Historical Events in the 1990s

24 Jan 1990Expatriate New Zealander Richard Johnson is murdered by a gang of youths (Sydney, Australia)
23 Apr 1990Singer Lew Pryme dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Pryme dies from AIDS-related complications.
Links: NZ On Screen
20 May 1990A will making workshop for lesbians is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
20 May 1990International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
21 May 1990An AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held in the foyer of the Beehive, Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The service features Sir Paul Reeves - the first patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, MP Fran Wilde, plus five panels of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
2 Jun 1990A lesbian gathering and conference is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
22 Jun 1990The Gay Community Centre closes (Wellington, New Zealand)
18 Aug 1990A lesbian ball is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Sep 1990Pink Triangle magazine ends (New Zealand)
The magazine was published by the National Gay Rights Coalition. It was an important source of news and feature articles and was distributed nationally. The first issue was published on 14 May 1979.
Links: Auckland Museum
1991The short fiction book Dangerous Desires by Peter Wells is published (New Zealand)
The book won the Reed Fiction Award for 1991.
1991Man to Man magazine begins (New Zealand)
It is later renamed to Express magazine.
1991The Ever so slightly naughty Gay BC cookbook is published (Wellington, New Zealand)
The book is published by the Gay Broadcasting Collective (Gay BC) who have a weekly programme on Wellington Access Radio.
1991The Shining City by Stevan Eldred-Grigg is published (New Zealand)
15 Apr 1991Alex Mihailovic and Dean Howard are convicted of the murder of Richard Johnson (Sydney, Australia)
Mihailovic and Howard were part of a gang of youths convicted of the murder of the New Zealander in Sydney.
19 May 1991International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
18 Aug 1991A television debate is broadcast on whether there should be ordained homosexual ministers in the Christian Church (New Zealand)
The debate was broadcast on TV1.
25 Aug 1991Singer Sue Dunlop performs at the North by Northwest cafe (Wellington, New Zealand)
Dunlop's performance includes Better than normal.
4 Oct 1991HIV Alive '91 is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The two week event includes specialist workshops, seminars, celebrations and fundraisers. It also includes a public unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
5 Oct 1991An unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The unveiling is held as part of the HIV Alive '99 event. 88 Australian and New Zealand quilt panels are displayed at the Auckland City Art Gallery. In the three months leading up to the event the number of New Zealand quilt panels had grown from 8 to 32. Soon after the gallery showing, the quilt panels were displayed at the Aotea Centre.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
9 Nov 1991Heather McPherson launches Other World Relations at Unity Books (Wellington, New Zealand)
7 Dec 1991The first Devotion dance party is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Tickets cost $20-$25.
Links: GayNZ.net
14 Dec 1991The Bring and Buy lesbian fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
21 Dec 1991The Dominion Dance is held at the Dominion Hotel (Wellington, New Zealand)
The dance is organised by Dykes Out Of Debt (DOODS).
1992A pink book : a collection of readings on aspects of EEO and gay men by Phil Parkinson is published (Wellington, New Zealand)
Feb 1992HERO 2 festival is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival includes the first HERO parade.
Links: Wikipedia
Apr 1992The Human Rights Commission publishes the discussion paper Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation (New Zealand)
18 Apr 1992The National Gay Rights Coalition Hui Aranga Easter gathering is held (New Zealand)
24 Apr 1992The Sheilas Arms begins a women only night (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The Shelias Arms later renames to Club 47. The building is demolished in October 1996.
Links: Fiona Clark
17 May 1992International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Jun 1992The underground newsletter Bog Spy publication begins (Auckland, New Zealand)
The newsletter is about sexual activity in Auckland's public toilets.
4 Jul 1992Radio Gay Nelson begins broadcasting (Nelson, New Zealand)
The programme broadcasts on the local community radio station (later called Fresh FM). In 1994 the programme changed its name to Gaytime FM.
