Lesbian Support

WOMEN’S CENTRE FUNDING:  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.  We are deeply grateful for all the financial and non-financial support that we receive. Since no funding is guaranteed, and the generous donations we receive are mostly one-off gifts we will continue to ask you to please keep all the goodness flowing.

Here are some way how you can help

·         We have established a Givealittle page for donations , please share this link 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.

 

CONTENT:

Women's Centre info on:

Free Counselling
Resources
Library
New DVD's in our library 

Lesbian Events in Christchurch
Events elsewhere in NZ

Accommodation
Other activities & groups, including churches
Facebook
Blogs
Classifieds

Travel
Other

 

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”.


WEEKEND PSYCHODRAMA GROUP FOR WOMEN: Conducted by Ali Watersong, October 13th – 15th, 2017. For more information please contact Ali on watersong@slingshot.co.nz or 03 328 7105

2017 CHRISTCHURCH FETISH BALL - SENSUAL OVERLOAD!
Date: Sat 18th November 2017 (Show weekend)
Theme: Sensual Overload!
Venue: Halo Bar & Lounge, 66B Wharenui Road, Christchurch

We’re bringing back the sexy this year. Sexy, sensual, and a little bit naughty. Tantalising, teasing and tasteful . . 2017 Fetish Ball is in the making. 
Sensual Overload is the theme, We have some of the best acts from around NZ and also Aust already confirmed. Acts confirmed so far are here. 
Cherry Buttonz (Aust) / Zylah (Auck) / Domania Duo (NZ) / The Magenta Diamond (Wgtn) / DodgyRope (Chch) / UncommonBonds (Chch)
DJ Forge (NZ) / Plus much much more!

LAMBDA TRAMPERS AND LAMBDA LATTES

LAMBDA TRAMPERS AND LAMBDA LATTES: Meeting every alternate Sunday.  There isn't always up to date information given so if you are interested in Lambda, their website is: http://lambdatrampers.webs.com/ where you will find their latest schedule of tramps and walks. 
Please note, there are two new schedules on the Lambda website. Just Google “Lambda Trampers” and the first one that pops up is Lambda Trampers News on the website: www.lambdatrampers.webs.com/

LGBT PARENTING: We are Chloe and Estelle, two French students of Anthropology from the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (France). 
We are studying for our masters degree and working on gay parenthood. We are working together and writing two distinctive dissertations. Chloe is studying the extended family relationships and I, Estelle, focus on the outlook of the children who grow up in these families. Our aim is to observe and explain the dynamics of the kinship. 
We have received a scholarship from the Federal University of Toulouse to continue our ethnographic research on the subject and shoot a documentary film (about homo parenthood) in New-Zealand. We landed on the 1st of July in Auckland, and will stay at least 6 months, looking for families all around both islands. We are now looking to meet LGBT families in NZ, to hear their stories. It could stay anonymous or not. We would love to just chat or if it's ok to film. 
If you are a member of an LGBT family and are interested in helping us or if you know people who may be interested to share their stories and experiences, feel free to contact us or to give our contact details to them. 
Our email address is : chassagnac.tzotzis@gmail.com
Estelle's mobile : 022 361 8325
Chloe's mobile : 022 418 2461
Thank you for your time.  
Chloe Chassagnac and Estelle Tzotzis

Music

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'.

 

Events elsewhere in NZ

Brunch, Motueka
Where: Riverside Cafe, Moutere Hwy
When: Sun, 15 Oct, from 11am
 
Halloween Dance Party, Motueka
Where: Imagine Theatre, near New World (opp Thorps Bush)
When: Sat, 28 Oct from 7.30pm
Halloween fancy dress (optional)
Music via a jukebox app on the iPad. Send me any favourite titles and I'll try to make sure I have them on the iPad. Might be able to use Spotify. 
Bring a plate of finger food to share if you can and whatever you're drinking. There is a small kitchen area but no heating facilities for food. 
Entry: $10
Great little venue that we enjoyed 2yrs ago, it's private and central (next to New World in front of Thorps Bush) with plenty of car parking.
If you live outside Motueka and need a bed for the night get in touch and we'll see who can put people up. 
 

