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Media Release

17 February 2021


Following this afternoon’s announcement from the Government that Auckland is moving down to Alert Level Two at 11:59pm tonight, Auckland Pride is implementing its Alert Level Two Plan until Monday at 11:59pm. This will be in place until we receive further advice from the Government around Alert Level Settings.

At this time we are able to confirm the plans of our 56 events that were scheduled to take place this week between Thursday 18th and Monday 22nd of February. A list of these updates is provided below. 

Auckland Pride will make a decision on Monday the 22nd about whether or not to proceed with the Auckland Pride March and Pride Party – currently scheduled for the 27th.

“While Alert Level Two for a few more days means changing 56 events in the Auckland Pride Festival, we’re encouraged by the Government’s response that could indicate we’re able to go ahead with the Pride March and Pride Party on the 27th.” says Director of Pride Max Tweedie. “We continue to have confidence in the Government’s response, and will be closely following their advice. Pride will still go ahead, and we are looking forward to delivering these events for our community.”

Alert Level Two means changing the nature of events to accommodate social distancing, mask wearing, and limiting the number of attendees in a room to a maximum of 100, it can also mean moving events online where possible, postponing them to a later date, or cancelling them. Updates can be found below for events until Monday the 22nd of February:

Events that will continue with Alert Level Two Restrictions enforced (16 Total):

Events that will take place online (4 Total):

Events that have been postponed (25 Total):

Events that have been cancelled (12 Total):

Auckland Pride wishes to reiterate that we have planned for this eventuality, and are keeping the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community as our number one priority. We’ll provide further updates when they come to hand. In the meantime, we ask that everyone follow Government advice around Alert Level Two, to wear masks, stay socially distanced, and observe gathering limits. We can stamp out COVID-19 again in our community, as we’ve done twice before.

We know that this is a stressful time for our community, artists and event organisers. OUTLine continues to provide support by calling 0800 688 5463 between 6-9pm. We will get through this together, so look after yourselves, be kind, and let’s unite against COVID-19.

Our full COVID-19 plans can be found on our website and on individual event listings. 

The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival is made possible through the support of our Major Partners: Spark & Rocketwerkz, and our Government Partners: NZ Major Events, Auckland Unlimited, and Auckland Council.

The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival runs 3-28 February.

For further enquiries contact: Max Tweedie, Director of Pride [email protected] 027 868 0774

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