Links: NZ.com
17 Jul 1992Lawyer and social reformer Frank Haigh dies
Among other things Haigh was prominent in the cause of homosexual law reform.
5 Aug 1992Former Prime Minister Robert Muldoon dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
In 1976 Muldoon revealed in Parliament that prominent Labour MP Colin Moyle had been questioned by the police in regard to possible homosexual soliciting. Moyle subsequently resigned from Parliament in 1977.
Links: Te Ara
Oct 1992The Lesbian, Gay and Christian National Conference is held (New Zealand)
The theme of the conference is sexism and heterosexism.
Links: LAGANZ
9 Oct 1992The first unveiling of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt takes place (Washington D.C., United States of America)
The quilt was unveiled in Washington D.C., USA. New Zealand is one of 20 countries invited to attend.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
21 Nov 1992The second Devotion dance party is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at Shed 26 on the waterfront and includes a merry-go-round.
Links: GayNZ.net
1 Dec 1992World AIDS Day is commemorated (Auckland, New Zealand)
Since World AIDS Day 1991, 43 people had died in New Zealand from AIDS-related complications. Father Michael Bancroft leads the first ever AIDS requiem mass in New Zealand.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
1993The short fiction book Sweet and Sour Cocktails by Robert Leek is published (New Zealand)
1993Aphrodisia by choreographer Michael Parmenter premieres at the HERO Festival (Auckland, New Zealand)
1 Feb 1993The HERO 3 festival is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival's theme is: a celebration of diversity.
Apr 1993The Taranaki Lesbian Newsletter begins publication (Taranaki region, New Zealand)
17 Apr 1993The first national conference of the New Zealand [AIDS] Quilt Project takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The conference is attended by committee members, volunteers and regional coordinators.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
23 May 1993Beacons of Hope is held at Frank Kitts Park (Wellington, New Zealand)
Beacons of Hope is held as part of the 10th International AIDS Memorial commemorations. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington members of the New Zealand Youth Choir perform at Frank Kitts Park. The event begins at 7pm and includes people carrying flaming torches representing those that have passed away.
Links: Archives New Zealand, New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
Jul 1993The first Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
29 Jul 1993The Human Rights Amendment Act is passed (New Zealand)
Among other things, the Act outlaws discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Government is exempt from the Act until 31 December 1999.
4 Sep 1993Darren Horn dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Horn was an early convener of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
10 Oct 1993The Coming Out Day parade is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade begins at Western Park.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Wikipedia
30 Oct 1993A silent auction and cabaret evening is held to fundraise for the New Zealand [AIDS] Quilt Project (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
Nov 1993Devotion: a lesbian and gay celebration is published (Wellington, New Zealand)
It's published by Sprung! Productions and Caspers.
20 Nov 1993Eve van Grafhorst dies from AIDS-related complications (Hastings, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
24 Nov 1993David Halls (Hudson and Halls) is found dead in his apartment (London, United Kingdom)
Halls commits suicide after his partner Peter Hudson died from cancer a year earlier. Halls wrote "Without Peter I don't want to go on - he was my life, and I have no regrets. I love him now as much as I always did and I want to be with him for all eternity."
27 Nov 1993The third Devotion dance party is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at Shed 21 on the waterfront. There was no Devotion party held in 1994.
Links: GayNZ.net
27 Nov 1993The Love Parade is held as part of the Devotion festival (Wellington, New Zealand)
People gather for the parade in Civic Square.
Links: National Library
1 Dec 1993World AIDS Day is commemorated (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed in St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin to mark World AIDS Day. The quilt remains on display for a week.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
23 Dec 1993MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) comes out publicly (New Zealand)
Carter becomes the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
Links: Queer History NZ, Wikipedia
1994The poetry book The Body of Man by David Herkt is published (New Zealand)
Jan 1994Buddies - New Zealand's first gay massage parlour opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
Feb 1994The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed at the Aotea Centre (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Quilt is displayed for one-and-a-half weeks, followed by two days laid out on Aotea Square.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
1 Feb 1994The Human Rights Act 1993 comes into force (New Zealand)
The amended Act outlaws discrimination on a wide variety of grounds including sexual orientation and disability. The Act provides protection against discrimination for those living with HIV AIDS.
