Social & Support

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Groups are organised by area and then alphabetically, and updated as we receive them. Send your listings to

National/Ngā Motu
Northland/Te Tai Tokerau
Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau
Hawkes Bay/Te Matau-a-Māui-Heretaunga
Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Otago-Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

National/Ngā Motu

Curious – region-by-region support groups for young queer people, see

InsideOUT/Kōaro Making a safer place for young people of diverse genders and sexualities, supports Queer Straight Alliance groups in schools, runs Day of Silence campaign and youth hui, provides resources. See or their Facebook page, email, drop into level 3, Anvil House, 138 Wakefield St, Wellington city.

OUTLine, confidential and gay-affirming LGBTTQ telephone support and face-to-face/Skype counselling. Phone 0800 OUTLine (688 5463) or see

Silent Gays Silent Gays is dedicated to helping/healing gay people broken by guilt, shame, abuse and fear that christianity has mercilessly dealt out to God’s precious people for too long. Visit the website and the Facebook page.

Voicing Pride A storytelling platform that aims to give a voice to the unheard members of LGBTQ+ communities across all New Zealand secondary school. Personal stories of coming out at school, student and school resources.

You, me, us is a website and online booklet for lesbians, queer, tatakapui and trans* people about having healthy relationships with each other, and what we can do when things go wrong.

Northland/Te Tai Tokerau

Birds of a Feather Whangarei Lesbian coffee group in Whangarei. Join public Facebook group.

Gay in the Bay Bay of Islands and wider social group. Email

Kaipara LGBT Email or see

Warkworth Women’s Resource Centre Rodney Town Hall Building, Alnwick St, Warkworth, Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, phone 09 425 7261, email

Whangagay, Love it Queer, 7-10pm, Butter Factory, Whangarei, last Friday of the month.

WhangaReinbow youth group for queer and trans* people aged 13-24. Meets 4.30pm fortnightly on Wednesdays, see Facebook for venue and times.

Women’s Centre Rodney 10 Morpeth St, Warkworth. Monday-Friday, 9.30am-2p.30m, phone 425 7261, visit website, Facebook page; email

Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau

AA Aquarius A support group for those dealing with the impact of alcohol on their lives. Most attendees are lesbian or gay. Tuesday 7-9pm. Leys Institute, 20 St Marys Bay Road, Ponsonby.

AGBO Sail City Bowling League, social Ten Pin Bowling League, every Sunday 5-7.30pm, Pins Lincoln, 199 Lincoln Road, Henderson. New members welcome. Phone Pam Hart 021 819 356.

alba Second Wednesday of each month, 6-8pm, an informal gathering in a lesbian space – The Studio at Garnet Station, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere. Food and beverage available to buy. Community notices and guest speakers. Email

ArtistRY Rainbow Youth art group for people 13 to 27, regardless of sexual or gender identity. Snacks, art projects, collaborations and discussion, 4.30pm Fridays, Rainbow Youth centre, end of Abbey St, Newton. Join the Facebook group. Alcohol and drug free.

Auckland Ascent A group for gay and lesbian Catholics and their friends. PO Box 47 465, Ponsonby.

Auckland Community Church offers a Christian service of worship particularly serving those who are lesbian and gay. Communion Service Sunday 7.30pm. St Matthew-in-the-City, corner Hobson and Wellesley Sts.

Auckland Council LGBTT liaison staff, advocating for our issues in council, receiving requests and complaints from LGBTT people about council services. Central: Annette Smithard, 021 243 0106 or email

Auckland Queers 20s & 30s, for LGBTT, genderqueer, intersex and questioning. First Sunday of the month – film night followed by coffee/drinks; second Tuesday – weeknight dinner; third Friday – dinner @ BYO restaurant; third Tuesday – book club; last Thursday – wine night. See or email

Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP community counselling agency in Mt Eden for women, young adult women and children who have experienced sexual assault. 24-hr crisis support and advocacy service; confidential phone information, referral and counselling service; inperson counselling services (lesbian counsellors available); court support service; and prevention programme for Auckland area pre-schoolers. Phone 24-hour crisis line (09) 623 1700, email or see

Auckland Sexual Health Service 3rd Floor, Building 7, Greenlane Clinical Centre. Phone 0800 739 432.

Auckland Women’s Centre 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn, Annual Questioning? group for women questioning their identity and same-sex attraction. All services and tutors are lesbian/queer friendly. Phone 376 3227, see, Facebook page, e-mail Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Women’s Library in opening hours and on the first Saturday of the month, 11am-1.30pm.

