FREE Rainbow Sports


Proud Centres Rainbow Volleyball is a tournament dedicated to the LGBTQI+ community and friends.

Teams of four will be battling for the title of the next rainbow volleyball superstars.   

Spectators are welcome on the day! 

Saturday 9 February, 11am

Te Puke O Tara Community and Recration Centre

Teams: Team of 4 plus maximum 2 reserves

If you don’t have a team, you can register as an individual and we will make sure you are paired with some cool individuals.  

Spaces are limited so make sure you register and don’t miss out. 


Proud Centres Rainbow Table Tennis is a tournament dedicated to the LGBTQI+ community and friends.

Competitors will be battling for the title of the next rainbow table tennis superstars.   


Spectators are welcome on the day!       

Saturday 2 February, 9am

New Lynn Community Centre 

Spaces are limited so make sure you register and don’t miss out.  


Proud Centres Rainbow Badminton is a tournament dedicated to the LGBTQI+ community and friends.

Competitors will be battling for the title of the next rainbow badminton superstars.                 

Spectators are welcome on the day! 


Sunday 17 February, 1pm

Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre 

Spaces are limited so make sure you register and don’t miss out.  


FREE Performaces



Have you been glued to House of Drag? Do you have fabulous wigs and false nails? Could you give RuPaul a run for her money?   

We’re looking for the fiercest, most sparkling queens in the south to join us in celebrating drag culture and talent for the Auckland Pride Festival. 

Express yourself as we share what it means to be unapologetically drag in 21st century Auckland in an evening of unforgettable entertainment. 

Apply now to take part in a showcase of southside drag queen talent and creativity.

You will slay the runway with an amazing costume you have designed and made on the theme of Pride; do a star turn with your top talent; then duel it out in a fierce lip sync battle.  

There are fabulous prizes for the category winners – costume design, talent and lip sync – as well as a stunning prize pack and title for the overall winner, the Queen of the South.

Friday 15 February, 8pm

Te Puke o Tara Community Centre

Thanks to our fabulous friends at:
South Pacific Pictures, Sherwood, The Basement, Air New Zealand and WORLD!


Join us for two nights of laughs with your delightful and delicious hostess with the mostest Taro Patch. 

This is not your average game of Bingo and it’s guaranteed to be full of laughs and the inappropriate call here and there.   

Tuesday 5 February, 8pm 

Te Puke O Tara Community Centre  

Saturday 9 February, 8pm

New Lynn Community Centre 


Ellen Melville Centre and Unity Books present MIKA.

‘I Have Loved Me a Man – the Life and Times of Mika’ talk by book author Sharon Mazer and entertainer Mika.

With special performance by Mika

featuring flamboyant fashion by iconic NZ label Sabatini.

Saturday 16 February, 11am

Ellen Melville Centre, Helen Clark Room


From a 4 year old boy to a 57 year old woman. Julia Clement's one woman memoir tells the true story of the 53 years between her first questioning her gender identity and first stepping out of the closet and onto the stand-up comedy stage as herself. 

The show is sometimes funny and sometimes tragic without sacrificing truth as Julia tells the story of 10 years coming to full understanding followed by 40 years of struggling to find ways to avoid her own inner truth."  

Thursday 7 February, 8pm

Onehunga Community Centre


Samoan Queer Lives is a book featuring a collection of autobiographical pieces by fa`afafine, transgender, and queer people of Sāmoa, one of the original continuous indigenous queer cultures of Polynesia and the Pacific Islands. Fa`afafine have lived their culture for as long as Samoans in the South Pacific can remember – and although their lives were ridiculed and then outlawed by explorers, missionaries, and colonial authorities, fa`afafine survived and thrived. Samoan Queer Lives is a new book of fa`afafine autobiographical stories from the 1940s into the 21st century.


Shevon Matai who was part of a fa`afafine transgender house culture in a 1960s–1980s tailor shop called Hollywood in Apia, Sāmoa, and a sister shop called Beverly Hills in Pago Pago, American Sāmoa; Allan Alo, a gender liminal choreographer’s journey finding artistic voice and what it means to bea fa`afafine with a pe`a (customary Samoan tattoo for men); Isaako Si`uleo, a Samoan gay man and activist who lived in San Francisco and New York during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemics; Jean Melesaine, a butch lesbian photographer whose recent immigrant childhood included gang life, prison and self-discovery. 

The author–editors also provide a background on the history of the fa`afafine of Sāmoa with images from the 19th century, and the influence of fa`afafine on the founding of Gay Liberation since WWII. This is a book that appeals to all readers wanting books about cultures that were part of the origins of the Transgender and Gay movements; and about contemporary fa`afafine culture in the Sāmoa Islands and global diaspora, as told by renowned fa`afafine artists Yuki Kihara and Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Join co-author–editor Yuki Kihara for the Auckland launch of Samoan Queer Lives

Presented by Little Island Press as part of Same same but different

Tuesday 5 February, 5pm
Ellen Melville Centre
Freyberg Place

FREE Activations


Surrender your hands & trust us- it's going to be fantastic.  Glory Nails is the pop-up nail salon for everyone. As long as you have fingernails, we want to adorn them.

Wear your pride on your hands with Glory Nails.

Friday 1 February, 8pm - 9pm

Wesley Community Centre

Saturday 2 February, 8pm - 9pm

Freyberg Place

Friday 8 February, 8pm - 9pm

Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre 

Saturday 9 February, 8pm - 9pm

New Lynn Community Centre



Queer Scenes is a series of four free film screening aimed at bringing LGBTQI+ people together to see themselves on screen. 

From beloved classics to niche gems, it's a celebration of an array of queer identities, an ode to the power of cinema, and an acceleration of the gay agenda (we hope).


