Auckland Pride Festival Date Set and Board Strengthened

Auckland Pride Festival Inc. (APFI) has completed a thorough selection and is delighted to announce the appointment of Shirley Allan, Kirsten Sibbit and Vinnie Sykes to the Board. They join the current lineup of Phylesha Brown-Acton, Richard James, Paul Patton and Julie Swift.

“I am delighted with the skill-sets, commitment and enthusiasm of the new Board members, each of whom come from very diverse parts of our community.  These new appointments will further strengthen the existing board,” says Julie Swift, Acting Cochair. “I am eager to work with the Board and our LGBTIQ community to build on the success of the Auckland Pride Festival and make it an even more outstanding event.”

Super Weekend Planned

The 2016 Pride Festival will run from the 5 – 21 February 2016.

In response to overwhelming feedback from the community, the two flagship events of the Festival will see both the Parade and the Proud Party take place on Saturday 20 February 2016.

APFI is fully committed to creating a dynamic, fresh and innovative Festival which reflects the aspirations of our diverse and varied community and, therefore, will be calling for expressions of interest to deliver key Pride Festival events. These details will be announced later this year.

“It’s the intention of APFI is to keep the community up-to-date with the organisation’s progress and will provide regular updates and opportunities for engagement over the coming months,” says Julie Swift.

The latest information about Auckland Pride 2016 is available at:


About Auckland Pride

Auckland Pride is a series of a events designed for the LGBTIQ community from across New Zealand. The festival takes place each February and is a celebration that encompasses theatre, music, film, debate and arts events celebrating the great diversity of our community. It is New Zealand’s largest LGBTIQ event and

was originally launched in 2012. Its vision is to develop the mana and standing of the Rainbow Community and enhance the cultural richness of Auckland, and Aotearoa at large.


Notes to editors:

Media Contact: Linda Heavey, Executive Officer, Auckland Pride Festival Incorporated.


Phone:  021 90 40 10


New Pride Board Member Bios:

Shirley Allan comes from an events and freelance television background with a specialty focus in community development. She is really excited to work alongside the Board particularly in areas of governance, cultural and community engagement.

Kirsten Sibbit is a UK-qualified lawyer and began life working in corporate law before moving into major event consultancy. She is passionate about events and the impact they can have on communities, and is keen to bring her knowledge of event strategy to the Board to support the development of a fantastic 2016 Pride Festival.

Vinnie Sykes has an extensive background working with multi-national corporate organisations over the last 15 years. He has a desire to support all facets of the LGBTIQ community. Vinnie is particularly keen to ensure younger people within the community have a voice in the development of Pride 2016.


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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Richard Kittelty says:

    Is this the latest update on Pride Festival 2016 where you still have Linda Heavey as contact person?
    It would also be helpful to have a better biography for current board members. As it is it is still not quite clear as to who is on the board.
    I attended the first community meeting as an interested member of the community.
    I do find the apology by the current board members to the group that disrupted the Parade at the beginning of the year a bit odd. To me the attacks on the ATMs and the Parade disruption were misguided and in the end attacks on the community itself particularly the gay staff who work in both the ANZ and corrections ( and I guess the police and military as well) .
    It is easy enough to apologise ehen you were not involved in the board at the time of the parade.
    Richard Kittelty

  • Ben Boyce says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    I am looking to speak with whoever runs the marketing for the Auckland Pride.

    At British American Media, we produce The Festival Guide which is the largest of its kind in the UK.

    The Festival Guide is launched in April, and is distributed to 575,000 readers, of which are largely 18-30 year old festival goers.

    94% (540,000) of our readership is online and digital, and both are also available for iPad/iPhone from Apple iTunes, for Android Devices from Google, as well as Amazon, Blackberry, Windows, and Pocketmags.

    I would be looking to feature Auckland Pride as a leading partner within The Festival Guide.

    Our previous clients include the likes of Pride festivals in Birmingham, Oxford, Manchester, Brighton, New York, Amsterdam and many others.

    With a huge number of our readers looking for festivals whilst on their travels across New Zealand, Auckland Pride is the perfect fit.

    Is there anyone I can discuss this with further?


    Ben Boyce
    +44 (0) 121 631 5805

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