Auckland Women’s Refuge For women wanting to escape from a violent or abusive same-sex relationship, phone 378 7635.

AUT LGBT support AUT University has social networks and support for staff and students. Contact LGBTI co-ordinator, ph 921 9999 x 6998, or visit

Breaking Boundaries Creative Collective A free fortnightly creative arts group for LGBTQI+ identified young people, a safe and supportive space for people of all skill levels and creative disciplines, with occasional workshops by queer guest artists. See the Facebook page, and join the Creative Collective Facebook group. Facilitated by Cole Meyers,

Charlotte Museum of lesbian culture 8A Bentinck St, New Lynn, open Tuesdays 2-5.30pm & Sundays 1-4pm, closed from Saturday December 23 to Friday January 5, 2018., email

Church in Progress Welcomes and affirms GLBTQI people, loves noisy kids and people no matter what their belief system. Interactive worship services every third Saturday of the month, 4-6pm at the Mangere East Community Learning Centre, 372 Massey Rd behind the Mangere East Library, as well as other community events. See their website, Facebook page, or email them.

Coffee & Stroll Meets at different Auckland cafes on the third Sunday of each month, followed by an easy 40min walk. Email

DVD & games night Free for lesbian, bi, trans and queer women. Last Wednesday of every month, 7-9.30pm, Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock St, Westmere. Phone Ellie Lim 376 3227 or email

Dyke Hikes Monthly walks and other adventures. Unless otherwise stated, walks begin at 11am. Bring all the food and water that you’ll need, clothes appropriate for the season, good walking shoes, a hat and sunblock in spring and summer. Email, visit or the Facebook page.

Dykes on Bikes A group of women who love to ride our 2 wheels. All types of motorised 2 or 3 wheeled vehicles are welcome. We also make exception for tin tops. Email or visit Facebook page.

EquAsian Support and social group for rainbow people from Asian countries, monthly pot lucks and coffee meetings, see their Facebook page, or email

FamilyQ Social/support group for LGBT families with older children (5-17 years). Families with younger children are welcome, although activities are planned with older kids in mind. Bi-monthly social calendar. Meets the third Saturday each month for a planned social activity. Email

GALS Gay & Lesbian Singers Auckland community choir for gays & lesbians who sing in tune. Practice Tuesday 6.30pm. See or email

Gay4Play Adventure for gays, lesbians and their friends throughout Auckland and beyond. Visit Facebook and website for details.

Hidden perspectives NZ – Bringing the arts out of the closet Platform for LGBTIQ+ student voices across the University of Auckland Faculty of Arts, with talks and meetings open to the wider Rainbow communities. See the website, the Instagram page, their video, or email Caroline Blyth.

hoo-logoHolding Our Own Auckland-based support group for parents of LGBTQ children, as well as siblings, children, other relatives and friends, through coming out and transitions. Meets 6.30-8.30pm fortnightly on Tuesdays at Rainbow Youth, at the end of Abbey St, behind Karangahape Rd in Newton. Text or call Amanda Aarons on 021 125 7775 or email See the website.

Lesbian League varied activities, see

Lesbians on Latte Third Sunday each month, 1pm, Garnet Station Cafe, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere, as well as low-key social events. Ask at the counter when you arrive where the group is seated. Email

Metropolitan Community Church Serving the Auckland GLBT community for 30 years. Meets Sundays 7pm, 113 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland.

North Shore social group offering social activities, friendship and support for women who live on the North Shore, although all lesbians are welcome from other areas. Contact Jan on 021 139 9123 or email for details.

North Shore Women’s Centre Mayfield Centre, 5 Mayfield Rd, Glenfield; counselling, social work support, legal advice, courses, information & referral service, clothing exchange, hours Monday – Friday, 9am-3:30pm, phone 444 4618, see, Facebook page, email

Outside the Box Rainbow Youth outdoors and activities group. Meets 4.30pm every second Tuesday at the RY drop-in centre, at the end of Abbey St (off Gundry St, off Karangahape Rd) Newton, to plan events. Join the group on Facebook.

Parents of gays and lesbians Social network and 24-hour support. Meets 7-9pm monthly on the second Tuesday at Kamo, 382 Karangahape Rd. Phone Rainbow Youth 376 4155.