Links: Wikipedia, New Zealand Legislation, NZ.com
16 Mar 1994MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) gives his maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand)
Carter is the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
Links: Wikipedia
May 1994The first National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (New Zealand)
22 May 1994International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
A memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland. Following the service the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is carried outspread in a candlelit parade via Hobson and Wellesley Streets to Aotea Square.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
Jul 1994The first Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Links: Queer History NZ, NZ.com
Jul 1994The second Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
Jul 1994Gaytime FM begins broadcasting on Fresh FM (Tasman region, New Zealand)
The radio programme broadcasts every Sunday morning at 11am
Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)
2 Aug 1994Richard Leonard kills ex-Aucklander Stephen Dempsey with a crossbow. (Sydney, Australia)
Leonard later claims it as was an act of self-defence after Dempsey propositioned him. Leonard was finally captured, tried and found guilty of two murders and sentenced to life in prison.
Links: Forensic Investigators
28 Sep 1994AIDS activist and educator Tom O'Donoghue dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
O'Donoghue was a founding member of the National People Living With AIDS Union and Collective Thinking, a publication for people living with, or affected by, HIV AIDS.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Tui Motu InterIslands Magazine
31 Oct 1994HIV Awarenss month is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: New Zealand AIDS Quilt
Nov 1994The first HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
27 Nov 1994Artist Arthur Tauhore dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Tauhore dies from AIDS related illnesses.
Dec 1994The High Court rules that post-operative transsexuals can marry in their adopted sex (New Zealand)
1 Dec 1994Worlds AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand)
In Auckland, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is is carried outspread down Queen Street for an unfolding ceremony. The global theme of the day is: AIDS and the family.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
1995Birthdaze dance parties are held
1995The first annual Out Takes film festival takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The festival was held at the Paramount Theatre.
Links: Out Takes
1995A Long Undressing premieres (New Zealand)
The dance and theatre work is created and performed by Michael Parmenter.
1995Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera is published
1995The Queer Resources - Aotearoa New Zealand web pages are launched on NZ.com (New Zealand)
The pages are created and maintained by Mark Proffit, and are some of the first (possibly the first) representations of rainbow communities from New Zealand on the internet.
Links: NZ.com
1 Jan 1995Dancer Warren Douglas dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund was subsequently established in May 1995 to help those who wanted to make the transition from performer to arts administrator, as he had done. Douglas is remembered on the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund
Feb 1995Devotion 95: a gay and lesbian celebration by Elizabeth Smith and Rachell Rose is published
4 Feb 1995The fourth annual Devotion dance party is held at Civic Square and the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.net
18 Mar 1995The tenth annual Gay and Lesbian Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
25 Mar 1995Writer Eric McCormick dies
McCormick wrote biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins.
Links: Te Ara
22 Apr 1995Tai Tahi Marsters attacks Jim Curtis (Napier, New Zealand)
Marsters hit Curtis using a glass decanter. Curtis is left with brain damage while Marsters is later acquitted of both attempted murder and assault. At his trial Marsters uses the provocation/gay panic defence, claiming Curtis made a sexual advance.
Links: Parliamentary debate, GayNZ
May 1995The second National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (Tasman region, New Zealand)
The conference is held over a weekend at Felicity's farm in Golden Bay with workshops on alternative housing and energy, and natural/holistic health. The Lesbians On The Land group grows out of the weekend.
Links: QNA
21 May 1995International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
This is the 12th anniversary of international memorials. In Auckland, five blocks of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt are carried from St Matthew-in-the-city to Aotea Square where a Beacons of Hope service is held.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
26 May 1995Poor Superman by Brad Fraser opens at Circa Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: National Library
21 Jun 1995The Dunedin Pride festival is held (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 21 June - 15 July 1995.
