Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Pride Lights up Four Locations Across Auckland City


Pride Lights up Four Locations Across Auckland City

Auckland War Memorial Museum

For the first time ever, four locations across Auckland City will be lit up with all the colours of the rainbow this Monday 17th February in the lead up to the biggest LGBTIQ celebration event of the year; Auckland Pride Parade, Saturday 22nd February at 7PM.

Switched on by well-known gay personality Tamati Coffey and key Auckland dignitaries at 9PM; the Auckland Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the gantry at Silo Park and the Cloud will be creating a multi-coloured skyline like no other in support of the 2nd Auckland Pride Festival (6-23 February).

Rachael Carroll, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development - General Manager Destination and Marketing says: “This year’s Pride festival is bigger and brighter than ever before. Events like this are key to building our reputation as a vibrant events city, and demonstrating that Auckland is truly a place where the show never stops.

"MP Maurice Williamson was right," says Auckland Pride Festival Director Julian Cook. "An enormous big gay rainbow is forming across Auckland. It's a sign that we are living in one of the most diverse, inclusive, gay-friendly and fun cities in the world. Happy Auckland Pride!"

Tamati Coffey will be joined at the Auckland War Memorial Museum by 20 year old, fa’afafine performer Jaycee Tanuvasa as well as MP Louisa Wall helping to shine a spotlight on transgender rights here in New Zealand.

Unitec, Auckland Pride Festival’s principal sponsor, has announced its first scholarships for trans* tertiary students within this year’s festival. The first tertiary institution to do so here in New Zealand.

Auckland City will be wearing its colours with PRIDE as the festival moves into its second and final week. Highlights during this time include; The Great Auckland Pride Debateheld at Auckland War Memorial Museum (18 Feb), Silo Cinema “Some Like It Hot” at Silo Park (21 Feb), the exhibition Anatomy is not Destiny focusing on the roles that fashion and art play in the building of our modern-day Queer ID (19 23 Feb), the 18th Heroic Gardens (22 & 23 Feb), the hit cabaret show Songs for Guy at TAPAC (19-21 Feb), Australian comedian Pam Ann who plays Aotea Centre (21 Feb), and the official closing party of the festival PROUD at Victoria Park Market (22 Feb).

For a full line-up on what the festival has to offer head to www.aucklandpridefestival.org.nz.

AUCKLAND IS SET TO GLOW WITH PRIDE!

*an umbrella term for gender-diverse people, including whakawahine, tangata ira tane, transsexual, fa'afafine, transgender and gender-neutral people


Auckland Pride Festival 2014 runs from 6-23 February. For more information visit www.aucklandpridefestival.org.nz or www.facebook.com/AkldPrideFest

FURTHER READER INTO THE CAMPAIGN FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY HERE IN NZ
Louisa Wall’s new focus – Amending the Human Right Acts to protect trans from discrimination based on gender identity
http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/2/article_14593.php

According to a recent study, a world-first – transgendered face significant hurdles when trying to access healthcare.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/auckland-city-harbour-news/9708660/Transgender-youth-missing-out

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news