Need a place to stay?

The TEA Project (Temporary Emergency Accommodation)

The TEA Project is a Temporary Emergency Accommodation programme, which is run and administered by Gender Minorities Aotearoa. It is for short term emergency accommodation only.

Who can apply to the TEA Project?

Gender Minorities such as whakawahine, taahine, transgender people, intersex people, etc.
There are existing homeless shelters for cis men and cis women, but no shelter exists for trans women, trans men, intersex people, or other gender minorities.

If you want to apply to The TEA Project

Contact Ahi on, they will talk through your situation with you and discuss your options, and give you information to support finding a more permanent solution. Ahi will then need to check with all current caretakers of 128, and if there is space for you and you are approved, you can stay for up to 4 weeks.
You’ll need to read 128’s Kaupapa and Safer Spaces policy, and live at 128 as anyone else – no drinking at 128, no smoking inside, no meat in the kitchen, cleaning up and helping out.

If you don’t meet this criteria, you can’t sleep at 128.

If you are not trans, intersex, or a gender minority, and you need emergency shelter, please try the following links:

Cis women’s shelter here.

Cis men’s shelter here.

Soup Kitchen for free meals here.


Other resources and local organisations which might be useful for Sexuality and Gender Minority people experiencing difficult circumstances in Wellington:

National Gender Minorities Organisation of Aotearoa – information and advocacy

OUTline – phone or in person counselling

TranzForm – trans youth support

Evolve – youth health and support service

Schools Out – sexuality and gender minority youth support

NZPC: Sex Workers’ Collective – unofficially the biggest transgender org in Aotearoa (sex workers only)

Wellington trans* and intersex – local Facebook support group

Transgender and Intersex NZ – national Facebook support group

Gay Wellington – resources and info

Lesbian Wellington – info on local events and groups

Tiwhanawhana – Maori culture group for takataapui

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