ILGA World Conference, 18-22 March 2019, Wellington


Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ)


A world that supports bodily autonomy of all intersex people, provides safe, respectful care across the span of life.


Ending the shame secrecy and unnecessary cosmetic surgeries. Providing education, workshops and lectures with the goal of ensuring appropriate, respectful, treatment, and choices for all intersex people their families and loved ones.


Huihuitia ō tātou ritenga; whakanuia ō tātou rerekētanga Gather up what we share in common; celebrate where we differ from each other.


Tīwhanawhana Trust

(Est 2001)

Since the late 1980s, Māori with diverse sexes, genders and sexualities have increasingly adopted the identity of ‘takatāpui’ – a traditional Māori term which connects us to our ancestors and spirituality. As indigenous people on colonised land, takatāpui reclaim our histories to foster pride in who we are, where we come from, what we need and what we have to say.

Tīwhanawhana Trust was established for takatāpui to live our culture in a way that upholds our diversity; address racism and discrimination in LGBTIQ communities; and combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Māori society. 

Tīwhanawhana promotes the health and well-being of takatāpui as we seek to “tell our stories, build our communities and leave a legacy.” Understanding the connectedness of all things, Tīwhanawhana is involved in local and national projects including primary health care, mental health, sexual health, suicide prevention, human rights, education, youth development, housing, homelessness, research; and sexual, intimate partner and other violence.

Tīwhanawhana is spearheading an intersectional and intergenerational National Rainbow Strategy to coordinate effort across our diverse cultures, sexes, genders, and sexualities.

Through our work, we aim to guide a national movement that honours our ancestors, respects our elders, works closely with our peers and looks after our young people.


Tiwhanawhana ai he kahukura i te rangi – A Rainbow is Forming in the Sky which speaks to both inclusiveness and leadership.


Takatāpui to ‘tell our stories, build our communities and leave a legacy’.


RainbowYOUTH (RY)

RainbowYOUTH (est.1989) is a charitable organisation dedicated to helping young queer and gender diverse (LGBTIQ) people up to the ages of 28, as well as their wider communities. We provide referral, peer-support groups, information, a drop‑in centre, resources, training and volunteer opportunities. At RainbowYOUTH, we’re about fostering a safe, inclusive, accepting and diverse family environment. 

We are drug, smoke, and alcohol free. Our motto is Know Who You Are, Be Who You Are.

The Tiwhanawhana Trust in Wellington have gifted us a version of our motto in te reo

Māori: Whaia to ake ngakaunui, i te pono, i te marama. Simply translated, it means: Follow your desires with truth and clarity.


Acceptance of the diversity of sexuality and gender in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Know Who You Are, Be Who You Are. Whaia to ake ngakaunui, i te pono, i te marama - Follow your desires with truth and clarity.


Fostering a safe, inclusive, accepting and diverse family environment.


Our Bid

Download a copy of our bid document, prepared by Tourism NZ in preparation for the 2016 ILGA World Conference were the bid was accepted.