Friday 1 February, 9pm

Wesley Community Centre 

(weather dependent)


Saturday 2 of February, 9pm

Freyberg Place 

(weather dependent)


Friday 8 of February, 9pm

Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre


Saturday 9 of February, 9pm

New Lynn Community Centre


Everything and Everyone is a free eclectic market celebrating DIY arts, crafts, comics and self-publishing. Inspired by Auckland’s zinefest and kraftbomb events – with a particularly queer flavour. 

We aim to give rainbow creators a platform for their work, connecting them to members of the public, as well as fostering a community of artists and makers.

Come along and peruse the creations of local rainbow artists, treat yourself to items that celebrate our communities and identities, and find pride related gifts for your friends and family.  

Free bookbinding workshop 11:30am learn single section pamphlet sewing. A practical, hands- on demonstration. This is a great, useful, easy to learn skill, that you can add to your repertoire if you're into making zines, writing, poetry, journaling, self-publishing, feel like being creative or just want to have a go at something different.  

For more information, or to register as a vendor visit:

Saturday 16 February, 9pm to 1pm  

New Lynn Community Centre 


 BRKBND is a small creative collective who develop innovative, inclusive and accessible projects for LGBTQI+ people in Aotearoa New Zealand. They aim to uplift, empower, and cultivate diverse local LGBTIQ+ creative talent.

An 80s style Jazzercise class, led by our Queer & Trans Yoga instructor, Brigid Costello (Choreographer and movement director of the Pop-Up Globe). 

We're passionate about creating events for LGBTQI+ people to use their bodies, as often people within our communities struggle to access sports and fitness. A jazzercise class is a playful way to encourage our community to let loose, have a bit of fun, and get a bit sweaty!

80s dress would be encouraged - with spot prizes for best dressed! 

Sunday 17 February, 3.30pm

Ellen Melville Centre, Pioneer Women's Hall


Out Loud Aotearoa: The Exhibition is an event that seeks to continue the conversations around the failings and strengths of our current mental health and addiction system as it relates to queer and gender diverse communities. 

In mid-2018, the folks behind We Are Beneficiaries partnered with RainbowYOUTH to use art to bring the voices of queer and gender diverse communities to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Services.

In August 2018, the Out Loud Aotearoa report was released as a result of several month work on the project. It contained art detailing the experiences and wishes of over 80 people from the queer and gender diverse communities as well as a series of recommendations from the community about how the government could improve on the way that the mental health and addictions supports queer and gender diverse communities.

During the 2019 Auckland Pride Festival, We Are Beneficiaries and RainbowYOUTH are excited to explore the Out Loud conversation further through their upcoming event Out Loud Aotearoa: The Exhibition. 

The event, held at Studio One — Toi Tū, will bring some of the artworks and stories from the Out Loud project to life on a large scale. The exhibition will have an opening night centred around discussions of self-care, resilience, art & activism in our communities.

7 to 14 February , all day 

Studio One, Toi Tu 


This Valentine’s Day join Breaking Boundaries for a night of coffee, queers and the most wholesome entertainment known to humankind – board games.

Whether you like cards against humanity, or a classic game of chess. BRKBND’s Board GAYmes night has you covered. While we’ll provide plenty of games, feel free to bring your favourite along, especially if it’s something strange and obscure that no one really knows the rules to – we’d love to play with you!

We will also have delicious home-made snacks and drinks for sale, and an awesome raffle prize pack! 100% of koha from this event will be reinvested into Breaking Boundaries events and into sustaining us for the long-term. Cash only. No eftpos is available at BRKBND events.

Breaking Boundaries is a registered non-profit creative arts organisation which works to uplift, empower, and cultivate queer and trans creative talent. To find out more about what we do and why we do it, visit our website

Presented by Breaking Boundaries

Thursday 14 February, 7:30pm 

Ellen Melville Centre

FREE Talks and Workshops


A fun, interactive workshop with InsideOUT, funded by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, for students and staff wanting to make changes in their schools to celebrate our rainbow diversity, and end homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. 

We’ll share our tips on starting and sustaining a rainbow diversity group or queer straight alliance, and look at key initiatives and events your school can take part in throughout the year, like Pink Shirt Day, an annual bullying prevention campaign.

Saturday 9 February, 2.30pm

New Lynn Community Centre



Contemporary Feminism and Rainbow Communities | TALKS #1 | Nathan Homestead | Sunday February 3, 7 PM

As Part of the Proud Centres initiative during Auckland Pride Festival, join us for TALKS #1 focusing on the role of contemporary feminism in our rainbow communities.

With panelists Louisa Wall MP, Dr Jaimie Veale and Aych McArdle, this is a chance for community members to listen to some of Aotearoa's fiercest queer minds kōrero about the issues affecting our communities today.

#ourpride #aklpride

Sunday 3 February, 7pm

Nathan Homestead


Police, Pride & Parades: Social Change & the State | TALKS #2 | Te Atatū Peninsula | Sunday February 17, 7 PM

As Part of the Proud Centres initiative during Auckland Pride Festival, join us for TALKS #2 exploring social change and the state, specifically pertaining to Police, Pride and parades.

Chaired by Jeremy Hansen, with panelists to be announced, this is a chance for community members to listen to some of Aotearoa's fiercest queer minds kōrero about the issues affecting our communities today.

#ourpride #aklpride

Sunday 17 February, 7pm 

Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre


About Us


For the first time in the Festival's six-year run, Auckland Council’s arts and community centres are taking part in the festivities to help spread Pride across Auckland.   

Region wide our Community Centres  will all be decorated for the Festival and feature a range of free activations, performances and workshops.

Register for one of Proud Centres activities

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