Links: NZ.com
24 Jun 1995The first Man to Man Gay and Lesbian Writing Festival is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival is New Zealand's first gay and lesbian writing festival. It is held at the Auckland College of Education and features Paula Boock, Witi Ihimaera, Renee, Noel Virtue and Peter Wells.
Links: NZ.com
1 Jul 1995A day-long seminar takes placed called Exceptional Lesbian and Gay Lives (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The seminar is advertised as a "one day affirming seminar" and features Robin Duff, Kathleen Quinlivan, Brent Skerten, Ross Palmer, Andrew Carstairs McCarthy, Linda James, Sue Lovelock Marshall, Jo Drayton and Jane Ferrier. It takes place in the Elizabeth Kelly Room above Annies Wine Bar in the City Arts Centre.
Links: NZ.com
1 Jul 1995The second annual Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The ball is to celebrate "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transpeople pride." It will be held at The Mill, 2 Powderham Street in New Plymouth.
Links: NZ.com
22 Jul 1995The Hawke's Bay Queer Event takes place (Napier, New Zealand)
The event is advertised as "meeting, dancing, drinking and generally doing some wild stuff in Napier, at the Bay City Club from 9pm."
Links: NZ.com
24 Jul 1995The third annual Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
The week is organised by the Waikato Student Union and Queers on Campus.
Links: NZ.com
7 Aug 1995The University Of Canterbury Gay Pride Week is held (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
The week is advertised as a "celebration of lesbian, gay and bisexual sexuality." It takes place in the Student Union Building, and runs from 7 - 11 August.
Links: NZ.com
19 Aug 1995The fifth annual AIDS Benefit Concert for the Hamilton branch of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation takes place (Hamilton, New Zealand)
The concert is hosted by broadcaster Lianne Clarke and held at the Trustbank Community Theatre. The Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard attends in her capacity as patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.
Links: NZ.com
26 Aug 1995The twelfth annual Auckland Lesbian Ball takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The ball is held for the third time at the Hyatt Convention Centre. Proceeds from the event go to the support group LESO - Lesbian Education and Support Organisation.
Links: NZ.com
3 Sep 1995Pianist Michael Houston performs a benefit concert for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (Auckland, New Zealand)
The performance takes place at the School of Music, University of Auckland.
Links: NZ.com
11 Sep 1995The Auckland University Pride Week takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The week is organised by a combined group from Unigays, Women loving Women, Dykes on Campus and Uni Goblet. It runs from 11 - 16 September.
Links: NZ.com
30 Sep 1995The third annual Hamilton Pride Party takes place (Hamilton, New Zealand)
The party takes place in the Quadrangle next to the gay Next Door Bar. The theme is Greek gods and goddesses.
Links: NZ.com
Oct 1995Gays and Lesbians in University Employment at Victoria University of Wellington (GLUE-VUW) is established (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group is set up by Victoria University staff.
Links: NZ.com
Oct 1995The Queer News Aotearoa (QNA) website begins (New Zealand)
Links: QNA
11 Oct 1995A coming out party is held to celebrate National Coming Out Day (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at the National Library of New Zealand and organised by the National Library Lesbian and Gay Network, and the Friends of the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ). The party starts at 5.30pm.
Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia
21 Oct 1995Georgina Beyer is elected Mayor of Carterton (Carterton, New Zealand)
Beyer becomes the world's first openly transexual mayor.
Links: Wikipedia
21 Oct 1995The Riding the Rainbow conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Pink Health conference focuses on lesbian and gay health and is held at the Wellington College of Education. Speakers include Raz Bloomfield and Neville Creighton.
Links: NZ.com
5 Nov 1995Martin Dickson is licensed as a Presbyterian minister (New Zealand)
Dickson is the first openly gay man to be licensed in New Zealand by the Presbyterian church. In 1999 the Sunday Star Times reported that despite being licensed as a minister, no congregation wanted him. "One thing I've learnt is people often have quite good intentions, but the last thing they want in their Church is conflict."
