We had a fabulous time at the opening of Aunty Dana’s Op Shop, where over 150 people came along to share the occasion and check things out. We met some wonderful folks, and had lots of great talks. All the new (and … less-new) volunteers were amazing, and we all did heaps of work but it felt like a party!

A bunch of people signed up to volunteer, lots of people took away our pamphlets and resources, some picked up a name change or passport gender marker change form, and of course heaps of people left with some exciting new treasures or a glam new outfit!

Aunty Dana’s raised $479.40, which is absolutely incredible.

Huge thank you to all of our Gender Minorities Aotearoa and Aunty Dana’s Op Shop crews  who are working together to create something amazing. Thank you for your dedication to creating an Aotearoa where trans, takataapui, and intersex people can flourish.

Thank you to all our whanau and friends and all the people in the communities who are supporting our mahi – your input, whakaaro, shares on social media, kai, op shop donations, and of course aroha and encouragement mean the world.

Thank you all to everyone who came to the opening of New Zealand’s own transgender community op shop.

Special thanks to Dana de Milo, our patron saint. Your beautiful example of ongoing service to trans communities can remind us all: the everyday stuff makes up our lives.

Here’s to the people.



If you would like information about volunteering, you can find out more by clicking here.