Wild Women Walk went from St Clair to Lawyers Head, Dunedin, on September 2. Ella surveyed the view, top, and below are Hannah, left, Orma, Ella, Pleasance, Lourdes (recently from Spain & Saudi Arabia) and Audrey (recently from Singapore & Tasmania).

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Pleasance Hansen, right, took these pix of Cissy Rock, below, from Cissy’s two-night show at Garnet Station in Auckland, Comedy on the Rocks, with her brother James.

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120 women packed the Auckland Lesbian Business Association’s fundraising quiz in late August, below, which raised money for HELP Auckland. Photos by Pleasance.

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Al quiz 1.JPGThe Auckland Lesbian Business Association also had a highly successful dinner at Ima Cuisine on July 22, attended by 99 lesbian and queer women, below. MPs Louisa Wall and Jan Logie spoke about their work on the Rainbow cross-party group, the restaurant’s all-women crew provided three delicious courses, and DJ Linda T got everyone dancing.

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Auckland coffee and stroll members at Crave Cafe in Morningside in July, and finding the backways of Gribblehirst Park in Sandringham.

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Below: Ann Charlotte from Dunedin’s Wild Women Walks, in red, with members of the public at the Sinclair Wetlands public planting day in June.

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Auckland Pride Festival 2017 – Rock & Speir @ Garnet Station | 21 Feb 2017

Cissy Rock & Anne Speir performed together to put on some great comedy skits in the Tiny Theatre at Garnet station.

Karen Kahurangi also came to sing some amazing songs.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Auckland Pride Festival 2017 – The Great Auckland Pride Debate @ Galatos | 20 Feb 2017

The Great Ak Pride debate with the Moot ‘Girls do it better’ was held together by Adjudicator Gilda Kirkpatrick.

Team Jacinda was Jacinda Ardern, Jan Logie & Urzila Carlson.

Team Richard was Richard Hills, Grant Robertson & Eli Matthewson,

The judges Buckwheat, Nikki Kaye & Zakk d’Larte listened to all and made the final decision that Team Jacinda won again.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Auckland Pride Festival 2017 – Dykes on Mics @ Falls Park Henderson | 19 Feb 2017

It was a great way to spend a late Sunday sunny afternoon out at Henderson’s Falls Park, sitting back or up dancing to different lesbians singing and rockin’ it hard out.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Auckland Pride Festival 2017 – LYC Big Gay Out Day @ Coyle Park | 12 Feb 2017

A great day was had by all at Coyle Park in Pt Chev for the annual BGO day on a fabulous summer’s day to relax and enjoy the shows and entertainment with special guest singer Parson James from the USA.

Plus also many stall holders were also selling their wares or giving out information to those that inquired.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Auckland Pride Festival 2017 – Bound movie @ Garnet Station | 11 Feb 2017

Garnet Station showed the lesbian movie Bound in their Tiny Theatre and also entertained those that came to see the movie with a performance beforehand by an erotic Drag King…

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Auckland Pride Festival 2017 – Gala Audience in Q Theatre Foyer & Bar | 10 Feb 2017

It was a full house at Q Theatre on Queen St of the audience members in the foyer and bar area waiting to see the Auckland Pride Festival 2017 Gala.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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ALBA – Ali Mau speaks about her life | 8 Feb 2017

Carole Beau of the Women’s Bookshop hosted this well attended event and Verity George had the job as interviewer asking Ali Mau some interesting questions and Ali was upfront and honest in answering about her life. Plus there was a short tribute by Fran Marno & Aorewa McLeod to lesbian poet Heather McPherson who had recently passed away.

Photos supplied by Andrea

rainbow-flag-at-karitaneDunedin lesbians enjoy kite flying and kayaking at the first annual Waitangi weekend picnic. Photos by Ann Charlotte.karitane-kite


rainbow-sports-swimFemale members of the Rainbow swim teams from Auckland and Wellington – Team Auckland Masters Swimmers and Different Strokes Wellington – who competed in the Capital Swim Meet during the recent Rainbow Sports Weekend in Wellington. Nine women and 19 men participated in the swim competition, which is open to social and serious swimmers and is held year and year about in each city. Women made up half the same-sex dancers and three of the 20 badminton competitors at the Rainbow Sports event; all the runners were men. Organisers are keen to increase the proportion of female participants for the biennial event.

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Homosexual law reform 1986: Stories from the Auckland community | 15 December 2016

A special evening of story telling that was hosted by Sarah Lambourne and Steven Oates.

Men and women from within the GLBTI community who were in Auckland in 1986 told stories of their experience from that time – including stories from Frances Joychild QC, Stirling, Jenny Rankine and many others.

Photos supplied by Andrea

LNA volunteer Jenny Rankine was a member of the winning team, Lavender Menace, pictured second left with Denise Yates, left, Lindsey Rae, Mike Stone, Jo Quatermass and Doreen Suddens and their prize of books from the Women's Bookshop.
LNA volunteer Jenny Rankine was a member of the winning team, Lavender Menace, pictured second left with Denise Yates, left, Lindsey Rea, Mike Stone, Jo Quatermass and Doreen Agassiz-Suddens and their prize of books from the Women’s Bookshop. (Not in picture, Jan Tan and Jacquie Morris.)

