What We Do

Gender Minorities Aotearoa is a cross cultural, transgender led organisation in New Zealand, which operates on a kaupapa Maori public health framework. It partners in research, develops resources, engages in advocacy, delivers education and training, runs a national database of information and resources, operates The Gender Centre in Wellington, runs Wellington Transgender Law Clinic, runs regular free sober social events, operates Aunty Dana’s trans community fund raising store, administers the online support forum Transgender and Intersex NZ, runs Queer Housing NZ network, provides wrap around support for takataapui, transgender, and intersex people, and referrals to other services.

Our vision is for all takataapui, transgender, and intersex people to be empowered by a full range of choices across all aspects of their lives, and to be able to participate fully in society.


We can assist you to:

» Change your identity documents

» Find a trans-friendly doctor
» Get surgery information
» Get on the list for public funded surgery
» Connect with community support and peers
» Find trans-friendly laser clinics
» Find emergency accommodation
» Get information and resources

We also work with whanau, partners, community groups, organisations, and service providers.


Supportive Social Environments

We run the national all ages online support forum Transgender & Intersex NZ – the largest publicly accessible trans support and information forum with an entirely NZ based membership. T&INZ is open to all sex and gender minorities and supportive others in Aotearoa NZ.

an illustration of 10 transgender, takaapui, and intersex people of various ages and ethnicities standing together smiling. In the background is the blue, pink, and white stripes of the transgender flag. In front of them, along the bottom of the image, the words 'Transgender and Intersex NZ'

We also run face to face meet ups at The Gender Centre.

The Gender Centre

We have opened our first drop in Gender Centre in Wellington city. The Gender Centre is a supportive environment where people can come to connect with our services, receive information, resources, and peer support from other takataapui, trans, and intersex people.

We run monthly community building sober social events, and fortnightly legal triage where folks can speak to a free lawyer about most non-business topics – from workplace discrimination to child custody. We are planning movement building discussions and workshops, youth focus events, and Maori focus events.

Those in need of welfare assistance will be able to access clothing vouchers and free food once our welfare program is up and running.

the gender centre

Raw Sugar Monthly Social

Gender Minorities Aotearoa runs a free sober social event for takataapui, trans, intersex, queer, and rainbow people and their friends and whanau. These are held on the 2nd weekend of each month.

Raw Sugar Monthly
See our blog in the main menu for full details

Aunty Dana’s Op Shop (Est. 2017)

Aunty Dana’s Op Shop is our main fundraising activity. All funds raised go toward covering operational costs, program costs, and personnel costs. We hope to be able to set up The Gender Centre and op shops regionally in the near future.

Aunty Dana’s Op Shop provides an opportunity for takataapui, trans, and intersex people – as well as supportive others – to volunteer, gain work experience, and be part of a supportive social community, as well as providing opportunities to engage with the public on issues affecting transgender, takataapui, and intersex people.


Local Resources & Information

We develop transgender, takataapui and intersex resources which are relevant and useful for those who are from or living in Aotearoa. These are available to download and print from the National Online Resources Database.

They include:

  1. Transgender NZ Issue 1. Hormone Replacement Therapy
  2. A Third Opinion: Takataapui, Trans, and Intersex Healthcare Tips for Clinicians
  3. Glossary – Trans Community Words, What They Mean and How to Use Them
  4. [Mis}representation of Transgender Women in Films
  5. Transgender New Zealand Diversity Posters
  6. Binding Safely Posters
  7. Space Junk: Tips for Transgender, Takataapui, and Intersex Folks and the People Who Love Us
  8. Help! Is My Child Transgender?
  9. Guide to Applying for the Special High Cost Treatment Pool Public Funding
  10. Media Advocacy Guide
  11. Transgender Media Guide 101
  12. Various Research Projects
  13. Other Resources

pamphlet rack

National Online Database

We have developed the national online database which links to community organisations and service providers throughout Aotearoa, that are directly recommended by transgender, takataapui, and intersex people. The national database also hosts resources and information for transgender, takataapui, and intersex people, our whanau, friends, schools, service providers, researchers, and wider communities.

In the database you can find:

Medical and Surgical

  • medical database, including:
  • recommended doctors, endocrinologists, psychologists, and otherhealthcare providers
  • surgeons, surgery information, how to apply for public funding for surgeries
  • laser clinics, voice work, and other medical needs

Identification Documents

  • information and forms to change the name and/or gender marker on your birth certificate, passport, drivers licence, and NZQA records

Community and Support

Information and Resources

  • information resources such as pamphlets, videos, and other great stuff to download
  • where possible, these will be our own resources or other local resources
  • a huge range of research – where possible, local

Professional Development

Other things we do…

There are many things we work on, which aren’t covered by the above descriptions. To see our latest news and updates, please click here to see our blog.

Behind the Scenes Projects

We also do a lot of behind the scenes work, such as:


GMA - Kaupapa Maori

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