All Historical Events

9 Nov 1795(James) Miranda Steuart Barry is born (Ireland)
Links: Wikipedia
3 Nov 1802Missionary William Yate is born (Shropshire, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia, Te Ara
26 Feb 1817Feminist and businesswoman Mary Taylor is born (Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
Taylor was a life-long friend and some say lover of writer Charlotte Bronte.
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
4 Dec 1835Writer Samuel Butler is born (Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net, Te Ara
Dec 1836Missionary William Yate leaves New Zealand (New Zealand)
Yate leaves for England after an inquiry into allegations of sexual activity with some of his male pupils.
Links: Te Ara
1838Charles Paine Pauli is born (Germany)
Pauli later had a relationship with writer Samuel Butler.
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net, Te Ara, Papers Past
6 Feb 1840The Treaty of Waitangi is signed (Waitangi, New Zealand)
New Zealand becomes part of the British Empire. This in turn makes homosexual acts illegal and punishable by death.
Links: NZ History
24 Jul 1845Mary Taylor arrives in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Taylor is a life-long friend and some say lover of writer Charlotte Bronte. She returns to England in 1860.
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
2 Apr 1854Photographer Robert Gant is born (United Kingdom)
Gant is born in Woolwich (now Greater London). At the age of 21 he immigrates to Wellington, New Zealand.
16 Oct 1854Writer Oscar Wilde is born (United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia
18 May 1859Confidence trickster Amy Bock is born (Tasmania, Australia)
Links: Te Ara
26 Sep 1860Photographer Henry Winkelmann is born (Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
Links: Te Ara, Auckland War Memorial Museum
1861The United Kingdom's death penalty for buggery is abolished (United Kingdom)
However, male homosexual acts still remain illegal and are punishable by imprisonment.
Links: Wikipedia
12 Sep 1861Painter Dorothy Richmond is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
Sep 1863Writer Samuel Butler begins a relationship with Charles Paine Pauli (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net, Te Ara, Papers Past
25 Jul 1865James Miranda Steuart Barry dies (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia
17 Jul 1867Hon Major Richardson introduces the Offences Against the Person Bill (1867) (New Zealand)
The Bill states that a person convicted of sodomy can be imprisoned for life and anyone convicted of attempted buggery or an indecent assault on a male can serve up to ten years imprisonment (Offences Against the Person Act 1867 / Unnatural Offences, 58-60).
Links: Early NZ Statutes, Hansard
10 Oct 1867The Offences Against the Person Act (1867) is enacted (New Zealand)
The Act says that a person convicted of sodomy can be imprisoned for life and anyone convicted of attempted buggery or an indecent assault on a male can serve up to ten years imprisonment (refer Unnatural Offences, 58-60).
Links: Early NZ Statutes, Hansard
14 May 1868Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld is born
Links: Wikipedia
14 Sep 1868Alexander Turnbull is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
During his life Turnbull collected a wide variety of manuscripts and documents. He later donated his collection to the country - forming the basis of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
28 Apr 1869Painter Frances Hodgkins is born
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
6 Oct 1874Poet Ursula Bethell is born
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
1875Eugenia Falleni (a.k.a Harry Crawford) is born (Italy)
Falleni lived as a man, married Annie Birkett and was subsequently convicted of murdering her in 1920 in Australia. Born in Italy, Falleni had moved to Wellington, New Zealand in 1877. In 1996 Lorae Parry wrote Eugenia a play based on Falleni's life.
Links: Wikipedia
29 Jun 1875Charles Mackay is born (Nelson, New Zealand)
Mackay later became the mayor of Wanganui
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
Jul 1876Robert Gant arrives in Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
Gant emigrates from the United Kingdom
26 Jul 1877William Yate dies
Links: Te Ara
17 Jun 1882Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic and gender reassignment surgery.
Links: Wikipedia
16 Sep 1882Mountaineer Freda Du Faur is born (Sydney, Australia)
Links: Sydney Morning Herald, Te Ara
1885The buggery law in the United Kingdom is extended to include any kind of sexual activity between males (United Kingdom)
(Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885)
Links: Wikipedia
30 Apr 1886Amy Bock is convicted of obtaining goods by false pretences (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
14 Oct 1888Writer Katherine Mansfield (nee Beauchamp) is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ
10 Apr 1890Maata Mahupuku is born (New Zealand)
Mahupuku was later a lover of Katherine Mansfield.
Links: Te Ara
1 Mar 1893Mary Taylor dies (Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
Links: Te Ara
19 Sep 1893New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections (New Zealand)
Links: NZ History, Papers Past
6 Oct 1893The Criminal Code Act 1893 is enacted (New Zealand)
The Act outlaws any sexual activity between men (even if it's consensual). Penalties include life imprisonment, hard labour and flogging (refer Crimes Against Morality, 136-139).
Links: Early New Zealand Statutes
6 Apr 1895Oscar Wilde is arrested (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
26 May 1895Oscar Wilde is convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labour (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
22 Jan 1896Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Cresswell was later shot by Charles Mackay, mayor of Wanganui
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
1897Charles Paine Pauli dies (London, United Kingdom)
Pauli had a relationship with writer Samuel Butler.
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net, Te Ara, Papers Past
14 May 1897Magnus Hirschfeld founds the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee (Berlin, Germany)
The Committee was formed to campaign for social recognition of gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, and against their legal persecution. It was the first LGBT rights organisation in history.
Links: Wikipedia
2 Dec 1897Writer and educator Rewi Alley is born (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, Te Ara
2 May 1898Lawyer and social reformer Frank Haigh is born (Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
Among other things Haigh was prominent in the cause of homosexual law reform.
Links: Te Ara
30 Nov 1900Oscar Wilde dies (Paris, France)
Links: Wikipedia
Feb 1901Painter Frances Hodgkins leaves New Zealand for Europe (New Zealand)
Hodgkins and close friend Dorothy Richmond would later travel through Europe together.
Links: Te Ara, Papers Past
18 Jun 1902Writer Samuel Butler dies (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net, Te Ara
23 Dec 1902Civil libertarian Walter Scott is born (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
9 Feb 1903Writer James Courage is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
23 Mar 1903Writer Norris Frank Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is born (Hamilton, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
17 Jun 1906Writer Eric McCormick is born (Rangitikei region, New Zealand)
McCormick wrote, among other works, biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins
Links: Te Ara
29 Nov 1906Diplomat Alister McIntosh is born (Marlborough region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
20 Dec 1906Bertha Victor (a.k.a Bert Rotciv) is arrested (Sydney, Australia)
The NZ Truth headline reads "Boy Bertha, a Perplexing Puzzle."
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
1907Katherine Mansfield has a relationship with Maata Mahupuku (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mansfield also begins a relationship with Edie Bendall.
Links: Te Ara
23 Mar 1907The NZ Truth reports that Oscar Wilde's play Salome is prohibited in New York (New York, United States of America)
Links: Papers Past
22 Apr 1907Bertha Victor appears in court charged with drunkenness, vagrancy, and using obscene language (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
29 Jun 1907The Girlhood of a Man by N. O. Body is reviewed in the New Zealand Herald (Berlin, Germany)
The autobiography of "Nobody" was published in Berlin. It documents the life of Nora/Norbet who was born in 1884.
Links: Papers Past
Jul 1908Katherine Mansfield leaves for England (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mansfield leaves shortly after her father reads Leves Amores.
Links: GayNZ.net, Te Ara
4 Aug 1908The Crimes Act 1908 is enacted (New Zealand)
Section 153-154 (p.598) states that everyone is liable to life imprisonment with hard labour if convicted of buggery, and upto ten-years imprisonment with hard labour for a male convicted of indecently assaulting another male.
Links: Early New Zealand Statutes
28 Aug 1908Dennis William Quill appears in court charged with being idle and disorderly (Wellington, New Zealand)
Quill was arrested wearing female attire near Pirie Street. He assured the judge that he bought the clothing out of "sheer devilment" and was wearing them for a similar fantasy. The charge was dismissed.
Links: Evening Post
16 Apr 1909Bette Armstrong is born (New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
27 Apr 1909Amy Bock pleads guilty to forgery charges (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
17 Jun 1909The marriage of Percival Redwood (a.k.a. Amy Bock) and Agnes Ottaway is annulled (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
27 Jul 1909Writer and poet Charles Brasch is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
20 Aug 1909Artist Rodney Kennedy is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
27 Mar 1910Dancer Freda Stark is born (Northland region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
11 Apr 1910Artist Toss Woollaston is born (Stratford, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
10 May 1910Composer Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai is born (Gisborne region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
3 Dec 1910Freda Du Faur ascends Mt Cook (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
Du Faur is the first woman to reach the summit.
Links: Sydney Morning Herald, Te Ara, Papers Past
8 Apr 1911The Fielding Star reports a theatre audience laughs the trouser-skirt off the stage (Paris, France)
The report notes that it is illegal in France for women to dress in men's attire and vice versa, except at Carnival time.
Links: Papers Past
5 Apr 1912The Northern Advocate reports on the "romance of two girls" (London, United Kingdom)
The report headline reads "one poses as a man - the other as the wife". The couple come before the courts for disorderly conduct. "Why couldn't they have left us alone? We were so happy together weren't we, darling?" said Adelaide Dallamore, "Yes love, but they shall never, never part us!" replied her partner.
Links: Papers Past
1 May 1912Artist Leo Bensemann is born (Marlborough region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, New Zealand Herald
23 Jun 1912Computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing is born (London, United Kingdom)
4 Dec 1912James Townsley (a.k.a. Evelyn Hartwood) is jailed for 5 years (Sydney, Australia)
Referred to as the "king of burglers" in South Australia, Townsley is also known for his skill at female impersonation. He is jailed for escaping custody in Adelaide.
Links: Papers Past
17 Dec 1913Poet Rupert Brooke arrives in New Zealand onboard RMS Niagara (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past
7 Jan 1914Rupert Brooke departs for Tahiti onboard RMS Tahiti (Wellington, New Zealand)
Brooke is in Wellington 5-7 January 1914.
Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past
20 Jan 1915The Evening Post reports Lindsay Campbell pleads guilty to unlawfully wearing female clothing in a public place (Adelaide, Australia)
Links: Papers Past
6 Feb 1915Albert Edward McGurk is sentenced to 7-years imprisonment for committing an unnatural offence (sodomy) (Auckland, New Zealand)
John Leslie Lander (24) testified against him. McGurk (34) would later testify against Lander - seeing him also convicted of an unnatural offence and sentenced to life imprisonment. McGurk was released from prison on 24 June 1920. He would later marry.
Links: Papers Past
18 Apr 1915The Taranaki Daily News reports on the court case of Ellehan Eppheam (a.k.a Miss de Vien) who has posed as a woman for 15 years (London, United Kingdom)
The report documents a court appearance where the chief constable believes Eppheam has symptoms of insanity.
Links: Papers Past
17 May 1915Music teacher John Leslie Lander pleads guilty to committing an unnatural offence (Auckland, New Zealand)
Lander was sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 10-years hard labour on a charge of indecent assault. He was imprisoned in New Plymouth Prison. Lander had earlier been the primary witness in the trial of bootmaker and vocalist Alexander Edward McGurk (34). He hadn't himself been charged until the NZ Truth began reporting on the incident. McGurk would later "peach" (inform) on Lander. Gordon James Cunninghame (18) would also testify. Lander was described by the NZ Truth as a dainty-looking "chappie" and the willing victim of the offence. Justice Chapman observed that "the prisoner was not a safe man to be at large in a free community." Lander would later die in jail.
Links: Papers Past (1), Papers Past (2), Papers Past (3)
31 Jul 1915Artist Theo Schoon is born (Java, Indonesia)
Schoon was a notable figure in New Zealand art in the mid 20th century. He refused to separate art and craft and created in a range of media. He was interested in the integration of Maori and European art to produce a local modernism.
Links: Te Ara
2 Nov 1915Composer Douglas Lilburn is born (Whanganui, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
13 Dec 1915Bea Arthur is born (New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
1 Sep 1916A Bill is introduced to allow females to wear male clothing and take a male first name (Melbourne, Australia)
The Colonist newspaper reports the move as "freak legislation in Victoria".
Links: Papers Past
27 Oct 1916The Ohinemuri Gazette reports on the court appearance of Frederick Wright (a.k.a Kathleen Woodhouse) (London, United Kingdom)
Wright is charged with "being an idle and disorderly person in female attire". Wright tells police that he wished he had been a woman.
Links: Papers Past
30 Jan 1917Writer W. Somerset Maugham and his lover Gerald Haxton briefly visit Wellington en route to Tahiti (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net
26 May 1917Dr Hjelman von Danneville is imprisoned on Matiu Somes Island (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
17 Jul 1917Dr Hjelman von Danneville is released from Matiu Somes Island after suffering a severe nervous breakdown (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
4 Aug 1917The NZ Truth reports on homosexuality in Germany (Berlin, Germany)
The newspaper reports that 30,000 people with homo-sexual inclinations reside in Berlin, and that 90% of the males in the city have at one time or another, been afflicted with the "sexual disease".
Links: Papers Past
13 Dec 1917Morals campaigner Keith Hay is born (Hastings, New Zealand)
Hay was a founding member of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, a group that was behind the large anti homosexual law reform petition
Links: Te Ara
1918Report on Prisons 1917/18 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand)
The report notes (p.9) that "during the past year your directions regarding the more complete separation of the various classes of prisoners have been carried out as far as the structural arrangement of our building permitted. Our first step was to segregate the sexual perverts. This was accomplished by setting apart the New Plymouth Prison almost entirely for this class of offenders, and drafting thereto all the worst cases from other prisons." The report goes on (p.17) to state that the prison has been "set apart for sexual perverts sentenced under sections 153 and 154 of the Crimes Act, 1908, the first draft of prisoners from Auckland arrived in February, 1917, and other drafts followed from other prisons. The prisoners are employed in the quarry and are strictly under observation, and in my opinion the quarry is the most suitable place both for safe custody and observational purposes. I find this class of prisoners very mixed in temperament; some are of the vicious type, and others are weaklings, but the majority are nervous and excitable."
Links: Report on Prisons (1), (2)
28 Jun 1918Alexander Turnbull dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
2 Aug 1918The Colonist reports on the Noel Pemberton Billing libel case in the United Kingdom (New Zealand)
Billing had implied that the actress Maud Allan was a lesbian associate of German sympathisers. The news report also mentions the Berlin Black Book. It's claimed that the Germans are blackmailing 47,000 highly placed "British perverts". The alleged aim is to exterminate the "manhood of Britain" by luring men into homosexual acts.
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
1919The Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) opens (Berlin, Germany)
The Institute is an early private sexology research institute headed by Magnus Hirschfeld.
Links: Wikipedia
16 Aug 1919A youth is arrested in female attire (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Evening Post reports that Norman (last name not published) had been arrested in well-made female attire. The probation officer told the court that the youth who went by the name Ada Reeve "exercised a disturbing influence over other inmates in the probation home".
Links: Papers Past
23 Oct 1919The Thames Star reports on a play about Dr. James Miranda Steuart Barry (Thames, New Zealand)
Barry was a military surgeon in the British Army who lived their adult life as a man.
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
15 May 1920Charles Mackay shoots and wounds D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui, New Zealand)
Mackay is the Mayor of Wanganui at the time.
Links: GayNZ.net, Te Ara
27 May 1920Charles Mackay is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui, New Zealand)
Mackay had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge. In the hope of mitigating Mackay's sentence, his defense lawyer pointed to how Mackay had been suffering from homo-sexual monomania for a number of years.
Links: Papers Past
24 Jun 1920Albert Edward McGurk is released from New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
McGurk had been convicted in 1915 of committing an unnatural offence and had been jailed for 7-years with hard labour.
5 Jul 1920Eugenia Falleni (a.k.a Harry Crawford) is arrested over the death of wife Annie Birkett (Sydney, Australia)
Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past
6 Oct 1920Eugenia Falleni is found guilty of murdering Annie Birkett (Sydney, Australia)
Falleni is condemned to death but the sentence is commuted to detainment at the Governor's Pleasure.
Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past
3 May 1921George Rocake (a.k.a Winifred Wilson) appears in court charged with offensive behaviour (Sydney, Australia)
Police had earlier raided Rocake's room and removed "female clothing, paints and powders".
Links: Papers Past
25 Sep 1921Prime Minister Robert Muldoon is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
As Prime Minister, Muldoon accuses MP Colin Moyle of having been picked up for homosexual practices. Moyle resigned from Parliament in 1977.
Links: Te Ara
9 Jan 1923Katherine Mansfield dies (France)
Mansfield dies of Tuberculosis.
Links: Te Ara, Papers Past, Wikipedia, PrideNZ.com
12 Oct 1923Hector Froggatt is sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for indecent assault on boys (Christchurch, New Zealand)
A medical man giving evidence at the trial said Froggatt suffered from "homo-sexual abnormality".
Links: Papers Past
23 Feb 1924A headline in NZ Truth reads "The growth of degeneracy and sex crime - sterilisation proposed" (New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
23 May 1924A parliamentary inquiry begins into Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Parliamentary Papers
Aug 1924Effie Pollen and poet Ursula Bethell begin living together (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, Te Ara
1 Dec 1924Music teacher John Leslie Lander dies in New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Lander had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 1915 for committing an unnatural offence, plus 10-years hard labour for indecent assault. He was known to have epileptic fits. His death was recorded as heart failure following a fit.
Links: Papers Past
10 Dec 1924The Society for Human Rights is formed (Chicago, United States of America)
The Society is the oldest documented homosexual organisation in the USA.
Links: Wikipedia
7 Feb 1925NZ Truth reports The Dazzling Dandies - a prisoners' extravaganza at New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Since 1917, New Plymouth Prison had mainly housed sexual offenders - including homosexualists.
Links: NZ Truth
28 Mar 1925NZ Truth reports on homosexualists in high society and in the arts (New Zealand)
Links: NZ Truth
16 Jul 1925A report into Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: Hansard, Report
1 Oct 1925Peter Stratford (a.k.a. Deresley Morton) marries Elizabeth Rowland (United States of America)
Links: Papers Past
2 Oct 1925Kenneth James Dell is arrested on Queen Street and charged with behaving in a disorderly manner (Auckland, New Zealand)
Dell is seen walking on Queen Street wearing woman's shoes, a hat, veil and neck scarf.
Links: Papers Past
3 Oct 1925Kenneth James Dell is hospitalised on the morning of his court appearance (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
10 Oct 1925NZ Truth reports on the court case involving Kenneth James Dell (Auckland, New Zealand)
Dell had been arrested in women's clothing on Queen Street. Dell was hospitalised on the morning of the court appearance.
Links: Papers Past
1927Henry Field conducts an investigation into homosexuality (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Field has an interest in the psychopathology of criminal behaviour and interviews 40 inmates at New Plymouth prison. The exact date of this investigation is unknown - circa 1926-1929.
Links: Te Ara
20 Apr 1927George Grace is convicted and sentenced to 3-months imprisonment for wearing female clothing (Napier, New Zealand)
Grace had also gained admission to the local girls college. The Magistrate said "I will teach you to leave girls' clothing and girls' colleges alone in the future."
