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Media Release

27 February 2021

AUCKLAND PRIDE RESPONDS TO LATEST ALERT LEVEL SHIFT

Following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will return to Alert Level Three from 6am Sunday 28 February for a period of 7 days, Auckland Pride is postponing the remainder of the Festival, and will continue to update the community as information comes to hand. 

Auckland Pride wishes to reiterate that we have planned for this eventuality, and are keeping the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community as our number one priority. In the meantime, we ask that everyone follow Government advice around Alert Level Three, of staying within household bubbles and maintaining physical distancing. 

Auckland Pride have been given public health advice to close the Pride Party ahead of schedule. We have been encouraged by the high level of compliance from our rainbow communities for following the advice around scanning in using the COVID tracer app, turning Bluetooth on, and having good hand hygiene at both the Pride March and Party throughout the evening. We have a plan in place that is being rolled out at the Pride Party in Aotea Square to keep everyone safe.

Updates on the status of events that were planned to take place between Sunday 28 February and Sunday 7 March will be updated in due course.

We acknowledge that this is a stressful time for our community, artists, and event organisers. OUTLine continues to provide support by calling 0800 688 5463 between 6-9pm. We will get through this together, so look after yourselves, be kind, and let’s unite against COVID-19.

Our full COVID-19 plans can be found on our website and on individual event listings. 


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 runs 3-28 February.

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

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