Historical Events in the 2010s

2010Communication by Number 8 Films is released
2010Men Alone, Men Together by Mark Beehre is published
16 May 2010International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
5 Jul 2010Television current affairs: where is the support for people living with AIDS in Papua New Guinea?
Native Affairs, ref F200347.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
30 Oct 2010An article profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force is published in Your Weekend (Dominion Post) (New Zealand)
Out in Uniform, an article by Beck Eleven, is published in Your Weekend (Fairfax) magazine profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force including Major Brendan Wood and Lieutenant Commander Kevin Sanderson, Flight Sergeant Annette Walding and Flight Lieutenant Stu Pearce
5 Nov 2010Phillip Sanders and David Galloway are found guilty of the manslaughter of Diksy Jones
Galloway was [finally] sentenced to nine years imprisonment, and Sanders nine years and six months
22 Nov 2010Television news report: Pope Benedict XVI suggests condoms can be a means of preventing HIV transmission ((worldwide))
Interviewees include Austen Ivereigh and Jason Warriner. TV3 news, ref F203361. One News, ref F203085.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
2011The Colonel's Outing by Number 8 Films is released
12 Jan 2011Television news report: Condemnation of Cook Island's treatment of a worker who is HIV+ (New Zealand)
Features interviews with Patrick Holmes and Dr Jason Myers. One news, ref F203457.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
13 Jan 2011Television news report: a worker in the Cook Islands has tested positive for HIV (New Zealand)
One news, ref F203458.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
16 Jan 2011A lesbian couple's business is burnt down in a continued serious of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads
13 Feb 2011Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
13 Feb 2011Television news report: the leaders of the two main political parties attend Big Gay Out (New Zealand)
Features PM John Key, Phil Goff, and Jordan Harris from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. TV3 news, ref F206698.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
7 Mar 2011Jason Meads is released from prison after serving a sentence for murdering Jeff Whittington in 1999 (New Zealand)
Links: Stuff, Wikipedia
12 Mar 20112nd AsiaPacific Outgames is held in Wellington
The games ran for a week and included sports and cultural events plus a human rights conference
12 Mar 2011Queen of the Whole Universe (a slightly queer beauty pageant) takes place at the Opera House (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Scoop
16 Mar 20112nd AsiaPacific Outgames Human Rights Conference is held in Wellington
15 May 2011International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
25 Jun 2011Sitaleki Koloamatangi attacks Trevor Kaukau leaving him severely brain damaged. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Koloamatangi is later sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
Links: GayNZ, NZ Hearld
3 Oct 2011A couple's car is targetted in an ongoing series of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads
8 Oct 2011Carmen Rupe celebrates her 75th birthday at The Taxi Club (Sydney, Australia)
19 Oct 2011Willie Ahsee is found guilty of the manslaughter of Denis Phillips
20 Oct 2011Around 200 people march on parliament campaigning for gay marriage and adoption. (Wellington, New Zealand)
The march was part of the LegaliseLove campaign.
Links: GayNZ
29 Oct 2011Frank Lund (a.k.a. Toni Roget) dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Frankie was a female impersonator who created elaborate outfits (a number of them now are held by Te Papa)
19 Nov 2011Piri Norris and Justin Elder have the first civil union at Parliament
10 Dec 2011Phillip Cottrell is assaulted while working home and subsequently dies, Wellington
15 Dec 2011Carmen Rupe dies (Sydney, Australia)
Carmen was a New Zealand-Australian performer, brothel keeper, anti-discrimination activist, would-be politician, and HIV AIDS activist.