Links: Papers Past
27 Jun 1927Photographer Brian Brake is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, Te Papa
1928The Prisons Department report for 1927/28 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand)
The report notes (p.18) "Owing to the homo-sexual proclivities of of the prisoners detained here it is absolutely necessary that they be kept under constant observation during the periods of the day when they have to intermingle with one another, and, as the configuration of the quarry particularly lends itself to this end, the majority of the men have been kept employed there during the year."
Links: Prisons Department report
17 Mar 1928Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett is born (Napier, New Zealand)
Bartlett would later form the Society for Promotion of Community Standards.
Links: Wikipedia
27 Jul 1928The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall is published (United Kingdom)
The lesbian-themed novel is later judged obscene by a British court and banned.
Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past
16 Nov 1928A court decides the book The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall is obscene (United Kingdom)
The judge orders the book to be destroyed.
Links: Wikipedia
1 May 1929Expatriate Peter Stratford (a.k.a. Deresley Morton) dies (California, United States of America)
A headline in NZ Truth reads "Death of masquerader reveals incredible deception".
Links: Papers Past
3 May 1929Former Mayor of Whanganui Charles Mackay is shot dead (Berlin, Germany)
Mackay is killed by a policeman while covering a street battle as a journalist.
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
9 May 1929The NZ Truth reports on a "man with female mentality" (Auckland, New Zealand)
The news report documents the court case against Nikora Hune Haora. The prosecuting sub-inspector said to the court that Haora is actually wanting "an order to allow him to continue wearing female apparel".
Links: Papers Past
18 Jun 1929Politician Colin Moyle is born (Thames, New Zealand)
Moyle resigned from Parliament in 1977 after it was made public that he had been questioned by the police on suspicion of homosexual activities.
Links: Wikipedia
22 Jul 1929The Evening Post reports on a recent presentation entitled "The Adolescent Girl" (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Speaking to members of the Christchurch branch of the Parents' National Education Union Dr Jessie Scott talks about how girls between 11 and 16 experience a homo-sexual period. They "showed great affection for members of their own sex, often for women much older than themselves". This is followed by the heterosexual stage.
Links: Papers Past
1 Oct 1929Leonard Hollobon is arrested and charged with indecently assaulting a male (Wellington, New Zealand)
Norris Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is the other party. Both are charged, with Davey later testifying against Hollobon.
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
29 Oct 1929Norris Davey is convicted of indecent assault on a male (Wellington, New Zealand)
Soon after Davey begins using the name Frank Sargeson.
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
31 Oct 1929Leonard Hollobon is sentenced to five years reformative detention after pleading guilty to three charges of indecent assault on males (Wellington, New Zealand)
Norris Davey had earlier testified against Hollobon.
Links: Papers Past
5 Jul 1931Photographer Henry Winkelmann dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Feb 1933The Nazi Party launches a purge of gay clubs, publications and groups (Germany)
Links: Wikipedia
26 Mar 1933Broadcaster Henare te Ua is born (New Zealand)
6 May 1933Members of the German Student Union attack the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Berlin, Germany)
The attack follows a two-month Nazi purge of gay clubs and the banning of gay groups and publications.
Links: Wikipedia
10 May 1933Mobs of Nazi supporters burn books, including those taken from the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Germany)
The burning of books happens throughout Germany. Most notable is the book burning by students in Berlin's Opernplatz of over 25,000 volumes.
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
9 Jun 1933Te Ahurangi Matene (a.k.a. Rosanna Laihae) appears in court charged with falsely representing himself to be a woman (Auckland, New Zealand)
Matene's lawyer submits that Matene had every intention of paying money owing, and so therefore a fraud charge could not stand. The case is dismissed.
Links: Papers Past
1 Jul 1934Ernst Roehm, an early Nazi leader and co-founder of the Sturmabteilung (SA) is executed (Germany)
Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past
1935The Prisons Department report 1934/35 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand)
The report notes (p.7) that homo-sexual prisoners in New Plymouth are segregated and "the majority of them are either emotionally unstable or suffering from some degree of mental abnormality."
Links: Prisons Department report
11 Apr 1935Entrepreneur Tony Katavich is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Katavich would later create the OUT! business empire with Brett Sheppard.
Links: GayNZ
15 Apr 1935Eric Mareo murders his wife Themla Mareo (Auckland, New Zealand)
Themla was also in a relationship with dancer Freda Stark.
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
16 Apr 1935Painter Dorothy Richmond dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
14 May 1935Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld dies (Nice, France)
Hirschfeld dies of a heart attack on his 67th birthday.
Links: Wikipedia
11 Sep 1935Mountaineer Freda Du Faur dies (Sydney, Australia)
Du Faur commits suicide.
Links: Papers Past, Sydney Morning Herald, Te Ara
1936The Prisons Department report 1935/36 is tabled in Parliament (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The report notes (p.22) "the desirability of keeping the mental outlook of the homo-sexual prisoners detained here as bright and sound as possible [...] Many evening entertainments and lectures have been provided by members of the public [...] It is helpful to see each prisoner trying his very best to excel. It is felt that these exercises and the effort put into the preparation of songs, music, recitations for concerts have an uplifting effect on the men."
Links: Prisons Department report
26 Feb 1936Eric Mareo is found guilty of murdering Themla Mareo (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mareo is sentenced to death. His sentence is later commuted to life imprisonment on 5 August 1936.
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
5 Jul 1936Photographer Robert Gant dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past, WorldCat, PrideNZ.com
5 Aug 1936Eric Mareo's death sentence is commuted to life in prison (New Zealand)
Mareo was earlier found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Thelma Mareo.
Links: Papers Past
26 Sep 1936Phillip Stewart is arrested in an Auckland hotel "dressed as a girl" (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
10 Oct 1936Entrepreneur and activist Carmen Trevor Rupe is born (Taumarunui, New Zealand)
Links: Time Out Sydney
1937The Prisons Department report 1936/37 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand)
The report notes (pp.13-14) that "the Rotary Club have paid fortnightly visits and have provided first-class entertainment. The fact that homo-sexual prisoners are allowed to see an audience from the outside world and listen to their effort to uplift and benefit them has a wonderful anti-depression effect. Men here are encouraged to take an active part in entertainments, and it is decidedly noticeable what a beneficial effect it has on their demeanour. At first they are shy, nervous, and backward, but this gradually wears off, and in time they are able to stand before an audience and do their part in a manly way."
Links: Prisons Department report
1938Author William Taylor is born (New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.com
10 Jun 1938Eugenia Falleni dies following injuries sustained in an accident (Sydney, Australia)
The previous day Falleni had stepped off the pavement in front of a motorcar.
Links: Wikipedia
1941Academic and activist Alison Laurie is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, National Library
1941Flogging is removed as a punishment for homosexual acts (New Zealand)
The punishment is removed from Section 137 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1867 (Unnatural Offences). In 1954 the punishment of hard labour is also removed.
Links: Australasian Legal Information Institute, Early New Zealand Statutes
1 Mar 1941Female impersonator and activist Johnny Croskery is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Tapatoru
26 Jan 1942William Preen is arrested in the women's waiting room of the Timaru Railway Station (Timaru, New Zealand)
Preen is suspected of being a spy when he is seen dressed in women's clothing. The court later hears that Preen's "lapse was the result of some craze to see how it would feel to dress like a woman".
Links: Papers Past
25 Mar 1942Writer and actor Richard O'Brien is born (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia
27 Aug 1943US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits New Zealand with her aide Norah Walton (New Zealand)
Roosevelt is in New Zealand to inspect the American troops and the American Red Cross.
Links: Papers Past, National Library
29 Aug 1943Amy Bock dies (Auckland region, New Zealand)
Bock dies at Bombay, south of Auckland, and is buried in the Pukekohe cemetery.
Links: Te Ara
3 Feb 1944Sister Paula Brettkelly is born (United Kingdom)
7 Feb 1944Writer Witi Ihimaera is born (Gisborne region, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
1 Jun 1944NZ Truth reports on New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Since 1917 the prison has housed sexual perverts, including homosexualists. The article notes "It should be borne in mind that the majority of homosexuals are men of intelligence, who have a thorough appreciation of the nature and the wrongness of their act and are consequently culpable at law."
Links: NZ Truth
11 Sep 1944Chrissy Witoko is born (Hastings, New Zealand)
Witoko would later own (among other businesses) the Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Wellington.
Links: Friends of Chrissy, Te Papa
7 Oct 1944Composer Jack Body is born (Waikato region, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
15 Jan 1945Poet Ursula Bethell dies (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Bethell dies in Christchurch and is buried in the Rangiora cemetery.
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
24 Sep 1945Police interview two women about their recent marriage to each other (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Evening Post headline reads "Strange Masquerade, Woman as Man."
Links: Papers Past
7 Nov 1945Garth Gilmour is arrested for breaking and entering (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Gilmour is arrested dressed in female clothing. In a police statement Gilmour said it gave him a certain amount of satisfaction to dress in girl's clothes and he liked "flitting about from house to house."
Links: Papers Past
22 Nov 1945Two women appear in court after being found to be married and living as husband and wife (Auckland, New Zealand)
The court orders both women to submit themselves to psychiatric treatment.
Links: Papers Past
29 Aug 1946Dana de Milo is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
13 May 1947Painter Frances Hodgkins dies (Dorset, United Kingdom)
Hodgkins' ashes are returned to New Zealand and placed in the Field-Hodgkins family plot in the Waikanae cemetery near Wellington.
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
1949Academic and activist Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is born (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Links: Book Council
Jun 1949Journalist and author Tom McLean is born (United Kingdom)
McLean would later write the book If I Should Die about his personal journey with HIV/AIDS.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, WorldCat
1950Writer and film-maker Peter Wells is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, New Zealand Book Council, The Spinoff
11 Nov 1950The first meeting of the Mattachine Society is held (Los Angeles, United States of America)
The Mattachine Society is one of the earliest homophile organisations in the USA.
Links: Wikipedia, LAGANZ
1952Paul De Rungs is court martialed after being charged with buggery (New Zealand)
De Rungs, a 16-year old army cadet, had made a formal complaint about being raped. He was subsequently charged himself.
Links: LAGANZ
15 Jan 1952Maata Mahupuku dies (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Mahupuku is buried in the private burial ground of the Mahupuku family at Kehemane beyond Martinborough.
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
4 May 1952Politician Chris Carter is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Carter would later become the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
Links: Wikipedia, Parliament
7 Oct 1952Politician and academic Marilyn Waring is born (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
1953Activist Mani Bruce Mitchell is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mani is recognised as the first out intersex person in New Zealand.
Links: Wikipedia, PrideNZ.com
22 Apr 1953Charles Farthing is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Farthing would later become a pioneering doctor specialising in the early recognition and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Links: New Zealand Medical Journal, Wikipedia
1954Hard labour is removed as a punishment for homosexual acts (New Zealand)
The punishment is removed from Section 137 (Unnatural Offences) of the Offences Against the Person Act 1867.
Links: Australasian Legal Information Institute, Early New Zealand Statutes
3 Jun 1954AIDS activist and educator Tom O'Donoghue is born (New Zealand)
O'Donoghue would later become 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
7 Jun 1954Computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing dies (United Kingdom)
An inquest determined Turing had committed suicide. However Turing's mother believed that the cyanide poisoning was accidental, resulting from her son's careless storage of laboratory chemicals.
22 Jun 1954Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme kill Pauline's mother Honora Rieper (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, Wikipedia, PrideNZ.com
30 Aug 1954Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme are convicted of murdering Pauline's mother Honora Rieper (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Parker and Hulme were given indeterminate sentences in different prisons and released after five years.
Links: Te Ara, Wikipedia, PrideNZ.com
15 Sep 1954A committee chaired by Lord Wolfenden begins looking into homosexual offences and prostitution (United Kingdom)
The resulting report is published in 1957.
Links: Wikipedia
1955Singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker is born (Taumarunui, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
5 Apr 1955Politician Maryan Street is born (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Street became New Zealand's first openly out lesbian elected to Parliament in 2005.
Links: Wikipedia
Oct 1955The Daughters of Bilitis is formed (San Francisco, United States of America)
The Daughters of Bilitis is the first known lesbian rights organisation in the USA.
Links: Wikipedia
5 Oct 1955Dramatist and performer Paul Jenden is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Press Reader, GayNZ.com, Stuff
9 Oct 1955Singer Shona Laing is born (New Zealand)
Laing first came to prominence in 1972 as a 17-year-old schoolgirl, coming runner-up in the television talent show New Faces with her song 1905. Laing's biggest hit songs included (Glad I'm) Not a Kennedy and Soviet Snow.
Links: Wikipedia
1956Choreographer and dancer Douglas Wright is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
28 Apr 1956Daniel Fielding is born (New Zealand)
Fielding would later help establish the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt in December 1988.
Links: Tributes Online
4 Sep 1957The Wolfenden report is published (United Kingdom)
One of the recommendations in the report was that "homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence."
Links: Wikipedia
Nov 1957Politician Georgina Beyer is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Beyer would later become the world's first openly transsexual Mayor and Member of Parliament.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia
4 Aug 1958Politician Tim Barnett is born (Warwickshire, United Kingdom)
While in Parliament Barnett introduced the Prostitution Reform Bill 2003 and was also heavily involved in the Civil Union Bill 2004.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia, Parliament
1959The Attorney-General H.G.R. Mason tries unsuccessfully to have the penalties for homosexual acts reduced (New Zealand)
Links: Queer History NZ, Wikipedia
21 Feb 1960Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell dies (London, United Kingdom)
Cresswell dies of accidental gas poisioning.
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
10 Sep 1960Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies dies (London, United Kingdom)
Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic surgery and gender-reassignment surgery.
Links: Wikipedia
31 Oct 1960Darren Horn is born (New Zealand)
Horn was an early convener of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
1961A Way of Love (1959) by James Courage is banned (New Zealand)
The book is censored on "grounds of indecency, and because it lacked redeeming literary merit". It is banned under the censorship provisions in place prior to the setting up of the Indecent Publications Tribunal in 1964.
Links: Te Ara, WorldCat
1962The Dorian Society is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Society is the first documented organisation for homosexual men in New Zealand.
Links: Wikipedia
1962Two men are discharged without conviction for indecent acts (New Zealand)
The Magistrate comments that the law "is soon to change". Police prosecutors appeal, and the decision is overturned
1963The Dorian Society forms a legal subcommittee to work towards homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
5 Oct 1963Writer James Courage dies (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Te Ara
1964The Purple Onion opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
Pasi Daniels (a.k.a. Pasi Tunupopo) returns to Wellington after performing at Les Girls and the Purple Onion in Sydney to open Wellington's first drag revue club.
Links: Stuff
1964Writer Paula Boock is born (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
23 Jan 1964Charles Aberhart is beaten to death by a group of teenagers in Hagley Park (Christchurch, New Zealand)
11 May 1964The six teenagers accused of killing Charles Aberhart are all acquitted by a jury (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Those acquitted were Zane Leslie McDonald, Anthony Dennis O'Connor, Frank Leicester Reynolds, Raymond Clive Neither, Brian Francis Johns and Roger Malcolm Williams.
Links: Spinoff, GayNZ.net
12 Aug 1965Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai dies (New Zealand)
Ngawai was a prolific Ngati Porou songwriter, composer, teacher and shearer who had close relationships with women. One of Ngawai's most famous songs Arohaina mai became the unofficial hymn of the Maori Battalion.
Links: Te Ara
9 Jan 1966Carmen Rupe is arrested with behaving in an offensive manner in a public place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The offensive manner was because Carmen was wearing female clothing: a black frock, black silk stockings and high-heeled shoes. "His face was made up with cosmetics and his hair was dressed in a feminine style."
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
21 Jan 1966Television report: artist Theo Schoon talks about the gourd art (New Zealand)
Ref TZP115473.
Links: TVNZ
24 Jan 1966Carmen Rupe appears in court charged with behaving in an offensive manner (Auckland, New Zealand)
The charge relates to Rupe dressing in female clothing in public. Rupe challenges the charge.
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
26 Jan 1966Justice McCarthy dismisses the case against Carmen Rupe (Auckland, New Zealand)
Justice McCarthy's decision notes that he is "quite unable to find anything in our law which says that it is unlawful for a male to attire himself in female clothing."
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
Nov 1966Raewyn Petley is found dead in her bed with a deep wound to her neck (New Zealand)
Doreen Ellen Davis is charged with her murder.
1967Television news report: changing morality standards (New Zealand)
Ref TZP46386.
Links: TVNZ
Mar 1967Doreen Ellen Davis is found not guilty of murdering Raewyn Petley (New Zealand)
Davis' defence argued that she had been "befriended by a woman outwardly kind and sympathetic but inwardly a hunting lesbian"
11 Apr 1967Stanley Waipouri is born (Auckland region, New Zealand)
Waipouri was killed in Palmerston North in 2006.
Links: GayNZ.com
17 Apr 1967A public meeting endorses the formation of the Wolfenden Association (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Association is soon renamed the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society.
Links: Wikipedia, LAGANZ
26 Jun 1967Radio: Rev Godfrey Wilson broadcasts a nationwide sermon reflecting on homosexuality (New Zealand)
The Reverend broadcasts from St Peter's Anglican church in Willis Street, Wellington. The anti-discrimination sermon is possibly the first of its kind to be heard in New Zealand.
Links: PrideNZ.com
Jul 1967Lord Cobham declines an invitation to be patron of the Wolfenden Association (New Zealand)
Lord Cobham replied that "these people are mentally sick."
28 Jul 1967The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalises homosexual acts in England and Wales (United Kingdom)
The age of consent is set at 21.
1968Television news report: a Katherine Mansfield memorial is pulled down to make way for a new motorway (Wellington, New Zealand)
Ref TZP107495.
Links: TVNZ
1968Writer and musician Hinemoana Baker is born (New Zealand)
29 Feb 1968Composer Gareth Farr is born (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, NZ on Screen
8 Oct 1968A petition signed by 75 prominent New Zealanders calling for homosexual law reform is presented to parliament (New Zealand)
The petition is presented to parliament by Labour MP A.H. Nordmeyer on behalf of the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society.
8 Nov 1968Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: Hansard
8 Nov 1968Television news report: Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
The Petitions Committee has no recommendation to make on the petition when it is returned to the House. MPs, by way of a voice vote, accept the committee's report. NZBC news, ref TZP86826. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)
1969Aquarius Inc. is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The social group is established in the late 1960s (exact date unknown).
1969Television feature: the life of Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand)
Ref TZP142219.
Links: TVNZ
1969Television news report: a look at the new Katherine Mansfield memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
Ref: TZP107494.
Links: TVNZ
28 Jun 1969The Stonewall riots take place (New York, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
14 Sep 1969Television feature: playwright and actor Bruce Mason (New Zealand)
Ref TZP76726.
Links: TVNZ
1970Television feature: painter Toss Woollaston (New Zealand)
Ref TZP88703.
Links: TVNZ
1970Television news report: anti pornography campaigner petitions Parliament (New Zealand)
Newsview, ref TZP86809.
Links: TVNZ
1970The Society for Promotion of Community Standards is formed (New Zealand)
The Society is a conservative Judeo-Christian lobby group who oppose, among other things, the promotion of equal rights for lesbians and gays. The Society was founded by Patricia Bartlett, a former nun.
