Lesbian Support

WOMEN’S CENTRE FUNDING: We are deeply grateful for all the support that we have received since we faced a funding crisis in March.  The financial and non-financial support have touched us greatly.  Though we are not in financial crisis at the moment we still have to be extremely careful, as no funding is guranteed, and the generous donations we received are mostly one-off gifts.  So please keep all the goodness coming...   The Women’s Centre has been supporting the women of Christchurch for the past 30 years through a range of free and low cost services.  We are a vital link in the network of support services that exist in Christchurch and in this post-earthquake environment our services are needed more than ever.

How you can help

·         We have established a Givealittle page for donations , please share this link and our plight as widely as possible https://givealittle.co.nz/org/womensc

·        Make a short video or written testimonial of the links you have with the Women’s Centre - the importance of our organisation to you or your service and to the wellbeing of the Christchurch community.  This can be done simply on a mobile phone and forwarded to us.  The intention is to upload these to our Givealittle page.

If you need any further information contact Ardas (Manager) or Ariane (Centre Co-ordinator) at the Centre on 03 371 7414.

Together we can make a difference.



Women's Centre info on:

Free Counselling
New DVD's in our library 

Lesbian Events in Christchurch
Events elsewhere in NZ

Other activities & groups, including churches



Women's Centre: Free Counselling
If you want to have counselling with counsellor who identifies as lesbian, please let us know this when you contact us.

Women's Centre: Resources
Lists of lesbian/lesbian friendly counsellors/therapists. 
Notice board with ‘events’, ‘services’, ‘entertainment’, ‘support groups’ and ‘community notices’.

Women's Centre: Library
We have a lot of lesbian novels and books on lesbian issues available. Many of these books have been gifted to the library, for which we are extremely thankful.  At the moment our library is overflowing, so we can't accept any more books :)


Lesbian Events in Chch

The WOMEN’S CENTRE HAS MOVED: We are now located at: Unit 3 / 242 Ferry Rd, Waltham, Christchurch 8011. This is opposite the famous “Bronskis Dairy”.

LAMBDA LATTES, SUNDAY 26 MARCH 10AM: This Sunday the Latte Walkers are off to Godley Head. This is a lovely walk with magnificent coastal peninsula views, and the track is not too strenuous, though we have to rate it as hilly because there are some steady climbs along the way. The walk is a longer one and we will have lunch at the far end of the track, so take a snack to eat and something to drink. For those new to the group, make sure to take a raincoat and sunscreen. The meeting place is in the car park, near the ablutions block at Taylors Mistake Beach.  Be there ready for a prompt 10am departure. Your leader is Tim and he can be contacted on 021 1122 756.

SOUTH / MID CANTERBURY SOCIAL GROUP: South and mid Canterbury Lesbians. Group forming for informal social events. Starting with a shared lunch in February. 
Contact Sarah for more information:  0221 641837 sarajan@slingshot.co.nz


FREE MP3: Singer/Songwriter Lisa Tui is celebrating the launch of her website www.lisatui.com by giving a digital copy of 'I Wonder On You'.  
Take a listen to her new single 'Comin’ on Home', released in commemoration of the 6 years after the quakes. You'll find Lisa singing on her Facebook page 'LISATUIMUSIC'.

Singer-Songwriter, Shelley Wright, Friday 31st March at the Flat White Cafe & Bar from 6:00pm-8:00pm (Pegasus - Corner of Pegasus Blvd/Main Street). Shelley performs solo - acoustic covers and original music too. Gorgeous atmosphere and evening menu. www.facebook.com/shelleywrightmusic

Singer-Songwriter, Lynette Diaz, Friday 7th April at the Flat White Cafe & Bar from 6:00pm-8:00pm (Pegasus - Corner of Pegasus Blvd/Main Street). Lynette performs solo - lots of original music and some acoustic covers. Gorgeous atmosphere and evening menu. http://www.lynettediaz.com/  or www.facebook.com/lynettediazmusicofficial

Events elsewhere in NZ

 Pot luck dinner, Nelson
Last Friday of each month at different venues. Next one should be 31 March. Details to be advised when known. 
Walking group
This is still happening now and then. Keep an eye on Facebook for details to be posted nearer the time. 


Come Camping in Golden Bay - bring your dog!