Links: Sunday Star Times
25 Nov 1995The second annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Broadcasters Anita McNaught and Neil Waka will start the Walk from Victoria Park at 11am. The route goes up College Hill, along Ponsonby, K' Rd and Queen St to Aotea Square.
Links: NZ.com
1 Dec 1995World AIDS Day is commemorated (Auckland, New Zealand)
This year's theme is: shared rights, shared responsibility. In Auckland, the Quilt and Baton of Hope march is held. The Quilt is carried up Queen Street with 400 placards representing people who have died from AIDS related conditions in New Zealand. Events also take place in Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson.
Links: NZ.com, New Zealand AIDS Quilt
2 Dec 1995The first Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The event is held at the Ministry for "lesbians, gays, bisexuals and their friends."
Links: NZ.com
3 Dec 1995The AIDS Media Awards takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The New Zealand AIDS Foundation event is hosted by Ginette McDonald and Anita McNaught. It also features Michael Parmenter performing a dance from his work A Long Undressing. The event is held at the Sheraton Auckland Hotel and Towers.
Links: NZ.com
3 Dec 1995The Coming Out Day parade takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade begins at 2pm from Three Lamps Plaza, goes along Ponsonby Road and ends at Western Park. The 1994 parade attracted approximately 3,000 people.
Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia
9 Dec 1995The controversial Robert Mapplethorpe Retrospective exhibition shows at the City Gallery Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
City Gallery Director Paula Savage said "His work documents a pre-AIDS era in New York when homosexuality was given a social acceptability unseen for decades, perhaps centuries, and gay cultural blossomed." The exhibition runs from 9 December 1995 - 20 February 1996.
Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia, City Gallery
23 Dec 1995The Dyke Ball takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
1996Mani Bruce Mitchell publicly comes out as Intersex (New Zealand)
Mani is recognised as the first out Intersex person in New Zealand
Links: PrideNZ
1996Patrick Clotworthy stabs Wayne Cowan six times while shouting anti gay comments (Auckland, New Zealand)
Clotworthy later pleads guilty in 1997 and was initally sentenced to a 2 year suspended sentence but this was appealed by the Crown. In June 1998 his sentence was increased to 3 years imprisonment
Links: Sensible Sentencing Trust
1996The first Miss Riwaka Beauty Pagent is held (Nelson, New Zealand)
The first pageant was held as a private function.
Links: NZ.com
1996The Topp Twins television series begins (New Zealand)
The series features the twins as Camp Mother and Camp Leader
199610 Years Since The Bill is published by Spectrum (Nelson, New Zealand)
The booklet is published on the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, and recalls the campaign and perspectives of people in the Nelson region. The text is later published online.
Links: Spectrum
1996Growing up gay : New Zealand men tell their stories by James Allan is published
1996Queer Nation begins screening on TVNZ
It became the world's longest running free-to-air TV programme for an LGBT audience
Jan 1996Labour MP Judith Tizard proposes legalising same-sex marriage (New Zealand)
19 Jan 1996The play Eugenia premieres at Taki Rua Depot Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Eugenia is written and stars Lorae Parry. It's based on the life of Eugenia Falleni.
Links: Wikipedia
25 Jan 1996Composer Jonathan Larson dies (New York, United States of America)
Larson's musical Rent was just days away from opening on Broadway when he passed away.
Links: New York Times
27 Jan 1996The Spectrum website is launched (Nelson, New Zealand)
The website is one of the earliest group websites for gay and bisexual men in New Zealand.
Links: Spectrum
5 Feb 1996The first broadcast of Express Report occurs (New Zealand)
The programme is a regular rainbow tv news and current affairs show. It is later called Out There.
8 Feb 1996Pride Stories our Mothers never told Us takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The event is organised by the Pride Centre as part of the HERO Festival. It takes place at Footsteps Nightclub and features Mary O'Hagan, Clare Bear Reader, Robert Leak, Karin Kahurangi and Frankie Hill, poet and activist Uma Kali-Shakti, and comedian Philip Patston.
