Newsletter / June 2010

Hi and Kia ora!

Welcome to the June newsletter of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames.

We’re up and running
Registrations opened just 2 weeks ago, and we’re delighted with the response. New Zealanders make up just over half of those registering, closely followed by Australians. We have also had confirmations from Germany, Canada and the USA, with applications currently in progress from people in India, Indonesia, Switzerland, Thailand and the UK. Registrants so far are aged between 22 and 60; 60% are male.

Running is the most popular sport to date, but this is closely followed by swimming and squash. Nearly all sports have confirmed registrants, which is great news for our hard-working sports co-ordinators! We are also tracking well for the conference, a core part of our wide-ranging programme.

Earlybird savings
Prices for sports events start from NZ$45.

The earlybird fees (available to the end of October, in NZ$) are: badminton, $95, bridge $50, dancesport $90, diving $60, golf $80, hockey $60, lawn bowls $50, mountain biking $75, running $45, softball $60, squash $65, swimming $90, ten pin bowling $95, tennis $90, volleyball $60.

There is also a base registration fee of NZ$59 that sports and conference participants pay. This gives you things like a registration pack with an Outgames Guide, and entry to the Opening Ceremony at the capital’s spectacular harbourside Te Papa museum.

You don’t have to sign up for a sports event or the conference to take part in the Opening Ceremony – you just need to sign up for the base registration fee. That also gives you other benefits during the Outgames week.

Conference Contributions Invited
Expressions of interest are being sought from people wishing to present at our Human Rights Conference. With the theme Strength In Diversity: Connect, Collaborate, Inspire, conference organisers are encouraging lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex individuals and groups to make contributions.

There is a range of opportunities for people to participate, from findings of academic research through to a group or individual sharing examples of how they have championed their rights and refused to be treated as 2nd class people.

Further information on the conference and how people can register their interest in presenting along with the Expression of Interest form can be found in our conference web pages.

Submission of expressions of interest close 30 September 2010.

Want to help out?
If you want to help spread the word about the Outgames around your club or among your friends, we will soon have flyers available (hard copy or PDFs) or cards – just let us know. We are also keen to find more volunteers to help out, particularly from the Wellington region. Contact us at General enquiries about volunteering

Wellington movie fundraiser
We have a real cracker movie advance screening coming up – The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to the thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you saw that nail-biting movie you’ll know that you can’t miss this one. It’s a fundraiser for us at The Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, 8pm Tuesday 20 July (movie starts 8.30). Tickets are $20: Contact us for Enquiries and booking confirmations or check out our Facebook page to get yours. It will probably be R16.

Win Devious FREEZE dance party tickets
We have two tickets to this wild winter party to give away. Devious FREEZE will be held on Saturday July 24 on Wellington’s Queen’s Wharf. For your chance to win, be the first to contact the Competition team with the name of one of the DJs playing at FREEZE. Visit

Win a double pass to the Capital Fetish Ball
For your chance to win a double pass to this amazing event on Saturday 28 August, contact the Competition team with the name of the club where the ball will be held. More details, see Capital Fetish Ball 2010 on Facebook.

Finally – join us!
With savings of up to NZ$80 possible with earlybird registrations, now is the time sign up. We hope you will soon join the growing numbers of registrants that are going to make the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames a truly inspiring event.

Best wishes,

David and Virginia
2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
12-19 March 2011