Rainbow Families Playgroup Playgroup for children (0-5years) from queer families. Meet every Friday (except the 1st of the month) at Mt Albert Playcentre, 25 Phyllis St, Mt Albert, 12.30-3pm. Gold coin koha to help cover costs, shared afternoon tea. Email

Rainbow Youth Support and social contact for under 27-year-olds, drop-in and seven social support groups; drug, alcohol and smoke free. Phone 376 4155, email or see or drop in at the end of Abbey St (off Gundry St, off Karangahape Rd) Newton, Auckland. Open on weekdays from 11am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Sandringham lesbian brunch group first Saturday of each month, 11am, welcomes lesbians new to Auckland, currently at Okra Café, Sandringham Rd, venue may vary. Email to confirm.

Sexuality & Spirituality group A safe space to explore questions about spirituality and sexuality in a relaxed and non-judgemental way. So long as you identify as GLBTI or Q then you are part of the whanau, regardless of your faith / worldview. Email or

Shakti Asian Women’s Centre 138 Church St, Onehunga, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, 0800 Shakti (742 584) 24-hr crisis line.

Silent Gays Support Group Meets 10am-12noon, 4th Saturday of the month: a safe space to be yourself, deconstruct your religion, share your deepest secrets and be loved unconditionally. Visit the website and the Facebook page for details.

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers downtown Tepid Baths, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-8pm. Thursday drinks afterwards. Say you are a TAMS swimmer at the front desk, sign in, then see the coach on the side of the pool. Email

West Auckland Women’s Centre 111 McLeod Road, Te Atatu, Mon 9.30am-12.30pm, Tues-Fri 9am-2pm, support, courses, PO Box 69-116, Glendene, phone 838 6381, email

Women’s action-based facilitation group, led by Cissy Rock. Runs 7-9pm every Tuesday to December 12. $30 per session or what you can afford. Old Homestead, Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chev. Email or phone 021 964 884.

Women’s Bookshop 105 Ponsonby Road. Phone 376 4399 Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm,

Women’s Centre Waitakere Empowering women, promoting family wellbeing and community belonging. Counselling, courses, drop in support, 111 McLeod Road, Te Atatu, Monday to Friday, 9am – 2pm, after hours by appointment, phone 838 6381, mobile 021 196 6367, email See, Facebook page.


The Big Q’s A group for anyone exploring questions of sexuality and gender. Meet other adults on similar journeys in a safe and fun environment. Confidential and easy going, whether you are newly out or still questioning. Runs annually – email to be notified of when the next one is.

The Glow Singers (gays and lesbians of Waikato) meet Wednesdays in Hamilton, 7pm with monthly all-comer nights. Email or see their Facebook page.

Hamilton Pride monthly meetings to organise the local Pride festival (September) and other events throughout the year to achieve the mission of TOGETHER celebrating and supporting the diversity of Hamilton’s Rainbow community. Details on the webpage, Facebook, and by email at

Hamilton Rainbow Dodgeball Kirikiriroa Āniwaniwa Karopōro social dodgeball for takatāpui and LGBTIQ+ people, Thursdays, 6.30-7.30pm, University of Waikato Faculty of Education Gym, just off Gate 4, 213 Hillcrest Rd. Folks of all dodgeball abilities welcome; a gold coin koha is appreciated. Details on Facebook page.

Lesbian Social Group Regular dinners and brunches, pub and pool nights, picnics, bush walks, 10-pin bowling, kayaking, annual lesbian quizzes, movie afternoons and more. New women welcome, email or see or the LSG Facebook page.

Rainbow WarriorsRainbow Warriors Hamilton’s queer women’s social softball team plays from October to March in the social women’s league, and practices on Thursday evenings at Resthills Park. New players always welcome at practices or as support for games. The time for Saturday games is always either 1 or 3pm; that and the venue is usually released on the preceding Wednesday. Email Jaimie on or phone 027 422 3988, or see their Facebook page.

Queer social dodgeball plays on Thursday nights at the University. Join the Facebook page for details.

UniQ Waikato for LGBTI* queer and questioning students at the University of Waikato, meeting 1pm, Wednesdays by The Cowshed. See or


TaurangaPryde support group for queer and trans* youth, meets 4.30pm, first and third Wednesdays of each month at The Incubator, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga, see Facebook

Sapphic Table dining group – good food and conversation with other lesbian/takatāpui and women-oriented women, at a range of restaurants in and around Tauranga. See

Hawkes Bay/Te Matau-a-Māui-Heretaunga

BeUnique support and social group for LGBTT 12‐22-year-olds in Hawkes Bay, meets every second Wednesday 5-7pm. See

Deco Divas Monthly Friday drinks, 7pm in different towns, monthly brunches at different locations, and occasional other events; details advised by email. Email the co-ordinator, Sky, on If you are new, Deco Divas will arrange to meet you so you don’t need to walk in alone.

