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Auckland Pride Festival Inc

The objective of Auckland Pride is to develop the mana and standing of our rainbow communities – and to enhance the cultural richness of Auckland, and Aotearoa New Zealand at large.

We do this by facilitating New Zealand’s pre-eminent festival for rainbow communities – which includes people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, takatāpui, whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, akava’ine, māhū, vaka sa lewa lewa, rae rae, fiafifine, fakafifine, palopa, kathoey, hijra, baklâ, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, queer and questioning – to celebrate our culture, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Auckland Pride Festival Inc was established to operate as a not-for-profit governance body, recruiting a volunteer Board of nine community members with experience in business management, event management, public relations, marketing, sponsorship, legal, financial management, and community relationships.

The Board oversees the various aspects of delivering the Auckland Pride Festival, including the appointment of its Executive Director and other Producers to deliver the Auckland Pride Festival and its signature events.

The Board and its representatives will work with New Zealand’s rainbow communities, respected partners, stakeholders and supporters, to ensure that the Auckland Pride Festival builds on previous successes to become a must-attend, destination event for local communities and visitors from around New Zealand, and around the world.

The Board of Auckland Pride is passionate about our rainbow communities, and proud of the visible difference that we can make to the culture, health and wellbeing of people living in our city, our country, and throughout the South Pacific region.

Board of Auckland Pride

Kaan Hiini (he/him/ia) (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Arawa) 
Robyn Vella (she/her)

Kyle Habershon (he/him/they/them)

Christian Rika (he/him/ia) (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou)

Takatāpui Representative
Kara Beckford (she/her/ia) (Ngāti Whakaue)

Board Members
Shaneel Lal (they/them)

Priscilla Palmer was elected to the Board in July, but sadly passed away on the 27th of August 2021. Moe mai rā, e hoa.


Strategic Plan

Click here to read our 2018-2022 strategic plan.


Christian Rika (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou)

“I’m proud of the direction Auckland Pride have gone in – listening and prioritising our Māori, trans, and NB communities in particular. I’m excited to step up and support the progression of that work. As a white-passing Māori who knows the beauty of his culture and has the ability to walk with comfort in the Pākehā and corporate worlds, I want to put my privilege to good use to support the kaupapa. ”

Kyle Habershon

“After working alongside Duncan to learn the role of Treasurer I’m very excited to step into it. I’m looking forward to working more closely with the board and staff team to ensure Auckland Pride continues as a place to celebrate and advocate for our rainbow communities.” 

Kaan Hiini (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Arawa)

“I look forward to continuing to work to increase Māori and Takatāpui involvement in every level of the festival. I love the increased focus on community and elevation of diverse and underrepresented communities and I’m committed to working alongside the community to shape a festival that can best serve our rainbow communities’ needs.”

Robyn Vella

“I am pleased to have been elected as co-chair alongside Kaan, and am looking forward to working with the community and the Board to bring another fabulous 2022 Festival to Tāmaki Makaurau.”

Kara Beckford (Ngāti Whakaue)

“I am honoured and excited to be appointed to the Takatāpui Māori seat on the Auckland Pride Board this term. My goal is to represent and uphold mana takatāpui in heart, spirit, mind, and action and ensure that we are key voices within Auckland Pride.” 

Shaneel Lal

“I belong to a group of people who have been historically excluded from Pride. I am committed to working to change that. I also believe Auckland Pride must be committed to upholding te Tiriti o Waitangi. If Auckland Pride is able to serve Māori, then it will be fit to serve all.”

Priscilla Palmer

“I’m proud to serve on the Auckland Pride Board because I genuinely care. I’m passionate and motivated and think I can bring a voice to the table that’s maybe not had its needs met. Also, because I’ve watched the Pride Board do amazing things over the last little while and I will love being involved in the phenomenal mahi! ”

It was with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of our newest board member on August the 27th, Priscilla Palmer, after being hospitalised the week prior due to a non-COVID related illness.

While they had just joined our whānau, their warmth, passion, and commitment to our communities will be remembered and treasured by us for years to come. Thank you, Priscilla, for your contributions to our board and our communities that we’re so devastated were cut short.

Our thoughts are with Priscilla’s whānau and loved ones at this particularly challenging time. Rest in power, Priscilla.

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