Links: GayNZ.com
15 Dec 2011Willie Ahsee is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of Denis Phillips
21 Jan 2012Out in the Square is held in Civic Square, Wellington
It is the 27th annual gay and lesbian fair to be held in Wellington
23 Jan 2012Roman Skorek is stabbed to death in Kuirau Park, Rotorua
Four young men were charged with his murder
12 Feb 2012Andreas Derleth wins Mr Gay New Zealand 2012 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ
12 Feb 2012Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier, Auckland
It is estimated 14,000 people attended
14 Feb 2012A lesbian couple saboutage the "win a divource" promotion on the The Rock radio station (New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
15 Feb 2012Green MP Jan Logie makes her maiden speech in Parliament
Logie describes herself as a "leftie, feminist lesbian"
16 Feb 2012Sam Johnson wins Young New Zealander of the Year
Johnson was the founder of the Student Volunteer Army that assisted during the Christchurch earthquake recovery
28 Feb 2012Nicholas Nitro is convicted on a charge of receiving commercial sexual services from a person aged sixteen
Nitro is the co-owner of the Closet cruise club in Christchurch
28 Feb 2012Sitaleki Koloamatangi is sentenced to 12 months in jail for attacking Trevor Kaukau
Koloamatangi was charging with "injuring that, had death been caused, he would have been guilty of manslaughter". Kaukau was left severely brain damaged
3 Mar 2012Sea of Love float honouring Carmen Rupe is part of the Sydney Mardi Gras, Australia
4 Mar 2012Television current affairs: Australian report on living with HIV (New Zealand)
60 minutes, ref F220747.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
12 Apr 2012Flags are flown at half-mast in memory of Corporal Douglas Hughes
Flags are flown at half-mast on the final day of his tangi. Hughes committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being questioned about a situation with a subordinate soldier.
Links: MCH
19 Apr 2012Johnny Croskery dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Croskery was a female impersonator, volunteer and activist.
Links: Tapatoru
14 May 2012Television current affairs: Campbell Live looks at a boy with HIV (New Zealand)
Ref F221798.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
20 May 2012International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
1 Jul 2012The Topp Twins first ever museum exhibition opens at the Waikato Coalfields Museum in Huntly (New Zealand)
The exhibition, called Six Strings and Politics, opened with a concert featuring the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and the Cultural Performance Group from Huntly College
7 Jul 2012Hui Putahi is held at Tapu te Ranga Marae (Wellington, New Zealand)
The hui runs from 7-10 July.
Links: PrideNZ.com
29 Aug 2012The first reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
30 Nov 2012Former MP Katherine O'Regan apologies for not including transgender people in the anti-discrimination measures of the Human Rights Act 1993 (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
28 Feb 2013Coroner Gordon Matenga rules Corporal Douglas Hughes committed suicide (New Zealand)
Links: Stuff
13 Mar 2013The second reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
27 Mar 2013The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) debates the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
MP Jacinda Ardern notes that her great uncle was imprisoned in 1948 for three years as the result of his sexuality.
Links: PrideNZ.com
29 Mar 2013Former MP Warren Freer dies (New Zealand)
17 Apr 2013The third reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill passes its third and final reading: 77 ayes / 44 noes.
Links: PrideNZ.com
21 Jun 2013Artist Meg Torwl dies
Links: North Shore News, PrideNZ.com
11 Aug 2013Police search for Phillip Edwards after a child is abducted. (Auckland, New Zealand)
In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee.
Links: Gay NZ
19 Aug 2013The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 is enacted (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
22 Aug 2013Actor Wentworth Miller comes out in an open letter protesting Russia's anti-gay laws. (United States of America)
Miller is best know for his role in the tv series Prison Break.
Links: Stuff
31 Aug 2013A quiz night raises $1,500 for the new Body Positive office in Wellington. (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
31 Aug 2013An event to honour Peter Taylor is held at St Matthew-in-the-City. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Taylor, who has been unwell for a number of years, tells media that he will stop medical treatments after the event.
Links: Gay NZ
3 Sep 2013Coroner H Brandt Shortland finds a teenager bullied for being "feminine", committed suicide. (New Zealand)
Marvin Te Maunga Te Kotahitanga Peihopa died on 5 April 2009.
Links: Stuff
3 Sep 2013Phillip Edwards is arrested after a child was abducted in August and later found abandoned. (Auckland, New Zealand)
In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee.
Links: Gay NZ
10 Sep 2013A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington, New Zealand)
The tour is organised by the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand.
Links: Gay Express
10 Sep 2013David Cunliffe stands down a campaign worker during his bid for the Labour Party leadership. (New Zealand)
Jennie Michie is quoted as remarking earlier "It would be naive to imagine that there would be no resistance to a gay prime minister at this point".
Links: Gay NZ
16 Sep 2013Peter Taylor, a well known Auckland personality dies. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Taylor died shortly after stopping treatments for long-term HIV and leishmaniasis infections.
