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Category Archives: Women’s Issues

Support Group for Women to Talk about Same Sex Attraction; Auckland


Would you like a supportive women’s space to talk about same sex attraction?

This group is participant directed, a space to explore topics like:

  • What does same sex attraction mean to you?
  • Identity labels…e.g.  Bi, Queer, Lesbian, Dyke
  • Stereotypes and gender stereotypes
  • Being in an opposite sex relationship and having same sex attraction
  • Finding community and dating
  • Being out in society
  • If you want to come out, how to tell family, friends, work colleagues
  • Relationships with women
  • You, your children and a new relationship

This six-week group is facilitated by Cissy Rock and Ellie Lim.  Cissy is a prominent contributor to the Auckland Lesbian scene creating events and support groups.  She enjoys getting alongside people and sharing her experience as a mother, feminist, lesbian, friend and partner.  Ellie works for the Auckland Women’s Centre and has had extensive involvement with rainbow organisations.  She is passionate about enabling women to live the lives they dream of living.

Comments from previous participants:  (I enjoyed) “Being able to connect with people and talk to people who were experiencing similar things to me.  Having experienced people to help us and cheer us on.”  “Really enjoyed (it) and appreciated the professional delivery. Thanks! :-)”

Date: Tuesdays 7 July – 11 August, 2015
Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm
Venue: Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn
Cost: FREE
Contact: Ellie on 376 3227 ext 1 or email her on womensservices@womenz.org.nz
Come along, ask questions, share, this is a safe, non-judgemental environment. (6 weeks)

Skylight 2015 PD Workshop Series

Skylight is excited about the topics they are offering through the 2015 PD workshop series –and they hope you will be too!

Below is the flyer for the first workshop “Conflict in families” being run in their training room on March 11th from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Flyer: TA – Conflict in families

LOCATION: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Wellington
COST: $80.00 Includes morning tea and handouts
EMAIL: pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or phone 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767 for all queries

To register, go to the online registration site and create a login, then book the workshop/s you are interested in attending.


Also, if you are willing to forward this information to your wider networks and/or put the flyer on a notice board or in a newsletter, it would be appreciated.

Contact: Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.org.nz

Engage Facebook Highlights

Here are a half a dozen recent highlights from our Facebook page. Please LIKE US!

Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It’s delicious. Superb animated film about addiction.

Writing from the Toi Ora Creative Writers in the ArtWeek zine
Toi Ora writers make a splash: writing from Matthew Savage, Liz Higgins, Andrew Holdaway and more.

Nine Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try
Your child turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” A discussion

Public lecture by Professor Rosalind Gill: Sexting, sexualisation and sexism
Modern youth sexuality, sexting and the sexy selfie. 27 November 2014, 6pm.

Finding the Treatment Options that Suck Less
The Crazymeds Manifesto: to help you find treatment options that suck less.

Worst Things to Say to a Person With Bipolar Disorder
When your friend or loved one has bipolar disorder, here are the worst things you can tell them.

New Poetry Book Charts Trauma Recovery Journey

Engage Aotearoa’s service director can most often be found sharing other people’s recovery stories and experiences. But in her spare time she is a poet, and writing under her maiden name, Miriam Barr, she recently had her first major collection of poetry published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa, one of New Zealand’s leading publishers of home-grown poetry.

Bullet-hole-riddle-FRONTcoverThe book features cover art by Elke Finkenauer and interior art from Andrew Blythe‘s untitled ‘No’ series. The back-cover reads, “Bullet Hole Riddle is a three-part narrative sequence charting one person’s journey to make sense of an unwanted history. Framing personal experience as a series of collective acts, Miriam Barr’s first major collection of poetry tells a story about the human psyche and the spaces between us.”

Those familiar with Engage Aotearoa will know what Miriam means when she comments on the Engage Facebook page, “I guess this [Bullet Hole Riddle] is kinda like my Butterfly Diaries story in a way. In poetry form.”

An Auckland Women’s Centre article by Sabrina Muck goes on to say, “Tied into the overall message of the book, it is worth noting its dedication, which tells us this is for the untold stories. Speaking with Miriam in the week following the announcement of the Roastbusters outcome, she felt this was particularly relevant in light of the young women’s experiences in that case, and the voices of too many survivors which continue to go unheard. Steele Roberts is to be commended for supporting this book on its journey and bringing Miriam’s voice into the public sphere.”

The CMHRT Board of Trustees and the volunteer team at Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Miriam for her poetic achievement and wish her all the best for Bullet Hole Riddle’s journey into the world.

Bullet Hole Riddle can be ordered online at www.steeleroberts.co.nz or from your local bookseller. Copies are available to borrow at Auckland City Libraries and the Auckland Women’s Centre Library. Check out reader reviews and share your own at GoodReads.com. Find out more about the book at www.miriambarr.com/bulletholeriddle.

