Auckland Pride Artwork at Sylvia Park


17 February 2021

"Rise" - by artist & LGBTQI+ activist, Shannon Novak


Sylvia Park has teamed up with artist and LGBTQI+ activist Shannon Novak to celebrate Auckland Pride.

Shannon’s artwork titled “Rise”, has been created for Sylvia Park and represents rising up as a wider community, together, to support each other regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Our escalators throughout the centre come to life with the colours of different flags from the LGBTQI+ community. The flags represented include Pride, Takatapui, BIPOC, Transgender, Genderfluid and Lesbian – with coloured spots that integrate other flags that may be new to you like Bisexual and Non-binary.


So why do we celebrate Pride?

In 2020, the Human Rights Commission reported growing research that shows LGBTQI+ people in New Zealand experience significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide.

“New Zealand is relatively progressive in terms of LGBTQI+ rights, but there are still many gaps. As reported by the Human Rights Commission, there are gaps in our rights to work, education, and freedom from discrimination, and we still live in a country where conversion therapy (the attempt to change one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression) is legal. In addition – rights do not necessarily equate to acceptance, and in many places acceptance levels are still non-existent or low. Pride festivals are one way we can help drive change here with visible support and acceptance for LGBTQI+ people.

Keep in mind, pride is more than just a festival. It is a way of being. It is 24/7, 365 days a week. So we need to look at ways to actively support LGBTQI+ people all year round.

You can start by opening your doors as a safe space for LGBTQI+ people and/or supporting a local LGBTQI+ community organisation (donations and/or volunteering time).  There are many ways to show ongoing support for LGBTQI+ people. Every heart counts”.


Safe Space Alliance

Sylvia Park is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, a New Zealand based, global non-profit LGBTQI+ led organisation that helps people identify, navigate, and create safe spaces for the LGBTQI+ community. It’s free to join! You can find more information:


For more information

Shannon Novak: @shannon_novak_

Safe Space Alliance: @safe_space_alliance

OUTLine: @outlineaotearoa


Do you need someone to talk to? OUTLine is a free confidential service provided to the LGBTQI+ community. If you need support you can call them on 0800 688 5463, 6-9PM each day.

Definition of LGBTQI+:   LGBTQI+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and the plus sign represents inclusivity.