When: Sat, 8 April from 3pm
Where: Pakawau Beach Park, Golden Bay

Please read the important stuff at the bottom if you want to join us. And if you're on Facebook - click 'Join' on the Event so we can get an idea of numbers. 

Pakawau campground is right on the waters edge and is dog friendly. It has cabins, a house, powered sites and tent sites and is half an hour's drive from Takaka. 

Nearby is Westhaven Inlet, Kaihoka lakes and take the scenic drive to Patarau River and beyond. Only 10-15mins drive to Farewell Spit, Puponga and stunning Wharariki Beach.

The Old School Cafe is opposite, several cafes back in Collingwood (10mins) or at The Naked Possum in Aorere (20mins), great beer at The Mussel Inn in Onekaka (20mins) and for those with a sweet tooth there is Rosy Glow Chocolates in Collingwood.

There's lots of dog friendly beaches and a great bush/beach walk at Milnethorpe 5 mins East of Collingwood.

Powered and non-powered sites:
Adult $17ea
Child (5-12yrs) $10ea
Child under 5yrs free
Power $5 per site.

2 Adults $75
Xtra adult $20ea
Xtra child $10ea

Beach House:
2 Adults $120
Xtra adult $25ea
Xtra child $15ea

I havent checked availability of cabins or beach house. Their phone number is 03 524 8308 if you want to do so.

As this is a campground I need to get a good indication of numbers so I can book or at least have a tentative booking. So please if you are interested, don't be shy - click either Going or Maybe on Facebook or email us - or you will miss out.

And yes, it's dog friendly but make sure any dogs you bring are human and dog friendly too. :-) 

Please contact tlconnection.link@gmail.com if anyone requires any additional information about this trip. 


CATLINS ACCOMODATION: Mohua Park offers lovely private cottages and bush reserve in the secluded upper Catlins River Valley. The protected native forest at Mohua Park has varied forest trails and is rich in birds. Quote this newsletter and get a 10% discount on accommodation. Website: www.catlinsmohuapark.co.nz

WORKING HOLIDAY / WORK EXCHANGE: Accommodation and meals in exchange for 4 hours work a day on an organic small holding near Geraldine, South Canterbury. Range of jobs, gardening, painting, cooking. 
Contact Sarah for more information: 0221 641837 sarajan@slingshot.co.nz


Other activities & groups

CHOIR MEMBERS NEEDED - Female choir Out Of The Blue is looking for a few more singers - bass, tenor, alto or soprano. Practices are every Monday 7.30-9.30pm, except during school holidays. There are one or two performances mid year and end of year. Anyone interested in coming along to check it out and maybe audition, please call/text for details 027 208 5213

Outdoors Christchurch is a group of young (very social) LGBT outdoor enthusiasts. 
Beginners to Advanced, LGBT and friends - everyone’s welcome! Invite your friends!
For more details contact: zaneljackson@hotmail.com  Or Check out the event on Facebook

BOOK GROUP FOR BUSY WOMEN:  For the last few months a few of us have been meeting to discuss books at a local cafe.  We started with novels but have settled on short stories to fit around things.  Every month someone volunteers to find and share a few stories.  
So if you are interested in joining and have Wednesday nights at 7pm free email me on Treena.davidson@gmail.com. 

BEAT STREET BOOK GROUP is inviting new members.  The group selects, and shares short stories.  We meet once a month on a date agreed at the previous meeting.  We are a woman only group and seek friendly, open minded members.  If you are interested please contact the group on everdene22@gmail.com

CHRISTCHURCH VEGGIE PUFFS DINING GROUP:  The Veggie Puffs Dining Group is run under the auspices of the Christchurch Vegetarian Centre and is open to all members of the gay/lesbian community who enjoy vegetarian and vegan food, with the proviso that only vegan/vegetarian food is ordered when dining out with the group. Only pay for what you order.  Most of our members are vegetarians/vegans or have a veggie partner or just really like veg food!  To join our email list contact co-ordinator@vegetarianchristchurch.org.nz or phone 940 9483. 

DANCE CLASSES: Colleen Murray Dance Centre. 520 Cranford Street, Papanui,  Mobile: 021 140 2783.  Email: latin1@clear.net.nz.  Keen to teach same-sex couples how to dance.

