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

“I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good.”
 – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 
Update from the President

For Rainbow Auckland's February 2020 networking mixer, we kicked off with the annual BBQ with Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust presenting the Tertiary Scholarship Awards at SO/ Hotel. Thank you all who attended and supported the awardees.   

Congratulations to Joel Armstrong, Rowan Button, Azaria Howell, John-Vincent Maxell and Lillian McArthur — winners of this year's scholarships.

The Tertiary Scholarship programme is to support, encourage and nurture our rainbow community leaders of the future. Every year the Trust receives applications from dozens of outstanding LGBTQI+ youngsters who have demonstrated the most extraordinary achievements including community contribution beyond their years. These are available annually through the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust to assist students who identify as LGBTQI+. Successful applicants would be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and a positive role model influence for Rainbow-affirming peer and community support, and have a good academic record.

Do you know someone who should apply for a 2021 Tertiary Scholarship? Find out more information from the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust.

Our next mixer, Love Karangahape Road, is this 4th of March at Trilogy Bar and Café at 5:30pm. Karangahape Road Business Association Chairperson, Michael Richardson, will be speaking to us with a range of other business owners in the area. Also come see the launch of the 'Karangahape Road Queer Venues Spaces' leaflet.

Bring your business cards please, to maximise the networking opportunity!

Again an exciting new network for New Zealand’s Rainbow communities has launched,
Rainbow Directory! Rainbow Auckland also have been privileged to a behind-the-scenes look off a new service to strengthen networking New Zealand’s Rainbow communities, businesses and services in major centres and our regions! 
RA have signed a partnership with Rainbow Directory where we will receive a 10% kick-back to our coffers, for all RA members who join this service.

If you yourself have a contact in an organisation you feel we can connect with please tell us. We are always on the lookout. 

Ngā mihi,

Richard Burt
Staircase Bar
Love Karangahape Road | Rainbow Auckland March Networking Mixer

Wednesday 4 March, 5:30pm
Trilogy Bar and Cafe, Ironbank Building,
150 Karangahape Road, Auckland

There may be a lot of construction in the City of Sails, yet K’Road is still OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Love Karangahape Road •

What is exactly happening on K’ Rd?

Join Rainbow Auckland as we ‘Share the Love’ with Karangahape Road!

Evening Layout:
5:30pm – Trilogy Bar and Café, Ash, Dave and the team
- Doors open, Iron Bank building, 150 Karangahape Road

6:15pm – formalities begin, 
-  (1) Welcome from Rainbow Auckland (RA) President: Richard BURT
- (2) KBA – Karangahape Road Business Association, Chairperson: Michael RICHARDSON
- (3) Featuring the launch of the 'Karangahape Road Queer Venues Spaces' leaflet.

6:45pm – Eats / Network and mingle

Wilson Parking building in Cross Street, directly behind Iron Bank.

Existing members: Free of charge
Not yet members: $10.00 at the door


*Rainbow Auckland meets every first Wednesday of each month (besides January).Please keep posted regarding our different venues via our FB / website ‘Events’ tabs

**Following Rainbow Auckland on social media outlets does not constitute as membership. You may join us officially via

If you have any questions, please contact us via messenger or email to:

Bring your business cards please, to maximise the networking opportunity!

We welcome new members and non-members; and encourage existing members to introduce themselves — 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. 


Existing members: Free of charge.
Not-yet members: $10.00 at the door.

*Please ensure your membership is up-to-date. If you’re not sure, simply email:

** Following Rainbow Auckland on social media outlets does not constitute as membership. You may join us officially via

We 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.
Networking Mixer Whakaaro (thinking) and Updates 

Rainbow Auckland (RA) is an Auckland-based LGBTQI+ networking and social organisation. One of our primary means to deliver this is through our monthly Networking Mixers. 

Saving the recurring date of the first Wednesday of each month, except January, due to the festive break. RA as a Not-For-Profit organisation, partnering with venues / businesses to co-host monthly Networking Mixers, with our hardworking volunteer Executive team, that all have day jobs. 

We encourage active and reciprocal membership to be anxiously engaged, making your membership work for you. Maximise these opportunities, by talking to everyone, bring your business card to pass on and network. We are all about Business, Professionals and Community.

