About

PrideNZ.com is all about community empowerment. Established by producer Gareth Watkins in 2009, the website’s aim is to document, publish and archive aspects of LGBTI rainbow life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Jump back 50-years and representations of LGBTI rainbow people were often framed by the media in a negative light. Media coverage was often concerned with creating shocking headlines that marginalised individuals. But since homosexual law reform in the mid-1980s, there has been a growth in positive stories being recorded and published that have shown how LGBTI rainbow people have survived and thrived in the face of marginalisation and oppression.

PrideNZ.com is part of this growing LGBTI rainbow media landscape that is recording and openly sharing events and histories so that LGBTI rainbow people can see themselves reflected.

PrideNZ.com has become the largest online audio repository of local LGBTI rainbow history. There are now over 750 audio recordings of events and life histories freely available to a worldwide audience. The earliest audio on the website dates from 1967, and the latest from this year. Recordings document key aspects of LGBTI rainbow history including homosexual law reform, marriage equality and New Zealand’s response to HIV/AIDS.

PrideNZ.com would not exist without the community contributing to the website. Hundreds of interviewees have generously shared their experiences. Numerous interviewers have conducted a diverse range of interviews. Event organisers have kindly allowed their events to be recorded, and funding agencies have backed a unique array of recording projects.

The website has three aims: to capture a sense of rainbow lives in New Zealand through audio interviews and event recordings, to make those recordings easily accessible to the public, and to help save rainbow heritage by making the collection available to archives in the future.

The rich content the community has made available via PrideNZ.com is not only a taonga now, but will become a touchstone for generations to come, creating a pathway for future LGBTI rainbow people to hear who we were, how we spoke and what our dreams and aspirations were.

Some of our guiding principles include creating and maintaining:

  • A first-hand/eyewitness community resource that is available to as many people as possible.
  • A community resource that is inclusive and promotes the health and betterment of all rainbow people; and in turn, the enrichment of the wider society.
  • A community resource that is not-for-profit.

A lot of our content is available as broadcast-quality sound files for not-for-profit educational use or community broadcast. For more information please get in contact. Please also note that the views expressed on this website and in the recordings are individual opinions and may not necessarily reflect the views of the PrideNZ.com team.

Language

Within the AsiaPacific region there are dozens of words that represent different forms of sexuality and gender. For this website we are using the umbrella term rainbow. Where appropriate we will also try and include culturally specific terminology.

We also use tags. Items are tagged from a users perspective to help find content of interest. Tags do not necessarily reflect how participants would describe themselves or what they are saying.

We always welcome feedback into how podcasts are described and tagged. Please get in contact if you have a suggestion.