Newsletter / November 2010

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Hi and Kia ora!

Welcome to the November newsletter of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames.

Registration on a roll

People from 10 countries are now signed on for the Outgames, and registrations are coming from as far away as Denmark and Sweden. Some sports competitions are already three-quarters full. We are pleased that around 40 percent of participants are women ? for a taste of what?s in store for women at the Outgames, check out the Velvet Club.

Football registrations open

We had so many requests to add football (soccer) to the programme, that we just had to do it. Registrations are open. Even better, because it was a late addition, an earlybird fee applies until 30 November. As with all our team sports, you don?t need to be a member of a team right now to participate. When you register, you can tick the box that asks us to place you into a team.

Conference programme released

The full conference programme has been announced. You?re able to see the presentations over the different days. There are earlybird savings of up to NZ$85 if you register and pay for attending the full conference by 30 November. Single day registrations are available from 1 December if you just want to attend for one day.

Meet our Platinum Sponsors

We are delighted to welcome two platinum sponsors for the Outgames - the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the payment card company Snapper.

The Embassy is a keen supporter of human rights discourse and development, and is a natural Conference Partner for the Outgames Human Rights Conference.

Snapper?s contactless payment cards will be used as a personalised ID for Outgames participants and supporters, as the key means of payment for transport to sports venues, and for payment to a number of events and activities. New applications are being explored for possible use at Outgames events. Having these cards will add a huge convenience factor for Outgames participants and supporters.

Queen of the Whole Universe

Straight after the Opening Ceremony, for one performance only at Wellington?s Opera House, is the fabulously colourful show Queen of the Whole Universe. We have available now, the best seats in the house (Stalls Premium Reserve) at the group rate of NZ$70.00. The ticket price includes a QWU 2011 Programme. This is a brilliant way to start your Outgames week. You can book here. These seats were offered to registered participants first, and they are selling quickly!

Accommodation

Whether you like all the services of a city hotel, or the friendly intimacy of gay-owned boutique accommodation, there are great places to rest your head in Wellington. Check our hotel deals for Outgames participant and supporter discounts, or GayStay for small gay and lesbian-owned accommodation options.

Wellington Fundraisers

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets? Nest is the third movie in the hugely popular trilogy of thrillers. Join us Thursday 9 December in the Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn. Tickets $20 ? see our website for details.

Quiz nights at S&M?s Bar, 176 Cuba St, Wellington, guarantee prizes, great company and laughter every Thursday at 7pm. It costs just $5. Bring a team or join a team when you get there. All welcome.

Join us!

With registration numbers running high, it is possible that some events will be closed to new participants once maximum numbers are reached. Guarantee your place now ? sign up and get ready for an incredible week at the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames!

Best wishes,

David and Virginia
Co-chairs
2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
12-19 March 2011
wellingtonoutgames.com

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