Heretaunga Women’s Centre offers a range of self-development, healthy living and interest courses with a range of qualified facilitators. Women’s Rest Building, corner Russell & Eastbourne Sts, Hastings. Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Phone 878 5401; visit website or Facebook page.


Closet Space Support group for LGBTQ* people aged 12–24 years and their friends; movies, chat and food every Thursday from 4–6pm. See Facebook.

Manawatu Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (MALGRA) ClubQ bar and social club for GLITTFAB people, open 7pm Thursdays, 8pm Fridays – late, Saturdays 10pm-3am. Email the Lesbian Social Group, or visit the MALGRA page on Gayline.

Massey UniQ Social and support group for Massey U and Ucol students, meets weekly at various venues for BBQs, camping trips and more. Email or see or

Rangitikei-Whanganui-Manawatu Lesbian Coffee Group meets one Sunday or Saturday afternoon a month at alternate cafes in Rangitikei. Email Laura at

Wairarapa Pink drinks, Buckhorn Bar & Grill, 20 Memorial Square, Carterton, last Friday of the month. All welcome, friendly crowd. Snacks and meals, usual range of drinks/coffees. If you don’t see us in the main bar walk through to the room off it on the way to the garden bar. Contact Kerry at or 027 668 8157.

Wangaflock lesbian/gay women’s social group in Whanganui meets on the first Friday of the month for drinks, and the third Sunday for lunch. Email for venue and time details, other activities or to post your events. All lesbians/gay women visiting Whanganui welcome.

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara

If you are coming out or have recently moved to the Wellington region email Monique Rei, She will email back or meet you at social events to introduce you to others.

Lemon Tea Single Lesbian Dinner Club meets monthly for a reasonably priced restaurant meal and does the odd brunch. Contact the Facebook closed group.

Lesbian Overland and Cafe Club for vaguely active lesbians and slightly fitter women, usually on the second Sunday of the month, and usually assembling in front of the Wellington Railway Station at 10am. There is one rule; retire to a café at some point. Contact trip leaders first about car pooling and additional information; koha to drivers when car pooling. See the website or email

LILAC lesbian library 187 Willis St, city. A lending library with books, DVDs, magazines and more. Members pay an annual subscription; postal membership available; open: Wed 5.30-7.30pm, Thurs & Sat 11am-2pm; see, email

Lilac Lesbian Book group last Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm, 187 Willis St, city. Email

Lower Hutt Women’s Centre a community resource centre for women, teenage girls and children, working towards and with, education, empowerment, the promotion of mental health, healing and recovery for all women and families in the community. Open for drop-in Wednesday & Thursday, 10am–3.30pm; Friday, 9am–5pm. Phone 569 2711; email; 186 Knights Road, Waterloo, Lower Hutt. Visit the website and the Facebook page.

OUTSpoken, New Zealand’s first Rainbow Toastmasters’ Club, meets on the second and fourth Sundays each month from 5.30pm at S&M, 176 Cuba St, city. Phone 027 584 3700.

Rainbow Wellington, an advocacy and social group, holds monthly drinks on Fridays from 5-7pm, usually second Friday in the month at different city venues, as well as other special events. Email for details.

School’s Out Queer* youth support for 13-18-year-olds in the Wellington region, including one-on-one peer support; after-school meetup groups for queer and questioning youth and their friends, 4.30–5.30pm, Wednesdays in Lower Hutt and 4-5pm Thursdays in central Wellington, and a drop-in centre 10am-3pm Tuesdays at our central Wellington office. Also support setting up diversity groups; Education sessions for students, teachers and organisations. Phone or text 027 763 9793, email or see or

Speak Out Radio A fortnightly radio show at 6pm on Wednesday run by queer and trans youth group InsideOUT on Wellington Access Radio, 106.1FM. Local and international news and events, interviews and discussion, music by LGBTQIA+ artists, reviews, live performances and more. Put in a song request here or download podcasts from the webpage.

The Queer Avengers Challenging gender and sexuality oppression in Aotearoa New Zealand and speak out in solidarity on oppression anywhere.

