Rainbow Auckland (previously operating under the name
GABA) is a LGBTI+ networking and social organisation.

Our History

Since 1984, Rainbow Auckland (previously operating as GABA) has been New Zealand’s largest LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and related queer groups) Membership Association providing support and advocacy on human rights issues for the LBGTI+ community.

How do we do this?

Primarily we operate as a Membership Association providing a range of benefits and opportunities to businesses, individuals, organisations and community partners.

We aim to create a professional environment that is devoted to business and community support for LGBTI+ Members through a selection of networking and social events. We also create a platform for existing successful businesses to promote themselves and provide support to new businesses that are trying to launch or grow.

For the past 17 years, through the generosity of our Members and the Auckland community, Rainbow Auckland supports individuals and LGBTI+ organisations by raising funds for grants and scholarships, which are managed and distributed through the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust.

Regular events are held throughout the year for Rainbow Auckland members including:

  • Rainbow Auckland Mixers on the first Wednesday of every month
  • Business After 5 (BA5) events hosted by members to showcase their business
  • Annual Rainbow Auckland Charity Auction & Luncheon
  • Rainbow Auckland VIP Marquee at the Big Gay Out

For up-to-date information on these and other events, please watch the website and follow us on Facebook.

Our Mission

To strengthen business and communities to create a more Rainbow-friendly New Zealand.

Rainbow Auckland Blog

Rainbow Gala celebrates 30-year-anniversary of homosexual reform bill

Glitter was spread and colours were bright and bold as 700 people gathered to celebrate "one love" at the Rainbow ...
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Thirty years on from NZ’s tumultuous gay law reform bill

Boxes said to hold 800,000 signatures on the petition against gay law reform arrive at Parliament, September 1985. It was ...
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Westpac Funds Two Tertiary Scholarships

Westpac, a corporate member of Rainbow Auckland, has generously agreed to fund the two general scholarships offered by Rainbow Auckland ...
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Heather Carnegie Hands Over the Reigns

The July AGM for Rainbow Auckland was an opportunity to thank outgoing President, Heather Carnegie, appoint a new President, Craig ...
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Rainbow Gala Celebrates 30 Years

Yes! LOUD, PROUD and GAY! On 9 July, Rainbow Gala celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the homosexual law reform bill, and ...
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