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ALBA Quiz Night – Auckland | 15 October 2016

More than 150 lesbians and friends enjoyed a great ALBA Quiz night on Saturday in aid of the Auckland Women’s Centre.

Photos taken by Andrea

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Dykes on Mics @ Garnet Station | 25 September 2016

A wonderful night at Garnet Station’s Studio, gathered a great group of women, who were entertained with wonderful impromptu music.

Photos taken by Andrea

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RUSH17 – Auckland | 20 August 2016

A wonderful turn out of fabulous women on a fine night for some great company and dancing at Ceramco Park Function Centre in Glen Eden with DJ Anji.

Photos supplied by Andrea


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The four female-identified members of the new OUTLine board are, from left, Allyson Hamblett, trans and disability advocate; lesbian community organiser Cissy Rock; lesbian Toni Duder, operations manager at Rainbow Youth; and Audrey Hutcheson, LGBTI co-ordinator at AUT. Other members include Allen Sendles, Gary Denney, Hayden Bigelow and Jim Marjoram.

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Rainbow GALA of the Year 2016 – Sky City Auckland | 9 July 2016

Sky City & Rainbow Auckland celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill at Sky City.

Greeted by the Topp Twins and MC’ed by Ali Mau and Colin Mathura-Jeffree and then entertained by Annie Crummer, Dust Palace, Mika, Topp Twins, Dynamotion and lots of dance music too.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Auckland Civic Function – Auckland Town Hall | 9 July 2016

Mayor Len Brown invited 200 guests to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform at a civic function held at the Auckland Town Hall.

Many high profile guest speakers included Fran Wilde, Marilyn Waring, Peter Wall, Louisa Wall, Nikki Kaye, Penny Hulse as well as many entertaining performances.

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Cissy Rock – Member of the NZ Order of Merit | 9 July 2016

West Auckland lesbian Cissy Rock was congratulated by her family and friends at the Grey Lynn Community Hall, for receiving the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to the LGBTI Community on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016.

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London businesses prepare themselves for the Pride Parade; the theme for 2016 was #nofilter. Leicester Square changed their green traffic lights with a range of symbols and figures covering same-sex and transgender identities.

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Feelings were running high before London Pride: with first Orlando, then the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Pride is now seen as even more important than usual. And alongside the ‘we must be seen’ discussion is anxiety about safety. If you go into a London museum with a bag bigger than a wallet, security will search it.

News reports said 40,000 marched in London Pride Parade on Saturday June 25, but Alison Kagen, who took part, said there were certainly hundreds of thousands; “it was continuous for more than 2.5 hours. It was very well organised and managed, with almost no gaps between groups, though both running and cycling groups allowed those in front to move on so they could run and cycle.”

“The march was largely made up of groups, with few individuals on their own. Like groups mostly went together: banks, public sector financial organisations and insurance companies, for example. A number of Christian groups (one placard read, ‘I apologise for how Christians have treated you’) marched with Muslim and Jewish groups; London’s only lesbian volleyball team was among the sports groups; and parent and family groups. We saw no antagonism where we were, and no police either, other than those marching.”

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New Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, attended the parade, and has made very supportive public comments about human rights and immigrants.

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Orlando vigil at the Brandenburg gate in Berlin and offerings outside the American Embassy in Berlin

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The Shift Youth Hui in Wellington attracted over 100 young people and another 58 volunteers.

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RUSH16 – Auckland | 30 April 2016

Around 90 women turned up at Ceramco Park Function Centre in Glen Eden and rocked the night away with DJ Anji.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Taken at Out in the Park, Wellington’s Pride event. Both Lesbian Radio and Lilac Lesbian Radio had stalls.

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Yarnbombing in Wellington’s Willis St, down the road from Lilac Library – a Stitch + Butch activity


Wellington’s Pride parade made its way from Frank Kitts Park to Waitangi Park. Hundreds of people, with banners, balloons and children, enjoyed good weather and supportive crowds. A notably younger group overall, in spite of many with grey hair!

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Rainbow picnic on parliament grounds: delayed one day because of rain, but celebrating 30 years since the introduction of Homosexual Law Reform legislation. Speakers included Fran Wilde, the MP who sponsored the Bill, and Tighe Instone, who organised a picnic event in the same space, after the shameful presentation of the anti-law reform petition.

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The Wellington Pride on Board event on March 7 was a night of board games for a $5 donation to support InsideOUT’s work making schools and communities safer for young people. People enjoyed lots of games and prizes (pix 1 is of a prize winner) and homemade cookies.

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Ak Proud to Play 2016 – Swim & prize giving 2016 @ West Wave Pools | 16 Feb 2016

Day two – Lots more swimming and then finally the prize-giving when the medals and cups were handed out.

