Newsletter / September 2010

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Hi and Kia ora!

Welcome to the September newsletter of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames.There is less than six months to go now before the Opening Ceremony!

Sports social events

Plans are well underway for a range of social events for sports participants. These events will be held a day or two after the sports competition is over. The social event may be drinks, dinner or a small party! So if you are a swimmer, runner or ten pin bowler, for example, you'll be able to meet your fellow participants in a friendly and relaxed social atmosphere. These are the times when long-term friendships are made, and they are among the most popular events of the Outgames.

Triathlon registrations open

You can now register for triathlon. This will be the first competition of the Outgames, and the triathlon medals will be the first ones awarded. It is a great harbour-edge course.

Arts programme coming

In the next three weeks we'll be loading onto our website a wealth of new events in the arts and cultural programme. Watch for "Fairy Stories" at Circa Theatre, a collection of twisted fairy tales by New Zealand's most versatile choreographer, Paul Jenden. And New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, will host half a dozen special events, including a wide-ranging introduction to its beautiful textile collection, revealing some treasures and surprises, and other creations made by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans people in New Zealand.

Conference call closing

You have until the end of the month to send in your Expression of Interest to contribute to the conference streams. There are four options for presentations, from formal papers to more informal presentations, workshops and panel discussions. 30 September is the last day to submit your Expression of Interest. All descriptions are to be submitted using template. Maximum length of the description is 250 words.


March is a busy time for Wellington, but we've managed to secure some great hotels deals for Outgames participants. The Ibis hotel, for example, is located in the heart of the city, and a room for 2 costs less than NZ$70 +GST per person per night. To get the discount, see the details on our website.

Wellington fundraisers

  • Eat, Pray, Love is the new Julia Roberts movie shot in glorious exotic locations. Join us Thursday 7 October in the Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn. Tickets $20.
  • Chocolate and wine evening at Butlers Chocolate Café, 103 Willis St, 7pm, Friday 29th October. A perfect way to end the week: wine matched to Butlers superb chocolates! Be entertained by your wonderful host, Peter Kelly. $25.00 Tickets limited
  • 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.


If you'd like to support the Outgames financially, see the donations details on our website. There are several options and, for New Zealanders, donations are tax deductible!

Join us!

By registering for your event now you can save up to NZ$80 with our earlybird rates, go into the draw for great prizes such as a luxury weekend for two at Hamurana Lodge, Rotorua, and you'll get preferential bookings to great Outgames events, including our big parties. (Tickets for the first of these events will be offered to registered participants this month!) . So sign up now and start planning for an unforgettable week at the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames. 

Best wishes,

David and Virginia
2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
12-19 March 2011

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