Festival and Parade and a major regional Pacific human rights conference in March.

In Auckland there’s Pacific action about West Papua, and self-portraits at the Charlotte Museum.

On our media page you can find out about two new lesbian books, Jamaican out lesbian reggae artist Diana King, who is singing at Raggamuffin in February, some lesbian treats in the 2016 arts festivals in Wellington and Auckland, and an Aphra Behn play.

On our People page read about event organiser and TV floor manager Shirley Allan of Nga Puhi and Te Rarawa, who has just joined the Auckland Pride Festival board. See our Services page for classified ads and businesses, currently free. Email us your Dyke Diary, Social and Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. Thanks!

The next update will be Hui-tanguru / February; and then monthly updates through the year.

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Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Kia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-rangi update. This month we have national stories about violence in relationshipsRainbow Youth’s accessible learning resource to help increase understanding and support of sex, gender and sexuality diversity; and a new print and video resource for takatāpui.

Wellington has a Pride festival and human rights conference coming up early next year, and a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the end of this month.

The Auckland Pride organisation is consulting with the community ahead of the 2016 event. Read about the LGBTTIQ Writers Festival, and the sports event, Proud to Play. November in Auckland also sees the Fafswag Pacific ball, and the GABA fundraising auction. In December, there’s the westie Lesbian ball.

You can make an international contribution too, providing feedback on a proposal for measuring LGBTI inclusion. Have your say!

Our People page talks about inquiring into diversity in secondary schools; the Media page features several film-related stories: lesbian content in the national Short Film Festival, a review of Freeheld, now on national release, and Auckland’s Academy Cinema’s LGBTQ nights; you can read about mosaics at the Charlotte Museum; and Jade du Preez outlines 10 factors contributing to marriage equality on our Opinion page.

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