Other local groups

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Tīwhanawhana is a takatāpui community group based in Wellington that welcomes people of diverse sexualities and gender identity.
Māori are the indigenous people of Aōtearoa New Zealand. Takatāpui, in modern terminology is a Māori individual that identifies as Queer, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans.
Website here.

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Wellington Time Bank
Time is our currency. Our members swap skills and knowledge for credits. We trade these credits for services in our community.Our Timebank is a great place to meet people and get help with things you can’t do. You can also learn new skills and share your talents with people. Everyone’s time is valued equally, regardless of what skills are exchanged.[website]

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Socialist Aotearoa
Socialist Aotearoa is an activist organisation of anti-capitalist workers and students. We are involved in the union movement as activists, delegates, and organisers. We support the Aotearoa is Not for Sale coalition against privatisation. We work with Global Peace and Justice Auckland against imperialism and war. We are part of the MANA Movement. Our members are involved in the student movement, environmental action, anti-austerity and human rights campaigns. We support people fighting imperialism from Palestine to West Papua. We support Tino Rangatiratanga and oppose all forms of oppression such as racism, sexism and homophobia.
We believe that struggles for justice and liberation should be guided by an anti-capitalist vision of the future. We fight for socialism from below. Get involved.
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Trans* Body Reclamation Project
TBRP organises, launches and/or supports various events and groups, which are geared towards healthy, self loving relationships with our bodies, having equitable, satisfying relationships with those we are close to, and and making room for ourselves in our wider communities.
Its a bit like a central hub with different groups and projects revolving round it, sharing resources and space.
[blog]

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The Freedom Shop
The Freedom Shop is a not-for-profit anarchist bookshop and info-centre. Our aim is to spread radical information and support DIY anarchist culture. The shop is run by a collective of volunteers who are dedicated to non-hierarchical consensus-based decision-making. We are fighting for a world free of oppression and coercion. We believe in acting in a manner consistent with our ideals. Therefore, the collective and the shop must be free of domination and discrimination, including (but not limited to) racism, sexism, homophobia, physical violence and harassment of any kind.

We agree with the hallmarks of People’s Global Action:
  1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism: all trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive globalisation.
  2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination, including (but not limited to) patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.
  3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.
  4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements’ struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximise respect for life and oppressed peoples’ rights, as well as the construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.
  5. An organised philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.

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Queer Avengers
We are a group fighting all forms of queerphobia, in Wellington and further afield. We grew out of the Queer the Night march and are (or will be) campaigning on issues relating to queer youth in schools, gender diversity and queer seniors.
We meet every Thursday – watch our wall for details – and we like rainbow balaclavas and unicorns. Everyone is welcome to come along and check out our meetings.
Here is our current kaupapa:
We are an activist group. We know, we have seen, and we have experienced the hurt and the loss caused by homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We are motivated by sadness, by anger and by love. We refuse to rely on the broken logic of this broken system to fight against it. We value collective action in the fight against injustice and the creation of societal change.
We stand in solidarity with those fighting other forms of oppression. We acknowledge that there are many amongst us who are oppressed in multiple ways, and we value our diversity. We fight against the pigeonholes we have been squeezed into; we fight for the freedom to define ourselves or not as we choose.
We are not just fighting for physical safety and legal equality. We are fighting for liberation, for empowerment, for visibility and respect of us as we are, as we may be, as we want to be. Our identities are positive, not some misfortune to be tolerated.
We are an activist group, but we are more than an activist group. We aim to create a sense of community in our meetings, our events and our networks. We seek to create a space that is positive and supportive, that enables a sense of connectedness and belonging.

