News | 9 September 2022

Friday Five: Fabulous ways to celebrate Pride in Wellington

Pride festivities were postponed in Pōneke earlier this year due to COVID, but now it’s time to come out and celebrate our queer community with awesome events and activities for the Wellington Pride Festival. Check out what you can do to celebrate Pride!

Flags in the lagoon.

1. Let your Pride flag fly on the Waterfront

The days are getting warmer and brighter, so it’s the perfect time to take the whānau for a stroll along the waterfront to see the Pride flags at Whairepo Lagoon. 

2. Join the fabulous Carmen virtual walk tour

Walk Tours NZ are hosting a free 90-minute virtual community walk that traces Carmen’s Wellington years (1967-1980). You’ll visit some of the remaining inner city business locations Carmen used to frequent and imagine some that are no longer here, such as Carmen’s International Coffee Lounge and Carmen’s Bazaar.

The virtual tour will run from 1pm-2pm on Sunday 11 September. You can check out the livestream on Youtube or get more information on the Wellington Pride Festival website.

Wide angle image of rainbow markings on Dixon Street at pedestrian crossing section

3. Pride in Identity workshop

Join Wellington Pride Festival Board members in a 90 minute wānanga to explore ideas about what the festival means, where their kaupapa comes from and possibilities for the future of Pride.

This 90 minute workshop will use co-design principles to better understand what our roles are in creating meaningful change for aspirational rainbow futures. It runs from 2pm-3.30pm on Sunday 11 September, and registrations open on Friday 9 September. Check out the Wellington Pride Festival website for more information.

4. Out of the ashes: Celebrating queer histories

Head along to the National Library to learn about the queer people who came before us, celebrate queer resistance and mark major queer anniversaries that show how far we’ve come. This session is hosted by The Lesbian & Gay Archives of New Zealand Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa. 

This event is in person or online, and runs between 5.30pm-8pm on Thursday 15 September. Check out the Wellington Pride Festival website or the Facebook event.

5. Support a charity

Even if you can’t make it to an event, you can celebrate Pride by supporting a Queer Charity. There are many wonderful options, but why not check out OutLine Aotearoa, Gender Minorities Aotearoa and Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand.  

Watch out each Friday for a fun list of five great activities to do, places to explore, or things to discover in our awesome city.