C.O.O.L. (collective of older lesbians - 50 years and over) 
The group meets on the third Sunday of every month except between January - March, 12 noon at the Avon Loop Cottage 28 Hurley Street. Bring your own lunch - tea and coffee provided. We have a good library, a petanque set and there is a pleasant garden to play in. Contact: Helen 332 5223.


What Is Pink Sofa? Pink Sofa is a great place for women to meet each other. Find a date. Make new friends. Interact in your community on the world's biggest lesbian meeting place.

A social network for queer youth (or youth who are questioning their sexual identity) in the Canterbury region aged 14 - 25. We run regular social events and aim to have a lot of fun. We meet on Thursdays 7 pm - 8.30 pm, some of our events include coffee nights, movies, picnics, ten-pin bowling, go-kart racing, watching DVD's or simply hanging out. Q-topia provides a social support group for queer youth that affirms and appreciates the diverse qualities of participants. By providing a safe and interesting space for queer youth to meet others, Q-topia aims to provide an environment where those who attend the group can safely explore issues and be supported in having pride in who they are.  
Please feel free to contact us at:
q-topia@hotmail.com or phone/text the Q-topia cell phone: 021 175 3631

A website with resources and information about GLBT families and forum for people from all over NZ to connect. Several cities in NZ have organised meet ups. We are based in Christchurch and our involvement waxes and wanes, but we are trying to get together at least every few  months.

Rainbow Families New Zealand is an organization dedicated to building relationships and connections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) parents, prospective parents, and their children. 
We encourage our families to form strong community ties locally as well as across New Zealand by offering support and friendship to individuals at all stages of parenting and by providing a forum for our children to make life-long friends.
We meet regularly across the country in specific regions through informal family gatherings, celebrations, and events, and we participate in an online forum to stay connected across New Zealand.

Lesbian News Aotearoa is the online name of the Tāmaki Makaurau Lesbian Newsletter, which was printed monthly in Auckland from September 1990. We publish news, profiles, pictures, events, analysis and debate of interest to lesbians and queer women, usually at the beginning of the month. Lesbian News Aotearoa is based in Auckland and welcomes information, events, groups and activities by lesbians and queer women from around Aotearoa. Contact us onLNAotearoa@gmail.com


Queer Asian stories from New Zealand can be found at www.lgbtiasiannz.wordpress.com
“When we we growing up, our parents told us that Asian people valued family above all else, and this was what set us apart from the Kiwis. So when our sister transitioned to become our brother, there was never any question that we would continue to love and support him.”
Supportive Sister, NZ born Singaporean
“And I think the most important thing is now my family knows my sexual orientation and they also embrace it, and also they like my partner. I think the harder things for any hidden secret is you cannot be honest with people you love, and you cannot share the joy and the hardship you have in your life. ”
Ivan Yeo, Chinese Malaysian
Wai Ho: 027 321 8682


RAINBOW CHURCH is a church group formed to be a place where EVERYONE is truly welcome ...lesbian, gay, bi, male, female, trans peoples, intersexual, heterosexual, asexual, kinky, vanilla, young, old, rich, poor, street worker, office worker, student, employed, unemployed, or anywhere in between. It is inclusive. It is the Church of the Unconditional Welcome. It is non-judgmental. It's a place of acceptance, and affirmation of who YOU are. It seeks to empower you to be all that you can be. It seeks to explore spirituality, albeit from a christian perspective, and we welcome positive two-way conversations with others from alternate spiritualities.  We want to create relationships with people, with groups, and with the community. We want to build relationship with YOU.
We meet weekly on Sunday evenings. We are a House Church. We are independent. We are small - which has limitations, but also allows for exciting possibilities. Our style of worship can be described as Relaxed Formality. It uses the best from the past ...and from the present, to create meaningful worship experiences.
As we move forward we have a range of activities planned - although what we offer will ultimately depend on demand, interest, and need. 
Study group - We plan to kick off with a series on Bad Girls of the Bible. Interested in learning more about women in the bible? This will prove to be fascinating! 
Youth Group - weekly meetings for study and socializing for teens - 30 yr old's, led by an experienced Youth Worker.   Drop-in Centre. A welcoming space to come together, talk, get creative, drink coffee, explore, hang-out.
Music Group - singers and musicians are wanted to create a Rainbow Community Music Group. Sing, play, make music together. Perform and have FUN! 
Social Times - it's always good to be able to relax and share in a range of positive, fun moments. 
Website - able to help us create one? Then definitely get in contact!!  You don't need to commit to membership in order to join with us. You don't even need to commit to classic Christianity. An open mind helps. It's more important to be together, then to be "right"!!
Interested? Give us a txt, email, or phone call ... details are below.
Rainbow Church (normally) meets weekly at 6:30pm at F1 - 514 Tuam St, Phillipstown, Christchurch.
Txt: 027 304 3708   Email rainbow_church@hotmail.com   - Join our Facebook page! 


