Lesbian New Zealand

Pride Pride Pride

Auckland Pride.

Auckland Pride Month 1  - 29 February

The main events have been announced - check the website, and the full programme is stunning.
Follow Auckland Pride on facebook.

The 2024 Samesame but Different Writers and Readers Festival Camp Rage is part of the Auckland Pride Festival - all events are free! Monday February 12 til Sunday February 18, 2024.

Rainbow Parade.

The Rainbow Parade is on Saturday 17th February - it is organised by a separate group.

Whangarei Pride.

Whangārei Pride Month  - March

Whangārei PROUD are cookin' up a storm including Whangarei Pride Parade and Gaÿla on Sunday 17th ... follow on facebook.

Tauranga Moana Pride.

Tauranga Moana Pride Beach Week 26 Feb  - 2 March

The programme is now on the Tauranga Moana Pride website and it looks great ... follow on facebook.

Hamilton Pride.

Hamilton Pride Festival 7  - 20 April

The call has gone out for events to add to the calendar - follow on facebook.

Whanganui Pride.

Whanganui Pride Week Feb 24 - March 2

A busy and varied programme on their website ... follow on facebook.

Wellington Pride Festival.

Wellington Pride Festival March 1  - 17 2024

The dates for Wellington Pride Festival 2024 have been announced and the Board are calling for registration of events ... more on the Pride Festival website ... follow on facebook


Christchurch Pride 15  - 31 March

The dates have been announced, the programme is being worked on, and there's a registration form to register your event ... follow on chchpride.co.nz.

Dunedin Pride Month.

Dunedin Pride Month

Dunedin Pride Month happens in March every year - follow on @DunedinPride or facebook for announcements.

Nelson Pride.

Top of the South Pride 6  21 April

Nelson Pride are busy planning for their Top of the South Pride month ... follow on facebook. There will be something for everyone!!!

Rainbow Games 2024.

Rainbow Games 2024  - Tāmaki Makaura Auckland 5-8 April

Get ready to experience a celebration of diversity, hauora and athleticism like no other! The Rainbow Games 2024 is a multi-sports event celebrating diversity. The main goal is to provide a safe space for everyone to come together and play sports.

Sports include badminton, basketball, diving, football, lawn bowls, netball, roller derby, rugby 7s, running, softball, swimming, ten pin bowling, tennis, touch, and volleyball 4s ... phew!
Visit the Rainbow Games website for more information and registration. Follow on facebook. They are also calling for volunteers.

Auckland region:


Cervical screen survey results.

Cervical screening survey results published

The results of the survey on Non-Heterosexual Women and Cancer Screening in Aotearoa have been published and are freely available.
Conclusion: we could do better!

Social media places

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


FLUNK: The Exchange  - Lesbian High School romance web series

Sabina and Esther's relationship is pushed to breaking point when international exchange student Annie comes to stay. The Exchange is a new feature film from the creators of Flunk. Buy or rent on Vimeo to support Flunk and see the whole film first, as well as get access to lots of exclusive behind the scenes videos.

Filmed in Auckland – FLUNK: The Exchange follows the complicated love lives of Annie (Mirene Castelltort) Sabina (Lucy Wyma – ‘Shortland Street’) and Esther (Celine Dam – ‘The Eggplant’) exploring themes including first loves, believing in yourself, and moving on from the past.

Movie Same but Different

Movie: Same but Different.

The movie Same but Different is now available to rent or buy at www.sbdmovie.com ... And watch the extra scenes after the credits with the real people who inspired the characters.

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 Si’ulepa's and producer Rachel Aneta Wills’ journey in pursuit of true love.

Pot Luck webseries.

Pot Luck webseries Season two

Pot Luck, a kiwi lesbian TV webseries Season two launched on 10th December 2017. Both series 1 and series 2 are available on youtube

He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between

Film: He Kākano 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.

Lil O'Brien. So no one told you life was gonna be this GAY - interview with Lil O'Brien

An interview with Lil O'Brien, author of Not that I'd kiss a girl, an account of her experience growing up lesbian in New Zealand. The interview is a long read but excellent - as is the book which is available at LILAC library in Wellington and all good public libraries and book shops.

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

PrideNZ audio archive

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.

The On This Day page has a rich mix of rainbow life - from today to events that happened over 100 years ago.

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

Helplines and support

  • OutLine provides a free confidential telephone help line (0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE)) and online chat support service for the rainbow community.
  • I'm Local is a project to support queer and gender diverse youth all over Aotearoa. Their website is 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Travel and outdoor holidays

Lesbian News Aotearoa.

Lesbian News Aotearoa

Alas and Woe ...

Lesbian News Aotearoa ceased publication in 2018 when their group became 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 ... but their facebook page is worth following esp for Auckland notices

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.