Links: NZ.com
22 Feb 1996The Gay Association of Professionals (GAP) is formed in Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Association changes its name to Rainbow Wellington in the mid-2000s.
Mar 1996Tai Tahi Marsters is acquitted of attempted murder and causing Jim Curtis grievous bodily harm (New Zealand)
Marsters hit Curtis using a glass decanter. Curtis is left with brain damage while Marsters is acquitted of both attempted murder and assault. At his trial Marsters uses the homosexual panic defence, claiming Curtis made a sexual advance.
Links: Parliamentary debate
5 Mar 1996The Census forms are constructed so the number of same-sex couples can be counted (New Zealand)
Every person in a household is provided with their own individual form which includes questions about who they are living with. By cross-referencing data the number of same-sex couples living together can be calculated.
Links: Stats NZ
19 Apr 1996The Pride Centre opens at its new premises (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Centre is located at 33 Wyndham Street,between Albert and Hobson St, inside the Peoples Centre.
Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)
24 Apr 1996The High Court hears an application by three lesbian couples seeking a ruling on the legality of their marriage applications (New Zealand)
16 May 1996Sexual Healing? a documentary featuring former homosexual Noel Mosen is broadcast on TV One (New Zealand)
A number of people complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority about the content. The complaints are upheld in November 1996.
Links: BSA
19 May 1996The 13th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
This year's theme is: AIDS discrimination is a global epidemic - together we can overcome it. Blocks of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt are displayed in New Plymouth, Wellington, Invercargill and Auckland. Events take place in Taranaki, Waikato, Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland and Nelson.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, NZ.com
30 May 1996The High Court rules that marriage in common law means between a man and woman (New Zealand)
23 Jun 1996The Dunedin Pride festival takes place (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 23 June-6 July. The festival begins with a dog show and soccer match and ends with a Masquerade Ball.
Links: NZ.com
5 Jul 1996The Presbyterian Church rules that lesbian and gay people may not be licensed or ordained as elders or ministers or put in positions of leadership (New Zealand)
The decision was to be reviewed again in 1998.
6 Jul 1996The Gays and Lesbians Everywhere in Education (GLEE) National conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The theme of the conference is: empowering lesbians and gays in education.
Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)
18 Jul 1996Singer Shona Laing comes out as bisexual during a concert performance (New Zealand)
Laing's coming out was reported in Express magazine.
Links: Wikipedia
Aug 1996Gays and Lesbians in Business (GLIB) is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
21 Sep 1996The Riding the Rainbow '96 conference takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Pink Health conference's theme is self esteem.
Links: NZ.com
Oct 1996The building that housed Club 47 is demolished (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The building also used be the home of the Shelias Arms in 1992.
Links: Fiona Clark
12 Oct 1996MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) is defeated in the first MMP General Election (Auckland region, New Zealand)
Carter was New Zealalnd's first openly gay Member of Parliament. He returned to Parliament in 1999.
Links: Wikipedia
12 Oct 1996Tim Barnett (Christchurch Central, Labour Party) is elected in the first MMP General Election (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Barnett, who is openly gay, would subsequently introduce the Prostitution Reform Bill 2003 and was heavily involved in the passing of the Civil Union Bill 2004.
Links: Wikipedia, Parliament
4 Nov 1996Bryan James Gardner murders David Shore in a hotel room (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Gardener is sentenced to life imprisonment in May 1997.
Links: Sensible Sentencing Trust
14 Nov 1996A complaint against the Sexual Healing? documentary is upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (New Zealand)
The documentary featured former homosexual Noel Mosen, and broadcast on TV One on 16 May 1996.
Links: BSA
23 Nov 1996The third annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Walk leaves from Victoria Park. Broadcaster Anita McNaught announces the start of the walk.
