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AuthorKate Aschoff

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July 15, 2019

Tasmania makes gender optional on birth certificates  In April 2019, new legislation made gender markers on birth certificates optional, and removed the requirement for transgender people to have surgery in order to have their gender recognised. The law also allows people aged 16 years or older to apply to change their registered gender without parental […]

May 27, 2019

We all know someone who’s been on a benefit. Maybe you were on one over the summer break, or a mate back home is living off one. More and more young people are enrolling with Work and Income New Zealand. As of March 2019, over 854,000 New Zealanders were on a WINZ benefit. I’m one […]

May 13, 2019

  On May 6, Minister for Health David Clark and Associate Minister for Health Julie Anne Genter launched the Wellington pilot of the government’s mental health initiative, Piki.   The face-to-face therapy programme is aimed at supporting 18 to 25-year-olds in the Wellington and Kapiti region, who are experiencing mild to moderate mental distress. The […]

March 9, 2019

Post-it Notes – NZ Fringe 2019, 11-14 March, Bats Theater   ‘A surreal one-woman show exploring depression, learning to live with yourself, and learning to live with Post-It notes.’ Post-It Notes is apart of the Wellington Fringe Festival for 2019. The show is written by Ben Wilson Directed by Keegan Bragg, the character Mia is played […]

September 17, 2018

Soft Tissue is an abstract theater creation from Ella Gilbert.The play claims to be “an affectionate comedy about the absurd performances of the ‘weaker’ sex. It moves between observations and conversations — explores the sexy, the grotesque and the beautiful parts of being human — and laughs at them along the way.” But what was […]

August 20, 2018

Petition to End Gay Conversion Therapy On 18 July a petition to “end gay conversion therapy” was presented to Parliament. The petition was presented by Young Greens representative Max Tweedie and Young Labour representative Teri O’Neill. The petition encourages the House of Representatives to “ban gay [and transgender] conversion therapy, being any form of treatment […]

August 20, 2018

I will always be happy to see queer stories on stage. No matter what shape they take, they are defying the norms of heterosexuality or cisnormativity, and that continues to make me lean in for more. Mating in Captivity had the potential for a beautiful queer story, inside the captivity of Annie and Rob’s heterosexual […]

July 23, 2018

We’re sitting in a circle. All us queers on the floor, laughing, him quietly on the couch. “But hold up-” says Megan between chugging her drink, “we all voted Green right?!” The room erupts with laughs and screams in response, a big “yes” from everyone who’s oppressed for their gender and sexuality. But he shuffles […]

July 16, 2018

This tale is one of glowing tussocks and toi toi, Māori legend, tikanga, and karaoke. It takes the audience from their seats and into a tale about whānau and the secrets we keep to protect one another. Trae Te Wiki (25) is joined by her younger sister Tial (11) onstage. Together they make up the […]

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