VIDEO: Tamati Coffey turns on Auckland for gay pride

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For the first time ever, four locations across Auckland City were lit up with all the colours of the rainbow tonight in the lead up to the biggest LGBTIQ celebration event of the year; Auckland Pride Parade, Saturday 22nd February at 7PM.

Switched on by well-known gay personality Tamati Coffey and key Auckland dignitaries at 9PM; the Auckland Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the gantry at Silo Park and the Cloud created a multi-coloured skyline like no other in support of the 2nd Auckland Pride Festival (6-23 February).

Rachael Carroll, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development – General Manager Destination and Marketing says: “This year’s Pride festival is bigger and brighter than ever before. Events like this are key to building our reputation as a vibrant events city, and demonstrating that Auckland is truly a place where the show never stops.”

“MP Maurice Williamson was right,” says Auckland Pride Festival Director Julian Cook. “An enormous big gay rainbow is forming across Auckland. It’s a sign that we are living in one of the most diverse, inclusive, gay-friendly and fun cities in the world. Happy Auckland Pride!”

Tamati Coffey was joined at the Auckland War Memorial Museum by 20 year old, fa’afafine performer Jaycee Tanuvasa as well as MP Louisa Wall helping to shine a spotlight on transgender rights here in New Zealand.

Unitec, Auckland Pride Festival’s principal sponsor, has announced its first scholarships for trans* tertiary students within this year’s festival. The first tertiary institution to do so here in New Zealand.

Auckland City will be wearing its colours with PRIDE as the festival moves into its second and final week. Highlights during this time include; The Great Auckland Pride Debate held at Auckland War Memorial Museum (18 Feb), Silo Cinema “Some Like It Hot” at Silo Park (21 Feb), the exhibition Anatomy is not Destiny focusing on the roles that fashion and art play in the building of our modern-day Queer ID (19 23 Feb), the 18th Heroic Gardens (22 & 23 Feb), the hit cabaret show Songs for Guy at TAPAC (19-21 Feb), Australian comedian Pam Ann who plays Aotea Centre (21 Feb), and the official closing party of the festival PROUD at Victoria Park Market (22 Feb).

Sky Tower lights up to celebrate Auckland Pride Festival

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Auckland’s skyline will soon glow the colours of the rainbow, with the Sky Tower lit up to celebrate Auckland Pride Festival from Monday 17 February to Sunday 23 February.

SKYCITY Auckland will illuminate the Sky Tower with a swirling rainbow effect and celebrity Tamati Coffey will turn the lights on from Auckland Domain at 9pm to synchronise with three other locations across Auckland.

The Sky Tower is the southern hemisphere’s tallest man-made structure, and has become a recognisable part of Auckland’s cityscape.

SKYCITY lights the Sky Tower to show support for a number of organisations and special events.

SKYCITY often lights the Tower for charities or community initiatives that we support financially, or to mark national holidays, milestones or other celebrations.

The Great Auckland Pride Debate is today!

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Photo: Auckland Museum

 

The Great Auckland Pride Debate is back, bigger and brighter for Pride 2014.

After a sell-out event last year at Galatos the Pride Debate returns in 2014 and moves to the much larger venue of the Auckland Museum for Tuesday 18th February.

Once again it is Team Nikki vs Team Jacinda as they debate the moot, “Gays do it Better!”

In 2014 Team Nikki will argue the affirmative.

Team Nikki consists of National MPs the Hon Nikki Kaye and the Hon Maurice Williamson, and SPY about town Ricardo Simich.Team Jacinda consists of Labour MP Jacinda Ardern and comedians Urzila Carlson and Jeremy Elwood.

Maintaining some semblance of order will be adjudicator and broadcasting legend, Pam Corkery.

The judging panel consists of the fabulous Buckwheat and community stalwarts, Women’s Book Shop owner Carole Beu and Paul Heard of Urge Bar fame.

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Hosting the event for the first time is the Auckland Museum and they couldn’t be happier, “Auckland Museum is here for all the people of Auckland. We are delighted to be making our roof-top Event Centre available as the venue for The Great Auckland Pride Debate as part of The Pride Festival in 2014. The festival is a celebration of Auckland’s diversity; in response we are once again lighting up the Museum in the colours of the rainbow.” says Director Roy Clare.

All profits from the 2014 Great Auckland Pride Debate will be donated to Outline -www.outline.org.nz

This event will sell out so book your tickets without delay.

When: Tuesday 18 February, 7pm for an 8pm start.

Where: Auckland Museum Event Centre

Tickets: Book online at www.aucklandmuseum.com, at Museum ticket desks, by calling +64 9 306 7048, or email bookings@aucklandmuseum.com. A booking fee of $3 applies to each transaction.

$30 or $25 for students with a valid ID and concession holders.

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Auckland turned on by gay pride

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For the first time ever, four locations across Auckland City will be lit up with all the colours of the rainbow this Monday 17th February in the lead up to the biggest LGBTIQ celebration event of the year; Auckland Pride Parade, Saturday 22nd February at 7PM.

Switched on by well-known gay personality Tamati Coffey and key Auckland dignitaries at 9PM; the Auckland Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the gantry at Silo Park and the Cloud will be creating a multi-coloured skyline like no other in support of the 2nd Auckland Pride Festival (6-23 February).

Rachael Carroll, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development – General Manager Destination and Marketing says: “This year’s Pride festival is bigger and brighter than ever before. Events like this are key to building our reputation as a vibrant events city, and demonstrating that Auckland is truly a place where the show never stops.”

“MP Maurice Williamson was right,” says Auckland Pride Festival Director Julian Cook. “An enormous big gay rainbow is forming across Auckland. It’s a sign that we are living in one of the most diverse, inclusive, gay-friendly and fun cities in the world. Happy Auckland Pride!”

Tamati Coffey will be joined at the Auckland War Memorial Museum by 20 year old, fa’afafine performer Jaycee Tanuvasa as well as MP Louisa Wall helping to shine a spotlight on transgender rights here in New Zealand.

Unitec, Auckland Pride Festival’s principal sponsor, has announced its first scholarships for trans* tertiary students within this year’s festival. The first tertiary institution to do so here in New Zealand.

Auckland City will be wearing its colours with PRIDE as the festival moves into its second and final week. Highlights during this time include; The Great Auckland Pride Debate held at Auckland War Memorial Museum (18 Feb), Silo Cinema “Some Like It Hot” at Silo Park (21 Feb), the exhibition Anatomy is not Destiny focusing on the roles that fashion and art play in the building of our modern-day Queer ID (19 23 Feb), the 18th Heroic Gardens (22 & 23 Feb), the hit cabaret show Songs for Guy at TAPAC (19-21 Feb), Australian comedian Pam Ann who plays Aotea Centre (21 Feb), and the official closing party of the festival PROUD at Victoria Park Market (22 Feb).