Auckland May See Return of Gay Pride

Author: , February 15th, 2012

Auckland Gay Pride to Return?Prime Minister John Key has again signalled that a gay pride parade may return to the streets of Auckland, as he spoke to record crowds at the city’s Big Gay Out festival.

Speaking at the festival in Pt Chevalier’s Coyle Park Key said Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye had been working with Auckland mayor Len Brown on plans to bring a parade to Ponsonby Rd next year.

Key also said at last year’s Big Gay Out that there were plans afoot to get a parade back up and running.  A hero parade was last held in Auckland in 2001, before it was cancelled because of mounting debts.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Neil & Mike’s Place, Auckland, New Zealand

Author: , May 6th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Auckland, New Zealand Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Neil & Mike's Place, Auckland, New ZealandWelcome to our Gay Auckland Bed and Breakfast – we’re gay couple with a beautiful villa and lush garden in central Auckland New Zealand, in the suburb of Grey Lynn.

We welcome LGBT and gay friendly visitors to our comfortable Auckland B&B, and promise a warm and friendly stay.

Neil & Mike’s B&B is just twenty minutes on foot (or a short taxi ride) from Ponsonby Road and K Road, where you’ll find many of Auckland’s gay bars and clubs. Grey Lynn Park is just across the road from our Auckland accommodations, and we’re just five minutes from a range of bus routes, boutique shops, cafes, and other local amenities in Grey Lynn.

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New Zealand’s Big Gay Out Was the Largest Yet

Author: , February 17th, 2011

Auckland's Big Gay OutThe sun-drenched 2011 Big Gay Out is being lauded as the biggest and best yet by organisers Get It On! Initial police estimates during the day put the crowd number at 10,000, but attendees spoken to by Daily News yesterday believed the crowd seemed much larger than past years.

Elton Raharahara, a Get it On! spokesman agrees saying: “This year we had thousands more turn up to enjoy the entertainment and atmosphere of New Zealand’s biggest celebration of diverse sexualities and gender.”

Raharahara says it was a great opportunity to reach the rainbow communities with the Get it On! message. “1 in 20 of Auckland’s gay or bisexual men is living with HIV and it’s imperative that we can increase already the already outstanding numbers of men using condoms and lube so that we can decrease rates of HIV.”

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Auckland’s “Big Gay Out” Coming February 13th, Looking for Volunteers

Author: , January 29th, 2011

Big Gay Out, Auckland, New ZealandThousands of people fill Pt Chevalier’s Coyle Park every year for the day of entertainment, food, stalls and general revelry. This year Anika Moa will headline the entertainment, an attraction which is bound to pull in the crowds on February 13.

Get it On! Is still looking for volunteers, who a spokesperson says can expect a day as diverse and colourful as the crowds.

“The more volunteers we have, the more we can move people around so that they can experience: charming the gold out of punters as they walk in the gates, handing out condoms, staffing the Slip’n’Slide, distributing condoms, working the gaba/NZAF Hospitality Marquee and Information tent, promoting condoms, ensuring the dance beats are pumping steadily, rehydrating, feeding and applying sunblock to all the other volunteers, and making sure there are enough condoms so everyone can Get it On!”

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