Rainbow Support

Thanks to all of you who took part in our research project. We are really pleased to be able to publish the report. Click here to access the report. We'd love your feedback. 

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.



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 :)


Rainbow Events in Chch

CHRISTCHURCH PRIDE WEEK kicks off very soon. Check out their Facebook page to see what’s going on:


Here is an exciting opportunity for three people to win $2,500 cash each for the RAINBOW LIFESTYLE PROTECTION COMMUNITY RECOGNITION AWARDS  
Is there anyone in your organisation/business or wider circle that are part of the LGBTI community who does volunteer work, consistently giving their time, expertise, or resources to benefit others in the LGBTI or wider community? 
We would love to hear who they are and give them the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and achievements.
 Please go to the Rainbow Lifestyle Protection page – link below. 
Click on the application and explain why you feel they worthy for this award. 
Applications close Friday 17th of March 2018. 
Winners will be awarded at the Gay Bingo Event during Christchurch Pride Week on Tuesday the 20th of March at Sixty6 on Peterborough.

DUNEDIN PRIDE WEEK is 8 - 15 April with a wide range of events. Here is the link to the form for people to submit art for the Pride Art Exhibition


Dunedin Pride 2018 invites poetry submissions for Dunedin’s inaugural Pride Poetry Competition!  Entrants will be judged within one of three categories:
- Secondary/High School Students (~12-18yo)
- Young adult (18 - 24)
- Adult (25+)
Submissions close on March 16th 2018.
Pride Poetry Night will host the prize giving ceremony for the competition on the 11th of April 2018.
Please follow the link for more information and instructions on how to enter!
Any questions please email: pridepoetry.comp@gmail.com

THE OSCARS REUNION 2018: Labour Weekend Sunday!   Put it in the Diaries!   The Oscars Reunion 2018. A night NOT to Miss. There will be 15 Shows! 8 Awards and a Host of FUN......Watch for details starting in March........

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/



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'.

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

Events elsewhere in NZ

Tramp to Mt Arthur Hut
When: Fri, 13 Apr or Sat, 14 Apr

Where: Walk from Flora carpark
Overnight option: 1.30hr walk on a good track to the hut (4.2km). Stay overnight and share dinner. Next day 3hr walk above snow line towards summit (5km) and back to carpark. First part of summit track is relatively easy, last part more of a tramping track. No pressure to get to the top! 
Day trip option: Join the group at the hut on the Sat and carry on to the summit before returning to the carpark. For more details and to arrange car pooling, hut bookings etc please contact Annette on 027 724 4445. 
Brunch, Motueka
When: Sun, 22 Apr from 11am

Where: Elevation Cafe, High St
Great Taste Bike Trail - Nelson to Mapua (or vice versa)
When: Sat, 19 May or Sun, 20 May

35km, includes Rabbit Island and ferry crossing at Mapua. Carpool options. For more details please contact Annette on  027 724 4445.

Walk & Brunch, Motueka
When: Sun, 27 May from 10.30am if you're walking, or 11am at the cafe

Where: TOAD Hall
Meet at Community Gardens at 10.15am for a 30 min walk to TOAD Hall for brunch, then walk along the inlet the rest of the way round back to your car (about 1hr total walk). Or walk back the way you came if you're short on time. Dogs allowed at TOAD Hall on a leash. A table will be reserved for us in the name of TLC. Pls RSVP as usual, or first come first served. 

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/



(posted 22 Feb) HOUSE FOR RENT OR BY ROOM: 5 Antrim Street, Sydenham
3 bedrooms, unfurnished, garage and off street parking, separate toilet, heatpump, warm, dry and clean. Freshly painted with good carpet.
Available 1st week in March
$450 per week for house or $150 per week per room. View anytime by calling Mary on 021 299 9025

(posted 22 Feb) SLEEP OUT / STUDIO : Burnside. Large sunny sleep out / studio available.  New paint, new carpet, sunny, semi self contained.  Share bathroom etc. with home owner ( 2 toilets )
$180.00 per week includes power & internet
Contact Laurel 027 434 3978 or Laurel.Devlin@lic.co.nz

(Posted 12 March) ROOM FOR RENT, OPAWA: Double room, part furnished, single bed, chest of drawers, built in wardrobe, plenty of parking, extra outside storage space. $180 per week includes power, wifi. 
Contact Chrissi acrystalsinger@hotmail.com
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.


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

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 on LNAotearoa@gmail.com


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/


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

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.

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.

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


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