- Coming Out For Coffee
- Rainbow Rambling – Lesbian Life
- The Big C Events: Lesbian / Bisexual Events in Chch
- Womens Centre Christchurch: Community page about women.
- LesbiansNZ and LESBIANS NZ
- Lost Gay Christchurch
- Gay Marriage friendly   businesses: https://www.facebook.com/groups/519560944768392/
- NELSON EVENTS: https://www.facebook.com/groups
- Lesbian News Aotearoa  www.facebook.com/tmlnnewzealand/


Julie Lassen: http://www.nzmarriages.co.nz/blog


AQUA JUNIORS SWIM SCHOOL: Aqua Juniors is an inclusive swim school.  

What we do:  We specialise in teaching water safety and water skills to children of all ages with special needs while providing support and understanding for the family.  

Our instructors:  The Sensational Swim Programme instructors work closely with parents and children to find the best way to enhance the aquatic learning pathway. Our instructors have experience across all swimming and learning techniques.  

Our private pool:  Our unique surroundings in Cashmere ensure convenience and privacy in a calm and welcoming environment.  

Our classes:  Our classes are small, this gives each swimmer time with the instructor to work on their needs at a closer level. Only one lesson happening at a time.  

Outcomes:  The Sensational Swim Structure focuses on achievable goals and incentives to ensure that all swimmers progress as efficiently as possible.  For bookings and information:  email - aquajuniors@fitandabel.com. Facebook - www.facebook.com/AquaJuniors/

LUSH BRUSHES PAINTER & DECORATOR LTD - A company that prides itself on High Quality Finish, Clean, Professional and Reliable.  Services: Painting - Interior and Exterior; Wallpapering and Plastering.   Resident­ial and Small Commercial.  No Job too Small.  Servicing the Christchurch and Canterbury areas.  http://www.lushbrushes.co.nz/

PHYSIOTHERAPY, PILATES AND MASSAGE: Professional, local Physiotherapist providing Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy (Therapeutic and Sports), One on One Pilates, Sport Rehabilitation, Woman's Health Physio, and Occupational Work Site Assessments.  Contact Tina McCormack on 021 419 744 .  Body Wise Health NOW situated at the Marshland Family Health Centre,
427 Marshlands Road, (off Prestons Road and opposite the BP) or email Tina bodywisehealth@xtra.co.nz

LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT: Are you getting married or have an event coming up? Need Live music or entertainment? Look no further!  Sharvelle Charlotte is available to be hired for weddings & other celebrations. Slow paced or upbeat covers, old school or new music is all available. DJing services also available & any specifics can be negotiated. Music gear all included. Email: sharvellepoissonnier@hotmail.com

6 FREE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING SESSIONS: Face-to-face, Skype or email for adults or children requiring positive recovery support from any kind of earthquake related issues: ANY Stress or Worries. Queer Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor: Frances Young MSc, MNZAC at Edi-FY. For private 100% confidential expertise, based in Beckenham, call Frances on 021 237 2476 or email:edify@clear.net.nz. Also available for non-earthquake related counselling.

HYPNOTHERAPY: Beth Mc Leod is a highly skilled  Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist  and NLP practioner specialising in working with women. She can assist with issues such as anxiety, sleep disorders, lack of confidence, low self esteem, depression, weight, panic attacks and many more....Check out www.intuitivehypnotherapy.co.nz.  Contact Beth on
021 264 1788

RENOVATIONS:  Lesbian Friendly & very reliable and fair rates.  Brandon Bracewell.  Painting - Plastering,  Alterations & Maintenance Work.  PH 388 0235

PROFESSIONAL PICTURE FRAMING: Bring in your pictures for a professional, contemporary framing job. With 20 years experience I can help you select the best framing options for a result that will look great on your wall for years to come. Mention you saw this ad and get 10% discount. Tania Brickell, Art & Frame, 130A Riccarton Road (opposite Farmers), 348 6600.
Easy parking behind shop off Kauri or Rimu Streets.

