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Paekakariki Pride 2018

It's a wrap

What a wonderful Labour Weekend we had with A Rainbow in the Village - Paekakariki Pride Festival 2018! So much colour, fun, awhi, support and love. Love for diversity, love for our village, love for our next generations.

None of this happens by itself and there are so many people, community groups and businesses to thank. So here goes...

Firstly, thanks to the Tangata Whenua of Paekakariki for holding and blessing the people and kaupapa of the festival. A special thanks to Karl and Beryl Farrell and whanau for your kind words and awhi.

A big thanks to the wonderful organising crew - Chrissi Johnson, Danielle Burns, Anna-Maria O'Brien, Sylvia Bagnell, Tai Hartley-Parsons, Martine Hartley-Parsons, Ash Vivier, Frances Krsinich, Vanessa Crowe.

Thanks to the sponsors and businesses who donated their time, product and prizes for our events: Paekakariki General Store, Finn's Bar and Restaurant, The Perching Parrot, Beach Road Deli, Input Cafe, Alan Wehipeihana Studio and Gallery, North End Brewery, Elemental Eats, Zayaz Kebabs, Pedros Foodtruck, Paekakariki Pops, Kapiti Chocolate Factory, Unity Books, S n M's Cocktail Bar.

To the wonderful community groups and individuals that supported the festival by hosting, promoting and holding events - a huge heartfelt thank you - Paul Callister - Nga Uruora Kapiti Project, Jan Nisbet - The Bike Library, Paekakariki Library, Paekakariki 88.2FM, Paekakariki Surf Club, Mukume Taiko Drummers, St Peter's Village Hall, Steve - Paekakariki Bowling Club, Paekakariki School, Paulee - Paekakariki Football Club, Rik the Most - Spoken Word Artist and Prue Hyman.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the volunteers who helped in any and every way by marshalling the Parade, decorating and/or cleaning up the venues, dropping off and picking up people/food/things, taking photos and all the other tasks needed to run this festival smoothly.

We're so proud to be able to pass on the proceeds of this festival to the wonderful folks at Project Youth - a social and support group for LGBTIQ++ and Takatapui young people run out of Kapiti Youth Support (KYS).

Finally, thanks to everyone who dressed up, turned up, came out and enjoyed a spectacular weekend of love and pride.

Much love

Val and Pat

Vinyl & Proud

2018 Little Paekakariki Pride Festival Bigger Than Ever 

If you’re in Paekakariki over Labour Weekend you are guaranteed to see a multitude of rainbows in the village. A Rainbow in the Village – Paekakariki Pride Festival is back for its second year and it has grown bigger and more colourful.

“Paekakariki Pride Festival is two years old and, like a toddler, it’s toilet trained but has GONE WILD!” – says Val Little, one of the organisers.

This year the organisers have stepped up the festival in response to requests for more family-friendly activities and a wider range of events to keep everybody happy, engaged, busy, and most importantly, connected. “Whether you're into physical, social, creative, laid-back, competitive, dress-up, quiet or LOUD & PROUD activities - there's something for everyone”, says Little.

A Queer Quiz, a picnic, walks along the Escarpment, drag football and an icy plunge in the sea are among over a dozen activities on offer. Seven of the activities are free or entry by koha. The festival serves several purposes – to raise funds for a local LGBTQI+ and Takatapui social and support service for young people in Kapiti run through Kapiti Youth Service (KYS) and to promote some of the community groups and businesses in the village.

Paekakariki is a progressive, diverse, civic-minded community which makes it the perfect place to stage events like Pride. It boasts its own community radio station with over 30 different shows run entirely by volunteers of all ages and musical tastes, a housing trust which advocates for and supports people in hardship to retain or gain housing, a vibrant early childhood education community, conservation groups, a bike library and many other groups designed to connect people and tackle some of the tough social issues.

For further information and updates check out the Facebook page - Rainbow in the Village – Paekakariki Pride Festival 2018 -

Fri 19th Oct

5pm                Echo Art Exhibition Opening - The Perching Parrot Cafe

6pm               Rainbow Meet & Mingle- Finn's Bar & Restaurant

Sat 20th Oct

10am             The Great Paekākāriki Plant Sale - (an associated event) - Paekākāriki School

11am               Escarpment Track Walks - Start from St Peter's Village Hall

2.15pm          Fairy Stories - Paekākāriki Library

3.30pm         A Rainbow in the Village Pride Parade - Meet at Campbell Park - Parade leaves at 4pm

7.30pm         A Rainbow in the Village Queeroes Dance Party 2018 - St Peter's Village Hall

Sun 21st Oct

11pm-2pm     Pride Celebration Brunch - Finn's Restaurant, Beach Road Deli, the Perching Parrot, Beach Rd

2pm                the World's smallest Queer Film Festival - St Peter's Village Hall

7.30pm          Queer Quiz - Paekākāriki Bowling Club

Mon 22nd Oct

10pm             Chasing the Rainbow Bike Ride - Starts from Queen Elizabeth Park Entrance opp camping ground

12pm              Take the Plunge - Paekakariki Surf Club

1pm                Family Picnic in the Park - Campbell Park

2pm -3pm    Drag Football Friendly - Campbell Park


Fri 19th Oct 6pm - Rainbow Meet & Mingle

Finns Bar & Restaurant, Beach Rd, Paekakarik

This is the event that kicks off the festival in one of Paekakariki's finest watering holes.

