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

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
– Dolly Parton
Update from the President


Welcome to 2020!

I hope that you all had a good summers break, spent it in company of people that you like and love, but also had a chance to recharge. 

Our December 2019 mixer saw us at Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery – thank you to all who attended and a thank you to the organisers. This mixer was our end of year get-together and also end of a decade. I know for myself the end of the decade didn’t have magnitude until the New Year came round. It was good to have a change with entertainment from Lori and Penny — two rogue naughty elves from Santa’s workshop, sent for training at If anyone wishes to book them for any entertainment for an event they are well worth investigating!

Join Rainbow Auckland's BBQ mixer with our sister organisation Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust who have three main grant envelopes available each year, open for individuals and organisations:
  • Tertiary Scholarships
  • Community Support
  • Community Development

I am looking forward to what 2020 holds for all of us. This with Rainbow Auckland but also personally for all. Auckland Pride Festival is right around the corner (1-16 February), go to to find out OurMarch, OurParty, The Ending HIV Big Gay Out or about any of the 154+ events that are going on! Also go to to find out more information of the Rainbow Pride Auckland's walking parade on Feb 29, 5:30 – 7:00pm. You can volunteer, donate or just support by attending.


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.

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 - Annual BBQ & Scholarship Awards

Wednesday 5 February, 5:30pm
SO/ Social Club Terrace at SO/ Hotel(Corner of Customs and Gore Street East, Auckland)

It’s going to be an action-packed networking mixer!

The Social Club Terrace is the most unique outdoor deck with a fresh urban view. Located on the third floor of the SO/ Hotel, this private haven is the perfect playground to mix & mingle in amongst the vibrancy of the city. 

Evening Layout:
5:30pm    Arrive / gather on third floor event space at SO/
6:15pm    Formalities begin-
                Welcome from Rainbow Auckland President: Richard BURT - Programme
                RNZCT Chairperson: Gresham BRADLEY
6:45pm    Eats / Network and mingle

Celebrate the year ahead and acknowledge our youth as they embark on further education. Members invite a guest (or a few) and guests are more than welcome to bring a friend (or three)! 

Members $20, non-members $30 (plus processing fees).
Tickets can now be purchased:

Pre-registration and payment are essential for planning purposes, as there are limited spaces.

RSVP cut-off deadline: Monday 3 February, 2020, 8pm or SOLD OUT prior as it awards the annual Tertiary Scholarships to LGBTQI+ youth, along with announcing their new Trustees.

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.

*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.
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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.
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