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The Panel

Noelle McCarthy - Moderator

Noelle McCarthy is a writer and broadcaster based in Auckland. She's a well-known voice on Radio New Zealand National, as the host of 'Summer Noelle' in the holidays, and a regular fill-in on various shows. She's written for a variety of publications in New Zealand and Ireland, including a regular books column for Metro magazine.

Ella Henry

Ella Henry is known to New Zealanders as an academic, a former Human Rights Commissioner, a businesswoman, and as the dispenser of sound advice on Māaori Television's 'Ask Your Auntie'. But she has another story - that of the 16-year-old girl found on K Road by James K. Baxter and given the shelter of the poet's community, along with others whom society didn't care to know. She has, in a real way, looked at life from both sides now.

Sarikha Rosli

Known on the scene as 'Miss Whiskey', Sarikha Rosli, writer of, has lusted for adventure from a very young age. This desire is what led her on her chaotic journey through the underworld of Auckland’s adult entertainment industry and fetish scene, where she has witnessed both the dazzling and the dark sides of many notorious strip clubs, in Auckland and abroad, uncovering some of the industry’s darkest secrets. Whiskey has now abandoned her extravagant and devious lifestyle, trading in lappies for nappies, vanity for Christianity and snogging for blogging… but not without a tale or two to tell.

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been an active member of Auckland's LGBT communities  for over 30 years, first as an activist, then as a sociologist at the University of Auckland, and now as a social commentator, and also a professional diversity consultant and programme director at the Rainbow Tick.

He is a third-generation Aucklander, with a love of his city and a particular knowledge of some of the seedier and more exciting byways of the Queen City's past and present.

Entertainment & Exhibition

Vignettes from K'rd Strip

Sexy, provocative and humorous, K’rd Strip is a stream of consciousness that twists dramatic scenes with haka, drag queens, live kiwi music, and contemporary dance. Okareka Dance Company brings to you a whirl-wind show that will capture your heart and your imagination.

Ancient Māori mythology, history and intoxicated intoxicating tales  saturate the stage as the all-queer cast skilfully entice you and leave you wanting more. Misfits of society have roamed the infamous Karangahape Road since the early 70s. A road of extremes where we’ve laughed our heads off and cried our hearts out, where we’ve been flattered and rejected, excited and scared, loved and lost. A place where we proudly stand in the sun and shamefully lurk in the shadows. Karangahape Road is a bitter sweet vice where life is art and art is life.

Lady in Red

In the Taku Tāmaki cinema space, we will show a recording of Lady in Red - which was commissioned for Valentine's Day 2015 and took place at midnight at The Rockies Gallery on Karangahape Road. Created by Karen Inderbitzen-Waller in collaboration with Stephen Marr and Veronica Crockford-Pound, the show featured costumes designed by Inderbitzen-Waller. Music was arranged by Claire Duncan of Dear Time’s Waste and Literal F*ck. Show footage was recorded by Delphine Avril Planqueel. Hair by Matt Benns & makeup by Kiekie Stanners for M.A.C.
Inderbitzen-Waller and partner Planqueel are fashion and art photographers working between Auckland and France where they reside for a few months each year. They have a penchant for the dark and mysterious, but always cut a sharp documentative path with a romantic tone.