Enjoy a quiet drink in the bar, a meal* at the restaurant or a laugh on the sun-drenched deck with friends and other festival goers.

*If you're planning on having a meal at Finn's please pre-book at least a couple of days beforehand. Tables are limited. Details at or ring 04 292-8081.

Sat 20th Oct 10am - The Great Paekākāriki Plant Sale (an associated event)

Paekakariki School, Wellington Road, Paekakariki

Look who has got on board with our Pride Festival

"Get your gumboots at the ready.... The Great Paekākāriki Plant Sale is back!

Thousands of plants from our nursery to your garden including: hedging, natives, trees, flowers & veges.

Make a party of it in Paekākāriki this Labour Weekend with a host of Pride activities including pimping your garden. In honour of Pride festivities in the village we also have a RAINBOW OF VEGES including over 32 varieties of tomatoes! Want to plant a rainbow? We have the plants and the know-how. Come and chat to our seasoned gardeners, happy to share experience and gardening advice.

Coffee and EFTPOS available. Please bring your own box or wheelbarrow to take your plants home in.

All proceeds go back to the Paekākāriki School Garden -- educating and feeding our tamariki."

Sat 20th Oct 11am - Escarpment Track Walk

Starts from St Peter's Village Hall, Beach Rd, Paekakariki

Join volunteers, Paul Callister and Val Little from Nga Uruora Kapiti Project as they lead you on a choice of three walks where you can learn about the locals (plants, lizards and birdlife) that live along the tracks and find out how to become a volunteer and/or donor.

All walkers must wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a light jacket and suitable clothing for the walks, water, snacks and sun protection (hat, sunblock).

In order for Nga Uruora to continue to do the essential conservation work they do we ask walkers to give a koha.

*Walk One - Lizard Garden (1.5 hrs)*

Leader: Paul Callister

This one's suitable for kids and people with moderate fitness. You'll be joining the Escarpment Track walkers as far as the Lizard Garden where you'll hear about the development of the garden and who and what you might find in it.

NB/ If you're doing this walk you'll need to find your own way back to the village as the rest of the group will be continuing on to do the Escarpment Walk to Pukerua Bay.

*Walk Two - Kohekohe Loop (1.5 hrs)*

Leader: Val Little

This is a steep and steady walk through a gorgeous grove of sweet smelling Kohekohe trees. You'll see weta hotels and enjoy a stunning view out towards Kapiti Island at the top.

*Walk Three - Escarpment Track Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay (3 hrs)*

Leader: Paul Callister

This is the big one! The track opened just over a year ago and so far thousands of people have flocked to walk it. It's very steep and exposed in parts so is unsuitable for people with vertigo or cardio illnesses. The views are breath-taking and the swing bridges are an adventure in themselves! Bring money for the train ride back from Pukerua Bay ($4 adult/$2 kids) - the train conductors will LOVE you if you bring the correct change :).

Find out more about Nga Uruora Kapiti Project here:

Cancelled if too wet and/or windy. Check this site on the morning.

Sat 20th Oct 2.15pm Fairy Stories

Paekākāriki Library 14 Wellington Road, Paekakariki

The Lesbian Writing group invites you to bring your poetry and/or short fiction to share, read or just come and listen.

Open to all.

Sat 20th Oct 3.30pm - A Rainbow in the Village Pride Parade

Starts from Campbell Park, The Parade, Paekakariki

Don't look now, but there's a RAINBOW in the village...

Remember last year when we broke the record for the (unofficial) world's shortest pride parade? Well we're back and keen to hold on to the title.

Grab your crew, dress up and join us for this fun family event celebrating rainbow pride in the village.

Meet at Campbell Park at 3:30pm to practice making a noise and looking FAB-U-LOUS. Warm-up along The Parade to Beach Road and assemble outside St Peter's Hall to start the Official parade... across the pedestrian crossing! Grab a bite from one of the foodtrucks or a delicious rainbow popsicle then on to the Bowler to mingle with the rest of the gorgeous parade-goers.

If you don't fancy walking in the warm-up you can meet us outside St Peter's Hall around 4pm or find a spot along The Parade and watch the rainbow 🌈 march past! .

This is gonna be the biggest little parade in the world!

Event will go ahead rain or shine!

Sat 20th Oct 7.30pm - A Rainbow in the Village Queeroes Dance Party 2018

St Peter's Village Hall, Paekakariki

Who's your queer hero? Do they wear a cape? Underwear on the outside? Or maybe they sport a massive moustache, cherry red lippy and campaign for the end of HIV, transphobia or people who wear crocs for serious fashion (I'm kidding about the last one ;)...sort of).

