ILGA World Conference, 18-22 March 2019, Wellington


The Host Rōpū identified six key values to guide their vision for Wellington 2018:

Mana Motuhake, Te Tīriti o Waitangi, Whānau, Whanaungatanga, Manaaki Manuhiri and Pārekareka. 

Mana Motuhake:

Autonomy & Leadership 

We are each separate legal entities with our own Boards, staff (ITANZ/RY), volunteers and networks.

We each maintain our own autonomy during this process and come to the table with an equal voice.

We look for strength-based and value-based ways of working together to achieve our shared goals. 



Intergenerational Roles & Responsibilities

At its most basic level Whānau implies belonging and inclusion with inherent responsibilities and accountability.

The Bid Organisations represent and advocate for LGBTIQ+ people of every generation.

We acknowledge the essential wisdom and experience of our kaumātua, pakeke and rangatahi; our elders, adults and young people so each has an equal voice in this process. 


Manaaki Manuhiri:

Honouring Our Guests 

We will ensure our national and international guests enjoy their time in Wellington and in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Guests will feel safe within the Conference; physically, mentally and spiritually.

We will provide social options that respect the diversity of culture, race, sex, gender, sexuality, age, class and ability we expect to attend. 


Te Tīriti o Waitangi:

Decolonising Sexuality & Gender

The impact of colonisation on the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand is acknowledged through a stated commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

That commitment is made operational through the involvement of Tīwhanawhana and the use of te reo and tikanga (Māori language and culture) in all aspects of the Bid and the World Conference itself.

It also acknowledges the use of the term ‘takatāpui’ for Māori and other culturally based terms for diverse sexes, genders and sexualities.


Extended Relationships 

Each of the Bid Organisations specialise in developing key relationships to benefit our combined communities.

During this process, we will reinforce relationships with ILGA World and ILGA Oceania and with government, NGOs and corporate sectors.

Most importantly, we will support building the capacity of the Rainbow communities of Wellington to host the Social Programme of the Conference. 


Having Fun! 

Finally, we must have fun.

The effort required to undertake this process will be lightened by intelligent wit and the compulsion to laugh together.

We will deal with challenges with patience, good faith and great humour as we strive to be our ‘best selves’ in all circumstances.