Temporary Emergency Accommodation for Transgender People

The TEA Project is a Temporary Emergency Accommodation programme for transgender people, which is run and administered by Gender Minorities Aotearoa, since 2013. It is for short term emergency accommodation only.

Please note: this programme was closed in August 2019 due to loss of venue. If you need support with housing, please contact Gender Minorities Aotearoa, or join it’s Rainbow Housing Network here.

Who can apply to the TEA Project

Gender Minorities such as whakawahine, tāhine, transgender people, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, intersex people, etc.

How to apply to The TEA Project

Contact Gender Minorities Aotearoa they will talk through your situation with you and discuss your options, and give you information to support finding a more permanent solution.

They will then need to check with The 128 Collective, and if you are approved, you can stay for up to 4 weeks. These may be possibility top stay for up to 8 weeks under special circumstances, with the consent of The 128 Collective.

You will be required to read 128’s Kaupapa and Safer Spaces policy and abide by these (which includes 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 transgender

Cis women’s shelter here.
Cis men’s shelter here.
(these are also accessible to some trans people in some cases)

Other links

Soup Kitchen – free meals.
Gender Minorities Aotearoa – national all ages transgender-led organisation.
NZPC: Sex Workers’ Collective – unofficially the 2nd biggest transgender org in Aotearoa (sex workers only).
OUTline – phone or in person counseling.
TranzForm – trans youth support.
Evolve – youth health and support service.
Schools Out – sexuality and gender minority youth support.
Wellington Trans and Intersex – local Facebook support group.
Transgender and Intersex NZ – national Facebook support group run by GMA.
Gay Wellington – resources and info .
Lesbian Wellington – info on local events and groups.
Tiwhanawhana – Māori culture group for takatāpui.

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