Links: GayNZ.com (1), GayNZ.com (2)
25 Sep 2013Correction Minister Anne Tolley announces that transgender prisoners will be housed according to their legal sex. (New Zealand)
At the time of the announcement there were nine transgender offenders in the prison system.
Links: Stuff
27 Sep 2013A national conference on HIV is held. (Auckland, New Zealand)
The conference heard about the growing evidence of links between HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhoea and the HPV virus.
Links: Gay NZ
27 Sep 2013Paul Findlay resigns as a board-member of youth group Q-topia. (Christchurch, New Zealand)
A sexting conversation was publicized in the media allegedly between Findlay and a person identifying themselves as a fifteen-year-old.
Links: NZ Herald, GayNZ
28 Sep 2013A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Gay Express
28 Sep 2013NZ AIDS Foundation kaumatua Aunty Wai Mason dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ, NZ AIDS Foundation, PrideNZ.com
30 Sep 2013A public meeting is held to discuss safety on Karangahape Road. (Auckland, New Zealand)
The meeting follows an increase in violence towards rainbow people in the K'Road area.
Links: K'rd Community Safety
1 Oct 2013Nathan Verhelst, a Belgium transsexual, dies through euthanasia
Verhelst told media "None of these [gender reassignment] operations worked as desired ... I do not want to be a monster."
Links: Stuff
1 Oct 2013Solicitor General Mike Heron declines a request for a second Coronial Inquiry into the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes. (New Zealand)
Hughes committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being questioned about a situation with a subordinate soldier.
Links: Gay NZ
11 Oct 2013The Beyond conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference is organised by the Queer Avengers (Wellington) and aims to address the lived experiences of queer/trans people in relation to identity, race, disability, the media, healthcare, parenting, education and imprisonment (among others).
Links: PrideNZ.com
17 Oct 2013Geno Sisneros' complaint against the Anglican Church is dismissed by the Human Rights Tribunal. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Sisneros complained that the Bishop of Auckland had prevented him from becoming a priest because of his sexuality.
Links: Gay NZ
19 Oct 2013The Government announces it will send a diplomat to watch over New Zealanders attending the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (New Zealand)
Various Members of Parliament had requested the government help protect rainbow people at the games from discrimination and harassment.
Links: Gay NZ
26 Oct 2013Dramatist and performer Paul Jenden dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jenden was a lyricist, writer and choreographer of numerous New Zealand productions.
Links: GayNZ.com, Stuff
10 Nov 2013The first Gay wedding expo takes place in New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand)
The expo at the Ellerslie Event Centre showcases over 150 wedding professionals.
Links: Gay Wedding show
27 Dec 2013Entrepreneur Tony Katavich dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Katavich created the Out! business empire with Brett Sheppard.
Links: GayNZ.com
7 Feb 2014Auckland Pride is held. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
19 Feb 2014The second reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
6 Apr 2014Dr Charles Farthing dies (China)
Farthing was a pioneering doctor specialising in the early recognition and treatment of HIV/AIDS. He died while traveling in Hong Kong.
Links: New Zealand Medical Journal, Wikipedia
9 Apr 2014The third reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill passed its third reading unanimously.
Links: PrideNZ.com
6 Nov 2014Hui Takataapui takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
The hui is held at Te Papa-o-Rotu Marae, Whatawhata.
Links: PrideNZ.com
7 May 2015Composer Jack Body receives the Icon Award - the Arts Foundation of New Zealand's highest honour (Wellington, New Zealand)
The ceremony takes place at Mary Potter Hospice. Body dies three days later after a long battle with cancer.
Links: SOUNZ, Wikipedia
10 May 2015Composer Jack Body dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
3 Oct 2015Author William Taylor dies (Taumarunui, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.com (1), GayNZ.com (2), NZ Society of Authors
22 Jan 2016Trans Prisoner Day of Action is marked (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Indy Media
17 Feb 2016Ferdinand Ambach is released from prison and immediately deported to Hungary (Auckland region, New Zealand)
Ambach, a tourist to New Zealand, was found guilty in 2009 of the manslaughter of Auckland pensioner Ronald Brown. Originally charged with murder, Ambach successfully used the provocation (gay panic) defence, claiming Brown had made an unwanted homosexual advance.