Links: Wikipedia
29 Mar 1970Television news report: University Students Association Council recommends sex education in schools (New Zealand)
NZBC news, ref TZP85992.
Links: TVNZ
7 Apr 1970Composer Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears tour New Zealand (New Zealand)
The visit was part of a tour to generate money for the rebuilding of the concert hall at The Maltings.
Links: Music Web
28 Jul 1970The National Party's annual conference decides to seek liberalisation on the law relating to homosexuality (New Zealand)
The decision was applauded by the Homosexual Law Reform Society - as noted in an Evening Post article on 28 July.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
29 Jul 1970Television current affairs: a look at the "problem" of homosexuality (New Zealand)
The South Tonight, ref TZP86813. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: TVNZ
4 Dec 1970Television news report: unsuitable books found in children's section of department store (Auckland, New Zealand)
This Day, ref TZP86812.
Links: TVNZ
1971Television news report: Rewi Alley arrives back in New Zealand from China (New Zealand)
Ref TZP1047823.
Links: TVNZ
1971Television news report: Rewi Alley speaks to a meeting about life in Communist China (Wellington, New Zealand)
Ref TZP454776.
Links: TVNZ
1971The KG (Kamp Girls) Club is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The KG is a social club for lesbians held in private homes.
1971Up From Under magazine is published by Wellington Women's Liberation Front (Wellington, New Zealand)
14 Feb 1971Television news report: interview with Mayor of Mount Roskill Keith Hay (Auckland, New Zealand)
Hay would later become a staunch opponent of homosexual law reform. This Day, ref TZP107523.
Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia
5 May 1971Television current affairs: sex education (New Zealand)
Survey, ref TZP74345.
Links: TVNZ
25 May 1971Television news report: a bust of Frank Sargeson is unveiled in Takapuna (Auckland, New Zealand)
Ref TZP144400.
Links: TVNZ
25 May 1971The Labour Party annual conference votes favour of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
The conference voted in favour of homosexual acts between consenting males in private be legalised. The vote was so close that a count had to be taken.
5 Aug 1971The Evening Post reports that the National government will not reform the law relating to homosexuality (New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
19 Sep 1971Ngahuia Te Awekotuku leads women's liberation in a Suffrage Day of Mourning (New Zealand)
14 Oct 1971Television current affairs: Patricia Bartlett campaigns to stop booksellers displaying restricted books (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP49833.
Links: TVNZ
26 Oct 1971Television current affairs: profile of Rewi Alley (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP49890.
Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia
28 Oct 1971Television current affairs: a report on transvestites and transsexuals (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP49891. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: TVNZ
2 Dec 1971Television current affairs: a look at prostitution in New Zealand (New Zealand)
On Camera, ref TZP86607.
Links: TVNZ
1972Television news report: an interview with Rewi Alley about China (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Ref TZP454777.
Links: TVNZ
1972Television news report: protest at indecent language laws after Germaine Greer's trial (Wellington, New Zealand)
NZBC news, ref TZP34614.
Links: TVNZ
1972The group Gay Liberation Front Christchurch is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1972The group Gay Liberation Front Victoria University of Wellington is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1972The University Gay Liberation Auckland group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group diverged from Gay Liberation Auckland.
1972The University of Canterbury Gay Activists Society is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The group is later renamed Gay University Students' Society (GUSS).
4 Jan 1972Television news report: Otago University Professor claims 4% of New Zealand men may be homosexual (New Zealand)
NZBC news, ref TZP86606.
Links: TVNZ
8 Feb 1972Television news report: Katherine Mansfield manuscript from 1915 discovered (New Zealand)
Newsview, ref TZP144383.
Links: TVNZ
Mar 1972Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is refused a United States visa because she is a known lesbian ("sexual deviant") (New Zealand)
7 Mar 1972Television current affairs: interview with Germaine Greer (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP49990.
Links: TVNZ
14 Mar 1972Television current affairs: interview with visiting author Germaine Greer (New Zealand)
On Camera, ref TZP124621.
Links: TVNZ
Apr 1972The first National Women's Liberation Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
13 Apr 1972Television current affairs: homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP80134.
Links: TVNZ
May 1972The group Gay Liberation Front Auckland is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group is later renamed Gay Liberation Auckland Inc.
18 May 1972Television news report: a petition to legalise brothels (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP80259.
Links: TVNZ
Jun 1972The first Gay Pride week is held in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Jul 1972The Broadsheet publication begins (Auckland, New Zealand)
It was New Zealand's first feminist magazine.
24 Aug 1972Television current affairs: sex education in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP87786.
Links: TVNZ
26 Aug 1972Television footage: Dame Edna Everage walks through the streets of Auckland (New Zealand)
Saturday, ref TZP129960.
Links: TVNZ
26 Aug 1972Television news report: looks at the reason behind the first Gay Liberation national conference (New Zealand)
NZBC news, ref TZP86605.
Links: TVNZ
29 Aug 1972Television news: (silent) footage of the first National Gay Liberation Conference (Auckland, New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP87787. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: TVNZ
29 Aug 1972The first National Gay Liberation Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The conferences are held every year until 1989 (except 1983).
Links: TVNZ
10 Oct 1972Television news report: interview with composer Jack Body about Sexus (New Zealand)
Review, ref TZP138596.
Links: TVNZ
17 Nov 1972Television news report: the group Knowhow is committed to educating young people about sex (New Zealand)
This Day, ref TZP88072.
Links: TVNZ
1973The first United Women's Convention has a workshop for "homosexual" women (New Zealand)
1973The group Sisters for Homophile Equality (SHE) Canterbury Inc. is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
S.H.E. was one of the earliest specifically lesbian groups to emerge from Gay Liberation.
1973The group Sisters for Homophile Equality (SHE) Wellington is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1973The University of Canterbury Gay Activists' Society is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1973The Victoria University Feminist Group is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1973G.L.F. Gay Liberation Front is published (New Zealand)
Mar 1973The Gay-Aid phone counseling service is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
18 Mar 1973Television current affairs: a look at the life of a transsexual prior to undergoing surgery (New Zealand)
This Day, ref TZP86610. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
20 May 1973Writer and poet Charles Brasch dies (New Zealand)
Jun 1973The cover of Broadsheet shows two lesbians (New Zealand)
24 Jun 1973Gay Pride Week activities are held (New Zealand)
Activities are held throughout New Zealand. In Dunedin the week runs from Sunday 24 - Saturday 30 June.
Links: National Library
29 Jun 1973A Gay Liberation march and rally takes place at Dunedin Town Hall (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The rally is part of Gay Pride Week activities.
Links: National Library
5 Jul 1973Television news report: review of Gay Liberation week (Auckland, New Zealand)
On Camera, ref TZP126533. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Nov 1973The group Rotorua Gay Liberation Front is formed (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Dec 1973Circle publication begins (Wellington, New Zealand)
Published by Sisters for Homophile Equality (SHE), it is later renamed Lesbian Feminist Circle.
1974Gay Liberation Front Victoria University of Wellington ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
1974Herstory Press is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1974The Women's Centre opens (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Centre is established by radical feminists, members of SHE and the Socialist Action League.
Mar 1974Gay activists talk to a Lincoln High School liberal studies class (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
Mar 1974Gay Feminist Collective is formed (New Zealand)
Mar 1974Gay Liberation Nelson is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
Mar 1974The first National Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mar 1974The Lesbian Club is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
Apr 1974Circle magazine is marked "strictly not for men" (New Zealand)
It is later changed to "women only".
2 May 1974Television current affairs: should sex education be taught in schools (New Zealand)
Nationwide, ref TZP121235.
Links: TVNZ
24 Jun 1974Television current affairs: Gay Pride week (New Zealand)
Features an interview with a gay man (and his father) in Coromandel preparing to march solo in solidarity with other pride marches. Look North, ref TZP2100. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
9 Jul 1974Labour Prime Minister Norman Kirk opposes the Crimes Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
Kirk is quoted as saying homosexuality is "unnatural".
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
9 Jul 1974Television report: the Prime Minister Norman Kirk will not support homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
NZBC news, ref TZP86612. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
24 Jul 1974National MP Venn Young introduces the Crimes Amendment Bill 1974 (New Zealand)
The Bill is the first parliamentary attempt at homosexual law reform in New Zealand. The age of consent is set at 21.
Links: Hansard, NZ Legal Information Institute
24 Jul 1974Television news report: the Crimes Amendment Bill 1974 has been introduced to Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill seeks to legalise homosexual acts between consenting adults in private. The age-of-consent is set at 21. NZBC news, ref TZP86611. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1975Auckland Gay Welfare Group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group later becomes the Auckland Gay/Lesbian Welfare Group (circa 1984).
1975Club 69 is formed (New Zealand)
The social club was established circa 1975 (exact date unknown).
1975Gay Liberation Front Taranaki (GLT) is formed (Taranaki region, New Zealand)
GLT is later renamed Taranaki Gay Society.
1975Labour MP Gerald Wall moves an amendment to the Crimes Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
The amendment proposes that any communication to people under 20 that homosexuality is normal is punishable by two years imprisonment.
Links: Hansard
1975The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
In 1980 CHE moved its operations to Wellington.
1975The Gay Publishing Collective is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Collective publishes New Zealand Gay News. It later becomes OUT! Magazine in 1976.
Links: NZ.com, LAGANZ
Feb 1975Members of SHE Christchurch help organise the first Women's Refuge conference (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Feb 1975The second National Lesbian Conference is held (New Zealand)
16 Feb 1975Television news report: Father Felix Donnelly speaks out against the Roman Catholic church's submission on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
TV news, ref TZP32842. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
May 1975The Dorian Society Christchurch is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1 May 1975Television current affairs: interview with Carmen Rupe (Wellington, New Zealand)
Rupe talks candidly about prostitution, homosexual law reform and reveals that there are both gay and bisexual Members of Parliament. She would later have to apologise to Parliament's Privileges Committee. Tonight at Nine, ref TZP4412. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: TVNZ
2 May 1975A Parliamentary Select Committee reports back on the Crimes Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
The Committee recommends the age of consent be reduced from 21 to 20.
21 May 1975Parliament votes to have the Privileges Committee investigate Carmen Rupe's claim that there are gay and bisexual Members of Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: Hansard
31 May 1975Television comedy: a skit sending up Patricia Bartlett (New Zealand)
Dean on Saturday, ref TZP6108.
Links: TVNZ
Jun 1975The United Women's Convention is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
An estimated 200 women attended the lesbian feminist workshop.
4 Jul 1975The Crimes Amendment Bill 1974 is defeated 34 votes to 29 (with 23 abstentions) (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, Hansard (1), Hansard (2)
Nov 1975Robin Duff stands in the General Election as an openly gay candidate for the Values party (Christchurch, New Zealand)
20 Nov 1975Television current affairs: an interview with Vanessa (New Zealand)
Vanessa talks about sexual reassignment surgeries and current employment hardships. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.Speakeasy, ref TZP2286.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1976Befriend is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The group was earlier known as Gays-An and was one of the earliest counseling services in Christchurch.
1976Daybreak, New Zealand's first feminist bookshop opens (Dunedin, New Zealand)
1976Eros Northland is formed (Whangarei, New Zealand)
The social group was provisionally named The 'G' Club.
1976Gay Teachers and Students Union is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Union is later renamed Gays in Education in 1981.
1976Labour MP Gerald O'Brien is charged with molesting two boys (Christchurch, New Zealand)
It was alleged that O'Brien asked them back to his motel room for a drink. The charges were thrown out at a depositions hearing. Later O'Brien commented it was an "attempt by my political enemies to get rid of me."
Links: Wikipedia, Stuff
1976OUT! Magazine begins publication (Auckland, New Zealand)
OUT! was mostly edited by Brett Sheppard and was published by Tony Katavich.
Links: NZ.com, LAGANZ
1976Spiral women's art magazine begins (New Zealand)
Apr 1976Diana Marvel Speaks magazine begins (Wellington, New Zealand)
The magazine is published by a Radical Feminist Caucus including members of the Wellington Feminist Collective.
12 Apr 1976Television feature: Big Brother, Little Sister by Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand)
Winners and Losers, ref TZD569.
Links: TVNZ
3 May 1976Television feature: A Great Day by Frank Sargeson (New Zealand)
Winners and Losers, ref TZD571.
Links: TVNZ
17 May 1976Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand)
Today at One, ref TZP3332.
Links: TVNZ
Jun 1976Activists from Wellington Gay Liberation picket the National Party conference (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Aug 1976National MP Marilyn Waring is outed by the Truth newspaper (New Zealand)
Sep 1976The Back Street Theatre tours the country (New Zealand)
The theatre group is formed by the National Radical Feminist Caucus.
20 Oct 1976The National Gay Rights Coalition is formed (New Zealand)
The coalition comes out of the fifth National Gay and Lesbian Conference held in Wellington.
7 Nov 1976National Prime Minister Robert Muldoon accuses Colin Moyle of having been picked up for homosexual practices (New Zealand)
1 Dec 1976Matthew Shepard is born (Wyoming, United States of America)
Shepard was murdered in October 1998 in Wyoming by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson.
Links: Wikipedia
1977Gay Liberation Auckland Inc. ends (Auckland, New Zealand)
1977Gay Pride Week activities are organised (Whanganui, New Zealand)
1977Labour MP Colin Moyle resigns from Parliament (New Zealand)
Moyle resigns after it is made public by Prime Minister Robert Muldoon that he had been questioned by the police on suspicion of homosexual activities.
1977Lesbians demand and get the removal of male reporters from the United Women's Convention (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1977National Gay Rights Coalition Resource Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre later becomes the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre.
1977The Alliance group is formed (Otago region, New Zealand)
The group later becomes the Otago Gay Equality Society in May 1978.
1977The Amazons lesbian softball team is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1977Wanganui Gay Rights Group is formed (Whanganui, New Zealand)
Jan 1977A lesbian summer camp is held (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
The camp is held at Glentui in North Canterbury.
Jan 1977The Campaign to Oppose Persecution begins (Wellington, New Zealand)
The campaign was in response to scandals involving allegations of homosexuality against Members of Parliament.
Jan 1977The first New Year's camp at Vinegar Hill takes place (Rangitikei region, New Zealand)
Links: Vinegar Hill
8 Jan 1977A meeting is held to set up the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand (New Zealand)
Feb 1977Gay Liberation pickets the Labour Party conference for failing to defend MP Colin Moyle (New Zealand)
Feb 1977The Auckland Gay Social Club is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The club later becomes the Laetus Social Club in March 1978.
Feb 1977The social Hawkes Bay Gay Society is formed (Hawke's Bay region, New Zealand)
Mar 1977Christchurch Women's Liberation Collective is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
15 Mar 1977Television news report: Marilyn Waring attacks the way Social Welfare benefits are administered (New Zealand)
Ref TZP29293 and TZP29294.
Links: TVNZ (1), TVNZ (2)
22 Mar 1977Television news report: By-election in Mangere after the resignation of Colin Moyle (Auckland, New Zealand)
Ref TZP27818.
Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia
29 Mar 1977Television news report: the Homosexual Law Reform Society says discrimination against homosexuals should be illegal (New Zealand)
The Society was appearing before the Select Committee on Human Rights. Ref TZP28786.
Links: TVNZ
Apr 1977Lesbians Ignite Fire Brigade is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1977Lesbians picket Parliament for the repeal of abortion laws (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1977The Lesbian Club ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jul 1977Parliament refuses to include sexual orientation in the new Human Rights Commission Act (New Zealand)
Currently there is no protection against discrimination in work and living situations.
1 Jul 1977Gay Pride Week activities are organised throughout the country (New Zealand)
Aug 1977Manawatu Gay Rights Association (MAGRA) is formed (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
The Association is later renamed Manawatu Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (MALGRA). It is New Zealand's longest running LGBTI rainbow rights and social organisation.
Links: NZ.com, LAGANZ
Oct 1977A National Gay Rights Coalition conference is held (New Zealand)
1978Auckland Gay Rights Activists is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
1978Gay Liberation Front Christchurch ends (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1978Gay Rights of Waikato is formed (Waikato region, New Zealand)
1978The social Victoria Club is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1978The Taranaki Gay Society is formed (Taranaki region, New Zealand)
The Society grew out of Gay Liberation Taranaki.
Mar 1978The Laetus Social Club is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Club grew out of the Auckland Gay Social Club.
25 Mar 1978The National Coalition for Gay Rights conference is held at Victoria University (Wellington, New Zealand)
Workshops include gay welfare, coming out, older gays, gays outside the main centres, politics of being gay, gays and other minorities, sexism and sex stereotyping.
Links: Salient, TVNZ
27 Mar 1978Television news report: the National Coalition for Gay Rights says that homosexuality will be an issue for the upcoming General Election (New Zealand)
Ref TZP28828.
Links: TVNZ
10 Apr 1978Television news report: author Shere Hite visits New Zealand to promote her book The Hite Report (New Zealand)
Ref TZP27385.
Links: TVNZ
16 Apr 1978Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand)
Sundays World, ref TZP2771.
Links: TVNZ
17 Apr 1978Television current affairs: Lawyer Mike Bungay talks about Colin Moyle and the North Report (New Zealand)
Dateline Monday, ref TZP1124.
Links: TVNZ
14 Sep 1978Newspaper report: BCNZ bans the song Glad to Be Gay by Tom Robinson (New Zealand)
The newspaper notes that Beverly Wakem, a broadcasting official, insists that this was not attempt to discriminate against gay people, citing the broadcaster's earlier attempts to expand "understanding of the views of Gay people" in its programming.
Links: Bay Area Reporter
Nov 1978Robin Duff and Sandy Gauntlett stand in the General Election (New Zealand)
They are both openly gay candidates for the Values Party.
27 Nov 1978Harvey Milk is assassinated (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
30 Nov 1978Diplomat Alister McIntosh dies
1979Breathing Space, a coming-out group for lesbians is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1979Gay Switchboard is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
1979Help End Repressive Attitudes (HERA) is formed (Dunedin, New Zealand)
HERA is a support group for lesbians.
1979Labour MP Warren Freer introduces a Crimes Amendment Bill to decriminalise homosexual acts (New Zealand)
The Bill has a proposed age of consent of 20.
1979The first Reclaim The Night march is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
1979The Gay Community Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street.
Links: LAGANZ
1979The Gay Health Workers Alliance (GHWA) is established (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter, LAGANZ
1979The Hecate Women's Health Collective opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Collective is located at 6 Boulcott Street.
1979The Otago Gay Support Group is formed (Otago region, New Zealand)
1979The Otago University Gay Rights Society is formed (Otago region, New Zealand)
1979The Taranaki Gay Society ends (Taranaki region, New Zealand)
1979The Women's Resource Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street.
27 Mar 1979Television news report: Margaret Scott receives funding to continue editing the letters of Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand)
Focus, ref TZP27377.
Links: TVNZ
15 Apr 1979Ascent Wellington is formed for gay and lesbian Catholics (Wellington, New Zealand)
25 Apr 1979Television news report: a film crew flies to China to make two documentaries on Rewi Alley (Auckland, New Zealand)
Ref TZP27535.
