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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Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

2015Oct CartoonJdPKia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-nuku update with a cartoon by Jade du Preez. This month, two great resources – on sexuality and gender for schools and against violence between us – are touring the country. Check them out and take the survey.

Our first homegrown lesbian webseries is on our News page, and there’s also the Proud to Play multisport festival in February, mosaics at the Charlotte Museum, a fundraising auction and an equal pay campaign.

See Helen Courtney’s cartoons on our Media page. Plus there’s our national Dyke Diary, Social and Support group pages.

Wellington’s BOX Oceania talk about their events for queer and trans people of colour on our People page, and Jade du Preez outlines 10 factors contributing to marriage equality on our Opinion page.

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September / Mahuru

CcartoonActivismTransKia ora and welcome to our Mahuru update, with a cartoon by Hamilton’s Helen Courtney – we preview her exhibition on our Media page. You can now subscribe to our monthly email reminder and see our Facebook page, with links on the left of every page. Those readers who prefer to read LNA on paper can now simply click on print at the top of our main pages.

On our News page you’ll find Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week; Lick dances in Wellington; Pride Weeks in Hamilton and Dunedin; political gatherings in Auckland and Dunedin; a ball and sport in Auckland, and art by Sam RB and lesbian selfies. Plus there’s our national Dyke Diary, Social and Support group pages.

Carole Beu interviews Farida Sultana about Shakti’s 20th anniversary on our People page, and Jacqui Stanford describes a movie project about pioneering lesbian mountaineer Freda du Faur.

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Here-turi-kōkā / August

MastheadrevisedKia ora and welcome to our August update.

Build houses in Nepal with other lesbians – see our People page.

On our News page is the Charlotte Museum’s selfie exhibition; a fundraising art exhibition for InsideOUT in Wellington; a job for an LGBT alcohol and drug clinician; a play, concert and meeting for a Living Wage in Auckland; an embattled Russian lesbian activist and News from all over.

Plus there’s our national Dyke Diary and a play and lesbian poetry on our Media page.

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