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

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
– Coco Chanel
Update from the President


Our November mixer saw us at Garnet Station. Thank you to all who attended and a thank you to the organisers.

This mixer got us out of the inner city and into the inner suburbs. It was good to have a range of speakers again and that Rainbow Auckland is supporting local businesses. It was generous of Verity George to host our evening — we thank her for the welcoming atmosphere we all got. We look forward to having another event with Verity in the future.

I personally would like to thank all members for the support given to the executive team of Rainbow Auckland — this year saw a new exec come on board with myself as President. With this, we have seen a few changes with how Rainbow Auckland is running in the background. We are in a healthier position compared to the AGM earlier this year. 

Going forward for next year, it is about continuing the work we have been doing this year with the outlook of being stronger. Having a presence in express Magazine is much-needed exposure for Rainbow Auckland and the partnership benefits can only but help us move forward. Seeing is believing and we must continue to keep the presence to grow as a community and group. 

Another big event we had this year that ran extremely well was the Meet the Mayoral Candidates evening. All the candidates personally said how well the event ran and the respect that was shown to all of them. This is a positive reflection on all of us in the community.


An exciting new network for New Zealand’s Rainbow communities will be launching soon: Rainbow Directory! Rainbow Auckland have been privileged to a behind-the-scenes look of an upcoming new service to strengthen networking New Zealand’s Rainbow communities, businesses and services in major centres and our regions! The online directory service, called Rainbow Directory, has a soft ‘Go LIVE’ date set for Monday, December 2nd. RA have signed a partnership with Rainbow Directory where RA will receive a 10% kick back to our coffers, for all RA members who join this service.

Grab your December issue of Express. We are in it and have a featured member sharing an insight of themselves.

Our December mixer coming up we will be at Shakespeare Hotel in the CBD. 

I look forward to meeting you all and additional others from the wider community. 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
Rainbow Auckland December Mixer

Wednesday 4 December, 5:30pm
The Shakespeare Hotel & Brewery
61 Albert Street, Auckland CBD

The new ‘City Rail Link’ (CRL) has had a significant impact on businesses in Albert Street. Rainbow Auckland (RA) is sharing the love and partnering with Shakespeare Hotel to host RA member's last networking opportunity mixer for 2019 and for the DECADE!

Register online to attend, here.

To our AMAZING members that make Rainbow Auckland what it is. We wish YOU all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe and most prosperous New Year!

Your Rainbow Auckland Executive team are truly looking forward to connect and spend these last brief moments of 2019 with you!

Evening Layout: Catered eats 

– Arrive / gather on First floor function space
– Formalities begin
– Welcome from Rainbow Auckland President: Richard BURT 
– Programme
– Network and mingle

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

We look forward to meeting you there. 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.

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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.
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