Links: Stuff
11 Mar 2016The first ever intersex workshop is held in New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
22 Apr 2016Shift hui takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT and is for young people of diverse sexualities, sexes and genders. The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay.
Links: PrideNZ.com
6 Jul 2016The rainbow flag is flown for the first time at Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The rainbow flag is flown for the first time on the forecourt of Parliament to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform.
14 Feb 2017The children's fairy tale book Promised Land is published (New Zealand)
The book is co-authored by Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris.
Links: PrideNZ.com
15 May 2017Vicki Letele dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Letele, who was serving a prison term for fraud, was denied parole in October 2016, but was released on compassionate grounds in November 2016 to spend her final months with loved ones.
Links: GayNZ
17 May 2017Chelsea Manning is released from US military prison (United States of America)
Manning, a former US military intelligence analyst, was released after serving seven years in a US military prison for passing on classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning's 35-year sentence was commuted by President Obama just before he left office.
17 May 2017The rainbow flag is flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington, New Zealand)
The rainbow flag is flown for the second time at Parliament to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia (the first time the flag flew was on 6 July 2016 to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform)
20 May 2017The Topp Twins exhibtion shows at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
The exhibition, curated by Sian Torrington, runs from 20 May - 29 October 2017
21 May 2017International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City (Auckland, New Zealand)
This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand.
21 May 2017International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at Tararua Tramping Club (Wellington, New Zealand)
This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand.
Links: PrideNZ
23 May 2017Butch: a photographic exploration by Rachel Hoskin exhibits at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
The exhibition runs from 23 May - 18 June 2017.
29 May 2017Data released today shows that 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2016 in New Zealand (New Zealand)
The data from the AIDS Epidemiology Group showed that in 2016, 217 men and 27 women were diagnosed HIV+, the highest numbers ever recorded in New Zealand.
Links: RNZ
31 May 2017GayNZ.com ends (New Zealand)
Based in Auckland, GayNZ.com was a daily news and features website. It also had forums, an event calendar, scene photographs, business listings and personal ads. Many of the articles have been archived online by multiple sites. A new website with the same name was launched in 2019.
Links: PrideNZ.com
2 Jun 2017Dr David Lim is found guilty of stupefying and indecently assaulting patients (Hastings, New Zealand)
Links: Stuff
7 Jun 2017PPTA calls for gender-neutral uniforms and toilets be introduced into schools (New Zealand)
The Taranaki Daily News reports that in its latest voluntary guidelines, the Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) calls for gender-neutral uniforms and toilets be introduced into schools.
Links: Stuff.co.nz
16 Jun 2017LGBTI rainbow advocate Aaron Fleming receives a Blake Leader Award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust (Wellington, New Zealand)
The award was presented to Fleming by the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington.
Links: Stuff
16 Jun 2017Mika X is confirmed as The Opportunities Party (TOP) candidate for the Auckland Central Electorate (Auckland, New Zealand)
TOP was founded by philanthropist Gareth Morgan in November 2016.
Links: Scoop
16 Jun 2017Purple Onion - a dance work inspired by the drag venue - is performed by Le Moana at the Hannah Playhouse (Wellington, New Zealand)
The dance work had two performances - Friday and Saturday night at 9.30pm
Links: Stuff
20 Jun 2017Athlete Blake Skjellerup says leading sporting bodies still aren't doing enough to counteract homophobia (New Zealand)
Stuff reports Skjellerup saying "I still think within the professional sporting environment in New Zealand there is a fear by administration and athletes to step outside of the status quo, and to go against what has always been done, or in this case, not be done."
Links: Stuff
30 Jun 2017Germany's Bundestag votes to legalize same-sex marriage
The Bill is passed 393-226, with 4 abstentions and 7 absentees.