Links: NZ.com
30 Nov 1996The first annual Pride Weekend takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Staircase Nightclub hosts a Pride Party. A Pride Parade takes place on 1 December at 2pm - from Three Lamps Ponsonby to Western Park. It's followed by a Pride Picnic.
Links: NZ.com
1 Dec 1996World AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand)
1997The Government stops funding Consistency 2000 - the Human Rights Commission's investigation into discriminatory legislation (New Zealand)
1997Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Peter Wells and Rex Pilgrim is published (New Zealand)
1997Broadsheet publication ends (New Zealand)
1997Emerging tribe: gay culture in New Zealand in the 1990s by Nigel Gearing is published (New Zealand)
2 Jan 1997Morals campaigner Keith Hay dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Hay took a lead role in campaigning against homosexual law reform in 1985/86.
Links: Te Ara
Feb 1997The Devotion parade is held through the inner city (Wellington, New Zealand)
A group of fundamentalist Christians protest along the parade route
1 Feb 1997The second Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The party is at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street.
Links: NZ.com
7 Feb 1997The HERO festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 7 - 22 February.
Links: NZ.com, New Zealand AIDS Quilt
22 Feb 1997The HERO parade takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade runs from Crummer Road, into Ponsonby Road and then down to Three Lamps. It's broadcast on TV3.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Quilt
27 Feb 1997Labour MP Tim Barnett gives his maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
Mar 1997Branches of the Gay and Lesbian Labour Party are formed by Tim Barnett and Chris Carter in Auckland and Christchurch (New Zealand)
26 Mar 1997The Awhina Centre in Mein Street is badly damaged by a suspected arson (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre moves to Tory Street
13 Apr 1997Alyson Murrie-West is licensed as a Presbyterian minister at St Andrews-on-the-Terrace (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1997Patrick Clotworthy pleads guilty to assaulting Wayne Cowan in a side street off Karangahape Road (Auckland, New Zealand)
Clotworthy stabbed Cowan six times in 1996 while shouting anti gay comments. He was initally sentenced to a 2 year suspended sentence but this was appealed by the Crown. In June 1998 his sentence was increased to 3 years imprisonment
Links: Sensible Sentencing Trust
4 May 1997International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
The memorial is moved earlier in May this year to accommodate dates in the USA calendar (generally the memorial is held on the 3rd Sunday in May).
Links: New Zealand AIDS Quilt
7 May 1997The world's first Intersex Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Intersex Society of New Zealand (Aotearoa) is founded by Mani Bruce Mitchell
26 May 1997Bryan James Gardner is sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering David Shore in November 1996 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Gardner tried unsuccessfully to use the homosexual panic defence.
Links: Sensible Sentencing Trust
Sep 1997Auckland City Council refuses to fund the Hero Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
The organisers had asked for $32,000 to crowd barriers and cleanup
1 Nov 1997The second Miss Riwaka Beauty Pageant is held (Nelson, New Zealand)
The event is held at Braemar Gym, with formal dress (ball gown or suit).
Links: NZ.com
10 Nov 1997Richard Leonard is found guilty of killing Stephen Dempsey with a crossbow in 1994 (Sydney, Australia)
Leonard claimed it was an act of self-defence after Dempsey propositioned him. Leonard was also found guilty of murdering a taxi driver. He was sentenced to life in prison
Links: Forensic Investigators
12 Nov 1997The Rev. David Bromell, an openly gay man, is ordained in the Methodist Church (New Zealand)
29 Nov 1997The fourth annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
17 Dec 1997The Court of Appeal turns down three lesbian couples' appeal against a High Court ruling against same-sex marriage (New Zealand)
1998The 13th annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
1998Vanity fierce by Graeme Aitken is published (New Zealand)
1 Jan 1998Jacqui Grant is made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (New Zealand)
Grant is given the award for her work as a foster parent to more than 60 children. She is affectionately known as the tranny granny of the West Coast
Links: Te Ara, A Gender Variance Whos Who
5 Feb 1998The Hero festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 5 - 21 February.
Links: NZ.com
7 Feb 1998The Freedom festival and dance party take place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Freedom dance party takes place on 14 Feburary at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street. Various other events take place: an art exhibition 3 - 21 February, a film festival 7 - 13 February, a picnic on 8 February, a cocktail party on 9 February and Bar Olympics on 12 February.