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Shakti
Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation specialised in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. We are a specialist provider of culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Over the years, the support group has grown from the confines of one tiny room to a national umbrella organisation with 7 member organisations in Central, West and South Auckland, Central North Island and South Island.
This website has information on how we can help if you or someone you know is in a situation of domestic violence. We encourage you to reach out to us if you are living a life of fear and violence or if you are unsure that you are affected by domestic violence.
Click here to learn about our Mission, Vision, Values and our Funders.
Website here
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Community Orchard Island Bay Berhampore
We’re a Community Trust who’ve recently established an orchard where anyone can come along and pick and enjoy fresh, organic, wholesome fruit.  The Orchard has now got over 50 trees, with a mixture of apples, pears, peaches, plums and feijoas.  Have a look here for more on the trees.  Enjoy the website and if you get the chance go along and enjoy the Orchard
[Blog]
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Rebel Press
We are a small anarchist publishing collective based in Aotearoa / New Zealand. We’ve been working away busily since 2006 to meet the needs of producing anarchist and radical literature down here in this corner of the world. Our intention is to encourage the publication of quality anarchist material written in Aotearoa and the wider South Pacific, as well as republishing and making accessible anarchist writing from the world over.
We’re not your normal publisher. We work voluntarily, are non-profit, sell our books at cost, and cover every stage of the production process — from proofing, design, printing, binding and finishing — all in a humble office and with the aid of a few much loved machines.
Against copyright. The 19th Century anarchist PJ Proudhon famously decreed “property is theft!” We struggle for the socialisation of all forms of productive property — including knowledge — and a world without exploitation and wage slavery. While we have little choice under capitalism but to recover costs involved in making books, we do our best to make the contents of these books freely available online as downloadable PDFs.
Everything published by Rebel Press is anti-copyright; we encourage you to read, print and distribute what you like!
[website]
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New Zealand Prostitutes Collective

The New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective advocates for the human rights, health and well-being of all sex workers. The New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective is committed to working for the empowerment of sex workers, so that sex workers may have control over all aspects of their work and lives.

Values of NZPC

NZPC recognises that sex work is work. NZPC recognises that sex workers should not experience discrimination and stigma due to their work. NZPC recognises the centrality of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. NZPC recognises that sex workers are experts in their own lives.

NZPC creates an environment that enables sex workers to remain anonymous when they access services provided by the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective.  NZPC is committed to working for the empowerment of all sex workers, and must involve sex workers in all parts of the organisation.

In striving to promote these values, NZPC seeks to complete the following objectives:

  • To involve sex workers in all functions of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective.
  • To access sex workers to ensure they have appropriate information to help them make informed decisions that will enhance their occupational safety and health.
  • To support sex workers to access services of relevance to their occupational safety and health.
  • To provide information, and support to sex workers that enables them to work safely and in supportive, safe environments.
  • To overcome barriers that impact negatively on the rights, health, and well being of sex workers.
  • To assist sex workers to find strategies to overcome situations that are detrimental to their occupational safety and health.
  • To provide balanced advice to people considering sex work, and to people who have recently entered sex work.
  • To liase with government and non-government agencies that engage with sex workers, and to assist these agencies to do so in an effective, culturally appropriate, way.
  • To liaise with government and non-government agencies on issues related to sex work that will result in better conditions for sex workers.
  • To provide support to people under the age of 18 who are involved in sex work to ensure that they have a variety of options, are able to make informed decisions about these options, and that these options include the ability to leave sex work.
  • To provide operators of brothels with advice that explains their obligations to those sex workers who are working from their venues.

NZPC is an organisation comprising past and present sex workers and our allies. NZPC advocates for the human rights, health and well-being of all sex workers. NZPC is committed to working for the empowerment of sex workers, so that sex workers may have control over all aspects of their work and lives. (Check out Our Objectives for more information.)

We do many different things for sex workers, which are designed to support sex workers in making informed choices.

[website]