Exhibition at Studio One Toi Tu explores Mindfulness | Auckland 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2014

A new exhibition opens this week on Ponsonby Road with relevance to mental well-being and creative thinking.

Opens Wednesday 26 November, 5-7 PM

Studio One Toi Tu (Formerly Art Station)
1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Exhibition runs until December 18th.

To quote the artists’ statement: “The concept of Mindfulness, which is rooted in Buddhism, is the cornerstone of this exhibition by photographic artist Faye Norman and poet Miriam Barr. In contemporary society Mindfulness has been expanded into psychotherapy, and as an everyday tool for people to apply to deal with issues such as stress. Now presents works that are the result of collaborative investigations by the two artists involving the integration of mindfulness and creative process.”


Gallery Opening Hours :

Mon – Thu 9am – 7pm
Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 4pm
Sun Closed

Gallery Contact:

09 376 3221

Keep on Keeping On: Carnival for a Cause | Auckland 7 Dec 2014

Third Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Carnival

  • Date: 7 December
  • Time: 13:00–16:00
  • Place: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland

Keep on Keeping On is the annual festival where we all come together to have fun in the sun at the same time as we learn about suicide prevention, who we can all turn to in our time of need or how to talk about a loved one at risk. 

This year’s event features carnival rides and games, FREE Santa photos, a market filled with local groups and organizations who work hard to make our community a great place to be, and also lots of local organizations that are here to help us if we are feeling a bit confused or down or just need a good old chin wag.

This year the event is welcoming back YOUTHLINE, and the WALSH TRUST and joined by groups like MAN ALIVE, ADHB SEXUAL HEALTH, CASPER and many many more, in the hope of letting people know exactly who they can turn to if they are in need. 

Find more info on the Facebook Event page

Toi Ora proudly presents ETHEREAL

Visit and view the highly recommended Ethereal exhibition at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust.

It runs until the 3rd of October at Toi Ora, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn. Phone 09 360 4171.

ETHEREAL: art of different worlds with Tricia Hall, Christine Mansford, Haleigh Newth, and Louise Williams.

Toi Ora’s latest exhibition brings together four women artists who explore the ideas of other worlds that lie beneath the surface of this one.

Each artist in their preferred medium seeks out the strange, the other, the intriguing, and the macabre.

From the artists: “Whether using photography, paint, printmaking or pastel, we are drawing attention to the inner landscapes of the imaginary, the fantastical, the whimsical, and the wonder of seeing the world through different eyes. We are creating the potential for the many layers of stories that are possible if we only take the time to explore them.”

More on the Toi Ora Website.


Receiving Love Course, Auckland, Starts 3 June 2014

  • Every Second Tuesday, 7-10 pm
  • From 3 June 2014 – 4 November 2014
  • At Rest Counselling, 18 Franklin Rd, Ponsonby

REST Counselling are running a Receiving Love course. Designed for couples and individuals, this course will help you learn to become more open in your relationships and increase your capacity to give and receive love.  Based on the work of Harville Hendrix, author of the top selling relationship book of all time, this book looks specifically at issues that block us from receiving love and connection in our relationships.

Suitable for couples and individuals – receiving love is a journey focused on how you connect. The course involves a balanced mix of theory and practical exercise both in the group and in the fortnight between sessions.  The course runs fortnightly for 12 sessions over 24 weeks, starting on the 3rd June.  The cost is $80 per session or $60 for students or CSC holders.  Couples are $120 or $100 for CSC holders.

Receiving Love is an invitation into the journey of conscious relationship expect support, connection and change.  Run by Steven Dromgool an Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist with 15 years experience working with couples and individuals and running both couples and individuals groups.  Steven is passionate and positive about creating conscious connections.  Please feel free tocontact him if you have more questions.

Click here for tickets.


Pacific Women’s Watch Survey

Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) is conducting a nation wide survey on the theme and title “How are we doing”  as women and young girls in New Zealand. This survey is part of the five yearly review of New Zealand’s  implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action, due this year 2014. There’s more information about the  Beijing Platform online.

Click here for the Questionnaire and information on the Critical Areas of Concern.



Feel Good for Free – become a Future Leaders mentor today!

YWCA Auckland is consistently changing lives with the Future Leaders mentoring programme, and they need your help so that they can keep running it so successfully! YWCA Auckland are on the lookout for women to become mentors to their 2014 students now.

Future Leaders is a life changing programme where 14-18 year old Auckland girls from decile 1-4 schools are paired with a female mentor who helps to develop their leadership skills and resilience. Mentors play a huge role in the lives of these young women, and gain just as much out of the programme as the girls they mentor.  As a mentor, you have a direct effect on your community and what you learn from the young women you are teaching is more valuable than you can imagine.

Mentors receive training and support, with a training happening on 1 March, and know they always have the backing of YWCA Auckland. Become a mentor today, contact Marnie McManus on 09 370 0113 or marnie@akywca.org.nz