Support

Tautoko

Groups are organised by area and then alphabetically. Send your listings to LNAotearoa@gmail.com.

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

National/Ngā Motu

Curious – region-by-region support groups for young queer people, see curious.org.nz.

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 www.insideout.org.nz or their Facebook page, email hello@insideout.org.nz, 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 www.outline.org.nz.

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

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 info@womenscentrerodney.org.nz.

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.

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 Annette.Smithard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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 asah@sexualabusehelp.org.nz or see www.sexualabusehelp.org.nz.

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 www.awc.org.nz, Facebook page, e-mail info@womenscentre.org.nz. 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 rainbow@aut.ac.nz, ph 921 9999 x 6998, or visit www.aut.ac.nz/being-a-student/current-postgraduates/your-health-and-wellbeing/lgbt-support.

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.

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 familyq.nz@gmail.com.

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. See the website and the Instagram page, 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 minki.aarons@xtra.co.nz. See the website.

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

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, PO Box 40-106, Glenfield, Auckland, phone 444 4618, see www.nswomenscentre.co.nz, Facebook page, email women.ctr@xtra.co.nz.

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 nzrainbowfamilies@yahoo.co.nz.

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 info@rainbowyouth.org.nz or see www.rainbowyouth.org.nz.

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 elijah@outline.org.nz or jmarjoram@live.com.

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.

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 cissy@communitythink.nz or phone 021 964 884.

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, PO Box 69-116, Glendene, phone 838 6381, mobile 021 196 6367, email info@womenscentre.org.nz. See http://www.womenscentre.org.nz, Facebook page.

Waikato

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 waikatoqueeryouth@gmail.com to be notified of when the next one is (likely mid-2017).

Hawkes Bay/Te Matau-a-Māui

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

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.

Whanganui

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.

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara

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 info@lhwc.org.nz; 186 Knights Road, Waterloo, Lower Hutt. Visit the website and the Facebook page.

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 info@schoolsout.org.nz or see www.facebook.com/schoolsoutwellington or www.twitter.com/schoolsoutwgtn

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

If you are coming out or have recently moved to the Wellington region email Monique Rei, moniquerei10@gmail.com. She will email back or meet you at social events to introduce you to others.

Nelson/Whakatū

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 nnwomenscentre@ts.co.nz, 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/Ōtautahi

The Christchurch Women’s Centre maintains a Lesbian Support and Diary page 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.

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

Otago/Southland/Te taurapa o te waka

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 alphabetsoup@gmail.com, or see Facebook.

OUSA Queer Support Centre for University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic students. Runs SPACE discussion and support group from 3-5pm on Tuesday. See http://www.ousa.org.nz/support/queer-support/ or 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 thespectrumclubqt@gmail.com or see the Facebook page.

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