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”.

Further to the additional notice sent out last week regarding a camping trip in Golden Bay over the weekend of April 8 -9 the following information regarding transport has been provided to me:
If 5-6 people want a ride up to this event please give me a ring and I will take you to Nelson. I have a tour van, plays videos, and any music you bring.
The van is a very comfortable tour van, wide seats, arm rests, large chilly bin for cold beverages. I can supply 2 two person tents and one 4-5 person tent. 
If anyone is interested please contact Vicky on 021-935-909 or email arahitoursnz.com
Cost $119 each return. Includes snacks and bubbles along the way.

Q-TOPIA YOUTH GROUP NEEDS YOUR HELP:  https://givealittle.co.nz/org/qtopia We are currently facing unprecedented need in Canterbury for support and education, while this is awesome it does not pay the bills.  We have had to expand and hire additional staff to handle the requirements from community but we have not been able to secure additional funding to cover this.  We need your help to remain operational, please consider donating to Q-topia and pass our givealittle page round all of your contacts and friends.  We are also seeking sponsorship, if your work place or company is looking for an awesome group to support please get in touch with us on: manager@qtopia.org.nz   

LAMBDA LATTES, SUNDAY 23 APRIL 10AM: This Sunday the Lambda Lattes are doing a picturesque, undulating walk from Barnett Park to Scarborough. The walk is mainly flat, but has one small hill that should not bother anyone other than the terminally unfit. Please keep together on this one, as the walk has several changes of direction. We will meet in the car park of Barnett Park, 200 Main Road, Moncks Bay, ready for a prompt 10am departure. Let’s hope it’s fine, after so much recent rain!! The park is on the right, when heading towards Sumner, for anyone unfamiliar with it. Your leader for the day is Tim, and his contact details are 332 2844 or 021 1122 756.

SOUTH / MID CANTERBURY SOCIAL GROUP: South and mid Canterbury Lesbians. A group has been formed for informal social events. Next meet up is brunch 10.30 in Ashburton Sunday 23rd April – Contact Sarah for more information:  022 1641 837 sarajan@slingshot.co.nz


SINGER SONGWRITER: Shelley Wright, Friday 21st April 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 28th 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

NEW FEMALE DUO - Z'EST - at Beatstreet Cafe 12-2pm this Saturday April 22. A variety of quirky catchy songs.

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

Walking group
This is still happening now and then. Keep an eye on Facebook for details to be posted nearer the time. 

Brunch, Motueka
Where: Muses Cafe, High St
When: Sun, 23 Apr from 11am


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

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
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


- Coming Out For Coffee
- 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