Rainbow List Project
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga’s Rainbow List Project aims to improve the diversity of the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero (the List) by recognising places of significance to Aotearoa New Zealand’s LGBTTFQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, fa’afāfine, queer and intersex) communities. The project uses the umbrella term 'queer' because it incorporates the range of identities and is open to new ones.
We want to hear about Aotearoa New Zealand places that tell the stories of queer lives and which are important to community members past and present. They could be associated with queer lives, events and themes of the distant or recent past, and be places that are known about through research, stories handed down through generations, or through lived experience. The places – buildings, streets, monuments, landscapes for example – must still exist and there needs to be good evidence of their queer significance. We can help with the evidential requirements.
We will assess all your suggestions so please include as much information and evidence as possible. Some of the places might already be on the List but with list entry narratives that are silent on their queer stories. In these cases, we will determine whether the entry should be updated. If the places are not on the List, we will investigate which are good candidates for listing. We would love to get places on the List whose primary heritage significance is derived to a major (but not necessarily exclusive extent) from their association with queer histories, communities and cultures.
If you would like to send us suggestions for places that tell stories of queer lives, or to learn more about the project, get in touch with the Project Lead:
Senior Heritage Assessment Advisor
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
tel: 04 494 8320.