Links: Wikipedia
4 Jul 2017Sportsperson Cory McLennan reveals to the NZ Herald that he almost gave up on the sport due to fears about coming out as gay (New Zealand)
Aged 19, McLeannan was the youngest person to sail solo from Port Taranaki, New Zealand to Mooloolaba, Australia. He came out in 2015. In 2017 he launched the Rainbow Racing project to promote a message of acceptance and inclusiveness
Links: NZ Herald
5 Jul 2017Creative New Zealand announces writer Paul Diamond is the latest recipient of the Berlin Writers Residency (New Zealand)
Diamond will spend up to 11 months in Berlin researching and writing a book about former Whanganui mayor, Charles Mackay, who was killed in Berlin in 1929 while working as a journalist
Links: Creative New Zealand
6 Jul 2017Parliament apologies for the hurt and stigma caused by the historic criminalisation of consensual homosexual activity (New Zealand)
During the first reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill, Justice Minister Amy Adams read the following apology "Today we are putting on the record that this house deeply regrets the hurt and stigma suffered by the many hundreds of New Zealand men who were turned into criminals by a law that was profoundly wrong, and for that, we are sorry."
Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
6 Jul 2017The first reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill unanimously passes its first reading.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
9 Jul 2017In a radio interview National MP Chester Borrows says he has changed his mind on same-sex marriage (New Zealand)
The departing Member of Parliament talks about how, after voting against Marriage Equality, now supports it. As celebrant he has married a gay couple
Links: RNZ
12 Jul 2017Alison Mau is announced as a finalist in the Women of Influence awards (New Zealand)
Established in 2012, the awards are run by Fairfax Media
Links: Stuff
18 Jul 2017Johnny Lumsden admits in court to endangering the health of three men by criminal nuisance (Christchurch, New Zealand)
After lying about his HIV status, Lumsden has unprotected sex with three men he met through social media
Links: Stuff
23 Jul 2017Auckland Pastor Logan Robertson calls for gay people to be shot (Auckland, New Zealand)
During a sermon at the Westcity Bible Bapist Church, Past Robertson states he isn't against homosexuals getting married "as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss...that's what should happen". Excerpts of the video sermon are then uploaded to Youtube.
Links: NZ Herald, PrideNZ
18 Aug 2017Dr David Lim is sentenced to five years in prison for indecently assaulting five male patients (New Zealand)
Dr Lim was sentenced in the Napier District Court
18 Aug 2017Police say Pastor Logan Robertson committed no criminal offence with his hate speech (Auckland, New Zealand)
In a sermon on 23 July, Robertson from the WestCity Bible Baptist Church in Avondale said "I'm not against [homosexuals] getting married as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss...that's what should happen". Police issued a statement to Newshub stating "no criminal offence has been committed".
Links: Newshub
18 Aug 2017The National Day of Silence is held (New Zealand)
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.
Links: Day of Silence
23 Sep 2017The General Election sees at least seven rainbow politicians in Parliament (New Zealand)
Louisa Wall, Grant Robertson, Meka Whaitiri, Tamati Coffee and Kiritapu Allan (Labour Party); Jan Logie (Green Party) and Chris Finlayson (National Party)
Links: Gay Express
25 Sep 2017A same-sex couple are denied a church wedding by St Peter's Anglican Church (New Zealand)
The Anglican Church denies Alexandra Saunders and Sara Rimmer the right to marry at St Peter's in Paekakariki. The churches nationwide position is to "uphold Christian marriage as a union of a man and a woman". Priests are not allowed to officiate same-sex marriages.
Links: Stuff
12 Oct 2017The immigration and protection tribunal grants residency to a trans woman on exceptional humanitarian grounds (Auckland, New Zealand)
The tribunal decides she is safer to remain in New Zealand rather than having to return to the United Kingdom where she has suffered years of persecution.
Links: Guardian
28 Oct 2017Aunty Danas Op Shop opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The shop is located in the community centre at 128 Abel Smith Street. The shop raises funds for the national takataapui, transgender, and intersex organisation Gender Minorities Aotearoa.
Links: Aunty Danas
20 Nov 2017Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated around New Zealand (New Zealand)
20 Jan 2018So'oalo To'oto'oali'i Roger Stanley dies (Samoa)
Stanley was the founder and President of the Samoa Fa'afafine Association.