Whoever it is, we want to see them at this year's St Peter's Village Hall Pride Queeroes Dance. Dress up and boogie on down to some good old-school dance party tunes - all on vinyl.

Vinyl & Proud is rapt to be hosting this fabulous event as part of A Rainbow in the Village - Paekakariki Pride Festival 2018.

Cash bar, foodtrucks, guest dj and a stonking good night to be had by all.

All proceeds will be donated to Project Youth - a service for young LGBTQI+ and takatapui people in Kapiti.

Don't delay in getting tix - they sell out FAST! We'll have a limited number of door sales.

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Tickets · $15-$25

Sun 21st Oct 11pm-2pm - Pride Celebration Brunch

Finn's Restaurant, Beach Road Deli, the Perching Parrot, Beach Rd, Paekakariki

Beach Road in the village boasts three of Kapiti Coast's finest eateries. Finn's Restaurant, Beach Road Deli and the Perching Parrot are combining to bring you a fabulous Sunday brunch to fill your bellies after a night of parading, dancing and partying.

Bookings recommended at Finn's. Just turn up at the Deli or Parrot, take a seat and enjoy good food, great company and a laid-back rainbow village vibe.

Sun 21st Oct 2pm- the World's smallest Queer Film Festival

St Peter's Village Hall, Beach Rd, Paekakariki

Wind down after a full-on, fun night of parading and dancing with an inspiring movie and help us set yet another (unoffical) world record! This time we're going for the world's smallest queer film festival - it's only one movie... but it's a good one!

This is the biopic about Harvey Milk who was described as "the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States". This story about his fight for the equal rights and freedoms of LGBT people in a politically and socially charged time in our history will enrage, inspire and uplift you in equal measure.

BYO movie snacks and bean bag/seat/couch.

Suggeted Koha at the door $5.

Proceeds will go to Project Youth - a service of Kapiti Youth Service (KYS) supporting young LGBQTI+ and takatapui people.

Sun 21st Oct 7.30pm Queer Quiz Night

Paekakariki Bowling Club, 10 Wellington Road, Paekakariki 

When was the Homosexual Law Reform passed in this country? What are the names of NZ's most famous lesbian comedy/music twins? What date is Bisexual Pride day celebrated?

If you think you know these answers and many others, or even if you don't but want to learn and hang out with some fun people, get yourself a team of six people and join us at the Bowler for a hilarious evening of hijinks, mischief and merry making.

Great prizes for the winning team and spot prizes for creative answers, costumes and congeniality.

Tickets · $10 per person

Limited to ten teams max, so get in quick! Get registered by emailing

Mon 22nd Oct 10pm - Chasing the Rainbow Bike Ride

Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki

Come chase the rainbow through the village and onto our famous Queen Elizabeth Park.

Jan, from our village Bike Library will lead you on a wonderful bike ride that ends at the Surf Club at midday to join our Take the Plunge event.

Starts at 10am. Meet by the gate/arch entrance to Queen Elizabeth (by the Paekakariki Holiday Park) . Bring bike, helmet, water and snacks.

Cancelled if too wet or windy.

Mon 22nd 12pm - Take the Plunge

Paekakariki Surf Club, The Parade, Paekakariki

Are you brave enough to plunge into the wild waves of Paekakariki? Summer's coming and to celebrate we're daring you to join local, Prue Hyman, to lead us into the breakers. Dress up or dress down, bring your friends, families, boogie boards and water wings for a refreshing end to the festival.

Look for the rainbow flags on the beach outside the Paekakariki Surf Club.

Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

(Frilly bathing caps and budgie smugglers optional.)

This event will happen rain or shine ~ but not if the sea is too rough. Check here on the day.

Mon 22nd Oct 1pm - Family Picnic in the Park

Campbell Park, The Parade, Paekakariki

You can pick your friends and you can even pick your family - this is the perfect event to picnic with them all!

We're putting the 'camp' into Campbell Park with a family-friendly, all inclusive picnic. Bring your own lunch, picnic blanket, games, musical instruments, tamariki, mum, grandparents, moko, and whanau and enjoy a chilled out time at the park.

Stay on for the Drag Football game starting at 2pm and cheer on your favourite team!

Cancelled if wet or too windy.

Mon 22nd Oct 2pm - Drag Football Friendly

Campbell Park, The Parade, Paekakariki

Whether you think you can bend it like Beckham or if you're a bit of a dribbler we want you to join us for a friendly Rainbow Soccer Match with Paulee from the Paekakariki Football Club.

Come dressed in drag, wear suitable shoes (no sprigs, high heels may sink in the pitch) and bring your love of fabulous fun.

This is the final event of the Paekakariki Pride Festival and we want you to have a ball!

Meet at Campbell Park - The Parade Entrance.

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