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Media Release

5 March 2021

AUCKLAND PRIDE HOPEFUL MAJOR EVENTS CAN RETURN NEXT WEEKEND!

Following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will move to Alert Level Two, Auckland Pride and Proud Centres are hopeful that when Alert Levels are reassessed at the end of next week, we can hold the IMAN Ball, and the SPLASH Pool Party next weekend at Alert Level One, as the final major events in the Auckland Pride calendar.

“We’re so excited at the prospect of hosting our two final major events next weekend, to showcase the incredible talents of our communities and bring us together to celebrate who we are,” says Director of Pride Max Tweedie. “We have been disrupted more than most, with events postponed into mid-April, but we are committed to ensuring all our events can eventually take place safely.”

Auckland Pride will continue to support its artists, event organisers, and community as the Festival’s events take place beyond February now that we’re set to return to Alert Level One. These events give Auckland’s rainbow communities much to look forward to when we shift down alert levels again, and encourage our communities to get out and support them once it’s safe.

While there are no Pride events scheduled between now and Friday that haven’t already been cancelled, the following events are scheduled to take place next weekend and we will update the status of these on Friday as most can only take place at Alert Level One:

Pride events scheduled for next weekend at Alert Level One:

We also have new dates for three events that have previously been postponed, which leaves 11 outstanding events that have been postponed that we are awaiting updates for. We’re working with our event organisers to provide those updates as soon as possible.

New postponement dates from February Alert Level Changes:

The Auckland Pride website remains the best source of up to date information on the status of events. We will continue to place the safety of our communities at the heart of our decision making, and continue to provide regular, transparent updates.

We continue to urge our communities to follow the restrictions put in place under Alert Level Two, we’ll be able to gather again soon and celebrate Pride. We will get through this together, so look after yourselves, be kind, and let’s unite against COVID-19.


The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival is made possible through the support of our Major Partners: Spark & Rocketwerkz, and our Government Partners: NZ Major Events, Auckland Unlimited, and Auckland Council.

The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival’s dates were 3-28 February, but will continue into March & April.

For further enquiries contact: Max Tweedie, Director of Pride [email protected] 027 868 0774

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