Links: Express, Samoa Observer
2 Feb 2018The Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs until the 18 February.
Links: Auckland Pride Festival
11 Feb 2018Zena Campbell dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Campbell is found in a car in Aro Valley. Her partner was subsequently accused of murder, but the judge dismissed the charge on the day the High Court trial was due to start (12 February 2019). A pathologist said the death was "likely due to methadone and alcohol toxicity, or neck compression or some combination of the two."
Links: Stuff
12 Feb 2018Dana de Milo dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Facebook
17 Feb 2018The Prime Minister marches for the first time in the Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
Featuring more than 50 entries the parade will "march for peace, love and unity at a time of escalating global unrest, when human rights are increasingly under attack all over the world." The parade begins at 7.30pm at the north end of Ponsonby Road, near the Tole Street intersection, before progressing south along Ponsonby Road, and ending just past Western Park. Although former Prime Minister's Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley had attended previous parades, Jacinda Ardern was the first to march in one.
Links: Auckland Pride Festival
24 Feb 2018The Wellington Pride Festival Tu Whakahihi e Te Whanganui-a-Tara takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The festival begins with Out in the Park and runs until 10 March.
Links: Wellington Pride Festival, PrideNZ.com
9 Mar 2018Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announces a Rainbow Crossing on Cuba/Dixon Streets as part of a new rainbow precinct (Wellington, New Zealand)
The pedestrian crossing is due to be unveiled in the middle of 2018.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Stuff
10 Mar 2018The Wellington International Pride Parade takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The parade begins at 7pm in Tennyson Street, moves into Cambridge Terrace, then through Courtenay Place until turning at Taranaki Street towards the waterfront.
Links: PrideNZ.com
20 Mar 2018A vigil is held for Zena Campbell who died on 11 February 2018 (Wellington, New Zealand)
The vigil was organised by Bella Simpson and held in Civic Square.
Links: PrideNZ.com
20 Mar 2018The outside of the Michael Fowler Centre is lit in blue, pink and white lights in memory of Zena Campbell (Wellington, New Zealand)
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester wrote on his Facebook page "We're standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder with the pride and trans community."
Links: PrideNZ
26 Mar 2018The Topp Twins: an exhibition for New Zealand is launched at the National Library (Wellington, New Zealand)
The exhibition runs from the 27 March 2018 - 22 September 2018.
Links: PrideNZ.com
27 Mar 2018The second reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill unanimously passes its second reading.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
28 Mar 2018The Committee of the whole House (Parliament) considers the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill (New Zealand)
The Bill is reported back to the House without amendment. The report is then unanimously adopted.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
31 Mar 2018International Transgender Day of Visibility is held (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
3 Apr 2018The third reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill unanimously passes its third reading.
Links: Parliament.nz
8 Apr 2018The Dunedin Pride 2018 Hui Taurima Kahukura, Otepoti takes place (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The festival is organised by *Q-Squared Trust, a new charitable organisation with a vision to "create an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQIA communities in Dunedin and surrounding areas."
10 Apr 2018Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle says Israel Folau should have "put a positive spin on that same message" (Australia)
Folua had earlier stated that homosexuals would go to "HELL" unless they "repent their sins".
Links: ABC
10 Apr 2018The Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Act 2018 is enacted (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament.nz, Ministry of Justice
20 Apr 2018Shift hui takes place (Wellington region, New Zealand)
The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT for "young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics". It takes place at Horouta Marae in Porirua.
Links: InsideOUT
2 May 2018Former MP Katherine O'Regan dies (Waikato region, New Zealand)
As Associate Minister of Health, O'Regan championed amendments to the Human Rights Act 1993 - outlawing discrimination on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation, and having organisms in the body which might cause disease.
Links: Stuff
17 May 2018The Human Rights Commission joins with the Rainbow NZ Parliamentary Network to commit to twice-yearly community hui (New Zealand)
Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue said "these hui will alternate between Auckland and Wellington every six months, providing a space for the community's voices to be heard by Rainbow leaders in Parliament."
Links: Human Rights Commission
17 May 2018The transgender, bisexual, intersex and rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The flags are flown to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This is also the first time in the world where the intersex flag has been flown in front of the seat of government.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Human Rights Commission, Stuff.co.nz
18 May 2018The annual Pink Shirt Day is marked throughout the country (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, Stuff.co.nz
20 May 2018International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
In Wellington a service is held at the Tararua Tramping Club and in Auckland a service is held at St Matthew in the City.
