Tīwhanawhana 20 Years On

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A celebration of community through takatāpui, Māori, indigenous, LGBTI & the rainbow achievements of Tīwhanawhana

In 2001 the Takatāpui and LGBT community in Wellington came together to form a kapa haka rōpu as part of Team Wellington for the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney Australia. That group named itself Tīwhanawhana.

Tīwhanawhana today is the ongoing legacy of that kaupapa which, through political and cultural leadership, led to the present mission of building community, telling our stories and, leaving a legacy.

Join the celebrations as Tīwhanawhana shares 2 decades of inspiration through kōrero, photographs, memorabilia.

Nau mai! Haere mai!

Register here - Free event

Let Me Speak

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panel discussion of coming out stories for rainbow ethnic communities.

6.30pm - 8.30pm (upstairs hall)


Shamanic Sound Journey

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Sika is a multi-instrumentalist sound artist based in the South Island. He has been offering Sound Journeys internationally for over 25 years.

Sika will lead a guided visualisation which flows seamlessly into a live sound journey — featuring several didgeridoos, hoop drum, Taos drum, flutes, Taonga pūoro, shells, stones, leaves, voice and more.

Every journey is unique and everyone’s experience will be different. The primordial sound of the didgeridoo transports some people into ancient landscapes and ancestral stories. Some travel out into the cosmos and see powerful visions. Others experience emotional states or gain practical insights.

Advance tickets are online from
Eventfinda for $30.