Queers Gone Kiwi – a friendly weekly drinks night for queer new New Zealanders and their mates – drop in to S&M‘s (176 Cuba St) on a Wednesday from 6pm and say kia ora!

UniQ Victoria for LGBTT students and their friends; regular meetings, advocacy, support and social events. See Facebook page.

Wellington Lesbian Radio programme Broadcast on Sundays, 10-11am, on Wellington Access Radio 783 AM and rebroadcast at midnight Tuesday to 1am Wednesday. Programmes downloadable as podcasts from the website to listen to when you like. for a Wellington-based list of Wellington groups and events.


Change-Makers, a project group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 4.30-6.30pm. Email Marcia Hickmott, text 0220 750 740 or call 548 4260.

Nelson Women’s Centre a resource and support centre for all women and children in the Nelson Tasman region: social worker support, advocacy, information on women’s rights, workshops, a library and opshop, and a programme of workshops. Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-2pm. 44 Trafalgar St, The Wood, Nelson. Phone 546 7986, email, visit website and Facebook page.

Q-Youth Support, advocacy and education for queer* young people up to 27, their friends and families in the Nelson/Tasman region from our drop-in centre, 2nd floor, 121 Trafalgar St, corner of New St.

Under The Rainbow A social support group for high-school students and anyone up to 27 meets weekly on Wednesdays from 4-6pm.


Christchurch LGBT social events Facebook community page lists events (lesbian, women’s, men’s and mixed) and advertising related to social events (photography, event management, etc). Visit

The Christchurch Women’s Centre maintains a Lesbian Support and Diary page (now “Rainbow Support”) with information on social activities, entertainment, support and community groups. They also have a range of literature with lesbian themes on site. See also the Facebook page.

Lambda trampers and Latte Walkers Social groups for Christchurch LGBT people and their friends. Lambda Trampers go on day tramps while the Lambda Lattes go on 2-3 hour walks followed by coffee. The Lambda Trampers meet at Bishop St for walks going north, west and south, and on Cashmere Rd opposite gate 3 of Princess Margaret Hospital for walks towards the peninsula. Lambda Lattes meet at the start of each walk. See for walking schedules; contact them through the website.

Q-topia social and support network for *queer youth 14-25 in Canterbury, meeting weekly including movies, picnics, bowling, go-karts, DVDs. Email, phone 021 175 3631 or see or

Q-Canterbury for queer-identifying students, questioning students and allies at the University of Canterbury. See Facebook or Twitter.

shOUT diversity support and social group for LGBTT people aged up to 24, meets fortnightly from 4pm on Wednesdays, phone 027 464 2007 or 03 688 6997 or see

University of Canterbury Intersectional Feminist Society (UC FemSoc) Events and contact through UC FemSoc website and Facebook.

South and mid-Canterbury Lesbian Social Group meets for lunch at noon on the third Sunday of the month and organises other informal social events. Email Sarah; join the Facebook group.


Alphabet Soup For LGBTT and questioning 12–18-year-olds; meets weekly on Fridays from 4–5.30pm with trained facilitators. Free snacks, fun activities and a chance to meet like-minded people. Text or call 021 4QINFO, email, or see Facebook.

Dunedin free, gay and happy online Meetup group for single LGBT guys and gals, and couples, meeting mainly in the city for movie nights and other activities. Join here.

Dunedin Roving Lesbian Dinner Group Second Friday of each month, 7-9.30pm, email

The L Club Informal meeting for lesbians over 45, food, drinks, chat. Third Thursday of the month, 5.30-7.30pm, the Black Dog Café and bar, 109 Princes St, Dunedin city. Email Orma or phone 021 207 3079.

OUSA Queer Support Centre for University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic students. Runs SPACE discussion and support group from 3-5pm on Tuesday. See or Facebook.

Rainbow Dunedin Social Group welcomes everyone queer and questioning for a potluck meal on the last Wednesday of the month, 5.30-7.30pm, see the Dunedin Pride Facebook events page for events and venues.

UniQ Otago support and social events for LGBTT students, email, or see

Wild women walks Dunedin lesbian walking group, starts again on Sunday August 28, 10am, alternate Saturdays and Sundays on the last weekend of every month, email Ann at

Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

SGnLS Queer support in Southland. Email or see Facebook.

Spectrum Club Queer-Straight Alliance for LGBTQIA+ youth and supporters aged 15-24 in the Queenstown area. Meets Mondays 6.15pm at the Youth Booth, 66 Stanley St, Queenstown. Email or see the Facebook page.

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