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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:35 pm

City will score gold from Asia/Pacific Outgames

outgamesMAINWELLINGTON is expecting a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when it hosts the Asia Pacific Outgames in a year’s time.

The games will to involve over 2000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex participants and supporters.

The event was launched with a One Year Out gathering at Mark Hutchins Gallery on Friday, where Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast pointed out that it was the largest rainbow event New Zealand has ever seen.

She said it was the sort of  event usually staged in bigger centres and she expected it to benefit the local economy.

Co-chair of the Outgames committee, David Hindley, said a group of Wellingtonians who had been to the first games held in Melbourne decided to bid for the 2011 games and the Wellington City Council had beensupportive.

David Hindley. Photo: Andrew Gordon

David Hindley. Photo: Andrew Gordon

“We got all the information together and the council helped us to create a really impressive looking document,” Mr Hindley said.

Fifteen countries are expected to bring participants, including Australia, Japan, India and countries “from all around the Pacific”.

There are 16 confirmed sports which will take place in 25 Wellington venues, including Wellington Town Hall for the dance sports and the Renouf Tennis Centre.

As well as sports there will be be cultural events, including jazz, classical music, traditional Maori performances, and a trip to Wairarapa to give visitors a chance to sample local wines.

There will be also be visual art exhibitions at Mark Hutchins Gallery, Mary Newton Gallery, and City Gallery in Civic Square is currently accepting submissions of work to coincide with the event.

The committee organising the event started with 12 people a year ago and now has over 50 people involved.

It  is now looking for more volunteers and hopes to have over 100 people working on the event within the next four to five months.

The opening and closing events are planned for Te Papa and part of Civic Square, and two big parties have also been planned – a leather and uniform party and the closing party.

The closing party  is expected to have international DJs, world-class entertainment and incredible lighting, sound and special effects systems to fuel the crowd until the sun rises over the harbour.

The committee is planning a big event when registrations for the games open in June as well as fundraising events throughout the year.

For more details about the games visit www.wellingtonoutgames.com

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is a Whitireia Journalism student. He started his life in the Wairarapa, moving to Wellington in 2009 to do his journalism training after many years of freelance writing.
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