Links: PrideNZ.com
4 Jun 2018Jacquie Grant becomes an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) (West Coast region, New Zealand)
Grant was awarded the honour for services to the community. She had earlier received the MNZM in 1997.
Links: Stuff.co.nz
4 Jun 2018The Topp Twins are appointed Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand)
The honours for Jools and Lynda Topp were announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Links: Stuff.co.nz
8 Jun 2018New Zealand's first rainbow crossing is launched in Queenstown (New Zealand)
The crossing on Beach Street was opened by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult. It is a joint initiative between Winter Pride (formerly Gay Ski Week QT) and Fluid.
Links: Otago Daily Times
6 Jul 2018Australian police charge Pastor Logan Robertson after allegedly harassing worshippers at two Brisbane mosques (Australia)
Robertson faces deportation back to New Zealand. In July 2017 the Pastor called for gay people to be shot through the head.
Links: RNZ
23 Jul 2018UniQ Victoria pride week takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
8 Sep 2018Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at Q Theatre (Auckland, New Zealand)
Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand.
Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc
9 Sep 2018Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at the Embassy Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand.
Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc
10 Oct 2018Wellington's rainbow crossing is launched (Wellington, New Zealand)
The crossing on lower Cuba Street is New Zealand's second rainbow crossing (the first being in Queenstown).
Links: Stuff.co.nz
16 Oct 2018Media report that the government has lifted the cap on gender affirming surgeries (New Zealand)
Up until this point, the State had only funded 3 male-to-female surgeries and 1 female-to-male every two years. From June 2018 the old cap became the new minimum number of surgeries every two years.
Links: Newsroom, Guardian
22 Oct 2018Kevin Baker, a.k.a. Buffy of Buffy and Bimbo fame, dies (Napier, New Zealand)
Links: Dunstalls
8 Nov 2018The first Government and Partners Rainbow Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Co-organiser Theresa Peters said that "the audience is mostly staff and government agencies. The Rainbow community will be presenting to us; it's about how we review our practices and policies to do better for Rainbow communities."
9 Nov 2018The Board of Auckland Pride confirm their position that the New Zealand Police will not be marching in uniform in the 2019 Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Board said that community feedback "indicated that whilst there is goodwill towards the NZ Police, as an institution they do not currently meet the degree of safety and awareness of intersectionality required by our rainbow communities."
Links: Auckland Pride
14 Nov 2018Choreographer and dancer Douglas Wright dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Stuff.co.nz
19 Dec 2018The Auckland Pride Board announces that it is working towards a grassroots-led Pride Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Board said that "with a more community-based funding model, we have the challenge and opportunity to be creative on what the actual proceeding will look like."
Links: Auckland Pride
1 Feb 2019Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 1-17 February.
Links: Auckland Pride
9 Feb 2019The first #ourmarch attracts an estimated 3,000 people (Auckland, New Zealand)
The #ourmarch grassroots event replaced the Auckland Pride Parade which had been held annually since 2013. The march followed the "graduation route", from Albert Park, up Queen Street to Myers Park.
Links: Gay Express
10 Feb 2019The 20th Big Gay Out takes place at Coyle Park (Auckland, New Zealand)
MP Tamati Coffey announced at the event that he and his partner Tim Smith are expecting their first baby in July.
Links: Stuff.co.nz (1), Stuff.co.nz (2)
12 Feb 2019A judge dismisses the murder charge against the partner of Zena Campbell (Wellington, New Zealand)
Campbell's body was found in a car in Aro Valley on 11 February 2018. Her partner was subsequently accused of murder, but the judge dismissed the charge on the day the High Court trial was due to start. A pathologist said the death was "likely due to methadone and alcohol toxicity, or neck compression or some combination of the two."
Links: Stuff.co.nz
18 Feb 2019Author Peter Wells dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, Stuff.co.nz
25 Feb 2019Minister for Internal Affairs Tracey Martin defers the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Bill (New Zealand)
The Minister wanted to give people more opportunities to submit on the proposed changes as well as seek clarification on legal issues relating to gender self-identification.
