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Welcome to the June edition of Rainbow Auckland's newsletter!
Keeping you informed about relevant LGBTQI+ business and community news,
plus what’s happening at Rainbow Auckland.

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it” – Mae West
Update from the President

On July 5th, Koro Dickinson and myself attended a dinner at Government House in Wellington with The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy — our Governor-General of New Zealand. This dinner brought together different representatives of New Zealand’s diverse communities. 

Neither of us knew what to expect, but the communities there were from ours, to different cultural communities, to disabled members of our New Zealand society. There was a clear message from Dame Patsy that, in her view, there is no room for intolerance – even though certain individuals project intolerant beliefs. She highlighted the Christchurch shootings that happened on March 15th as an individual projection. 

It was acknowledged that we do not live in a perfect country even though we are better than most. All peoples from age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race or disability can be discriminated against. The dinner was held to show the New Zealand does not condone discrimination.

Behind the scenes, we are continuing to grow and maintain relationships for Rainbow Auckland throughout in the wider community. These relationships are from corporates, to government bodies and educational areas. With their help and support, we are going to be able to grow Rainbow Auckland, but also be able to offer greater content to the community of Rainbow Auckland. 

If you yourself has a contact in an organisation you feel we should connect with please tell us your thoughts.

Ng─ü mihi,

Richard Burt
Staircase Bar
Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference

The second Annual Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference (Auckland, 28–30 August 2019) is the perfect platform to gain actionable insights and attend interactive sessions that will inspire and empower you to propel change at your organisation.

This event will feature over 30 diverse speakers, over 20 solution-focused case studies, and a number of interactive panels, roundtable sessions and inspirational keynotes to help you to implement best practice D&I strategies at ´╗┐your organisation´╗┐.

For more information, download the brochure or visit

Register here and enjoy 10% off your ticket with the VIP discount code: "RAINBOW10".
August Mixer – Staircase Bar

Wednesday 3 July, from 5:30pm
Staircase Bar, 25 Cross Street, Auckland CBD

We held our July Mixer at Staircase Bar for the first time and from a positive general consensus, we have decided to have the August Mixer there again. We are very appreciative to the team at Staircase for offering the space to us for our mixers.

We look forward to meeting you there and being able to get to know each other better. We will have a small range of speakers for this August including Mark Fisher from Body Positive and Dr. Lung Choi of the new Grafton Medical Centre that he has opened. We look forward to what they have to say.  

We welcome new members; and encourage existing members to introduce themselves to our new members at the next Mixer — our organisation is sustained by its membership and it’s important each one of us feels welcome. 
All guests and those interested in joining Rainbow Auckland are always very welcome.
Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust Charity Auction and Dinner 
5pm, Sunday 25 August 2019

The Topp Twins as the special guests. The Topp Twins, identical twin sisters Lynda and Jools Topp, are New Zealand national treasures who have performed around the world as a noriginal comedy-music duo for more than 25 years. The twins re-invent themselves on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease.

Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons, they deliver original songs and character comedy with their unique trademark style of spontaneity, audience participation, incredible harmonies and some of the best yodelling you’ll hearanywhere.

In 2018, The Topp Twins were made Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to entertainment.

Don’t delay as this event always sells out!

Volunteer for Rainbow Auckland
Keen to sit on the Executive or help at events? 

If you, or anyone you know, wants to make a positive contribution with Rainbow Auckland, please let us know. Expressions of interest and enquiries can be directed to

We welcome those who wish to have a hands-on approach with the group, or those who have ideas and feed forward on how we can grow Rainbow Auckland into the future.
Social Media 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram here. We’ll be keeping our membership updated via this platform – in addition to Rainbow Auckland’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Meetup accounts. This is all part of our move to be relevant and informative to our diverse membership and community.

Make sure you keep up to date with us by following us at one or more of these platforms. Also share these with your colleagues and friends.
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