Links: TVNZ
May 1979The Nelson Gay Welfare group is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
7 May 1979Television current affairs: women performing their own abortions (New Zealand)
Interviewee Marilyn Waring. Dateline Monday, ref TZP1048.
Links: TVNZ
14 May 1979Television feature: A Matter of Style - Quentin Crisp with Davina Whitehouse (New Zealand)
Features footage of Crisp's visit to New Zealand in 1978, performing in Takapuna. Ref TZP97073.
Links: TVNZ
14 May 1979Pink Triangle magazine begins (New Zealand)
The magazine is produced by the National Gay Rights Coalition and is an important source of news and feature articles. The magazine is distributed nationally, with the first issue published on 14 May 1979. The magazine's last issue is September/October 1990.
Links: Auckland Museum
26 Jun 1979As part of Gay Pride Week a radio interview is broadcast featuring members of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group (Nelson, New Zealand)
The interview is broadcast on 2ZN. A copy of the interview is available at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand.
Links: LAGANZ
Aug 1979Ascent Christchurch is formed for gay and lesbian Catholics (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Aug 1979Geyserland Gay Club is formed (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Dec 1979Nelson Gay Society is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
The Society grew out of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group.
Dec 1979Puss-in-Boots bar is picketed for excluding lesbians and gays (New Zealand)
1980Gay Liberation Wellington ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980Gays In Education is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
It is later renamed to Gays and Lesbians are Everywhere in Education (GLEE).
1980Herstory Press ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980Labour MP Warren Freer again proposes homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
1980Lesbian Action for Visibility in Aotearoa (LAVA) is formed (New Zealand)
The lesbian feminist separatist group is formed in the 1980s (specific date unknown).
1980Lesbian Liberation Week is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980The Gay Health Workers Alliance ends (New Zealand)
1980The Gay Information Centre is established (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1980The group Auckland Gay Rights Activists ends (Auckland, New Zealand)
1980The group Gay Rights of Waikato ends (Waikato region, New Zealand)
1980The Lesbian Legal Advisory Committee is formed (New Zealand)
1980The Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund is formed (New Zealand)
1980The Network Group is formed to oppose the Warren Freer Bill (New Zealand)
1980The play Blood of the Lamb by Bruce Mason premieres (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The play focuses on a lesbian couple with child.
1980Behind Enemy Lines newsletter begins (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980Bitches, Witches and Dykes newsletter begins (Auckland, New Zealand)
Feb 1980The Auckland Gay Task Force is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group is formed as a result of the Westside Sauna raid.
Links: LAGANZ
1 Feb 1980Police raid Westside Sauna (Auckland, New Zealand)
Eight men are arrested and charged.
Links: GayNZ.net.nz
8 Feb 1980600 people march to protest the raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.net.nz
22 Feb 1980Another protest march takes place against the police raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mar 1980Female impersonator Danny La Rue films Danny Down Under for TVNZ (New Zealand)
Filmed over 3 days Danny Down Under features Irish-born entertainer Danny Le Rue and comedians John Gadsby and David McPhail.
Links: NZ On Screen
Mar 1980The Lesbian Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street.
Mar 1980The Lesbian Liberation Army attacks the offices of the Sunday News after it runs an anti-lesbian story (New Zealand)
3 Mar 1980Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand)
Kaleidoscope, ref TZP442220.
Links: TVNZ
7 Mar 1980Lesbians march to mark International Lesbian Day (8 March) (New Zealand)
20 Mar 1980The Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund present a submission to the Select Committee considering the Guardianship Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
27 Mar 1980Newspaper report: Gay Health Workers Alliance (GHWA) in New Zealand (New Zealand)
The group is open to doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, and allied health professionals. LAGANZ notes that this group started in 1979.
Links: Bay Area Reporter, LAGANZ
30 Mar 1980The Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection is formed (New Zealand)
5 Apr 1980The 8th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Dunedin, New Zealand)
24 Apr 1980Arthur Ball stabs Miles MacFarlane to death (Wellington, New Zealand)
MacFarlane is a total stranger to Ball, who is later found not guilty on the grounds of insanity.
25 Apr 1980A group of lesbians attempt to augment an ANZAC Day service by carrying a coffin and laying a wreath in memory of women raped and killed in wartime (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1980A group of gay men organise a National Offenders Day march to protest anti-gay laws in a carnival atmosphere (New Zealand)
Lesbians dykecott the march saying it fails to challenge the status quo.
May 1980New Zealand's first gay feature film Squeeze premieres (New Zealand)
The film was originally titled Night Moves.
Jun 1980A street-walk for lesbian visibility is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jun 1980Lesbians and gay men picket the Russian embassy to protest at the treatment of homosexuals in the USSR (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jun 1980The Warren Freer Bill is abandoned due to lack of support (New Zealand)
22 Jun 1980Gay Pride Week events take place (New Zealand)
Activities are held in Auckland, Gisborne, Wellington and Dunedin. In Auckland, the week runs from Sunday 22- Sunday 29 June.
Links: Auckland Museum
Jul 1980Mayor Michael Fowler stops a lesbian community notice being displayed on Wellington City Council buses (Wellington, New Zealand)
Fowler objects to the notice that invites lesbians to "contact your local community".
Jul 1980The Gay Information Centre opens (Christchurch, New Zealand)
7 Jul 1980Lesbians and gays again picket the Russian embassy in protest at oppression in the USSR (Wellington, New Zealand)
21 Jul 1980Enzo Francone attempts to chain himself to the railings in front of the Kremlin in Red Square (Moscow, Russia)
Francone is protesting Article 121 of the Russian penal code, and for the release of two imprisoned gay men. He is beaten by police.
Links: ILGA
Sep 1980A group of lesbians join protests against the US nuclear-powered warship Truxtun (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group holds a banner reading "Lesbian Activity Today Stops Radioactivity Tomorrow."
Sep 1980A workshop on lesbianism is held during the first national hui for Black women (New Zealand)
Sep 1980Chief Human Rights Commissioner Pat Downey rejects National Gay Rights Coalition submissions (New Zealand)
Downey says discrimination is justified in some circumstances.
Sep 1980Gays and lesbians are banned from the Cantabrian Hotel (Christchurch, New Zealand)
16 Sep 1980Arthur Ball is found not guilty of murdering Miles MacFarlane (on the grounds of insanity) (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1980The National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand is published (New Zealand)
The publication is a mail-out to members of minutes of a meeting of the Coalition's executive, held in Wellington on 27 and 28 September.
Links: WorldCat
4 Oct 1980The first Lesbian Librarians' Week is held (New Zealand)
Events take place in Wellington and Christchurch.
10 Oct 1980200 women take part in a lesbian march (Wellington, New Zealand)
It is followed by a Lesbian Liberation Dance attended by 300 people.
Nov 1980Overnight Wellington City Council buses are covered in stickers promoting the Wellington Lesbian Centre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Dec 1980Lesbians paste up anti-Christmas posters (Wellington, New Zealand)
Posters appear in Wellington and Hastings.
1981The 9th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
1981The Gay Welfare Conference is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1981The Otago Gay Support group ends (Otago region, New Zealand)
1981The Waxing Moon archive begins in Hamilton (Hamilton, New Zealand)
1981The Women's Place bookshop opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The bookshop is located in Cuba Street.
1981The Young Gays Group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group is formed circa 1981 and works closely with the University Gays Group.
1981The Young Lesbian and Gay group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
1981University Gay Liberation Auckland ends (Auckland, New Zealand)
1981How to work with the media: a manual for lesbian and gay rights groups is published (New Zealand)
The manual is published by the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand.
Jan 1981Gays and lesbians picket the office of the Human Rights Commission (Wellington, New Zealand)
Feb 1981Lesbians picket the Human Rights Commission office (Auckland, New Zealand)
6 Feb 1981Lesbians carry a "Lesbians Oppose Racism" banner to protest Waitangi commemorations (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1981Lesbians dykecott the census in protest at the Human Rights Commission's denial of human rights (New Zealand)
30 Mar 1981The Lesbian Gay Media Collective is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group produces New Zealand's first Lesbian and Gay radio programme during Pride 1981 for Wellington Access Radio. The group later merges with the Pink Triangle Publishing Collective in 1982.
Apr 1981National Lesbian Mothers' weekend is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
5 Apr 1981The first broadcast of Wellington Access Radio (Wellington, New Zealand)
Wellington Access Radio was the first community access radio station to broadcast regularly in New Zealand. The first broadcast featured the feminist show Leave Your Dishes in the Sink which is lesbian run and lesbian-oriented (although it wasn't explicitly stated).
25 Apr 1981"Lesbian Liberation" is painted on a war memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jun 1981A lesbian activist weekend is held (New Zealand)
Jun 1981The Grey Lynn / Ponsonby Black Women's collective holds a Black Dykes' hui (Waiheke Island, New Zealand)
5 Jun 1981CDC reports five previously young, healthy gay men in Los Angeles having PCP (United States of America)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report later is acknowledged as the first published scientific account of what would become known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Links: CDC (1), CDC (2)
21 Jun 1981Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand)
A poster has the text "After thousands of years in hiding, we are moving into the light. Our right to live, our right to love". The week runs until 28 June.
Links: Te Papa
28 Jun 1981Possibly the first-ever (by/for/about) gay radio broadcast takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Gay Radio programme is broadcast on Wellington Access Radio - New Zealand's first community access radio station. It is produced as part of Gay Pride Week 1981.
Links: PrideNZ.com
10 Jul 1981Wellington Mayor Michael Fowler is picketed (San Francisco, United States of America)
A Chamber of Commerce dinner honouring Michael Fowler is picketed. Fowler had earlier stopped lesbian support notices being placed in Wellington City Council buses.
Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)
30 Jul 1981Newspaper comment: San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt comments on the Wellington bus advertisement controversy (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
Sep 1981Lesbians and Gays Against Racism is formed during the campaign against the Springbok rugby tour (New Zealand)
27 Sep 1981Newspaper report: protests around the world (including in New Zealand) against homophobic US immigration policies (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
1982Daybreak - New Zealand's first feminist bookshop closes (New Zealand)
1982Television footage: an interview with David Bowie (New Zealand)
Ref TZM1313 and TZM1315.
Links: TVNZ (1), TVNZ (2)
Jan 1982The group Gays in Education ends (New Zealand)
1 Mar 1982Writer Frank Sargeson dies (New Zealand)
Apr 1982Mobilisation for the Opening of Parliament is formed (New Zealand)
22 Jun 1982Foolish Things by Peter Wells screens at the Frameline Film Festival (San Francisco, United States of America)
The film screens twice - at the Pacific Film Archives on Tuesday 22 June, and on Thursday 24 June.
Links: Bay Area Reporter (1) , Bay Area Reporter (2)
27 Jun 1982Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand)
The week runs until 3 July.
Links: PrideNZ.com
17 Jul 1982Eve van Grafhorst is born (New South Wales, Australia)
Links: Wikipedia
1983The first AIDS cases are reported in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Links: UNAIDS
13 Jan 1983Newspaper report: Air New Zealand distances itself from gay clientele (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
22 Apr 1983The Topp Twins perform at Circa Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
2 May 1983The first international AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (San Francisco, United States of America)
Memorials are held in San Francisco and New York. There was no memorial held in 1984.
Aug 1983The Gay and Lesbian Information Centre is formed (Dunedin, New Zealand)
It is later absorbed by the Otago Gay and Lesbian Welfare Council in 1984.
12 Dec 1983The Laetus Social Club ends (New Zealand)
1984The Lesbian Community Programme begins broadcasting weekly on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington, New Zealand)
The programme is probably the longest running community radio braodcast in New Zealand.
1984The National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand ends (New Zealand)
1984The Otago Lesbian and Gay Welfare Council is formed (Otago region, New Zealand)
1984The Wanganui Gay Rights Group ends (Whanganui, New Zealand)
9 Mar 1984A television interview is broadcast with a man who would become the first person to die from AIDS related conditions in New Zealand (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The 29-year-old man had been infected overseas and had come back from Sydney to New Plymouth. He dies in April 1984.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Apr 1984Death of the first person in New Zealand from AIDS related conditions (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The man is interviewed on television in March 1984 shortly before his death in New Plymouth. The man's sister, Pat, is interviewed on television in March 1985.
Links: Auckland University, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
10 Apr 1984Customs officials raid Gay's the Word bookstore (London, United Kingdom)
The raid was named Operation Tiger and the bookstore was subsequently charged with conspiring to import indecent literature.
22 May 1984The New South Wales government votes to decriminalise male homosexual acts (New South Wales, Australia)
The age of consent is set at 18 (it is 16 for heterosexual and lesbian couples). The law is enacted on 8 June 1984.
Links: Wikipedia
1 Jun 1984The AIDS Support Network is established (New Zealand)
The Network has branches throughout the country, including Auckland. The Wellington branch is established by Bruce Burnett, Phil Parkinson, Bill Logan and possibly others.
Links: GayNZ.net, LAGANZ
8 Jun 1984Male homosexual activity becomes legal in New South Wales (New South Wales, Australia)
The age of consent is set at 18 (it is 16 for heterosexual and lesbian couples).
Links: Wikipedia
21 Jun 1984Television current affairs: interviews with candidates contesting the Wellington Central electorate including Fran Wilde (New Zealand)
Close Up, ref F52898.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
7 Jul 1984MP Fran Wilde meets with members of the gay community to discuss law reform options (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
Aug 1984A survey indicates that the new Parliament may be more supportive of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
The survey is conducted by the Pink Triangle magazine. 15 of the new 23 MPs support both decriminalisation and human rights legislation.
Links: LAGANZ
Aug 1984Bruce Burnett begins a nationwide one-person AIDS education roadshow (New Zealand)
1 Sep 1984The Wellington Gay Task Force is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group is formed by John McDavitt, Bill Logan and others.
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
Oct 1984The media report that a non-hospitalised person with AIDS is living in Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
22 Oct 1984Churches in New Zealand attempt to block the television series Jesus the Evidence (New Zealand)
The BBC series contains references to homosexuality.
Links: YouTube
26 Oct 1984Television news report: doctors meet in Wellington to discuss AIDS (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F58561.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Nov 1984Television news report: AIDS antibodies are found in a batch of blood (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F56365.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Nov 1984Television news report: AIDS antibodies are found in blood products (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F58700.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
6 Nov 1984The Christchurch Gay Task Force is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
10 Nov 1984The Auckland Gay Task Force is reformed to campaign for homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
The main spokesperson for the group is Peter Wall.
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
16 Nov 1984Television news report: the government introduces greater screening measures for blood donors (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57512.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
16 Nov 1984Television news report: the government introduces greater screening measures for blood donors (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F59007.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
17 Nov 1984Television news report: Health Department to set up an AIDS hotline (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F59008.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Nov 1984Television news report: an AIDS scare in Australia (New Zealand)
9.25 news, ref F57513.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Nov 1984Television news report: an AIDS hotline is established (New Zealand)
Features an interview with Bruce Burnett. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F59173.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
21 Dec 1984Television news report: footage of New Zealand's first AIDS patient (New Zealand)
The footage appears as part of a year-in-review programme. The man's sister is also interviewed. The footage was first broadcast earlier in 1984. Eyewitness news, ref F60412.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
1985Private video: Miriam Saphira talks about her submission on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (Auckland, New Zealand)
Ref F55555.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1985Private video: women talk about homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
Ref F55514.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1985The Dunedin Gay Task Force is formed (Dunedin, New Zealand)
1985The Gisborne Gay Task Force is formed (Gisborne, New Zealand)
The Task Force consisted of Trevor Lawler and Chris Piesse who who left the area in the face of anti-gay discrimination and harassment.
1985The Greater Auckland Business Association (GABA) is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Association later renames to the Gay Auckland Business Association.
1985The group Accept: Human Rights for Homosexuals is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
1985The group Campaign for Tolerance is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The largely heterosexual group is set up to support the homosexual law reform campaign.
1985Our Voice Our Vision screens on television (New Zealand)
The documentary traces the course of women's liberation in New Zealand. It focuses on women who participated in the Albert Park Suffrage Day demonstration in 1971 - including Ngahuia Volkerling (now Te Awekotuku).
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Jan 1985The Hawke's Bay Gay Society ends (Hawke's Bay region, New Zealand)
12 Jan 1985A lesbian camp is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
2 Feb 1985Gay BC begins broadcasting a weekly programme on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Gay Broadcasting Collective is formed to connect the community and advocate for homosexual law reform.
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
2 Feb 1985Jeff Whittington is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Whittington was later murdered in Wellington by Jason Meads and Stephen Smith in May 1999.
Links: Wikipedia
12 Feb 1985Television news report: Two cases of AIDS have been reported in the last week (New Zealand)
One of the people is a passenger on the QE2 liner. 6.30 news, ref F61371.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
19 Feb 1985Civil libertarian Walter Scott dies (New Zealand)
1 Mar 1985Television news report: AIDS may be the trigger for homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F61515.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
7 Mar 1985Television current affairs: the effort to contain AIDS in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Contains an interview with Pat - the sister of the man who became the first person to die from AIDS related conditions in New Zealand (New Plymouth, April 1984). Close Up, ref F57568.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
7 Mar 1985Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F61871.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 Mar 1985Labour MP Fran Wilde introduces the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill passes its first reading 51 to 24 votes.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia, LAGANZ
8 Mar 1985Television news report: Parliament agrees to consider homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F61914.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
14 Mar 1985MPs Geoff Braybrooke, Graeme Lee, Norman Jones and Alan Wallbank launch the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
18 Mar 1985The AIDS Support Network becomes a charitable trust (New Zealand)
The name is changed to the AIDS Support Network Trust.
Links: LAGANZ, GayNZ.net
20 Mar 1985Keith Hay and Peter Tait take over the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
21 Mar 1985The Salvation Army announces it will administer the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
27 Mar 1985Television news report: the petition against homosexual law reform is circulating in schools (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F62356.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
27 Mar 1985The anti-homosexual law reform petition is circulated in some schools (New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga
28 Mar 1985Television current affairs: the age of consent debate (New Zealand)
Explores the age of consent and the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Features Jon Lusk, Sebastian Pope, Prof. Jim Robb, Keith Hay, MP Denis Marshall and MP Geoff Braybrooke. Close Up, ref F57580.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
30 Mar 1985Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Williams appears on TV 1 news.
30 Mar 1985Television news report: Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
The report also features MP Geoff Braybrooke and Bill Logan. 6.30 news, ref F62402.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
31 Mar 1985Homosexual law reform campaigners picket Salvation Army citadels throughout the country (New Zealand)
The Salvation Army is a vocal opponent of homosexual law reform.
