Lesbian New Zealand

Rebel Dykes.

Movie Rebel Dykes

Rebel Dykes is a rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London. The unheard story of a community of dykes who met doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world. Described as a “rousing documentation of anarchic lesbian power set against the backdrop of Eighties England” (Evening Standard).

Auckland region
Sat 10 Dec 8:45pm Matakana Cinemas
Tue 13 Dec 11am Bridgeway
Sun 18 Dec 8pm Monterey Takapuna
Tue 6 Dec 11:20am, Wed 7 Dec 5pm @ Lido Cinema
Tue 6 Dec 11am, Fri 9 Dec 4pm, Sun 11 Dec 8pm @ Rialto
Hawke's Bay
Thurs 8 Dec 7:45pm @ Event Havelock North (formerly Cinema Gold)
New Plymouth
Thurs 8 Dec 11am & 8:45pm @ Event New Plymouth
Palmerston North
Wed 7 Dec 3:30, Thurs 8 Dec 3:45pm @ Event Palmerston North (formerly Downtown Cinemas)
Wellington region
Fri 2 Dec 4pm, Sun 4 Dec 7:45pm Dec @ - Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn
Tues 6 Dec 11am, Fri 9 Dec 3:45pm @ - Light House Petone, 52 Beach St.
Tue 6 Dec 11am, Fri 9 Dec 4pm, Sun 11 Dec 8pm @ - Monterey Cinema Upper Hutt
Tue 6 Dec 11am, Fri 9 Dec 4pm, Sun 11 Dec 8pm - State Cinemas Nelson
Tue 6 Dec 11am, Fri 9 Dec 4pm - Lumière Cinemas

Keep an eye on the flicks website for screenings in other centres - it is part of the British Film Festival.

Cervical screening survey.

Cervical cancer screening online survey

Do you take part in cervical screening? Why/why not?

Currently very little is known about non-heterosexual women's engagement in cervical screening in Aotearoa - and the reasons we do, or do not, engage with this process. Please consider contributing to this important Kaupapa. Follow this link to find out more about the research and/or to participate in the survey.

Sonja Ellis is undertaking this study exploring non-heterosexual women's engagement with cervical screening. Sonja is a lesbian, and an experienced researcher in both sexual and gender diversity and sexual health. She is an Associate Professor in Te Kura Toi Tangata (School of Education) at The University of Waikato, New Zealand. The research has received some funding from the Waikato Graduate Women Educational Trust - it is not in any way funded, or connected to, any health care entities. Contact Sonja at sonja.ellis@waikato.ac.nz

Elder Voices survey.

Elder voices online survey

Elder Voices is an online survey about life for Takatapui and Rainbow Elders, developed by Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura and Rainbow Hub Waikato. The findings from this survey will be used to create a report to inform plans and services for Takatāpui and Rainbow Elders.
The survey is open to everyone over 55 who knows they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, non-binary, intersex or Takatāpui. People do not need to be “out” to anyone else to take part. The survey will be open until 20 December 2022. You can go to the survey via this link: bit.ly/3qdLK9A.

You can find out more about Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura and Rainbow Hub Waikato by visiting their websites: kahukura.co.nz and rainbowhubwaikato.org.nz.

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Social media places

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

Kiwi media online

Sapphic Lake.

Sapphic Lake - on demand

A new comic queer ballet based on the Ancient Greek myth of Iphis and Ianthe.

Sapphic Lake was about to open in Wellington last year when the country went into lockdown. But $$ were raised and a performance was filmed - and it is now available to view on demand from BATS website

It's the Nonbinary Lesbian Ballet of the (12th) Century (BCE)
Gender isn't real - but love is.
When ancient Greek enby cutie Iphis finds themself in love with the babe next door Ianthe, a family secret threatens their cottagecore romance.
Luckily the Goddexxes are on their side.


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.

In the Rainbow - TV series.

In the Rainbow

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. Listen to Rose McMahon (series creator) and Holly McMahon (writer) talk about the series on PrideNZ.com.

Pot Luck webseries.

Pot Luck webseries Season two

Pot Luck, a kiwi lesbian TV webseries Season two launched on 10th December 2017. More on their facebook page

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.

Audio from the InsideOUT intergenerational, online panel discussion to celebrate Lesbian Visibility Day on 26 April 2020 is available on PrideNZ.com.

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

Support Kiwi groups supporting LGBTIQ youth


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 page.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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
  • NZ Human Rights Commission LGBTQ+ resources

Travel and outdoor holidays

Lesbian News Aotearoa.

Lesbian News Aotearoa

Alas and Woe ...

Lesbian News Aotearoa has ceaseded publication as their group was 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.