by Briar Allen
Queer culture is often associated with bars, clubs and cafes, but the Secret Secret Club is a Wellington collective that is changing that.
Chief Executive Scout Shultz (above) wanted a creative hub for LGBTQIA+ people. The Secret Secret Club launched on April 1 and is located on Level 2 of 4 Bond Street. It is a space where corporate and social life is balanced, without being focused on sex or alcohol like bars and clubs.
Scout says there are no other spaces like this in Wellington where queer people can come to collaborate and improve the future.
Scout is building this collective to be able to give back to the community and empower people in a meaningful environment. “Everyone talks about it, but nobody does it,” says Scout.
Currently 30 people are using the collective, all from different working backgrounds including government, IT, entrepreneurs, NZ Comedy School, product and 3D designers.
Scout uses member Tom Newspring, a product designer who attended the Apple Developer Academy and uses the collective for projects and collaborations, as an example.
The collective offers a subscription starting at $20 which includes unlimited internet, access from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to the community lounge, access to the application and the possibility of reserving an office in the studio.
There are also monthly events such as game nights, a breakfast club, movie nights, and small business support and mentoring seminars.
There are other start-ups like Young Enterprise, which caters to students taking up business in high school, but the market is slim for 20-30 year olds.
“If someone sees something missing, that has value,” says Scout.
The aim is to be able to connect the wider Wellington community and expand to other cities in New Zealand to leverage resources to connect people.
Briar Allen is a journalism student at Massey University in Wellington.