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PAEKĀKĀRIKI PRIDE DEDICATES FESTIVAL TO LOST ICONS
It’s been a tough year for Paekākāriki Pride with the loss of three community icons. But the
Committee has decided to dedicate parts of the Labour Weekend festival to their memory.
In March, Georgina Beyer MNZM, the world’s first openly transgender MP, passed away aged 65.
Georgina was the inspiration behind the birth of Pride in Paekākāriki back in 2016. Founders, Pat
McIntosh and Val Little decided to run a Pride dance party to raise funds to contribute to Georgina’s
treatment when her health had declined. Pat says, “Georgina was always such an inspiration and an
icon for the Rainbow communities. We wanted to give something back to this national taonga as a
token of our appreciation and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than to run a big old queer
disco!” The dance attracted a range of people from all over the region and Georgina attended, albeit
frail, to celebrate her contribution to Maori and LGBTQIA+ rights. The following year saw the birth of
the festival favourites we see today, including the (unofficial) World’s Shortest Pride Parade, at
which Georgina cut the ribbon and officially launched it.
This year, the committee is dedicating the dance party to Georgina’s memory, with a ‘G’ for Georgie
(also gorgeous, glittery, gay and glamorous!) theme. The dance is on Saturday 21st October from 7pm –
11pm at St Peter’s Village Hall. Tickets are available through Eventfinda and limited door sales on the
Erola Whitcombe was known to the Paekākāriki Pride community as ‘the Taiko Drummer Mumma’.
She passed away in April this year. Erola has brought the Mukume Taiko Drumming Group to every
Pride parade since the first in 2018. The group, based in Kāpiti, has been in operation for nearly 30
years gracing stages and events throughout the region. “We love the raw energy the Taiko
drummers bring to our Pride parade,” says Val. This year’s parade is dedicated to Erola. The parade
meets on Saturday 21st October at 2:30pm from the Campbell Park sports ground to leave at 3pm. It
wends its way down The Parade and ends up at the pedestrian crossing outside St Peter’s Village
Hall. The actual parade is across the crossing, claiming its famous title as the (unofficial) world’s
shortest Pride parade.
In September, Paekākāriki Pride mourned the loss of its mascot and local character, Robbie the Cor-
gay. “Robbie was a staple at our festival every year. He’d turn up being pushed in a wicker pram,
dressed up to the (ca)nines with rainbow lei, lead and collar. Everybody loved Robbie,” says Pat. This
year’s Picnic and Puppy Pride Dog Show is dedicated to Robbie. The event happens on Sunday 22nd
October from 1 – 3pm next to the children’s playground in Campbell Park. It’s free entry and no cats
Information about the rest of the festival can be found on the Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/rainbowinthevillage.paekakarikipride/ or the website
Or email the crew at [email protected]
For more information, please contact Val Little on 021846399