31 Mar 1985Television news report: people picket outside Salvation Army citadels (New Zealand)
People protest the Army's backing of the anti-law reform petition. 6.30 news, ref F62403.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
2 Apr 1985Television news report: the Auckland Blood Transfusion Service begins sampling AIDS testing kits (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F62423.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
2 Apr 1985The media reports the Auckland Blood Transfusion Service is sampling AIDS testing kits (Auckland, New Zealand)
9 Apr 1985Television news report: an interview with haemaphiliac Reg Fuller (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F80106.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
9 Apr 1985Television news report: concern for haemophiliacs (New Zealand)
Features an interview with Dr David Heaton. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57593.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
11 Apr 1985Television current affairs: studio discussion on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
The discussion features Reverend Richard Flinn and Peter Wall from the Gay Task Force. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57594.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
11 Apr 1985Television news report: Government funding to combat the spread of AIDS and a look at the nationwide debate over homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Two news reports - the first details new Government funding to combat the spread of AIDS. The second report looks at homosexual law reform and features an interview with MP Graeme Lee. Eyewitness news, ref F80137.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
11 Apr 1985The Government announces funding for a blood screening program to combat the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
12 Apr 1985A public meeting is held on the North Shore to debate homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
12 Apr 1985Television news report: church groups support homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Features interviews with Reverend Peter Beck and Geoff Hill. Eyewitness news, ref F80139.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
12 Apr 1985Television news report: public meetings are held on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Features an interview with MP Geoff Braybrooke and reports on the Council of Churches voting in favour of reform. 6.30pm news Top Half, ref F57595.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
12 Apr 1985Television news: interview with Freddie Mercury and Queen (New Zealand)
Ref TZM4869 and TZM4870.
Links: TVNZ (1), TVNZ (2)
13 Apr 1985Large numbers of homosexual law reform campaigners disrupt an anti-reform rally (New Zealand)
13 Apr 1985Television news report: the National Council of Churches supports homosexual law reform and a report on last night's North Shore meeting (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F80155.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
13 Apr 1985The National Council of Churches votes in support of decriminalising homosexuality (New Zealand)
14 Apr 1985A public debate is held on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
14 Apr 1985Television current affairs: debate on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
The debate features Ian Scott, MP Fran Wilde, John Kennedy (Editor of the Tablet) and MP Geoff Braybrook. Sunday, ref F80159.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
14 Apr 1985Television news report: pro reformers disrupt an anti-homosexual law reform rally (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F80156.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
14 Apr 1985Television news report: pro reformers disrupt an anti-homosexual law reform rally (New Zealand)
9.20 news, ref F80158.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
15 Apr 1985Television news report: debate held at the Wellington Town Hall over homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F80231.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
19 Apr 1985Television news report: Catholic bishops don't want to take a firm stand for or against homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Features an interview with Cardinal Tom Williams, Archibishop of Wellington. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57603.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Apr 1985Public submissions close on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
26 Apr 1985Television news report: over one thousand submissions have been received by the Select Committee on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57607.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Apr 1985Television news report: submissions to the Select Committee considering homosexual law reform close today (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F80402.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
May 1985A street march takes place to support homosexual law reform (Wellington, New Zealand)
2 May 1985Television news report: petition against homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Features an interview with chief petitioner Keith Hay. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F80459.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
6 May 1985A lesbian and gay commemoration of the Holocaust is held on the steps of the National War Memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
8 May 1985Television news report: the Select Comittee considers submissions on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Eyewitness, ref F81441.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 May 1985Television news report: the Select Committee considers submissions on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F81440.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
10 May 1985Television news report: everyone in Queensland that has received a blood transfusion in the last two years will be screened for AIDS (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F81430.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
19 May 1985International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
The memorial services are held annually on the third Sunday in May.
20 May 1985Television news report: the Government denies claims it has suspended submissions on homosexual law reform due to the Timaru by-election (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F81801.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
21 May 1985A rally in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The rally is held in Wellington Town Hall, starting at 8pm. The rally is billed as "entertainment, speakers, and lots of fun".
Links: Te Papa
21 May 1985Television news report: MP Fran Wilde says supporters of homosexual law reform need to stand up (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57631.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
21 May 1985The pro-homosexual law reform Bigot Busters rally is held at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, LAGANZ
22 May 1985Television news report: the Human Rights Commission supports homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F81812.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
22 May 1985The Human Rights Commission comes out in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
24 May 1985A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
People are asked to assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm
Links: Te Papa
24 May 1985A rally in support of homosexual law reform is held in the Auckland Town Hall (Auckland, New Zealand)
The event is emceed by a Topp Twin and features music, dance and speeches.
24 May 1985Dr David Cooper is interviewed about how homosexual law reform may impact the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
The interview is broadcast on Eyewitness News, TV1.
24 May 1985Private video: a recording of a public rally in support of homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
The rally took place in the Auckland Town Hall and was emceed by one of the Topp Twins, ref F55516
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
24 May 1985Television current affairs: Alison Webber comments on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Fourth Estate, ref F57634.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
24 May 1985Television news reports: public rallies on homosexual law reform and the effect of AIDS on law reform (New Zealand)
Features an interview with Dr David Cooper. Eyewitness news, ref F81839.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
25 May 1985Television news report: anti-homosexual law reform campaigners claim harassment (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F81840.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 May 1985The media reports claims that Gay visibility week has resulted in harassment (New Zealand)
1 Jun 1985AIDS activist and educator Bruce Burnett dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ, LAGANZ
2 Jun 1985Television news report: Bruce Burnett's death is reported and the YWCA comes in support of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F57639.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Jun 1985Television news report: gay bashings increase (New Zealand)
Features interviews with Neil Costelloe, Rob Lake and Philip Peek. Eyewitness news, ref F82229.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Jun 1985Television news report: Kate Leslie remembers Bruce Burnett, co-founder of the AIDS Support Network (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F82228.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Jun 1985The media reports self-defense courses for gay men are becoming more popular (New Zealand)
This follows a reported increase in gay bashings as the Homosexual Law Reform Bill moves through Parliament.
6 Jun 1985Television news report: studio discussion on the increase of gay bashings (New Zealand)
Features interviews with Don McMorland and Barry Reed. Eyewitness news, ref F82516.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
10 Jun 1985A public meeting is held to discuss homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
Labour MP Fran Wilde goes head-to-head with opponents of the Bill.
10 Jun 1985Television news report: three more people are diagnosed with AIDS and MP Fran Wilde meets opponents of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F82823.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
10 Jun 1985Three more people are diagnosed with AIDS in New Zealand promoting health warnings (New Zealand)
18 Jun 1985Television news report: homosexual law reform will help slow the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F83217.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Jun 1985Television news report: the group Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays (HUG) is formed (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F83218.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Jun 1985The group Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays (HUG) is formed (New Zealand)
The group is set up to support the homosexual law reform campaign.
Links: LAGANZ
18 Jun 1985The media reports calls for homosexual law reform to help reduce the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
3 Jul 1985Television news report: a child has contracted AIDS from contaminated blood originating in Australia (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57660.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 Jul 1985Television news report: poll shows little change in attitudes towards homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F84878.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 Jul 1985Television news report: support increases for homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F84877.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
14 Jul 1985Artist Theo Schoon dies
20 Jul 1985Television news report: a 2,000 signature in support of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F84939.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
24 Jul 1985Television news report: the first locally contracted case of AIDS (disputed) (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F85012.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
24 Jul 1985The media reports New Zealand's first locally-contracted case of AIDS (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Health Department says the man from Wellington hadn't been overseas - but this is disputed by a Gay Task force spokesperson.
27 Jul 1985Television news report: a new AIDS drug developed in France may be used in the USA (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F85047.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
31 Jul 1985Television news report: a new report suggests AIDS will become an epidemic of biblical proportions (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F85120.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
31 Jul 1985Television news report: a new report suggests AIDS will become an epidemic of biblical proportions (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F85121.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
6 Aug 1985American Presbyterian Pastor Louis P. Sheldon warns New Zealand about homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Sheldon founded the Traditional Values Coalition in 1984. He is invited to New Zealand in 1985 to oppose law reform.
Links: Wikipedia
6 Aug 1985Television news report: blood test kits are made available to test for the AIDS virus (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57699.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
6 Aug 1985Television news report: the visiting Rev. Lou Sheldon warns about homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F85163.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
6 Aug 1985The media reports blood testing kits are now available to test for AIDS (New Zealand)
9 Aug 1985Television news report: a $500,000 AIDS awareness campaign is launched (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F85700.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
9 Aug 1985The media reports on an AIDS awareness campaign that will cost half a million dollars (New Zealand)
12 Aug 1985Television news report: an AIDS awareness campaign is launched (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57703.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
14 Aug 1985Television news report: campaigners say homosexual law reform will stop the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57704.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
30 Aug 1985The national gay and lesbian Bigot Busters Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
Approximately 150 people attend the conference at Victoria University.
Links: LAGANZ
Sep 1985The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is formed (New Zealand)
The Foundation grows out of the AIDS Support Network, after receiving a Government grant in April 1985.
3 Sep 1985Television news report: The Health Department wants GP's to talk to patients at high risk of contracting AIDS (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F86075.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 Sep 1985Activist Alison Laurie appears on television to debate homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Laurie is responding to Barry Reid, a staunch opponent of law reform. The programme airs on TV1 at 9.30pm.
9 Sep 1985Television news report: New Zealalnd's eleventh AIDS case is announced (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F86225.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
9 Sep 1985The media reports New Zealand's eleventh case of AIDS (New Zealand)
11 Sep 1985A picket in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The picket takes place at the Queen Victoria statue on Cambridge Terrace.
13 Sep 1985A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
People assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm. They then walk along Lambton Quay. Some scuffles break out between marchers and anti-reform protesters.
Links: Te Papa
13 Sep 1985Television news report: scuffles with pro-homosexual law reform marchers in Wellington (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F86286.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
17 Sep 1985Television news report: anti-homosexual law reform petition results for each electorate will be passed onto MPs (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87202.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Sep 1985Television news report: MPs have been given results from the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Features an interview with MP Graeme Lee who is the petition organiser. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87198.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
19 Sep 1985Television news report: an AIDS scare at a school in England (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87200.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
22 Sep 1985Television news report: organisers of the anti-homosexual law reform petition say they have gathered 800,000 signatures (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F87253.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
23 Sep 1985Television news report: the anti-homosexual law reform petition is presented to politicians on the steps of parliament (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F57731.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
24 Sep 1985Television news report: presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform at parliament and blood donor testing has been delayed (New Zealand)
Features an interview with MPs Fran Wilde and Graeme Lee. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87267.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
24 Sep 1985Television news report: scuffles during the presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F87268.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
24 Sep 1985The Coalition of Concerned Citizens present an anti-homosexual law reform petition to Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The petition reportedly has 800,000 signatures, but this is later discredited.
Links: Te Papa
25 Sep 1985Television news report: validity of signatures on the anti-homosexual law reform petition are questioned (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57732.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Sep 1985Current affairs: Christian political activism and homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Close Up, ref F87271.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Sep 1985Newspaper report: Moral majority takes crusade to New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America)
Publisher Tony Katavich comments "Really, mate - can't you keep your Christian creeps at home?"
Links: Bay Area Reporter
26 Sep 1985Television news report: criticism in the delay for AIDS testing of blood donors (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87269.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
27 Sep 1985Television news report: Australian immunologist calls New Zealand's approach to AIDS irresponsible (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57733.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
1 Oct 1985Television news report: MP Norman Jones complains to the Select Committee considering homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87525.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
2 Oct 1985Actor Rock Hudson dies from AIDS-related complications (Los Angeles, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
2 Oct 1985Television news report: the Select Committee votes to end public hearings on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57735
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
2 Oct 1985The Select Committee investigating the Homosexual Law Reform Bill votes to end public hearings (New Zealand)
The Committee ends public hearings despite 85 people still waiting to be heard.
3 Oct 1985Television news report: Rock Hudson dies from AIDS related illnesses (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F87598.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
3 Oct 1985Television news report: the National Party insists submissions are re-opened on homosexual law reform and Rock Hudson dies from AIDS related illnesses (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57738.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
4 Oct 1985Television current affairs: Brain Priestly comments on AIDS in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Fourth Estate, ref F87739.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 Oct 1985Television news report: the Homosexual Law Reform Bill begins its second reading in Parliament (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87738.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
9 Oct 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill begins in Parliament (New Zealand)
The second reading will take four weeks.
Links: PrideNZ.com, LAGANZ
16 Oct 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
21 Oct 1985Television news report: testing of all blood products for AIDS antibodies begins (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F88556.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
21 Oct 1985Testing of all donated blood for AIDS antibodies begins (New Zealand)
23 Oct 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
30 Oct 1985Television news report: French doctors claim an AIDS breakthrough (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F52551.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Nov 1985Parliament debates the petition against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
5 Nov 1985Television news report: a review of homosexual law reform after the Select Comittee hearings (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F88700.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
6 Nov 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
7 Nov 1985Television news report: moves by MP Norman Jones push a final vote on homosexual law reform into 1986 (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F88703.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
12 Nov 1985Television news report: French doctors admit AIDS drug hasn't been a success (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57760.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
20 Nov 1985The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) considers the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
15 Dec 1985Television news report: World Health Organisation announces a huge increase in cases of AIDS (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F90666.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
31 Dec 1985Television current affairs: HIV and AIDS in New Zealand in 1985 (New Zealand)
News Review '85, ref F57798.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
1986Television advert: an AIDS prevention advert broadcasts comparing unsafe sex to sky diving without a parachute (New Zealand)
Ref C2903.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1986The Lesbian Feminist Circle publication ends (New Zealand)
2 Jan 1986Artist Leo Bensemann dies (Christchurch, New Zealand)
7 Jan 1986Television news report: AIDS and spa pool controversy in the United States (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F57800.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
20 Feb 1986Television news report: New Zealand is the first country in the world to register a register a drug for the treatment of AID (New Zealand)
The drug registered is Imunovir. 6.30pm Top Half, ref F91889.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
Mar 1986The first annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair took place on either the 8th or 15th March 1986. The fair was promoted as "a fair for a fair law" which referred to homosexual law reform. The fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
5 Mar 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
18 Mar 1986Television discussion: Love Life AIDS (New Zealand)
A live discussion following the broadcast of the documentary Love Life AIDS - the New Zealand story. Ref F53791.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Mar 1986Television documentary: Love Life AIDS - the New Zealand story (New Zealand)
Amanda Millar explores New Zealand's attitude towards homosexuality and AIDS. Ref F52553.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
25 Mar 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
26 Mar 1986Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Newsline, ref F57853.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
27 Mar 1986Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
The age of consent is set at 16. Parliament also decides that homosexual acts will remain illegal in the armed services. 6.30 news, ref: F91572.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, LAGANZ
2 Apr 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
8 Apr 1986Television news report: Eve Van Grafhorst is to get another test for AIDS (New Zealand)
Features Gloria Van Grafhorst and Dr Kitty Croxson. Eyewitness news, ref F91601.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
9 Apr 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
16 Apr 1986Part 2 of the Homosexual Law Reform is voted down in Parliament (New Zealand)
Part 2 of the Bill contained anti-discrimination measures.
Links: PrideNZ.com
17 Apr 1986Television news report: Eve van Grafhorst is confirmed to have AIDS (Hastings, New Zealand)
Van Grafhorst was born prematurely in 1982 and required eleven blood transfusions to save her life. One of the transfusions was contaminated and van Grafhorst contracted HIV. 6.30 news, ref F91630.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Wikipedia
17 Apr 1986Television news report: Parliament decides that homosexuals aren't entitled to special protection under the law (New Zealand)
Parliament decides that homosexuals aren't entitled special protection under the law. 6.30 news, ref F91630
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
20 Apr 1986Television news report: a fund raising event is to be held to help Eve van Grafhorst and family move to New Zealand (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F91639.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1 May 1986Newspaper report: Gay rights bogged down again in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
12 May 1986Television news report: launch of the book AIDS and the Risk by Paul Goldwater. (New Zealand)
The publication is the first locally produced book on AIDS. Among other things, the book recommends that New Zealand should "exclude from all schools and educational facilities any child who is AIDS antibody positive." Eyewitness news, ref: F91729.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
26 May 1986International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
27 May 1986Television talkback: Dr. Paul Goldwater discusses AIDS with talkback callers (New Zealand)
Newsline, ref F91769.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Jun 1986Television news report: the US Public Health Service is making startling predictions about the spread of AIDS. (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F91828.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
26 Jun 1986Television news report: an international AIDS conference takes place (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F91925.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
3 Jul 1986Television news report: MPs may have another opportunity to consider the age of consent for homosexual activity (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F58069.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
9 Jul 1986Part 1 of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill is narrowly passed by Parliament, 49 votes to 44 (New Zealand)
Part 2 of the Bill dealing with anti-discrimination measures was lost on 16 April 1986.
Links: Wikipedia
9 Jul 1986Television news report: the final vote for the Homosexual Law Reform Bill happens tonight (New Zealand)
Interviewees include, Fran Wilde, Norman Jones and George Gair. Eyewitness news, ref F58077.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
10 Jul 1986Television news report: the Coalition of Concerned Citizens continues its battle against homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F58082.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
11 Jul 1986Television news report: 35 year old man sleeps with a 15 year old male (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F91974.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
11 Jul 1986Television news report: two MPs wavered in their vote on homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F91974.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
11 Jul 1986Television talkback on the passing of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Guest - Peter Wall. Newsline, ref F58083.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
11 Jul 1986The Burnett Clinic is opened by Health Minister Dr Michael Bassett (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Burnett Clinic is named after Bruce Burnett and is the first HIV/AIDS clinic in New Zealand.
11 Jul 1986The Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986) is signed into law by the Governor General (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ, Queer History
13 Jul 1986Television news report: passing of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Interviewees include MP John Banks and Fran Wilde. Sunday, ref F91980.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
24 Jul 1986Newspaper report: Pia Coletta Rudowski from New Zealand wins third place in the Queen of the Orient contest (San Francisco, New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
31 Jul 1986Newspaper report: Gay rights triumph in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
8 Aug 1986The Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986) is enacted (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ, Queer History
9 Aug 1986Gay Games II takes place (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
21 Aug 1986Newspaper report: an interview with Terry and Marge (born in New Zealand) (San Francisco, New Zealand)
Both had come to the United States as war brides and now lived together. Marge was born in Auckland on 8 September 1921.
Links: Bay Area Reporter
23 Aug 1986The Lesbians and Gays in Education conference is held (New Zealand)
30 Aug 1986A Women's Studies conference is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
11 Sep 1986The Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre is damaged by arson (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
19 Sep 1986Television news report: US scientists expected to announce the expanded use of an HIV drug (United States of America)
Eyewitness news, ref F58151.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
20 Sep 1986Television news report: thousands of AIDS patients expected to receive AZT - a new drug treatment (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F116280.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
21 Sep 1986Television news report: call for more blood donations (New Zealand)
Blood reserves are dwindling due to fears around AIDS. 6.30 news, ref F116281.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
26 Sep 1986Television news report: the NZ AIDS Foundation says women are at risk too (New Zealand)
Interviewee Kate Leslie. 6.30 news, ref F131743.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
30 Sep 1986Television news report: a world authority says HIV can survive in untreated water (New Zealand)
The Health Department asks public swimming pool operators to guard against the spread of AIDS. Interviewee John Kingi. 6.30 news, ref F131768.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
23 Oct 1986Television news report: AIDS education (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F132157.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
28 Oct 1986Television current affairs: the race to find a cure for AIDS (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F58219.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
30 Oct 1986Television news report: an AIDS campaign in the US (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F132203.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
3 Nov 1986Television news report: an AIDS campaign in the UK (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F132222.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
12 Nov 1986A national conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand)
Links: Gay BC
13 Nov 1986The lesbian festival Celebrating Ourselves is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
18 Nov 1986Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says the AIDS death toll may now be more than 20 (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F132286.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
28 Nov 1986Television news report: follow-up on Eve Van Grafhorst who moved to New Zealand earlier in the year (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F58249.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
4 Dec 1986Newspaper report: USA Salvation Army funding anti-homosexual reform campaign in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)
4 Dec 1986Television news report: HIV prevention - providing clean needles to people who inject drugs (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F132362
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
5 Dec 1986Television news report: the Government discusses a needle exchange programme to help prevent the transmission of AIDS (New Zealand)
Newsline, ref F23205.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, University of Auckland
31 Dec 1986Television current affairs: the year in review (New Zealand)
Lindsay Perigo presents a review of the major news stories - including homosexual law reform and Eve van Grafhorst. News, ref F92032.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1987Television feature: A Death in the Family by Peter Wells (New Zealand)
Ref F25165.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1987The New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society ends (New Zealand)
The Society's files are donated to the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre.
