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Lena Beets

Hi I’m Lena and I’m a student here at Vic in my last semester of BA majoring in Sociology and minoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

I grew up with two relationship and sex therapists for parents so sex was talked about all the time in a positive light and I was always interested in the massive variety of things that people did to achieve intimacy and pleasure. I’m working towards becoming a sex educator once I graduate and was pretty shocked by the lack of sex education provided at university (especially in the halls!) - a time where many people are testing all sorts of waters for the first time.

I would love to be able to facilitate spaces and conversations where people of all demographics and life experiences are able to explore their desires and needs without judgement and shame. Our experiences, bodies and sexualities are unique and that’s worth honouring.

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Stevie-Jane

Hi, my name is Stevie-Jane. I’ve been doing Pure Romance now for nearly 2 years. I have a hubby a couple of kids and an abundance of animals. I work full time during the day and I do Pure Romance as a hobby.

I absolutely love going out meeting new people, entertaining and empowering them in what I do. I’m learning at every party and feel so empowered chatting to ladies about sex.

I’m pretty much an open book and love helping out where I can but I also love learning new things and sharing them with everyone.

Cannot wait to meet some more awesome people.

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Dane McIndoe

Dane McIndoe, Founder and Managing Director of GLYDE Healthcare NZ, has a wealth of knowledge and will be providing sexual health advice to support the Sex in the Hub event. Backed by GLYDE International who have been providing products, advice, and support in sexual health industry for over 25 years across the globe, Dane brings a uniquely independent view to sexual health.

Dane currently provides sexual health advice directly to the sex industry, government agencies, and customers throughout NZ and will be available for all questions on product FAQs along with answers to any of those questions you didn't know there were answers for. GLYDE NZ supports and provides product to not only to NZPC, but also Family Planning, NZ AIDS foundation, Body positive, Positive women, Vibe and also schools alongside adult shops and online retail sales. 

GLYDE NZ firmly believe there is no such thing as a silly question and have previously supported enquiries encompassing all aspects of sex, all sexuality and are very equipped with an extensive knowledge base to comfortably and professionally answer any queries. 

Aotearotica


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Laura Borrowdale

Laura Borrowdale is a writer about sex and sexuality, and the founding editor of Aotearotica.

Laura has been published in VICE, The Spinoff and Stuff, and her fiction has appeared in Sport, Turbine, Catalyst and Takehe, amongst others. Her own erotica crosses the line between literary fiction and genre. She began writing sex as a challenge; sex is notoriously hard to write well about and she’s nothing if not game. After finding nowhere to publish this kind of writing, she decided to set up her own literary journal, and now with a social media following of well over 170K, it’s onto its fifth volume.  

Laura and Aotearotica have been a part of LitCrawl, WORD and the New Zealand Young Writers’ Festival, and now, of course, Sex in the Hub.

Tango Teachers


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Suzy Cato & Matt Tatton-Brown

Much loved children’s television presenter and the friend of many generations of kiwi kids, Suzy Cato twirled back onto our screens earlier this year, in Dancing With the Stars NZ. Now a mum of two, Suzy’s passion for kiwi kids of all ages hasn’t lessened at all.

Her kids radio show Suzy & Friends airs on 23 radio stations around the country, and her YouTube channel, Treehut TV, is the home of around 200 videos created for kids; including episodes of the award winning preschool programme You & Me and the “kid pick” from the 2000’s – Suzy’s World.

Suzy looks forward to joining us on Thursday 13 September with her dance partner from DWTS, Matt Tatton Brown, to lead us through some simple dance routines from the saucier letters of the alphabet S, R and T: The Salsa through to the Tango, via the Rumba!

 

Matt has been dancing professionally for 10 years and has been fortunate enough to be on NZ DWTS twice with Pam Corkery in 2015 and Suzy Cato this year. He has won multiple National titles as well as toured the UK and USA with stage shows and represented NZ in competitions in NZ, Aus and the States.

When he’s not dancing, Matt, who is from Auckland’s North Shore, works in Sales and enjoys snowboarding, MMA, fishing and spending time with his wife, Kelsey and dog, Zeb.

Photo courtesy of jaefrew.com