Special guest swimmer Ak Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse joined one the teams in a relay race at the swim meet.

Photos supplied by Andrea

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Ak Proud to Play 2016 – Swimming @ West Wave Henderson | 15 Feb 2016

Competition is tough but camaraderie amongst swimmers from NZ and overseas is a wondrous thing to see.

This is what happened on Day One of the swimming at West Wave pools in Henderson, West Auckland.

Photos supplied by Andrea.



AK Pride Festival 2016 – LYC Big Gay Out 2016 | 14 Feb 2016

A fabulous hot summer’s day  to relax and enjoy the shows  and entertainment at Coyle Park in Pt Chev. Photos supplied by Andrea

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AK Proud to Play 2016 – Roller Derby FINAL @ Trusts Arena Henderson | 14 Feb 2016

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A great fought out battle even thou the Aussies beat NZ in this final game of the competition.

So if you think that you are into a bit or rough and tumble, then Roller Derby may just be the sport for you too.

Photos supplied by Andrea



Ak Proud to Play 2016 – Road Race @ Albany Lakes | 14 Feb 2016

Imagine running 5km or even 10km in the hot morning sun up at Albany Lakes just north of Auckland.

Well these hardy folks did just that and won some medals too.

Photos supplied by Andrea

great-debateAKL Pride Festival 2016 – The Great Auckland Pride Debate @ Galatos | 12 February 2016

Team Jacinda vs Team Nikki debated the moot ‘Bigger is better’ to a packed room at Galatos near K’Rd.

Adjudicator Anika Moa kept Jacinda Ardern MP, Josh Thomson, Urzila Carlson in line against Nikki Kaye MP, Act Leader David Seymour MP & Eli Matthewson.

Whilst Judges Lisa Prager, Kita Mean & Alan Granville in the end decided that Team Jacinda was the winner.

Photos taken by Andrea

Alison Mau holding one of the pooches in the competition

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It was a case of Best dressed, best Dog/owner look-a-like, biggest dog, smallest dog, butch or fem dog and of course best in show.

All this happened at the Lower Western Park in Freemans Bay, Auckland, where all humans & dogs had fun.

Judges Alison Mau, Luanne Gordan, Taro Patch & Lucy Elliot had the hard decision to name the overall winner.

Photo taken by Andrea.


Ak Pride Festival 2016 – Dykes on Mics @ Garnet Station
7 February 2016

A fabulous night at Garnet Station’s Studio, gathered a great group of women, who were entertained with wonderful music, comedy skits and readings.

With special guests Claire Bear over from Aussie and NZ’s Karen Kahurangi.

Photo taken by Andrea

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AKL Pride Festival – Staircase Reunion @ Galatos
7 February 2016

The upstairs and downstairs of Galatos was so packed that it was standing room only with some fabulous shows, as well as having Bertha back for one night only.

Photos taken by Andrea.


Pride Festival 2016 – Dawn ceremony | 5 February 2016
Okahu Bay along Auckland’s waterfront had a small gathering attending the Dawn Ceremony to celebrate the start of Auckland’s Pride festival 2016.

Photo taken by Andrea.

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, all in black, is surrounded by other lesbians at the Women’s Health Action’s Suffrage event at which she spoke.

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Rosie Jones was  quiz mistress with Lynda Johnston, and the winning team was Do Re Me.

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Auckland Heritage Festival: Julie Glamuzina, author of Perfectly Natural talked about historical research, showing one of her starting points, a newspaper article (above right), introduced by Miriam Saphira (lower)

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Helen Courtney’s exhibition of older and more recent work is on at the Charlotte Museum, Auckland till Sunday 18 October. Lowest photo taken at the opening in September

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Images from the Auckland Take Back the Night March 2015 that traveled from Auckland University to Aotea Square on Friday, 28 August.

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Carol Beu (above left) asked Farida Sultana (above right) about Farida’s book and her work with anti-violence organisation Shakti, at an event in Garnet Station in Auckland.

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The annual national Day of Silence is organised by Wellington-based InsideOUT as a day of action, in which students across New Zealand take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-queer and anti-trans bullying and harassment in schools. Thirty-nine schools and the University of Canterbury took part this year. See the day’s gallery for more, including many heartening pictures of relatives and friends of lesbians, queer and trans people, and many Human Rights Commission staff.

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Artist Fran Marno at the opening of Let’s face it, Charlotte Museum, in June. Looking at herself (right), and with Pat Rosier (far left) and Prue Hyman (left).

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When in Sydney you may be interested in the Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial to “those who have suffered and died at the hands of others – women who have loved women, men who have loved men … nothing shall purge your deaths from our memories”. It is in Green Park in Darlinghurst, near the Sydney Jewish Museum.

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Members of the gay Team Auckland Masters Swimmers club gained a haul of medals at the annual National Masters 50m championship in Auckland at the end of March.

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Wendy Wilson and her daughter Rebecca pictured after they’d both shaved for a cure in late March. Wendy raised $585 for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ.

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