26 Jan 1987Television news report: MP Norman Jones leaves hospital (New Zealand)
Jones had been undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumour. 6.30pm news, ref F92071
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
5 Feb 1987Newspaper report: Father Felix Donnelly speaks out against the Pope (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
9 Feb 1987Television news report: Rev Carl Titchener gives out condoms during church services (New York, United States of America)
Eyewitness news, ref F58280.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
9 Feb 1987The media reports that the Rev Carl Titchener is giving out condoms during church services (New York, United States of America)
Titchener, a Unitarian minister in New York, gives out condoms to help prevent the spread of AIDS.
14 Feb 1987Television news report: the World Health Organisation reports 2,000 more AIDS cases in the last month (New Zealand)
There are currently 40,000 cases world wide. 6.30pm news, ref F92297.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
20 Feb 1987Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says its funding will dry up next month (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Kate Leslie and Warren Lindberg. There's also a news item about the Queen meeting AIDS doctors. 6.30pm news, ref F92320 and Eyewitness news, ref F92321.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)
22 Feb 1987Artist Andy Warhol dies (New York, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
23 Feb 1987Television news report: AIDS education programme in schools (United States of America)
Also includes a news item about the death of Andy Warhol. Eyewitness news, ref F92325.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
25 Feb 1987Television news report: AIDS causes a review of health requirements for potential immigrants (New Zealand)
Interviewee Kerry Burke. 6.30pm news, ref F92342.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Mar 1987Gay rights activists demonstrate against visiting evangelist Leighton Ford (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1987The second annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
10 Mar 1987Television news report: media coverage of AIDS in the United Kingdom (New Zealand)
A news report that examines over 20-hours of coverage on AIDS last week in the United Kingdom. Eyewitness news, ref F92368.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
17 Mar 1987Television news report: Americans who have had blood transfusions in the last 8-years are being encouraged to get tested for AIDS (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F58302.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1 Apr 1987Television news report: an underground network is setup in the US to supply unapproved AIDS drugs (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref: F58311.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2 Apr 1987Television news report: chemists to start selling syringes in an attempt to stop the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
Includes an interview with the Dr Michael Basset, Minister of Health. Eyewitness news, ref: F92479.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
6 Apr 1987Television news report: the Australian government commits $3 million dollars to an AIDS awareness campaign (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref: F92493.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
11 Apr 1987The Awhina Clinic opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The HIV/AIDS clinic is later renamed the Awhina Centre.
16 Apr 1987Television news report: compulsory HIV testing for everyone over the age of 12 (New Zealand)
An Otago University philosopher denies reports saying that he wanted compulsory testing. Eyewitness news, ref: F92527.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
May 1987Glad Rag magazine begins publication (Wellington, New Zealand)
7 May 1987Television news report: AIDS in Africa (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F92647.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
8 May 1987Television news report: AIDS in Africa is reaching epidemic levels (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F92670.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
17 May 1987International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
The Bay Area Reporter notes that memorials are held in at least four cities in New Zealand.
Links: Bay Area Reporter
17 May 1987AIDS: The New Lepers is broadcast on TV1 (New Zealand)
The documentary is followed by a panel discussion with health professionals in New Zealand plus excerpts from Australian and British TV campaigns. Interviewees include Betty Kill, Warren Lindberg, Dr Rod Ellis-Pegler and Dr David Skegg. Ref F58399 and F92709.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
2 Jun 1987Television news report: the third International Conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F92793.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
24 Jun 1987Television current affairs: moral panic surrounding AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Norman Jones, Dr Richard Meech, Paul East and Dr Micheal Bassett. Eyewitness news, ref F92935.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Jul 1987Trevor Barnard stands as an openly gay candidate for the NZ Democratic party in Eastern Hutt (Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
10 Jul 1987Television news report: AIDS impacts on New York arts community (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news ,ref F93026.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Jul 1987Television news report: first anniversary of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Fran Wilde, Keith Hay, Norman Jones, Dick Johnstone, Barry Reed and Peter Wall. Eyewitness news, ref F93071.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Aug 1987Television current affairs: Jim Bolger is interviewed during the 1987 election campaign (New Zealand)
Bolger talks about gender and homosexuality. One current affairs, ref F60708.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Aug 1987Wellington City Council grants same-sex partners of bus-drivers the same free travel passes as opposite-sex partners (Wellington, New Zealand)
17 Aug 1987Television news report: AIDS a growing problem in Switzerland (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F93540.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
18 Sep 1987Television news report: the Pope visits San Francisco, blessing people with AIDS (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90361
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
22 Sep 1987Television current affairs: AIDS as a political issue in the United States (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90367.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
24 Sep 1987Television news report: research continues into HIV (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90371.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
12 Oct 1987Television news report: a rally in Washington DC calls for more funding for HIV/AIDS treatments (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90428.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
16 Oct 1987Television news report: Dr Charles Farthing believes an AIDS cure won't be found this century (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90441.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
6 Nov 1987A Death in the Family by Peter Wells screens for a week at the Castro Theatre (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
9 Nov 1987Television news report: HIV/AIDS in Uganda (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90543.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
18 Nov 1987Television news report: a Wellington surgeon says he has the right to refuse to treat a patient suspected of having AIDS (Wellington, New Zealand)
Draft guidelines have been earlier sent out 5,000 doctors around the country. Eyewitness news, ref F90570.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
19 Nov 1987National MP Norman Jones dies (New Zealand)
Jones had been a vehement opponent of homosexual law reform. He dies of a brain tumor.
27 Dec 1987Writer and educator Rewi Alley dies (Beijing, China)
Links: Wikipedia, Te Ara
1988Music video: Safe Sex by Painters and Dockers (New Zealand)
Ref: TZM5451.
Links: TVNZ
1988The Dorian Society ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1988The third annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
1 Mar 1988Television news report: more women are becoming HIV+ (New Zealand)
Doctors say it is only a matter of time before babies are born in New Zealand with HIV/AIDS. Eyewitness news, ref F90793.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
8 Mar 1988Television news report: a new book says AIDS can be passed on by kissing or sitting on toilet seats (New Zealand)
Includes an interview with the co-author Dr Robert Kolodny. The book Crisis: Heterosexual Behavior in the Age of AIDS asserts that "the AIDS virus is now running rampant in the heterosexual community." The authors claim that under some circumstances, the virus can be spread by kissing, using toilet seats or eating in a restaurant. Eyewitness news ,ref F90811.
Links: Washington Post, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
11 Mar 1988Television news report: stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in Australian jails (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90822.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
15 Mar 1988Television news report: Russia's response to HIV/AIDS (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90837.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
6 May 1988Television current affairs: Hepatitis B vaccine may contain HIV (New Zealand)
Media commentator Brain Priestley reviews media coverage. Fourth Estate, ref F91240.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
30 May 1988International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
2 Aug 1988Television news report: the Government is going to increase spending on AIDS prevention (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F94406.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
4 Aug 1988Photographer Brian Brake dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
Oct 1988A national hui for Maori lesbians is held (New Zealand)
Oct 1988Television commercial: Department of Health - pamphlet going out to every household about AIDS (New Zealand)
Ref C5587.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Oct 1988Television commercial: Department of Health safe sex advert (New Zealand)
No One Ever Died of Embarrassment, ref C3118.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Oct 1988Television commercial: Department of Health safe sex advert (New Zealand)
AIDS - pool room, ref C3119.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Oct 1988Television commercial: Department of Health safe sex advert (New Zealand)
Glen has AIDS. The advert notes that there are currently 81 cases of AIDS in New Zealand, ref C3120.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
3 Oct 1988Television news report: Department of Health targets heterosexuals with HIV/AIDS advertising (New Zealand)
The report notes there could be 5,000 people with HIV in New Zealand. Interviewees include Dr Karen Potasi, Kate Leslie, Daniel Fielding, Dr Kitty Corxan and Dr Steven Gardiner. Eyewitness news, ref F94906.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
12 Oct 1988The New Zealand Navy announces its gay-friendly policy (New Zealand)
21 Oct 1988Television news report: Department of Health launches an explicit HIV/AIDS campaign (New Zealand)
Includes an interview with Karen Poutasi. Eyewitness news, ref F95076.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
31 Oct 1988Peter Cuthbert dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Cuthbert is remembered in the first panel of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt
1 Dec 1988Television news report: the first World AIDS Day is marked in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F95421.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1 Dec 1988The first World AIDS Day is held internationally
1 Dec 1988The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is launched on World AIDS Day (Wellington, New Zealand)
Inspired by the NAMES Project, the New Zealand quilt is established by the People With AIDS Collective. The first panel is presented by Daniel Fielding for his partner Peter Cuthbert who had died in October 1988.
Links: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt
1989Television feature: The Night Workers (New Zealand)
A look at Wellington's red light district. Includes footage of Tiffany's, Evergreen Coffee House and Club Exotique. There are interviews with sex workers talking about their lives and the emergence of AIDS. The Night Workers, ref F26129.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1989The Auckland Gay Men's Health Group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
1989The Crimes Act incorporates Homosexual Law Reform Act amendments (New Zealand)
1989The Gay and Lesbian Community Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre utilises space at the Evergreen Coffee Lounge.
1989The Rock of Life Ministries is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The group is formed circa 1989 (exact date unknown).
1989The social group Spectrum is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
Links: Spectrum, LAGANZ
1989The Women's Place bookshop closes (Wellington, New Zealand)
24 Feb 1989The Lesbian Club ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Club ends for the third time.
Mar 1989The fourth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
13 Mar 1989Lesbian and gay visibility week takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
21 Mar 1989Tom McLean's book If I Should Die is launched at Turnbull House (Wellington, New Zealand)
McLean dies a few days later from AIDS-related complications.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, WorldCat
22 Mar 1989Television news report: Tom McLean calls for an end to discrimination against people with AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Tom McLean, Bill Logan and David Blackmore. Eyewitness news, ref F95834.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
24 Mar 1989The National Gay and Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The theme of the conference is building bridges.
24 Mar 1989Tom McLean, journalist and author of If I Should Die dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, WorldCat
13 May 1989The Young Lesbian and Gay Festival is held in Newtown School Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
15 May 1989Television news report: increase of AIDS cases in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F96198.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
21 May 1989International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Jun 1989The group GLAD is formed (Hamilton, New Zealand)
The group is formed to work for anti-discrimination, including the broadening of the Human Rights Act.
2 Jun 1989Singer Judy Small performs at St Patricks Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
4 Jun 1989Television current affairs: a positive approach to AIDS (New Zealand)
Journalist Amanda Millar talks to Alistair who is living with AIDS and Micahel who is dying from AIDS related complications. Frontline, ref F96441.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
5 Jun 1989A South Island lesbian conference is held at Christchurch Polytech (Christchurch, New Zealand)
9 Jun 1989Television news report: an AIDS vaccine? (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F96495.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1 Aug 1989Television news report: a sex worker is being held in hospital after testing positive for HIV (Sydney, Australia)
Eyewitness news, ref F97199
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Sep 1989The Gay Motorbike Club is formed (New Zealand)
It soon became the Mercury Motorbike Club.
12 Oct 1989Television news report: HIV/AIDS in Zurich, Switzerland
Eyewitness news, ref F97614.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
14 Oct 1989Artist Rodney Kennedy dies
3 Nov 1989A national hui for Maori Lesbians is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae.
1 Dec 1989Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Memorial quilt displayed on World AIDS Day (New Zealand)
The report is taken from a news compilation tape. The footage will most likely be from 1 December 1988 or 1989. Ref F44883.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1 Dec 1989Television news report: World AIDS Day is marked around New Zealand (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Darren Horn, Bev Jelicich and Dr Mike Pohl. Eyewitness news, ref: F98109.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1990Television feature: AIDS babies - somebody's child (New Zealand)
Interviewees incldue Warren Lindberg and Dr Elizabeth Kubler Ross. AIDS babies - somebody's child, ref F21288.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1990Television feature: Lew Pryme - welcome to my world (New Zealand)
Pryme died from AIDS related complications on 23 April 1990. Interviewees include Midge Marsden, Tina Cross, Grahame Thorn, Mark Williams, Sally Metzger and Grant Fox. Ref F34485.
Links: NZ On Screen, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
24 Jan 1990Expatriate New Zealander Richard Johnson is murdered by a gang of youths (Sydney, Australia)
Mar 1990The fifth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
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
14 Dec 1990Television news report: working with AIDS babies in Romania (New Zealand)
Interviewee Robyn Beckerleg. Holmes, ref F102458.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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 publication begins (New Zealand)
It starts out as a 4-page pamphlet but grows into a fully-fledged newspaper called Express. In 2014 it changes to a monthly magazine format with accompanying website.
Links: Gay Express
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)
Mar 1991The sixth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
7 Apr 1991Television current affairs: documentary about a sex worker who is HIV+ (Australia)
60 minutes, ref F103607.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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.
10 May 1991Television news report: a Christchurch philanthropist offers refunds on empty packets of condoms (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Michael Sherry wants to promote safe sex by offering refunds on empty packets of condoms. Nightline, ref F104366.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
19 May 1991International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
20 May 1991Television news report: AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
TV3 News, ref F104431.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
20 May 1991Television news report: AIDS statistics prompt warnings about sex tours to Asia (New Zealand)
Interviewee Warren Lindberg. One Network News, ref F104414, F104418.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
25 May 1991Television news report: unexpected consequences after actor plays the part of a man with AIDS (New Zealand)
Actor Patrick Davies' friends and family thought he had AIDS after media reports about the theatre production. One Network News, ref F104476.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
5 Jun 1991Television news report: 10th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Warren Lindberg, Christina Lewis, Gloria Taylor and Eve Van Grafhorst. Holmes, ref F104646.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, CDC (1), CDC (2)
6 Jun 1991Television news report: the first 10 years of AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Dr Rod Ellis-Pegler and Darren Horn. TV3 news, ref F104658.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Jun 1991Television news report: a possible vaccine in the US that would stop the progression of HIV (New Zealand)
One Network News, ref F105124 and F105127 and TV3 News, ref F105131.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (3)
14 Jun 1991Television news report: attempts to combat AIDS in Thailand (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F105138.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
19 Jun 1991Television news report: Eve van Grafhorst is shouted a trip to Disneyland by two Lotto winners (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Gloria Taylor and Eve van Grafhorst. Holmes, ref F105171 and Nightline, ref F105172.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
25 Jun 1991Television news report: Eve van Grafhorst makes it to Disneyland (New Zealand)
Nightline, ref F105192.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
7 Jul 1991Television current affairs: AIDS and the Thai sex industry (New Zealand)
60 minutes, ref F105290.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
10 Jul 1991Television news report: Air New Zealand trains Eve Van Grafhorst as a flight attendant (New Zealand)
Holmes, ref F105317.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
6 Aug 1991Television news report: police want to be warned if they are dealing with a person with Hepatitis B, HIV or AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Lance Corcoran, Graham Harding and Warren Lindberg. Holmes, ref F105524
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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.
3 Sep 1991Television news report: condom sales are dropping (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Margaret Durden, Margaret Sparrow, Krista Blake and Adie Davis. TV3 news, ref F105875.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
17 Sep 1991Television news report: Hollywood stars raise money for AIDS research (United States of America)
TV3 news, ref F106019.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
4 Oct 1991HIV Alive '91 is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The two week event includes specialist workshops, seminars, celebrations and fundraisers. It also includes the first public unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
5 Oct 1991The first unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The first 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
25 Oct 1991Television news report: accident victim was HIV positive - or was he (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Brian Persen, Peter Bradley, Phil Wright and Warren Lindberg. Holmes, ref F107530.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
9 Nov 1991Heather McPherson launches Other World Relations at Unity Books (Wellington, New Zealand)
1 Dec 1991Television news report: coverage of World AIDS Day (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F107883.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
4 Dec 1991Television news report: launch of Kids with AIDS support group and trust (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Jeremy Miller and his parents Katrina Miller and Howard Miller. Holmes, ref F107907.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
5 Dec 1991Television news report: a viewer responds to the new Kids with AIDS support group (New Zealand)
Holmes, ref F107913.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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).
1992Moving-image footage: interview with author Peter Wells (Sydney, Australia)
Filmed in Sydney, the interview looks at his creative output. Ref F54725.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1992The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ) trust is established (Wellington, New Zealand)
The initial core of the collections goes back to an initiative of the National Gay Rights Coalition in 1977. It developed into a research library and archives known as the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre which was placed in the care of a trust in 1984. In 1988, to ensure the collections a secure home, the trustees made an agreement with the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington for their permanent accommodation.
Links: LAGANZ
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
Feb 1992Moving-image footage: Mika - Lava Lover (Auckland, New Zealand)
Hundreds of dancers choreographed by Mika at the HERO party. Ref F62152.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Mar 1992The seventh annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
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 1992The 9th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
Over 200 cities around the world participate, with New Zealand being the first country in the world to hold memorials.
Links: Bay Area Reporter
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.
Aug 1992Moving-image footage: Mika Juiced (Nelson, New Zealand)
Footage of the performance at the Nelson STD conference. Ref F62168.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
25 Nov 1992The Hero Charitable Trust Incorporated is established (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Trust's vision was: A community which, through creative expression and celebration: learns to love, care and support itself. The Trust's kaupapa was: HERO seeks to serve a community characterised by love - the love of a man for a man - the love of a woman for a woman. That service finds expression through creativity and celebration. Through the activities of Hero the mana, health and pride of our community will be strengthened.
Links: Hero.org.nz
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
1993Douglas Wright's film Elegy premieres (New Zealand)
Wright wrote "Since I am still lucky enough to have a body, I decided to make a dance for my friends who have died of AIDS, and this is it." Ref F27589.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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
28 Jul 1993The Human Rights Bill is passed (New Zealand)
Among other things, the Bill outlaws discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Government is exempt 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
1994Private footage: an interview with Tom O'Donoghue and his partner Kim (New Zealand)
Tom was diagnosed HIV positive in 1988. He combined his personal experience with his background as a health worker to take a prevention message to the community. Moa films, ref F53152.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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 is enacted (New Zealand)
The Act outlaws discrimination on a wide variety of grounds including sexual orientation and disability. The Act also provides protection against discrimination for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Links: Wikipedia, New Zealand Legislation, NZ.com
2 Feb 1994Television feature: All About Eve (New Zealand)
A documentary about Eve Van Grafhorst, ref F21298.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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
17 Sep 1994The Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre (LILAC) opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre is for women-oriented women and holds the largest accessible collection of lesbian books and other materials in New Zealand.