Links: NZ.com
21 Feb 1998The HERO parade takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade begins at 8.45pm and runs along Ponsonby Road. It includes 60 plus floats.
Links: NZ.com(1), NZ.com(2)
22 Feb 1998The HERO parade is broadcast on TV3 (New Zealand)
The parade happened the day earlier in Auckland and is broadcast nationally on Sunday at 9.30pm.
Links: NZ.com
14 Mar 1998The Out of the Comfort Zone conference takes place (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The conference is organised by Taranaki Pride Alliance and is advertised as "a 2 day conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, takataapui and transpeople focusing on community building."
Links: NZ.com
9 Apr 1998Dare, Truth or Promise by Paula Boock wins the NZ Post Children's Book Award (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
27 Apr 1998Anti-homosexual stickers are distributed across Victoria University campus (Wellington, New Zealand)
Salient magazine reports that at least a dozen commercially produced stickers which describe homosexuality as shameful and unnatural have been distributed across campus, one targeting Shane Town who had recently completed his PhD research on the difficulties faced by young gay men in New Zealand's secondary schools.
May 1998The Government announces a Human Rights Amendment that will prolong the Government's exemption from the Human Rights Commission Act indefinitely (New Zealand)
17 May 1998International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
Jul 1998Camp Mother (a.k.a. Lynda Topp) announces she will run for Mayor of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)
Topp decides to run against Les Mills who was against the Hero festival. She withdraws two weeks before the election
Jul 1998The Defacto Property Bill is introduced (New Zealand)
It aims to standardise disposal of property on death or separation of unmarried couples (but not same-sex ones)
Jul 1998The Labour Relations Bill is introduced, granting same-sex partners leave for partners' sickness (New Zealand)
10 Jul 1998Presbyterian General Assembly bans ordination of practising gay men or lesbians for one year (New Zealand)
5 Aug 1998Hamilton District Court rules a lesbian is liable for maintenance of a child born to her ex-partner during their relationship (Hamilton, New Zealand)
There are no corresponding custody rights
19 Aug 1998National Government introduces a Human Rights Amendment saying it will bring Government into line with HRC Act (with some exceptions) (New Zealand)
30 Aug 1998Artist Toss Woollaston dies (Tasman region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
12 Oct 1998Matthew Shepard is killed in Wyoming (United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
22 Oct 1998New Zealand Navy announces a gay-friendly policy (New Zealand)
It includes the issuing of pink triangle stickers to identify "safe places"
26 Nov 1998The Government's Human Rights Amendment Bill is defeated (New Zealand)
27 Nov 1998Auckland City Council under new Mayor Christine Fletcher grants $15,000 for Hero Parade cleanup (Auckland, New Zealand)
28 Nov 1998The fifth HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Walk starts at 11am, leaving from Victoria Park.
Links: NZ.com
5 Dec 1998The Awhina World AIDS Day variety concert is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The concert takes place in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa, with funds raised going to the Awhina Centre.
Links: Te Papa
1999Get used to it! children of gay and lesbian parents by Pat Rosier and Myra Hauschild published (New Zealand)
1999OUT! Magazine ends publication (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
1999When two men embrace: the New Zealand anthology of gay and lesbian poetry by Jonathan Fisher published (New Zealand)
19 Mar 1999Dancer Freda Stark dies
Links: Te Ara
9 May 1999Teenager Jeff Whittington dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Whittington was murdered in Wellington by Jason Meads and Stephen Smith
Links: Wikipedia
16 May 1999International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
3 Dec 1999Jason Meads and Stephen Smith are found guilty of murdering teenager Jeff Whittington (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia