Speaking to express from Bali, Indonesia, the new Auckland Pride board member Richard James says he wants to see the festival “permanently ensconced in both the GLBT community and Auckland’s summer event calendar.”

Richard James return to the Auckland Pride Board comes after the resignation of Lexie Matheson a fortnight ago.

James tells us that he “is pleased to have the opportunity to once again serve on Auckland Pride Festival. It’s something that i feel very strongly about and an annual event I want to see permanently ensconced in both the GLBT community and Auckland’s summer calendar.”


The Pride board released a press release yesterday saying “The board thanks Lexie for her services to Pride and her work in directing the 2014 Pride Opening Gala,”

James is an experienced accountant and independent director.

James  is a well known in our community and was recently awarded a GABA life membership.

Auckland Pride say that they “have received a record number of Parade float applications, including entries from outside of Auckland. Rotorua’s Chamber of Pride entry is certainly one to watch.”

Lexie Matheson resigned a fortnight ago telling express that she and the board had “grown apart, like a marriage really.”

 Article | Levi Joule.