Links: LILAC
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
28 Nov 1994Artist Arthur Tauhore dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Tauhore dies from AIDS related conditions.
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 documentary A Stitch In Time premieres (New Zealand)
The documentary is about the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt and features Nicki Eddy and others. Ref F16107.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
19 May 1995The second National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference takes place at the Student Union Building at Victoria University. It runs from the 19-21 May. One of the things to come out of the conference was the group Lesbians on the Land.
Links: Queer History NZ, 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
12 Nov 1995Lesbian's on the Land takes place (Tasman region, New Zealand)
The event is held over a weekend at Felicity's farm in Golden Bay with workshops on alternative housing and energy, and natural/holistic health. The group grew out of the second National Lesbian Studies Conference held in May 1995.
Links: QNA
25 Nov 1995The second annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Broadcasters Anita McNaught and Neil Waka 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 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
3 Dec 1995The AIDS Media Awards take 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
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
1996Television current affairs: The Faces of Love (New Zealand)
The feature looks at children with AIDS in Romania. 20/20, ref: F48397.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1996Television feature: For Arts Sake: Douglas Wright (New Zealand)
An interview with choreographer Douglas Wright. The feature also includes Wright performing. For Arts Sake, ref F40348.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1996Television feature: AIDS and Love (New Zealand)
Features an interview with Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross about her work with children with AIDS. Ref: F26300.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1996Television feature: AIDS in the Community (New Zealand)
Features an interview with AIDS counsellor Dick Johnstone, ref: F26299
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1996Television feature: For Arts Sake: Michael Parmenter (New Zealand)
An interview with choreographer Michael Parmenter. The feature also includes Parmenter performing excerpts from A Long Undressing. For Arts Sake, ref F42337.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1996Television feature: Women and AIDS (New Zealand)
Filmed in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Ref: F26298.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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.
Links: Queer History NZ, LAGANZ
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)
8 Jul 1996Television programme: Taiohi - segment on safe sex (New Zealand)
Taiohi, ref F116371.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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)
Links: Queer History
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)
14 Dec 1996Teaser, a pre-Freedom dance party is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The party is held at Bar Particular on 14 December 1996.
Links: NZ.com
1997Television footage: funding is being withdrawn from the HERO parade (New Zealand)
The Drum, series 1 - episode 6, ref F86621.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1997The Government stops funding Consistency 2000 - the Human Rights Commission's investigation into discriminatory legislation (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
15 Jan 1997Television segment: a feature on safe sex (New Zealand)
Taiohi, episode 11, ref: F116590.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Feb 1997Television coverage: 1997 HERO parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
Edited coverage of the 1997 HERO parade (22 February), featuring Anita McNaught, the Topp Twins, Petra Bagust, Jon Bridges and Nathan Rarere. TV3, ref F29050.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
12 Feb 1997Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Peter Wells and Rex Pilgrim is launched (Auckland, New Zealand)
The book is launched in the Wintergardens at the Auckland Domain.
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)
8 Mar 1997The Devotion Parade is held through the inner city (Wellington, New Zealand)
A group of fundamentalist Christians protest along the parade route. Note: another source (held at the National Library) notes the parade occurred in February.
Links: National Library
26 Mar 1997The Awhina Centre at 35 Mein Street, Newtown is badly damaged by a suspected arson (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre moves to 45 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)
1998Television programme: Queer Nation, series 2 - episode 9 (New Zealand)
Features the Ettie Rout organisation promoting safe sex in Christchurch, gays in the military, and lesbians in the film industry. Queer Nation, ref F38924.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1998Television: Queer Nation, series 2 - episode 10 (New Zealand)
Features Ben Hoadley, gay run guest houses, and the latest HIV/AIDS drug in New Zealand. Queer Nation, ref F38925.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1998Vanity fierce by Graeme Aitken is published (New Zealand)
1 Jan 1998Jacquie Grant becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) (West Coast region, New Zealand)
Grant is honoured for her work as a foster parent to more than 60 children. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
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 (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade happened the day earlier in Auckland and is broadcast nationally on Sunday at 9.30pm, ref F35117.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, NZ.com
Mar 1998The 13th annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
5 Mar 1998Cabaret artist Mika donates a personal collection of materials to LAGANZ (Wellington, New Zealand)
A ceremony is held in the National Library Auditorium. The collection consists of manuscripts and typescripts from Mika's shows, audio and video recordings, posters, photographs, personal memorabilia and curiosities. There are also props and costumes from the cabarets, such as Carmen's costume jewelry and "Carmen's aerobics leotards" press kits.
Links: LAGANZ
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)
24 Jun 1998Television drama: an HIV story-line on Shortland Street (New Zealand)
Shortland Street, ref F36149.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Jul 1998Camp Mother (a.k.a. Lynda Topp) announces that 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)
2 Aug 1998Television current affairs: Chris Arneson is being denied his US pension because of his HIV status (New Zealand)
Arneson cannot return to the US to collect his pension because his HIV status is regarded under US law as "loathsome and contagious". 20/20, ref F36788.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
23 Dec 1998Television news report: fears that patients have come into contact with a worker who is HIV+ (New Zealand)
One news, ref: F38793.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
1999Get used to it! children of gay and lesbian parents by Pat Rosier and Myra Hauschild is 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)
Feb 1999Documentary: Follow The Yellow Brick Road (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Auckland HERO parade. Includes interview material and footage of the parade. Produced by Triangle Television. Follow The Yellow Brick Road, ref F48156.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Feb 1999Television feature: coverage of the HERO parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
Coverage of the HERO parade, with Mika, Hori Ahipene, Georgina Beyer and Louisa Wall. TV3, ref F40007.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
19 Mar 1999Dancer Freda Stark dies
Links: Te Ara
14 Apr 1999Television news report: call to ban HIV/AIDS refugees and immigrants (New Zealand)
One Network News, ref F40637.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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)
4 Jun 1999Television programme: Behind the Wheel - segment on a man planning on going in drag to the HERO parade (New Zealand)
Behind the Wheel, ref F41334.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
3 Dec 1999Jason Meads and Stephen Smith are found guilty of murdering teenager Jeff Whittington (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
2000Laurie Guy's thesis Worlds in Collision: The Gay Debate in New Zealand 1960-86
2000Television programme: Queer Nation, series 4 - episode 14 (New Zealand)
Features Queer of the Year, Candlelight Memorials, Out Takes. Queer Nation, ref F46394.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2000The Property (Relationships) Act 2000 becomes law
The Act gives de facto couples, whether opposite or same sex, the same property rights on the break-up of a relationship
10 Feb 2000Television news report: Chris Truscott, who is HIV+, is being held under the Health Act (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F44223.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
12 May 2000Television news report: cutting the price of AIDS drugs (New Zealand)
BBC report, One news, ref F45802.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
21 May 2000International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
21 Sep 2000The Prostitution Reform Bill is introduced into Parliament by Labour MP Tim Barnett (New Zealand)
8 Nov 2000Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett dies (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
8 Nov 2000The first reading of the Prostitution Reform Bill takes place (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
15 Nov 2000Bette Armstrong dies (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
2001Gaynz.com begins (New Zealand)
Based in Auckland, GayNZ was a daily news and features website. It also had forums, an event calendar, scene photographs, business listings and personal ads
2001Television feature: Sox Up - a documentary about Phil Raffills (New Zealand)
As an Auckland City Councillor, Raffills opposed the HERO Parade. Sox Up, ref F50868.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, NZ Herald
2001Sucking feijoas by Jeff Buchanan is published
Feb 2001Television coverage: HERO Parade (New Zealand)
Robert Rakete and Vanessa Wagener, one of Australia's top drag queens host coverage of the [final] HERO parade. Ref F50420.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
17 Feb 2001The final HERO Parade is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade is held along Ponsonby Road. This would be the last HERO Parade. A smaller march happened in March 2002, but it wasn't until 2013 that another large scale pride parade occurred.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Wikipedia
18 Feb 2001Television news report: crowd numbers were down at last night's HERO Parade (New Zealand)
Tv3 news, ref F49202.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
19 Apr 2001Dallas Peneha, Daniel Beams and Jack Blance attack Jeff Pinfold and Peter Kitchen in Napier
Kitchen died in hospital a number of days later
20 May 2001International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
25 May 2001The seventh annual Out Takes film festival takes place (New Zealand)
The festival runs in multiple centres: Auckand 25 May - 5 June, Wellington 31 May - 10 June, Dunedin 16 - 17 June, Christchurch 22 - 24 June.
Links: Out Takes
6 Jun 2001Composer Douglas Lilburn dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Lilburn, described as the "grandfather of New Zealand music," dies peacefully at his home in Wellington. Lilburn was a composer, teacher, philanthropist and advocate for social justice.
Links: Te Ara
28 Jun 2001Television news report: the United Nations declares war on AIDS (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F50400.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, BBC
2002Television series: Queer Nation, series 6 - episode 15 (New Zealand)
Episode looks at the early years of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand. Interviewees include Keith Marshall, Dr. Mark Thomas, Tony Hughes, Warren Lindberg, Bruce Kilmister, Peter Taylor, Michael Bancroft, Judith Ackroyd, Michael Stevens and Margaret Flaws. Queer Nation, ref F55645.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
2002The Penguin book of gay Australian writing by Graeme Aitken is published
22 Feb 2002The Minister of Health Annette King opens the new Awhina Centre (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Awhina Centre is the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Wellington Regional Office.
Links: Beehive.govt.nz
23 Mar 2002The HERO Pride March takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The smaller march follows the demise of the HERO Parade in 2001.
Links: NZ Herald, agender.org.nz
19 May 2002International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
5 Aug 2002Bea Arthur dies (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
9 Aug 2002Auckland police senior sergeant Mark Richards resigns after a newspaper "sting". (Auckland, New Zealand)
Richards resigns despite being cleared of any criminal wrongdoing after he discussed drug use with a newspaper reporter. The Sunday Star Times headline read "Senior policeman at the centre of sex and drugs investigation resigns before facing internal charges".
Links: Queer News Aotearoa
11 Aug 2002GayNZ.com reports that Newtown Primary School has declined to host future Gay and Lesbian Fairs (Wellington, New Zealand)
The fair had utilized the venue for the last 17 years.
Links: GayNZ.com
18 Aug 2002A man is arrested in connection with the killing of John Rogers. (Tauranga, New Zealand)
Rogers was found near a public domain toilet block in central Tauranga.
Links: Gay NZ
21 Aug 2002The Hero Incorporated Society is wound up. (Auckland, United States of America)
The Society was responsible for Auckland's Hero parties and parade.
Links: Queer News Aotearoa
3 Sep 2002New Zealand AIDS Foundation is blocked from erecting penis billboards. (New Zealand)
The billboards were to promote National Penis Day on 5 September.
Links: Gay NZ
5 Sep 2002New Zealand AIDS Foundation launches the "Toolbox" safe sex campaign. (New Zealand)
The toolbox contains condoms, lubricants and application hints, and was distributed to people on the street.
Links: Gay NZ
11 Sep 2002Newtown Primary School withdraws support for next years Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair. (Wellington, New Zealand)
The school declines a request for the school hall to be used for what would have been the 18th fair at the site.
Links: Gay NZ
15 Sep 2002Kiwifruits fundraising calendar is launched. (New Zealand)
The community calendar is a fundraising project for gay touch rugby players heading to the Sydney Gay Games.
Links: Gay NZ
20 Sep 2002Countrymen's Institute sauna closes. (Auckland, New Zealand)
The sauna was established in 1988 by Glen Morris and Lawson Bracewell.
Links: Gay NZ
27 Sep 2002The general assembly of Presbyterian Church rejects a motion to investigate the church's position on gay ministers. (New Zealand)
The motion is put forward by the Wellington Presbytery.
Links: Gay NZ
28 Sep 2002Michael Pattison gains media attention as an openly gay man competing in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year. (New Zealand)
Pattison has previously won Mr Gay Wellington and Mr Drag Wellington.
Links: Gay NZ, Access My Library
16 Oct 2002Uzi Even becomes the first openly homosexual man in Israel's parliament.
Links: Wikipedia, Gay NZ
17 Oct 2002The Jimmy hosts a farewell event for people going to the Gay Games in Sydney. (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
31 Oct 2002GayNZ.com reports that the Newtown School Board will now allow the Gay and Lesbian Fair to take place at the school (Wellington, New Zealand)
The school had previously declined a request to hold the annual fair at the school (something which had occurred for the last 17 years).
Links: GayNZ.com
1 Nov 2002Panels from the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt travel to Australia to be part of an international display at the Sydney Gay Games. (Sydney, Australia)
Links: Gay NZ
5 Nov 2002Chrissy Witoko dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Witoko owned (among other businesses) the Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Wellington.
Links: Friends of Chrissy, Te Papa
29 Nov 2002The Select Committee reports back on the Prostitution Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
2003Television current affairs: AIDS in South Africa (New Zealand)
Assignment, ref F58871.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2003The Nayland Alliance of Gays and Straights (NAGS) is formed at Nayland College (Nelson, New Zealand)
2003Gender and women's studies. Queer sexualities, histories and politics is published by Victoria University of Wellington
15 Feb 2003The Outlines conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference is about lesbian and gay history in Aotearoa.
Links: LAGANZ
19 Feb 2003The second reading of the Prostitution Reform Bill takes place (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
8 Mar 2003Television feature: Pansy screens on TV One (New Zealand)
Author Peter Wells looks at his life "through pansy-tinted glasses". Motivated by the anniversary of his brother's death in 1989, the film charts Wells' path to becoming a pioneering gay filmmaker and writer. Ref F52190.
Links: NZ On Screen, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, MF Films
12 Mar 2003An advert from Wellington City Council supports the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair (Wellington, New Zealand)
Published in Capital Times, the text reads "Wellington City Council is proud to support the Gay and Lesbian Fair. Best Wishes Kerry [Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington]."
15 Mar 2003The 18th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.com
18 May 2003International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
25 Jun 2003The Prostitution Reform (Bill 2003) is read a third time, voted on and passed (New Zealand)
The Bill was introduced into Parliament by Tim Barnett (Christchurch Central, Labour Party). It passes its third reading 60-59.
Links: Handsard, Parliament
27 Jun 2003The Prostitution Reform Act (2003) is enacted (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
7 Jul 2003Television news reports: AIDS in Uganda and a potential split in the Anglican church (New Zealand)
Contains a story about AIDS in Uganda and an openly gay Anglican clergyman not accepting a position of Bishop because of the potential to split the church. TV3 news, ref F58930.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
20 Jul 2003David McNee, an interior designer and former television host is killed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The provocation defence was later successfully used by Phillip Layton Edwards who was found guilty of manslaughter. Edwards was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He was due for release in April 2012.
4 Aug 2003Television news report: anger in South Africa about access to AIDS drugs (New Zealand)
One news, ref F59275.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
4 Sep 2003Television news report: Zimbabwean refugee charged with willfully passing on HIV (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Winston Peters and Kevin Hague. TV3 news, ref F59896.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
5 Sep 2003Television news reports: HIV positive refugees in NZ and former newsreader Darren McDonald is sentenced (New Zealand)
Two reports: HIV positive refugees in New Zealand, and former newsreader Darren McDonald is sentenced on drugs charges. One news, ref F59892.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
5 Oct 2003The Pope states to the Anglican Church his opposition to homosexuality. ((worldwide))
26 Nov 2003Television news report: mothers may soon be offered HIV tests (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Annette King and Gill Greer. TV3 news, ref F61111.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2 Dec 2003Television news report: World AIDS Day is marked internationally ((worldwide))
TV3 news, ref: F61163.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
4 Dec 2003Television news report: Pharmac refuses to subsidise HIV medication (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Matt Whyte, Richard Meech, Wayne McNee and Annette King. One news, ref: F61189.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
7 Dec 2003Two people announce that they are now straight after years as homosexuals. (New Zealand)
The interview was screened on 20/20, TV3.
2004Television advert: It only takes one time - New Zealand AIDS Foundation (New Zealand)
Ref C25278.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2004Television current affairs: Civil Unions (New Zealand)
Heated debate on the Civil Union Bill. 60 Minutes, ref F83271.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2004From Freyberg : a novel by Bill Edginton is published
2004Queer Nation broadcasts end
It became the world's longest running free-to-air TV programme for an LGBT audience
11 Jan 2004Television news report: AIDS in Kenya (New Zealand)
One news, ref F61399.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
27 Feb 2004Television news report: rising rates of HIV in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Michael Stevens and Rachael Le Mesurier. One news, ref F62141.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Mar 2004The 19th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
This year the fair is organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
27 Apr 2004Television news report: two performers in the US porn industry test positive for HIV (New Zealand)
One news, ref F80908.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
7 May 2004Television news report: a number of health professionals in Libya deliberately infect children with HIV to try and find a cure (New Zealand)
One news, ref F80929.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
16 May 2004International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
16 May 2004Television news report: Solomon Islands expect a major increase in HIV diagnoses (New Zealand)
The news comes after it was revealed that blood products hadn't been screened for the last four years. One news, ref F81625.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
9 Jul 2004Television news report: New Zealand ranked worst in OECD for its small contribution to the global fight against HIV/AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Bruce Waldin and Marian Hobbs. One news, ref F83489.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
12 Jul 2004Television news report: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns Asian leaders about the explosion of AIDS in the region (New Zealand)
One news, ref F81995.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Jul 2004Television news report: China faces a growing AIDS epidemic (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F82001.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Jul 2004Television news report: the 15th International AIDS Conference is held in Bangkok (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Dr Kathleen Cravero, Helen Leslie and Rachael Le Mesurier. One news, ref F82000.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
14 Jul 2004Television news report: AIDS in India (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F82004.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
14 Jul 2004Television news report: Asian and Pacific Island leaders warned about the growing issue of AIDS in the region (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Eileen Kelly, Gill Greer and Maire Bopp Dupont. One news, ref F82003.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
15 Jul 2004Television news report: HIV rates increase sharply in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Rachael Le Mesurier and Tim Barnett. One news, ref F82005.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
23 Aug 2004Destiny Church's Enough is Enough march takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
Followers of Destiny Church march from Civic Square, down Willis Street, Lambton Quay to the steps of Parliament.
Links: GayNZ.com, NZ Herald
24 Aug 2004Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki is interviewed about the Enough is Enough march in Wellington. (New Zealand)
The interview broadcasts during the Holmes programme on TV1.
25 Aug 2004The Dominion Post publishes a Tom Scott cartoon mocking the Enough is Enough march (Wellington, New Zealand)
The text on the cartoon reads "I know this is not the right place or time, Kev, but you're really hot in those black pants".
