Lesbian New Zealand

Same but Different.

Movie Same but Different

  • Thursday 23rd May to Tuesday 25th June Rialto Newmarket
  • plus a few screenings at Waiheke Community Cinema

Produced by RAW Productions, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story follows Rachel, a single working Grey Lynn mum, who breaks a three-year spell of singledom to pursue her escalating feelings for Nikki, whom she meets at a Maori film festival. Things don't go according to plan, with Rachel's awkward first romantic attempts fumbling into a sequence of embarrassing events, and her ex-lover, Rob, turning up. With all hope gone, it's Rachel's humanitarian efforts that eventually grab Nikki's attention, and the two finally connect. Based on Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Siâ'ulepa's and producer Rachel Aneta Wills’ journey in pursuit of true love ... read the reviews

The film premiered at The Civic on May 4th to an overwhelmingly positive response.

In the Rainbow - TV series.

In the Rainbow

There’s a brand new series about to drop on TVNZ OnDemand (20 June 2019) ...
In the Rainbow tells the colourful coming of age stories of LGBTQ+ youth in New Zealand. Based on true stories, each episode brings a colour of the rainbow to life. Follow a dramatic and emotional incident in the life of one of the young residents of Te Aho Bay, as they navigate their lives and figure out how to stand out when you can’t fit in. More info on intherainbow.co.


The Pink Triangle.

The Pink Triangle: LGBT Rights from the Holocaust to Modern Day

An address by Professor William Spurlin (Brunel University, London), a recognised international expert in LGBT culture and literature, including the treatment of gays and lesbians during the Holocaust. More info on facebook

  • Auckland Tuesday 25 June 6-7:70pm, room WA224A, Level 2, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT City Campus
  • Wellington Thursday 27 June 6-7:30pm, Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Aitkin & Molesworth
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Auckland region:

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Elsewhere:

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Social media places

A selection of the facebook groups that may be of interest - login may be required

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Kiwi media online

Pot Luck webseries.

Pot Luck webseries Season two

Pot Luck webseries Season two launched on 10th December 2017! More on their facebook page. Stream it via the Pot Luck website.

He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between

Film: He K*#257;kano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between.

A short film about a courageous takatāpui activist is fighting for true diversity in our Gay Pride celebrations.
New Zealand's Pride celebrations are glitzy and glamorous, but takatāpui activist Kassie (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is challenging the inclusivity of the festival. The historic Wellington Pride celebration forces Kassie to make a decision. Will she take part and speak for those who are both queer and Māori?
This short documentary uses English and te reo Māori to tell an intensely personal story of a courageous wahine fighting to be heard. View it at loadingdocs.net/he-kakano-ahau/.

Film: Tits on a Bull.

NZ Lesbian-themed short film Tits on a Bull available to view for free online

The NZ lesbian-themed short film Tits on a Bull has been released to view for free online. It was shown during the 2015 NZ International Film Festival, and has been screened at a number of prestigious LGBTQ festivals internationally including: Framline40, The Iris Prize, Inside Out, Outfest, as well as the Side by Side LGBT film festival in Leningrad, Russia.

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PrideNZ audio archive

Listen to voices of Aotearoa New Zealand's rainbow communities.

PrideNZ.com is a community website exploring the voices and opinions of Aotearoa New Zealand's rainbow communities through over 600 audio recordings of interviews and of local LGBTI events. Plus there are transcripts, images and video available - some historically important such as Parliamentay debates. More recordings are added regularly.

Check out the awesome historical timeline of GLBTTIQ events and people in New Zealand. Sample it by decade or settle in to read the big page with the full list.

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Takatāpui resources

Takatāpui resources.

Two booklets by Elizabeth Kerekere are available online and to download at takatāpui.nz, a resource hub for Takatāpui and their whānau

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Support Kiwi groups supporting LGBTIQ youth

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Let's support the groups and organisations that support the youth in our communities - they are always short of $$$ for their valuable work. Most are registered charities and have Donate pages on their websites.

  • InsideOUT is a Wellington-based national organisation that works to make Aotearoa a safer place for all young people of diverse genders and sexualities to live and be in.
  • Im Local - a project of Rainbow Youth that helps queer and gender diverse youth all over the country to feel valued, recognised and supported in their local communities. They focus on getting information into smaller centres and rural areas. I'm Local has a give a little we can support.
  • Rainbow Youth - Auckland based group that initiates and supports projects nationwide including InsideOUT and Im Local.
  • OUTLineNZ provides a free confidential telephone help line from Auckland for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender & Takataapui (GLBTT) - 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE). For all ages and an important service. They have a givealittle page.
  • Naming New Zealand is an organisation to help transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth with updating their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender.
  • TRANZform is a support group for youth who identify as transgender, fa'afafine, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, intersex, two-spirits, genderqueer, non-gendered, questioning and their allies.
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Helplines and support

  • OUTline provides a free confidential telephone help line from Auckland for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender & Takataapui (GLBTT) - 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE). Counselling by skype available by arrangement.
  • I'm Local is a project to support queer and gender diverse youth all over Aotearoa. Their website is chock-a-block full of info about the a-z of being queer & gender diverse, plus a region-by-region map of all the queer and gender diverse support groups for young people.
  • Rainbow Youth - an Auckland based organisation that provides support, information and advocacy and education for queer young people and their families. They have released an accessible educational resource which can be viewed online or downloaded.
  • Miscellaneous - resources about rainbow mental health.
  • Intersex Youth Aotearoa - a place to share information, find support and network.
  • Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence - dedicated to building Rainbow communities in Aotearoa New Zealand free of partner and sexual violence.
  • Voicing Pride - a storytelling platform that gives a voice to the unheard members of LGBTQ+ communities across all New Zealand secondary schools
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity FAQs - NZ Human Rights Commission
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Lesbian News Aotearoa.

Lesbian News Aotearoa

Alas and Woe ...

Lesbian News Aotearoa has suspended publication as their current group is too small. The historical archive of articles is still on the website but the Social, Support and Dyke Diary pages are no more. Very sad

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Quality care for lesbian, gay and bisexual residents in aged care facilities

A kit created by the School of Nursing at The University of Auckland in collaboration with a working group drawn from the aged care sector and the Auckland LGB community is available at dropbox. It a short video, training workbooks for facilitators and participants, and guidelines on caring for LGB residents.

Planning a trip to New Zealand or just a holiday

Women Travel New Zealand - essential information for the woman traveller visiting New Zealand.

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