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Welcome to the June edition of Rainbow Auckland's newsletter!
Keeping you informed about relevant LGBTQI+ business and community news,
plus what’s happening at Rainbow Auckland.

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“The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future” – Oscar Wilde
Update from the President

Brisk mornings and cold nights, It feels like we are in the South Island. I hope you all have been able to beat off any winter flus and colds.

Firstly, thank you to all who attended the AGM on the 5 June. It was fantastic to meet those who attended and I look forward to meeting the rest of you in the coming future.

Also a great acknowledgement to our anonymous member of Rainbow Auckland for their support by matching donations dollar-for-dollar for the month of June 2019. This came on the AGM night when discussions arose about Rainbow Auckland’s precarious financial situation. Thank you to all who have donated.
There is still four more days of donations that will be matched, if you would like to support us by donating, please click here!

A group of us from Rainbow Auckland went to RainbowYOUTH’s 30th Birthday Gala on 6 June. It was encouraging to see this event strongly supported by a wide variety of corporate businesses, groups, individuals to even our PM Jacinda Ardern along with Grant Robertson. Both spoke very well and made it clear where the Government is putting it’s support. I would like to thank RainbowYOUTH for a well-run and organised event.

On 5 July, myself and Koro Dickinson are attending a dinner at Government House in Wellington with the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy – our Governor-General of New Zealand. This dinner is bringing together representatives of New Zealand’s diverse communities. We both are looking forward to going and building connections that will benefit Rainbow Auckland going forward.

It is hard to of not seen recent media attention of certain individuals pushing their beliefs. Regardless of what we may or may not think of these individuals, I do believe we should be giving great credit to those who are taking stances against those who push others down. These individuals highlight, with their extreme beliefs, why it is important to have organisations like Rainbow Auckland offering a safe supportive network to the community creating dialogue. 

I'd like to offer up a challenge for our next mixer: bring someone with you that hasn't attended one before. Think of it as a way how we all can help sustain Rainbow Auckland — we have our own individual databases that we deal with on a daily basis. These are powerful networks we all have and can use to grow membership. I myself was introduced to Rainbow Auckland through my work colleague, Stewart Morgan. Literally him bungling me into the car before I had the chance to say yes or no and telling me we are off for a drink.

I look forward to seeing you all on 3 July. 

Ngā mihi,

Richard Burt
Staircase Bar
July Mixer – New Venue, Staircase Bar

Wednesday 3 July, from 5:30pm
Staircase Bar, 25 Cross Street, Auckland CBD

We have changed things up! The monthly Mixer for July has changed location. Our next Mixer will be held at Staircase Bar located at 25 Cross Street on 3 July from 5:30pm. We look forward to meeting you there and being able to get to know each other better.

We welcome new members; and encourage existing members to introduce themselves to our new members at the next Mixer — our organisation is sustained by its membership and it’s important each one of us feels welcome. 
All guests and those interested in joining Rainbow Auckland are always very welcome.
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We welcome those who wish to have a hands-on approach with the group, or those who have ideas and feed forward on how we can grow Rainbow Auckland into the future.
Social Media 

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