Links: Alexander Turnbull Library
31 Aug 2004Television news report: a man who is HIV+ pleads guilty to knowingly having unprotected sex with four women (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F83527.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2 Sep 2004Television programme: Takataapuhi (New Zealand)
This episode highlights Maori women involved in protest movements over the past decades. Takataapuhi, ref F82081.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
10 Sep 2004Television news reports: a Zimbabwean refugee who is HIV+ is jailed for knowingly having unprotected sex with four women (New Zealand)
One news, ref F83546 and TV3 news, ref F83548.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
18 Sep 2004Peter Wells writes about the killing of David McNee (New Zealand)
Wells writes an article for the Listener about the trial of Phillip Layton Edwards who killed David McNee in Auckland. The article begins "Listening to a dead person being made responsible for their own violent death is an odd sensation." Later in the article Wells makes the point "It is impossible in New Zealand - and many other countries - to murder a homosexual. It is possible to be found guilty of manslaughter. The underlying message is that any homosexual's life is of little value."
Links: Listener
24 Sep 2004The Presbyterian Church votes to prevent lesbians, gays or people in defacto relationships from becoming church leaders.
30 Sep 2004Television programme: Takataapuhi (New Zealand)
This episode looks at AIDS. Takataapuhi, ref F82563.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
18 Oct 2004Television news report: AIDS in China (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F83635.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
21 Oct 2004MP Georgina Beyer introduces the Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill offers specific protection from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity. Beyer later withdraws the Bill in August 2006 following an opinion from Crown Law saying that transgender people are already protected under the existing human rights legislation of New Zealand.
Links: Parliament, NZ Herald
25 Oct 2004HIV educator and activist Matt Whyte dies (New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.com
26 Nov 2004Television news report: a man who is HIV+ is charged with criminal nuisance after having protected sex (New Zealand)
One news, ref F84513.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, NZ Herald
29 Nov 2004Gay Eaters for Jesus call on Civil Union supporters to eat an extra portion of food at their next meal (New Zealand)
The call comes following the "limited fast" undertaken by United Future MP Paul Adams and Baptist pastor Steve Trim as protest to Civil Unions. "We want to promote a positive message with our action", said Xavier Goldie, facilitator of GEFJ. Goldie went on to say that GEFJ were not promoting a lifestyle of excess. "After all, many gay, lesbian and progressive people realise the beauty of restrained minimalism - whether in interior decorating or one's political outlook, and we certainly wouldn't want to contribute to an expanding waistband."
Links: Scoop
29 Nov 2004Television news reports: Civil Union Bill may pass within the next fortnight, and AIDS in Thailand (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F84523.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
1 Dec 2004The Civil Union Bill 2004 passes its second reading in Parliament (New Zealand)
2 Dec 2004Media report that a trans woman burglar is sent to a male prison (New Zealand)
2 Dec 2004Television news reports: World AIDS Day and HIV/AIDS in the Pacific (New Zealand)
Interviewee Maire Bopp from the Samoan AIDS Foundation. TV3 news, ref F84528.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
3 Dec 2004The Waikato Times publishes an Allan Charles Hawkey cartoon on the Civil Union Bill (Waikato region, New Zealand)
The cartoon text reads "The Civil Union Bill is still very discriminatory. Giraffes do not even rate a mention."
Links: Alexander Turnbull Library
6 Dec 2004The Otago Daily Times publishes a Garrick Tremain cartoon on marriage (Otago region, New Zealand)
The cartoon text reads "The fact is!.. Marriage is a blessed sacrament... A treasured institution! And you can't tell me that these gays and things...Will treat their marriages with the devotion and respect... That I've treated all mine!"
Links: Alexander Turnbull Library
9 Dec 2004The Civil Union Act is passed
The Act gives same-sex couples an equivalent to marriage
16 Dec 2004Television news report: a Ghanaian man who lied about his HIV status has been jailed (New Zealand)
The man lied about his status during an attempt to gain residency. One news, ref F84560.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
30 Dec 2004Television news report: a former male sex worker who is HIV+ has been placed in a home in Canterbury (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F84594.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
2005The Samoa Fa'afafine Association is formed (Samoa)
The Association is founded by So'oalo To'oto'oali'i Roger Stanley.
2005Outlines: lesbian and gay histories of Aotearoa is published by Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand
6 Jan 2005Makgatho Mandela, the eldest son of Nelson Mandela, dies from AIDS related conditions
Links: BBC
7 Jan 2005Television news report: Makgatho Mandela dies from AID related conditions
One News, ref: F84608.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
16 Jan 2005Television news report: the funeral of Makgatho Mandela
One News, ref F84625.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
10 Feb 2005The New Zealand AIDS Foundation comes out in support of the Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill (2004) (New Zealand)
NZAF Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier said that "safe sex is a self-care behaviour that is enhanced when people feel that they belong to, and are accepted by, their communities and society at large. Legal protection against discrimination will go a long way toward achieving that."
Links: Scoop
5 Mar 2005The Green Party supports the Don't Hate, Celebrate event (Auckland, New Zealand)
The event is held in the Auckland University Quad in response to Destiny Church's planned Defend the Legacy march. Green Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford said "We have proudly supported the Civil Union Bill, the Prostitution Reform Bill, and the Gender Identity Bill. We likewise support the message of this event: that all New Zealanders - no matter their sexuality, gender, race, religious belief, relationship or family status - should be treated with respect."
Links: Scoop
12 Mar 2005The 20th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newton School (Wellington, New Zealand)
The fair includes the cutting of a civil union cake, celebrating the upcoming passing into law (next week) of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005. This year the fair was organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
27 Mar 2005Television news report: a gel that may block the sexual spread of HIV (New Zealand)
The gel was developed in part by a government owned research company. Interviewees include Richard Furneaux and Brian Ward.TV3 news ,ref F85360.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
29 Mar 2005Television panel discussion: what is hate speech? (New Zealand)
Hosted by Willie Jackson, with panelists Anjum Rahman, Emily White, Chris Wikaira and Judith Collins. Eye to Eye, ref F85113.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
15 May 2005International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
15 May 2005Television news report: rates of AIDS rise in Africa (New Zealand)
One news, ref F86464.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
4 Jun 2005The fundraising Black and White Ball is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The event takes place at Pipitea Marae in honour of the late Chrissy Witoko. Attendees include Frankie Stevens, Carmen, Mayor Kerry Prendergast, Hon Marian Hobbs, MPs Tim Barnett and Georgina Beyer.
Links: Friends of Chrissy (1), Friends of Chrissy (2)
11 Jun 2005Television news reports: calls to help protect homosexual students from bullying, and AIDS in Africa (New Zealand)
Two reports: bullying (interviewees include Maria Hogan, Julie Hogan and Judie Alison) and the Pope says abstinence from sex is the only way to prevent the spread of AIDS in Africa. TV3 news, ref F87104.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Jun 2005Television news report: Ian Wishart's magazine article about the effectiveness of condoms (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F87106.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
13 Jun 2005Television news report: Ministry of Health will now off HIV tests to pregnant women (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Dr Graham Mills, Dr Patrick Tuohy and Rachael Le Mesurier. One news, ref F87085.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
24 Jun 2005The first Trans Day of Action is held (New York, United States of America)
Pride weekend begins with a 1,000 strong march led by TransJustice demanding rights for trans and gender non-conforming people.
Links: Workers World
9 Aug 2005Television news report: the Justin Dalley court case begins (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Emily White. TV3 news, ref F88290
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
10 Sep 2005Television news report: students come up with an innovative way to promote the safe sex message to their peers (New Zealand)
One news, ref F88352.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
22 Sep 2005Television news report: the World Health Organisation warns of the growing AIDS issue in the Pacific (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Dr Bernard Fabre-Teste, Rachel Le Mesurier and Dr Mark Jacobs. One news, ref F89489.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
5 Oct 2005Justin Dalley is found not guilty of criminal nuisance (Wellington, New Zealand)
Dalley used a condom during sex with a woman but didn't tell her of his HIV-positive status. It is the first time in New Zealand that anyone is charged with criminal nuisance following protected sexual intercourse. The case set a significant legal precedent: that HIV-positive people can choose not to tell sexual partners about their HIV status, as long as they wear a condom.
Links: NZ Herald
5 Oct 2005Television news reports: Justin Dalley is found not guilty of criminal nuisance (Wellington, New Zealand)
One news, ref F89515 and TV3 news, ref F89517.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1)
15 Oct 2005Daniel Fielding dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Fielding helped establish the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt project in December 1988.
Links: GayNZ.com, Tributes Online
21 Oct 2005Television news report: Fa'afafine call for a greater voice in the fight against AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewee Edward Cowley. TV3 news, ref F89550.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
25 Oct 2005Television news reports: HIV/AIDS is high on the agenda at the Pacific Forum (New Zealand)
One news, ref F89556 and TV3 news, ref F89558.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1)
26 Oct 2005Television news report: New Zealand on track for its highest rate of HIV infection (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Jay Bennie, Michael Stevens and Tony Hughes. One news, ref F89559.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
27 Oct 2005Television documentary: Tuberculosis AIDS (New Zealand)
Investigating AIDS in South Africa. Ref F194293.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Nov 2005UP magazine begins
14 Nov 2005Television news reports: a British man who is HIV+ has been told he no longer has the virus (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Andrew Stimson, Patrick Dixon and Genevieve Clark. One news, ref F89597 and TV3 news, ref F89599.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1)
16 Nov 2005MP Maryan Street makes her maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand)
Street is New Zealand's first openly out lesbian elected to Parliament (Marilyn Waring was outed by the Truth newspaper in August 1976).
Links: Hansard
1 Dec 2005The first ILGA Pacific conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: ILGA
2006Peter Wells is made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and film (New Zealand)
Links: New Zealand Book Council
8 Jan 2006Security guards at an international cricket game stop two women from kissing (Napier, New Zealand)
The kiss had screened on McLean Park's big-screen monitor to a cheering crowd. A guard allegedly told the women that they were distracting the crowd, and would be thrown out if they did it again. A spokesman for the company later told media that the kiss "was inflammatory" and had "upset two of my more sensitive staff. It got the boys riled up, to be honest."
Links: NZ Herald
7 Mar 2006Television news report: HIV+ diagnoses are increasing (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Damien Moore and Rachael Le Mesurier. TV3 news, ref F92169.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
11 Mar 2006The 21st Gay and Lesbian Fair is held at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
This year the fair was organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
14 Mar 2006Television news report: Christchurch scientist says there is evidence that homosexuality is genetic (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Frank Sin,Jack Heinemann and Steve Attwood. One news, ref F92184.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
17 Apr 2006Television news report: the AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea (New Zealand)
One News, ref F92094.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
19 Apr 2006Television news report: New Zealand money helping Papua New Guinea to combat AIDS (New Zealand)
One news, ref F92248.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
21 May 2006International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
28 May 2006Television news report: the origins of AIDS (New Zealand)
A news report that says HIV originally came from chimps. One news, ref F93327.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
5 Jun 2006Television news report: 25th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F93401.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
17 Jun 2006Television news report: New Zealanders being denied access to pain relieving drugs (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Jonathan Smith, Rachael Le Mesurier, Dr Pippa Mackay and Peter Moodie. TV3 news, ref F93675.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
9 Jul 2006Television news report: 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Interviewees include David Hindley, Fran Wilde and Metiria Turei. One news, ref F93717.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
2 Aug 2006Crown Law releases an opinion saying that transgender people are already protected under the existing human rights legislation of New Zealand (New Zealand)
MP Georgina Beyer had introduced the Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill in 2004 which would have offered specific protection from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity. However, Crown Law felt that transgender people could make complaints about discrimination under the ground of 'sex'. The legal opinion was also backed by the Human Rights Commission.
Links: Hansard, Human Rights Commission
23 Aug 2006MP Georgina Beyer withdraws the Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill from Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill offered specific protection from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity. Beyer withdrew the Bill before its first reading following an opinion from Crown Law saying that transgender people are already protected under the existing human rights legislation of New Zealand.
Links: Hansard, Parliament
30 Aug 2006Television news reports: Zimbabwean refugees may be allowed to remain in New Zealand even if they are HIV positive (New Zealand)
One news, ref F95238 and TV3 news, ref F95240.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
Oct 2006The Human Rights Commission launches an inquiry into discrimination experienced by transgender people (New Zealand)
The inquiry is a world first by a national human rights institution. It results in the publication of To Be Who I Am/Kia noho au ki toku ano ao in January 2008.
Links: Human Rights Commission
7 Oct 2006Carmen Rupe's 70th birthday party is held at the Boatshed, Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
10 Oct 2006Carmen Rupe visits Parliament on her 70th birthday (Wellington, New Zealand)
32 years earlier Carmen had been brought before Parliament's Privileges committee because she had suggested there were gay and bisexual MPs.
1 Dec 2006A conference to mark the 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The 20 Years On - Homosexual Law Reform Conference is hosted by LAGANZ at the National Library.
Links: LAGANZ
2 Dec 2006Television news report: India is being called the new AIDS epicenter
One news, ref F96459.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
23 Dec 2006Stanley Waipouri is killed (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.com
2007Television commercial: Love is always using a condom (New Zealand)
New Zealand AIDS Foundation advert, ref: C25279.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
3 Jan 2007Television current affairs: a Vanuatu radio show that talks about sex and HIV ((worldwide))
TV3 News, ref F96881.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
10 Feb 2007MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) and Peter Kaiser are civilly joined (New Zealand)
Carter and Kaiser's civil union is the first for a Cabinet Minister or Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
Links: Wikipedia
25 Feb 2007Television news report: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh claims to have found a cure for HIV/AIDS
TV3 news, ref F97881.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
10 Mar 2007The 22nd Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
This year the fair was organised by Rainbow Wellington - formerly the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
18 Mar 2007Television news report: two new HIV drugs are available in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Dr Richard Meech, Rachael Le Mesurier and Dr Nigel Dickson. TV3 news, ref F98423.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
12 Apr 2007Corner 4am and Cuba by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
2 May 2007Broadcaster Henare te Ua dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ Herald
20 May 2007International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
26 Nov 2007The trial of Ashley Arnopp and Andre Gilling begins over the death of Stanley Waipouri. (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Arnopp and Gilling are charged with murdering Waipouri in Palmerston North on 23 December 2006.
Links: Gay NZ
3 Dec 2007During his trial, Ashley Arnopp pleads guilty to the murder of Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri. (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Arnopp's co-accussed, Andre Gilling maintains his innocence.
Links: Gay NZ
6 Dec 2007There is a hung jury in the murder trial of Andre Gilling. (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Gilling, along with Ashley Arnopp, is on trial for the 2006 killing of Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri. Co-accused Ashley Arnopp, 20, earlier changed his plea to guilty.
Links: Gay NZ
Jan 2008The Human Rights Commission publishes To Be Who I Am/Kia noho au ki toku ano ao (New Zealand)
The inquiry into discrimination experienced by transgender people is a world first by a national human rights institution.
Links: Human Rights Commission
13 Feb 2008The Awhina Centre opens at Level 1, 187 Willis Street (Wellington, New Zealand)
1 Mar 2008Out in the Square takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
Out in the Square grew out of the Gay and Lesbian Fair which had been run annually in Wellington since 1985. The fair changed its name in 2008 from the Gay and Lesbian Fair to be more inclusive.
Links: GayNZ.com, Wikipedia
15 Apr 2008Singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Tocker dies following a severe asthma attack.
Links: Wikipedia
30 Apr 2008The television soap opera Shortland Street includes a gay sex scene (New Zealand)
The BSA later rule that the scene breached good taste and decency and children's interests. The scene involved two male characters lying in bed talking. One then went under the blankets and the other nervously asked him "where are you going?". The first character popped his head back up and replied "it's a surprise" before descending back under. This was the first time a BSA complaint was upheld against Shortland Street.
Links: BSA
10 May 2008The documentary Through Rainbow Coloured Glasses premieres (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Production website
18 May 200825th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
18 May 2008International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
Jun 2008Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand by Chris Brickell is published
19 Jun 2008Dr Matt Wildbore dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Wildbore supported many HIV positive men during the 1980s and 1990s.
Links: GayNZ.com, NZ.com
31 Aug 2008Sister Paula Brettkelly dies (New Zealand)
10 Sep 2008Composer Chris Gendall wins the 2008 APRA SOUNZ Contemporary award (Auckland, New Zealand)
Chris receives the award during the APRA Silver Scroll Awards event held in Auckland
Links: RNZ
10 Sep 2008The Topp Twins are inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Topp Twins receive the honour during the APRA Silver Scroll award event in Auckland
15 Sep 2008Television mini series: Love Patrol
Looks at HIV/AIDS in the Pacific. Ref F109798.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
2009Teddy by Number 8 Films is released
Apr 2009Bud by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
5 Apr 2009Marvin Te Maunga Te Kotahitanga Peihopa, a teenager bullied for being "feminine", commmits suicide. (New Zealand)
The coroner found Peihopa had experienced bullying at a number of schools in Northland before taking his own life.
Links: Stuff
29 Apr 2009Diksy Jones is killed by two men in Disky's home in Upper Hutt
Phillip Sanders and David Galloway were later found guilty of manslaughter
17 May 2009International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
2 Jun 2009Television feature: interview with Marama Pala from INA (New Zealand)
Warrant of Fitness, ref F115058.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Jul 2009Ferdinand Ambach is convicted of the manslaughter of Ronald Brown
Ambach was initially charged with murder, but the charge was downgraded after Ambach's lawyer successfully argued the provocation defence (gay panic)
27 Jul 2009Author Chris Brickell wins the Best First Book Award for Non-fiction at the Montana Book Awards (Auckland, New Zealand)
Brickell wins for Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand.
Links: Tararua District Library
4 Aug 2009The Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill is introduced in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill is introduced by the Minister for Justice, National MP Simon Power.
Links: Parliament
18 Aug 2009The first reading of the Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
12 Sep 2009The Vintner's Luck has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival
The film is based on Elizabeth Knox's novel
Links: Wikipedia
23 Sep 2009Mates and Lovers play by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
25 Sep 2009Television news report: breakthrough in stopping the spread of HIV (New Zealand)
Nightline, ref F195226.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
19 Oct 2009The Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill is considered by a Select Committee (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
12 Nov 2009The Vintner's Luck has its New Zealand premiere. (New Zealand)
Based on Elizabeth Knox's novel.
Links: Wikipedia
24 Nov 2009The second and third readings of the Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The removal of the provocation defence - also known as the gay panic defence (Section 169 of the Crimes Act 1961) was in part due to a public outcry when it was used in a heterosexual context by Clayton Weatherston. He claimed he was provoked into stabbing his ex-girlfriend 216 times. He was eventually convicted of her murder. Parliament completes the Second Reading, Committee of the Whole House and Third Reading of the Bill in one sitting day.
Links: Parliament, NZ Herald, GayNZ.com
30 Nov 2009Glenn Mills is found dead in a remand cell. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mills was accused of purposely infecting a number of sex partners with HIV. He was awaiting trial at the time of his death. He faced 28 charges relating to 14 people.
Links: TV3, Gay NZ
30 Nov 2009Television news report: Glen Mills dies while in remand (Auckland, New Zealand)
Interviewee Bruce Kilmister. One News, ref F194982.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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
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
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
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)
At least 50 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 50 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)
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.
Links: IGLA conference
18 Mar 2019The Lesbian Community Radio Programme changes its name to 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