Keeping it fresh is important. Exclusivity we can only choose 11 venues per year. If you have a suitable space or a good suggestion for a venue, email it through to We location-scout venues / hubs that you may not frequent due to busy lifestyles,ideally theming our mixers as a point of interest.

February has always had a youthful, future leaders of our community focus, partnering with our sister organisation, the Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust (RNZCT) who awards the successful Tertiary Scholarship recipients in a relaxed backyard Summer BBQ feel to the evening. It’s a nice way to start a year!

March will see a collaboration between Rainbow Auckland (RA) and the Karangahape Road Business Association (KBA) launching ‘Karangahape Road Queer Venues’ flyer. RA wanted to show LOVE Karangahape Road, due to all the enhancements, saying that the inner-city hub of K’Road is OPEN for business.

April will see RA stretching out to Avondale. Jo Pilkington and the team at First Scene will be hosting us all, read her snippet of excitement below in this newsletter.

May is a hoot of a Networking Mixer, as it’s the NZ International Comedy Festival. No speakers, it’s a fabulous lineup of LGBTQI+ comedians, unashamedly plugging ticket sales with teasers for their coming shows. 

June sees the internal business end with our AGM.  

July we are in the process of planning a sports theme! Please feed in your leads of any queer-oriented sports teams into our email and we’ll do the rest. In the subject line state: Queer Sports suggestion. Work hard, Play hard! Encouraging healthy, balanced,active lifestyles, to be your BEST YOU!

August/September Election period…watch this space! 
General Election date Sat, 19 SEP 2020

October something interesting is in the works too…

November Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), acknowledging communities within our Rainbow Community.

December is ‘Members ONLY’. Not-yet-members have had all year to join, so as an Executive we want to reflect, say thank you and really connect with YOU our members. 

DROP THE MIC! For an exciting 2020 with some good structure and planning, interesting variety with venues and themes. 2020 focusing around Connecting and Growth for and with Rainbow Auckland.

First Scene – April Networking Mixer 

First Scene, Aotearoa's largest costume and party hire company, is super excited to partner with Rainbow Auckland! Bringing you a wonderfully hosted Networking Mixer, onsite at our premises in Avondale, so get prepared to come along and see what we do best!

If you’ve ever attended the Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust’s annual Gala and Auction you will have sampled our work. We are proud longtime members of Rainbow Auckland and work hard to bring that glamour and edge to your functions!

So, we are looking forward to having you along. Cash bar available on the evening and we’ll have some delicious eats for you after along day at work.

‘Save the date’ Wednesday, 01APR2020. You’ll find on the night at 334B Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland (behind BOC Gas) with plenty of parking and great access to our premises!

Excited to see you all! 
Love Jo PILKINGTON and all the team at First Scene 

Keep posted for event details via:
PRIDE BOX Wellbeing Bootcamp

Ardon England & Boxing Central present a six week Pride Box Wellbeing BootcampA unique and fun boxing-based program aimed to fast-track your health and fitness goals for 2020. 

It's not too late to hit your goals and make it your best year ever! By all means this is not a weight-loss challenge but so much more. Pride Box wellbeing bootcamps guide participants through a self-empowering journey that improves all aspects of well-being including your physique, physical fitness, self-image and mindset. You'll come out with not only more self-love, holistic tools to implement in your own life that build on an overall confidence and well-being, improved mental health, a drive for life and most importantly a true sense of accomplishment and pride! 

Pride Box wellbeing bootcamps use effective toning exercises, movement, and a holistic approach combined with boxing-based drills, offering the best all-round body and mind workout, which is not only fun but targets all areas and demands a high level of mental focus — leaving you feeling physically and mentally strong. With skilled and experienced instructors, no-one is left behind and we make sure everyone makes it through to their end goal.

Pride Box wellbeing bootcamps are open, safe and inclusive to all LGBTQI+ Whānau and allies and are aimed at building a strong, confident and empowered community while breaking down stigma and discrimination within the boxing industry, one punch at a time. 

Price and Start Date
Contact Ardon +64 021 046 8839;

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