Links: NZ Herald
8 Mar 2019Wellington Pride Festival takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The festival runs from the 8 March - 24 March. To date, it is the largest Pride festival the city has seen with 128 events.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Wellington Pride Festival
9 Mar 2019The first Whanganui Pride March is held (Whanganui, New Zealand)
The march went from by the market, along the river bank, over Dublin St Bridge, through Kowhai Park, over the City Bridge to the market.
Links: Facebook
15 Mar 2019The Christchurch mosque massacres take place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
51 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers. Subsequently, numerous public events throughout the country are either cancelled or postponed - include a number of high profile Pride events in Wellington.
Links: Wikipedia
16 Mar 2019Out in the Park and the Pride Hikoi are cancelled following the Christchurch mosque massacres (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Wellington International Pride Parade is also postponed indefinitely.
Links: NZ Herald
17 Mar 2019A Pride church service takes place at St Andrews on the Terrace (Wellington, New Zealand)
Rev Dr Susan Jones reflects on Pride and the Christchurch massacre. The service happens less than 48-hours after the massacre of 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.
Links: PrideNZ.com
18 Mar 2019The Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (New Zealand)
The flags are flown to mark the beginning of the ILGA World Conference 2019. They are flown at half-mast, along with New Zealand's national flag, in memory of those killed in the Christchurch mosque massacres.
Links: Wikimedia (1), Wikimedia (2), MCH
18 Mar 2019The ILGA World Conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference marks the 40th anniversary of ILGA, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. This is the first time the World Conference is held in Oceania.
Links: IGLA conference
18 Mar 2019The Lesbian Community Radio Programme changes its name to the acronym QUILTED BANANAS (Wellington, New Zealand)
The acronym stands for "Queer, Intersectional, Intersex, Lesbian, Takataapui, Trans, Enby (non-binary), Diverse ... Bisexual, Asexual, and Nanas (because a lot of us also identify as nanas). As a metaphor, the name QUILTED BANANAS is about celebrating all the slippery overlaps these communities can have, and how finding your identity within them can be as messy - but also as fun - as trying to quilt with bananas."
Links: Facebook
31 Mar 2019Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters expresses concern at Brunei's intention to fully implement Sharia law (New Zealand)
In a press release he said "New Zealand opposes any kind of discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation. We are also deeply concerned at the use of punishments that are cruel, inhuman or degrading." The laws would allow for the stoning and whipping to death of any citizens that were proved to be gay.
Links: Beehive.co.nz
7 Apr 2019Historian Gavin McLean dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
11 May 2019The Wellington International Pride Parade takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The parade was originally meant to take place on 16 March 2019, but after the Christchurch terror attacks on the 15th, it was moved to 11 May.
Links: PrideNZ, WIPP
17 May 2019The annual anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day is marked throughout the country (New Zealand)
17 May 2019The NZ AIDS Foundation rails against Israel Folau with the #unfolau social media campaign (New Zealand)
The campaign coincides with the annual Pink Shirt Day and IDAHOBIT. The NZAF says on social media "Homophobic comments have real, harmful effects on us. If you support the rainbow community, share this and #UnFolau anyone who thinks homophobia is free speech. Anyone who wants to share their beliefs otherwise, there is a certain bigot we can think of that might care to listen. Your comments will be deleted as we will #UnFolau you." The campaign met with mixed reaction, with some users describing it as bullying itself.
Links: Facebook
19 May 2019International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services take place (New Zealand)
Services are held at St Matthews in the City (Auckland), Lady Goodfellow Chapel (Hamilton) and at the Tararua Tramping Clubrooms (Wellington). The theme for this year is: reduce stigma, ensure access, increase resources, promote involvement.
Links: Facebook
30 May 2019Minister of Finance Grant Robert delivers the Budget which includes $3 million dollars for gender affirmation surgeries (New Zealand)
The Government commits $750,000 every year for the next four years for the surgeries.
Links: Facebook
1 Jun 2019Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki apologies to the rainbow community (Auckland region, New Zealand)
The apology happens during the Love is Greater Than Hate event at Destiny's Stand! Conference. Media report Bishop Tamaki as saying "It has never been my intent to cause hurt or harm." Referring to the Enough is Enough march in 2004, Tamaki said that if he had another chance "we'd do some things differently."
Links: Stuff