SOUTH / MID CANTERBURY SOCIAL GROUP: South and mid Canterbury Lesbians. A group has been formed for informal social events. Contact Sarah for more information: 022 1641 837, sarajan@slingshot.co.nz or https://www.facebook.com/groups/102936590347681/

 

Accommodation 

(posted 7 September) ACCOMODATION SOUGHT: I'm a lesbian 65yrs young..I have been living in UK for 6yrs as a live in carer. I'm looking to either share in a house or rent a flat.. My interests are cooking, gardening, photography, theatre, travelling, reiki master, although I'm a bit rusty with that..lol..going for walks, going out to dinner, coffee chats..I would like to write a book about my experiences as a live in carer..also my passion is to have an exhibition of my photos... currently doing 2 online courses... Numerology..and NLP.. although they are on the back burner..I would very much like to meet people with similar interests..
I'm returning late September to Christchurch. Staying with friends initially..until I get over my jet lag...Please contact Patricia on ukgirl9@gmail.com

(posted 7 September) ROOM AVAILABLE: $180.00 weekly, furnished single room as from now, all linen included. Quiet housemate wanted to share clean, private, sunny warm, house with one other person. Must be a clean and
tidy person and working. There is no excess room to store excess furniture. Price includes power and wifi. Buy your own food. Off street parking Aranui. No time wasters please, this is not a party house, no drugs, no pets. Suit a more senior person. Contact Jen 021 0644 134
 

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

 

Other activities & groups

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 provisio 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 coordinator@vegetarianchristchurch.org.nz or phone 940 9483.

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

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.

Pinksofa

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.
www.pinksofa.com

 Q-TOPIA
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


LESBIAN NEWS AOTEAROA
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

Facebook

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

Blogs

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

Classifieds

LESBIAN ART/ISTS - BOOKS FOR SALE (good condition)
$20-00 each (to pick up) - can post/courier (plus postage costs) 

 New Zealand...
1) ASSUME NOTHING (contemporary photography). By: Rebecca Swan.
2) SPIRAL 7 (a collection of NZ Lesbian art & writing). By Spiral.
3) THE TOPP TWINS BOOK (N.B. Signed by Jools and Lynda !!). (their very first book from childhood, their breaks into the music scene & their best loved characters!!)
4) CELEBRATING NZ WOMEN (NZ Women photographed & their stories). By: mediawomen of NZ.
5) A WOMAN'S PLACE (photographs & writings of the changing role of women in NZ). By: Judith Aitken.
6) HEROIC GARDENS (photographs & writings). By: Gil Hanly.
 International...
1) DAMN FINE ART (contemporary Lesbian artists). By: Cherry Smyth.
2) MANDY McCARTIN - FROM THE STREET (paintings and drawings by Mandy).By: Cherry Smyth.
3) OFF THE WALL (a collection of Lesbian/Feminist Graffiti). By: Nicky Hodge - Proteus Books.
4) WOMEN OF CONSEQUENCE (portrait photography of controversial or influential women). By: Jane Brown.
5) CLAIMING YOUR CREATIVE SELF (true stories from the everyday lives of creative women). By: Eileen M. Clegg.
ALSO: A contemporary PAINTING by "DYANA GRAY" (well known profesional " FIGURATIVE" NZ artist) Size (H) 1500 x (W) 1200. Subject matter (the historical use of women’s bodies in art). $300.00 o.n.o (Paid $750.00).
Other Books...
1) MENOPAUSAL YEARS - THE WISE WOMAN WAY (alternative approaches). By: Susan S. Weed. (signed by Susan!!).
2) MENOPAUSE NATURALLY (new discoveries about menopausal health). By: Sadja Greenwood, M.D.
3) MENOPAUEL NATURALLY (menopause updated). By: Sadja Greenwood, M.D.
4) A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO FIXING THE CAR, By: Arleen Weissler.
5) MATRIARCHS (a generation of NZ women talk to Judith Fyfe), By: Judith Fyfe.
6) BREAD and ROSES (Sonja Davies - Her story): By: Sonja Davies.
Please phone: 0274 507 802  to enquire...

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.

INTERIOR SEVICES CANTERBURY: Interior Services Canterbury is a locally owned and operated family business born out of a passionate desire to fill the gap in the market left by the big players’ substandard workmanship and service. For all of those jobs around the home or office from Cleaning to Maintenance, Gardening, Painting, Gutter Cleaning, End Of Tenancy Bond Clean and many other services. Our “Flat Rate” Prices are never beaten. No job too big or small. Contact Bastian at 027 4924651 bastian@interiorservicescanterbury.com www.facebook.com/interiorservicescanterbury
Our reputation is our brand and was not built on words but on our record.

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.
http://www.nzmarriages.co.nz/blog/a-perfect-match-kylie-and-annie

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
Testimonials:
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.

INCOME OPPORTUNITY: Love on-line shopping?
Open to passive income without selling products. Exciting opportunity. 
Text Julie Lassen:  027 278 2248

Travel

OUTSIDE THE SQUARE: TRAVEL ADVENTURES FOR THE “ALMOST INDEPENDENT” GAY TRAVELLER. www.ots-adventures.com.  
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

Other...

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

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