PROFESSIONAL BRA FITTER. Will come to your house free, or you to mine if you would like a one on one fitting. Call or text me on 027 4-81 0057 and I will call you back. New E-Catalogue is out now at www.intimo.com.au.   Jennifer.

HOME RENOVATIONS & ALTERATIONS - GJ Solutions Group Ltd – We turn your house in to an exquisite home.  Building work, painting & decorating, kitchens, bathrooms, carpet and vinyl, concrete & paving, colour, consultancy & design, Earthquake Resolution & assistance – call Joanna 022 314 0618

REAL ESTATE:  Buying or Selling in the near future?  Please feel free to call or e-mail me to discuss your real estate needs.  I am based in Kaiapoi but often come into Christchurch and surrounding areas, we currently have special offers on marketing and I am happy to talk to you about getting your property SOLD. If you are buying a property, I can help you with this too, buying and selling can sometimes be daunting, let me take away the stress. Thanks , Jayne. T: 03 327 5379, M: 027 517 7937.

LOUISE MCLEAVEY REAL ESTATE: Experienced, highly motivated and success driven agent. Offering 35+ years in sales, negotiating, marketing and customer service and writing over 50 Million dollars’ worth of sales for her Vendors. Tel: 021 820610 mailto:louise.mcleavey@harcourts.co.nz www.louisemcleavey.harcourts.co.nz

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CELEBRANT:  Julie Lassen. www.nzmarriages.co.nz <http://www.nzmarriages.com/>. I look forward to meeting you to hear of your plans and how I can share in your special celebration of your love.
email: julieL79@gmail.com or phone 027 278 2248.  My latest blog - might be of  interest.

LESBIAN MARRIAGE CELEBRANT: Experienced Marriage Celebrant available. Do you need a Marriage or Civil Union Celebrant for your 2017 nuptials? I have over 10 years’ experience and I am available to provide my service at $150 - this includes initial meeting to create your ceremony, follow up meeting, email contact ongoing, rehearsal at venue and my officiating on the day* Contact: Filia on 027 461 4144 or kelly.filia@xtra.co.nz
Hi Filia, I just wanted to text and say thank you so much for Saturday. We had a fantastic day, it was just perfect!! Cheers, Mel
We were really happy with Filia as our celebrant. She was always warm, friendly, relaxed and helpful. Nothing was ever a problem for her. She was happy to come to us when we were busy.  Was always in contact with us by email (which was our preferred way as we were not often by our phones). Filia was happy to change the ceremony until it was just what we wanted and was happy with a last minute change right before the ceremony. She reminded us of all the practical things we needed and we would recommend her to anyone. Thank you Filia for being a part of our day! Sarah
*Marriage licence from Births, Deaths and Marriages is additional cost, and this offer is only valid for weddings taking place in 2017. Limited dates available.

REGISTERED CELEBRANT: Mary Mason. With personal family experience in same sex relationships, and experience with Civil Union Ceremonies - I fully embrace all aspects of my role in assisting you plan for your Marriage Ceremony :) www.mary@celebrant4u.co.nz, email mary@celebrant4u.co.nz or 027 368 4691



If your idea of a great holiday is exploring unusual places, quirky hotels, and atmospheric local restaurants with other compatible gay adventurers.  Outside the Square's vision is of travel adventures shared with other gay individuals who crave the kinds of holiday not offered in the traditional gay marketplace.   Ladies I would so appreciate your feedback, as the site is gay men focused but I am working on a women focused sister site running the same trips on different dates.Is this the type of adventure travel website you would be interested in following?  Would you be happy for me (a gay man) to run a trip or would you feel more comfortable for a woman to take a women’s only trip? Or are you open to both?  Which trip on the website do you feel would appeal to women most? Bali / Burma / or NZ Great Walks!  Your feedback would be most appreciated and if you know me, you can make it anonymous  ots.adventures@gmail.com


Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, Australia
A great website with fantastic resources and information: 
Well worth to have a look