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Innermost Gardens
Come out and get involved in our community garden.  Whether your passion is growing food, community development, sustainability, education and leadership, Permaculture design, yoga, food, ecological restoration or wellness, we’ve got what you may be looking for to get your taste buds active, your mind intrigued or your hands dirty.
[website]
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International Socialist Organisation
The International Socialist Organisation is a group of revolutionaries in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We are active in campaigns, protests, on campuses, and in the trade unions. We are part of the Mana movement.
[website]
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Tapu Te Ranga Marae
Tapu Te Ranga Marae is a living Marae it is the home of Hirini (Bruce Stewart) and his family- shared with peoples of all races all creeds. He bought the Whenua to set her free’. Tikanga (principals) of Kaitiaki (caretaker protector nurturer) govern the Marae.
Started 1974, Bruce worked with unemployed Maori youth- some were sleeping out’- mostly unskilled. They salvaged native timbers- usually ‘balled’ and ‘crunched- restored, shaped by their hands- ‘they who build the house are built by the house.’ For almost four decades they’ve persevered- It’s back from the brink of extinction- their deep need for Turangawaewae (standing place) without it they have no place to stand. Making impossible come true. Testament of Maori youth with many local people -special mention Sir Michael Fowler and Sisters from Home of Compassion.
A by product: The Worlds largest- tallest- greenest- fully wooden house on wooden piles- built of recycled materials. Eleven levels- 38,000 sq feet- 131 foot high.
She is a strong social, artistic, cultural and environmental statement. Living Maori in today’s world. From The Four Winds- thousands visit our Marae- she is listed as a heritage site. There’s also an historic site. Wellington New Zealand.
The Marae is set in 50 acres. Most of it has been planted with native trees – sourced from remnants of the original forest – 100,000 trees have been planted. Native birds are slowly returning. Manawa Karioi – good people from the local community-manage the reforestation. ‘If everyone had a place to practice their Kaitiakitanga (stewardship) locally-we’d save ourselves from extinction.’
Website here
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Wellington Trans* and Intersex
A social network group for intersex and trans* identified folks in Wellington, New Zealand. Feel free to invite others in the area who may be interested. Anyone who is intersex or trans identified can join in . It might even be nice to help us arrange the occasional impromptu coffee or tea outing. : )
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Community Law Wellington
Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley provides community legal services to meet unmet legal needs. At drop-in free legal advice sessions, we provide you with initial legal information and advice. In special circumstances, we may take you on as an ongoing client. We are also committed to informing and educating our community about legal rights and responsibilities. To do this, we produce a range of plain-English legal publications and provide legal education on different topics and in different formats. We also provide Restorative Justice services throughout the Wellington region.
Vision: Those with the least have the same or better access to justice as those with the most
Purpose: Comprehensive solutions that empower individuals, whānau and the community as a whole
Values:An inspiring work environment which enables meaningful, fulfilling work
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Kai O Te Aro
Kai O Te Aro is a community garden group in Aro Valley, Wellington, New Zealand. We have three sites in Aro Valley, one called “The Secret Garden”, another “The Steps” and the third, “The Orchard”. Any keen gardeners (or budding gardeners) can come along to join us on the first and third Sunday of the month at 10 o’clock outside the Aro Valley Community Centre.
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Social Fruits
Social Fruits, Wellington’s 18+ Queer Social Group will post all related dinner/coffee dates and other activities here. We meet sporadically, hopefully soon to be regularly. Dates and times are posted on the event page. This is for all you lovely people out there who want to meet other queer folks outside of a bar. Feel free to invite people to the group who you think might be interested! If you have any questions you can contact us via:
PM Kabel Manga or Ellen Aiken Email socialfruits.wellington@gmail.com
This group is currently aimed at the 18 to late 20s age range.

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Femme Club Wellington
Femme is defiance.
Femme ignores the male gaze & tells patriarchy to fuck off.
Femme is a refusal of the pressure to be thinner, whiter, pimple-free, wrinkle-free, smaller, quieter.
Femme says that we’ll take the short skirts but you can keep the catcalls to yourself.
Femme is certainly queer, but it doesn’t tell you who you should love or who you should make out with.
Femme is not the opposite of butch.
Femme is open to everyone of all genders and sexes. Not all women are femmes, and not all femmes are women.
Femme is about pleasure, not about suffering.
Femme is about healing.
Femme is about taking the time to be present with the body, to make time to care for your self.
Femme is about subjecthood, not objectification.
Femme is about self-making, about magic.
Femme is a little bit of a mess.
Femmes don’t give a shit if you can tell they didn’t wake up looking like that, if their hair colour isn’t natural, if they have a run in their stockings.
Femme is about politics, about power, about play.
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Schools Out
School’s Out supports queer* and trans* youth in the Wellington region.
We provide advocacy, mentoring, and safe spaces to meet like-minded people.
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Te Rito Wellington
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Wellington Ending Abuse And Violence
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The VBC student radio

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Wellington Rape Crisis
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Fightback Aotearoa
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TranzForm Wellington

Trans* Library
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National Gender Minorities Organisation of Aotearoa – information and advocacy

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 NZ – national Facebook support group

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

OUTline – phone or in person counselling

Gay Wellington – resources and info

Lesbian Wellington – info on local events and groups

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