Rainbow groups and activities

Rainbow Pasefika - rainbow coconut.

Rainbow Pasefika @ Wellington Pasifika Festival

Saturday 20 January, noon - 6pm, Odlin's Plaza, 21 Cable St

Rainbow Pasefika will have a marquee at the Pasifika Festival. From 12 pm to 3 pm they will be attempting to make the World's Longest Rainbow Lei and then from 3 pm to 6 pm, they will have guest DJs play the freshest tunes for all the fly kokonuttys!

Wellington Pride Festival.

Wellington Pride Festival 2018

24 February - 10 March 2018

Planning is underway for Pride 2018 - keep an eye on the Pride website wellingtonpridefestival.org.nz and the facebook page. The major events will be:

Registrations are open for stalls at the Fair - be in quick to book one for your group.

There will also be lots of other events organised by local queer groups and individuals - contact the organisers if you want to be a part of the Festival and register your event by 1 December

Fundraising is under way to pay for our fun so dig deep - there is a givealittle page where you can make a donation.

Wellington International Pride Parade.

Wellington International Pride Parade 2018

  • Parade Saturday 10 March starting 6pm in Tennyson St and proceeding to the waterfront
  • WIPP Go Tribal Party Saturday 10 March 8:30pm - 3am @ Mac's Brewery Function Centre

More info on the website wipp.nz - register soon to participate in the parade, volunteer, sign up for their newsletter ... follow on facebook

Turquoise tour tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.

LGBTI history walk tours

Turquoise Tour Sunday 4 February, 1pm, from outside of the City Gallery, Civic Square

Join Walk Tours NZ on this 90-minute walk tour of the inner city. Most of the walk is on the flat using accessible public footpaths.
Learn about:
- Activism and homosexual law reform
- Homosexuality being used as a political weapon
- LGBTI rainbow personalities and famous artists
- Early social meeting places
... more info on the facebook event page

Walk Tours NZ is a volunteer group that offers free, accessible, inclusive and community-focused walking tours around Wellington highlighting the city’s rich LGBTI rainbow heritage. They have been leading monthly walks - check their website for the next one.

Welcome Queer Party.

Welcome Queer Party

Saturday 10 February, 10pm - 2am @ The Fat Angel (upstairs at Eva Beva), cnr Dixon & Eva

Saturday 10 March, 9pm - 2am @ The Fat Angel (upstairs at Eva Beva), cnr Dixon & Eva

They're back for more nights of diva dancing and fabulous drinks in good ol' company. Catch up with friends, and make new ones. Everyone is Welcome here, and everyone here is queer ... more info on the facebook event page.

Rainbow Fun Triathlon.

Rainbow Fun Triathlon

Saturday 3 March, 9:30am - noon starting at Freyberg Beach, Oriental Bay

Get out and proud at the Second Rainbow Fun Triathlon will be held on Saturday 3 March as a part of the Wellington Pride Festival. It features an 800m sea swim, 10km bicycle ride and 5km run, with teams of up to three people undertaking the three sections ... more info on the facebook event page.



Saturday 10 March, 8pm - 2am @ Caroline, 1 Manners St

Get ya flares on, dust off ya platform shoes and bring ya best boogie moves because Vinyl&Proud are back in town for Wellington Pride Festival 2018, and they're here to PARTY!
Come down to Wellington's funkiest retro venue, Caroline Bar, and relive the disco days with some good, old-school, phat sounds - all played on vinyl especially for our *Rainbow families and friends ... more info on the facebook event page. Tickets on sale January 17.

prideNZ audio archive.

PrideNZ.com audio archive

Follow news of the latest audio files of interviews and events added to PrideNZ on their facebook page

The Events section on the Pride NZ webside has audio from many queer/rainbow events, conferences, campaigns from around the country - a treause trove with more being added regularly.

Homosexual Law Reform.

Homosexual Law Reform

prideNZ.com has an important archive of interviews (audio and transcripts) with the people who were there during the campaign. Plus photos and videos from the time - the public meetings, the demos ... it's our queer history 101!

'20 years out!' Homosexual law reform in New Zealand

To mark the 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform in New Zealand, Radio NZ added rare audio recordings to its website. The rich assortment of audio was drawn from 20 years out!, a Radio NZ documentary created by Gareth Watkins and broadcast on National Radio on 9 July 2006, the 20th anniversary of the final vote. It was broadcast again on July 12 2016.

Much of the protest and rally sound was originally recorded for Access Radio programmes made by the Gay Broadcasting Collective (Gay BC) and had never before been heard nationally. There are also reflections from gay men who faced personal discrimination during the heated debate, as well as interviews with lesbians after the passage of the Bill.

Listen to the audio archive at www.radionz.co.nz/national/documentaries/20yearsout



Brackets puts on queer performance events at BATS in Wellington - a monthly smorgasbord of queer entertainment - everything from plays to podcasts to poetry slams. If it's queer, they love it.

Audio from the August event Matiu Soames Island Discs is available on the Brackets website.


The Glamaphones Choir

The Glamaphones are Wellington's gay, lesbian, and transgender community-based choir. They are a friendly mixed choir and welcome anyone who wishes to sing. Visit their facebook page or website for more info.

Rainbow Wellington.

Rainbow Wellington

Rainbow Wellington is an LGBTI+ organisation that focuses on networking, events and lobbying. Their website has information about past and present campaigns as well as directories of local LGBTI+ businesses, groups and activities.

The next event is:

  • RW drinks - Friday 26 January @ S&M's, 176 Cuba St

Check the Rainbow Wellington events page for more information.



Has alcohol become a problem in your life?
Wellington has a new LGBTQIA+ AA meeting. Phew, that's a heap of acronyms. Meetings to be held on Mondays at 6:30pm at St.Andrews on the Terrace.

InsideOUT youth support.


InsideOUT is a Wellington-based national organisation that works to make Aotearoa a safer place for all young people of minority sexualities, sexes and genders to live and be in. Their projects include Wellington school support.

Social sporty groups


Same sex dancing classes

Come and have fun and Dance on Sunday Nights!

The Sunday night DANSS classes are for Gay and Lesbian people and friends who wish to learn some classical Ballroom, some funky Latin American and some elegant New Vogue dance moves. A partner is not necessary however an attitude in wanting to learn and having fun is required.
Classes are held at the Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Streets.
Beginner's class start at 7.00 pm and the Intermediate classes start at 8.10 pm. Payment is by koha/donation.
Check the DANSS website www.danss.org.nz for more information, or keep up to date on their facebook page.

Queer bars and venues

Current venues in Wellington:

Ivy Bar and Cabaret.

Ivy Bar and Cabaret

James Smiths Basement, 49 Cuda Street - www.ivybar.co.nz

S&M's - Scotty and Mals Cocktail and Lounge Bar.

S&M's - Scotty and Mal's Cocktail and Lounge Bar

176 Cuba Street - www.scottyandmals.co.nz.

facebook and other social media groups

and no doubt there are many many more ...

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