What's on in Lesbian Wellington

Free self-defence class

Free self-defence class for women

Saturday 16 Oct, 11am-4:30pm, @ Thistle Hall

What to expect from the class: gain more confidence in your everyday life - learn ways to be strong and safe in many situations by using verbal, psychological and physical self-defence. Taught by Sue Lytollis. All women including transgender (16+) of all abilities and fitness welcome.

This class to to help research on how such classes work. It will be video recorded by Talk and the Body research team. To sign up or ask questions email talkandthebody@vuw.ac.nz
View the pdf file (1513 kb)

Lesbian Herstory

Lesbian Herstory month at LILAC

October is Lesbian Herstory month at LILAC and there a number of interesting events planned:

Wed 6th October: Wellington's historic lesbian events and sites
Come and see the fascinating Wellington map prepared by local die-hard dykes from decades past.
Wed 13 October: Circle magazine and early lesbian publishing
Remember Circle magazine? A look back in time to when print was how we communicated.
Wed. 20 October: LILAC Book Group relaunch
Not a history event ... guest author and poet Angele Toomey will talk about her new book Harbour
Wed 27 October: Lesbian representation in sport
Hear from lesbians who have been active and out in the sports field talk about their battles and triumphs

Visit the LILAC events webpage for more information and to RSVP. Numbers at each event will be limited if we are still under Level 2.


Lesbian Overland and Café Club

The Lesbian Overland and Café Club is a social walking group for lesbians and their women friends. Young or not so young, we'd love you to join us. We choose walks from the Wellington region, alternating between Kapiti, Wellington, the Hutt Valley and sometimes the Wairarapa, starting and often finishing in a local café ... more ▶

Sunday 10 October: Baring Head Lighthouse  - Wainuiomata Coast Road

From the Coast road Baring Head Carpark we will go up the hill to the lighthouse and after lunching up there with the views return via a loop on the hilltops to the trig, and then around the coast. Volunteers have been working on the cottages, at the top, that are due to be rentable from DOC by summer, so we can have a look at them! See the Regional Council brochure for Baring Head.

The walk is exposed to sun and wind. If the weather doesn't suit on the day we will do an alternative in the same area, probably in Remutaka Forest Park.

Meet 10am outside the front of the Wellington Railway station by prior arrangement with the trip leader, then, by arrangement 10.10am by the Petone Railway Station, 10.20 at Bella Italia café in Nevis St., Petone. Then we'll drive through Wainuiomata down the Coast Road, 11am at latest at the carpark/entrance to Baring Head.
Trip leader Lainey 027 3039006

LILAC library

LILAC  - Wellington's Lesbian Library

LILAC has reopened after lockdown and is operating under Delta Level 2 protocols just like public libraries.

LILAC is a lending library for lesbians and queer women with a great selection of books, DVDs and magazines. It is at 187 Willis Street, 2nd floor (flat access from the street, lift). More info on the LILAC website at lilac.lesbian.net.nz including an online catalogue.

LILAC is open:


LILAC has a new TinyCat searchable catalogue - try it to see what books are available.


Lesbian Tattoos exhibition

The current exhibition at LILAC is photographs of local lesbians' tattoos with brief comments from the women saying what it meant to them when they first had their tattoos done, what it means to them now, how they have changed since getting their tattoos, what they symbolise ... more on the LILAC events page. Visit LILAC during September to view the exhibition.

Tuesdays at the LILAC Lounge is paused until later in the year

Blondini's drinks at Scotty & Mal's

A relaxing gathering usually held every second and fourth Friday of the month, at Scotty and Mal’s, 176 Cuba St from 5.30. Just come along and look for a likely looking group of women and join us. Follow on facebook.

Next: when we are back at level 1


Occasional drinks & dinner at Finns Bar, Paekākāriki

Usually held on the third Friday of the month at Finns Bar, Paekākāriki.
Next hopefully: Friday 15 October from 5.30 pm.

Please phone Finns and add you name to Sally’s table 04 292 8081 or email finnskapiti@xtra.co.nz and book a seat at Sally's table if you intend staying for dinner. It is a busy place and helps the staff if they can reserve the right sized table.

Kāpiti lesbians dining out

Once we are back at level 1 ...
Potlucks are held on the Kāpiti Coast, usually on the first Saturday of the month. Lesbians from any area is welcome to attend - bring a mains or dessert to share, beverage of your choice. Singles and couples are welcome, as are visiting lesbians. The dates and venues are advertised via Leonie's email list.

LILAC has a Kāpiti service - bringing books, DVDs etc plus membership forms - to the monthly dinners so that women can join the library and borrow. Check the LILAC website for more information.


Polari  - Fantabulosa!

Polari is a queer inclusive cocktail party held at a different style-y bar in Wellington on a Friday, sometimes late in the month. Keep an eye on the facebook page for the next date.

Les Ukes - ukelele lessons

Ukulele lessons in a queer / women's setting. Currently meeting at LILAC - check the Les Ukes facebook group, Contact sueestreet@actrix.co.nz.

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