Historical Events in April

Apr 1972The first National Women's Liberation Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
Apr 1974Circle magazine is marked "strictly not for men" (New Zealand)
It is later changed to "women only".
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.
Apr 1977Lesbians Ignite Fire Brigade is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
Apr 1981National Lesbian Mothers' weekend is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Apr 1982Mobilisation for the Opening of Parliament is formed (New Zealand)
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)
Apr 1992The Human Rights Commission publishes the discussion paper Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation (New Zealand)
Apr 1993The Taranaki Lesbian Newsletter begins publication (Taranaki region, New Zealand)
Apr 2009Bud by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
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 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.
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)
2 Apr 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
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
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
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
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
5 Apr 1980The 8th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Dunedin, 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).
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
6 Apr 1895Oscar Wilde is arrested (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
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
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
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
7 Apr 1991Television current affairs: documentary about a sex worker who is HIV+ (Australia)
60 minutes, ref F103607.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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
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
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."
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
9 Apr 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
9 Apr 1998Dare, Truth or Promise by Paula Boock wins the NZ Post Children's Book Award (New Zealand)
Links: 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
10 Apr 1890Maata Mahupuku is born (New Zealand)
Mahupuku was later a lover of Katherine Mansfield.
Links: Te Ara
10 Apr 1978Television news report: author Shere Hite visits New Zealand to promote her book The Hite Report (New Zealand)
Ref TZP27385.
Links: TVNZ
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.
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
11 Apr 1910Artist Toss Woollaston is born (Stratford, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
11 Apr 1935Entrepreneur Tony Katavich is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Katavich would later create the OUT! business empire with Brett Sheppard.
Links: GayNZ
11 Apr 1967Stanley Waipouri is born (Auckland region, New Zealand)
Waipouri was killed in Palmerston North in 2006.
Links: GayNZ.com
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)
11 Apr 1987The Awhina Clinic opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The HIV/AIDS clinic is later renamed the Awhina Centre.
12 Apr 1976Television feature: Big Brother, Little Sister by Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand)
Winners and Losers, ref TZD569.
Links: TVNZ
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)
12 Apr 2007Corner 4am and Cuba by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
13 Apr 1972Television current affairs: homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP80134.
Links: TVNZ
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)
13 Apr 1997Alyson Murrie-West is licensed as a Presbyterian minister at St Andrews-on-the-Terrace (Wellington, 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
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
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
15 Apr 1979Ascent Wellington is formed for gay and lesbian Catholics (Wellington, New Zealand)
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
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.
15 Apr 2008Singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Tocker dies following a severe asthma attack.
Links: Wikipedia
16 Apr 1909Bette Armstrong is born (New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
16 Apr 1935Painter Dorothy Richmond dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
16 Apr 1978Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand)
Sundays World, ref TZP2771.
Links: TVNZ
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
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
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
17 Apr 1978Television current affairs: Lawyer Mike Bungay talks about Colin Moyle and the North Report (New Zealand)
Dateline Monday, ref TZP1124.
Links: TVNZ
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
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
17 Apr 2006Television news report: the AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea (New Zealand)
One News, ref F92094.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
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
18 Apr 1992The National Gay Rights Coalition Hui Aranga Easter gathering is held (New Zealand)
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
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)
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
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
19 Apr 2012Johnny Croskery dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Croskery was a female impersonator, volunteer and activist.
Links: Tapatoru
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
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
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
22 Apr 1907Bertha Victor appears in court charged with drunkenness, vagrancy, and using obscene language (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
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
22 Apr 1983The Topp Twins perform at Circa Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
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
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
23 Apr 1990Singer Lew Pryme dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Pryme dies from AIDS-related complications.
Links: NZ On Screen
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.
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
24 Apr 1996The High Court hears an application by three lesbian couples seeking a ruling on the legality of their marriage applications (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
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)
25 Apr 1981"Lesbian Liberation" is painted on a war memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
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
27 Apr 1909Amy Bock pleads guilty to forgery charges (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
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.
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
28 Apr 1869Painter Frances Hodgkins is born
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
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
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
30 Apr 1886Amy Bock is convicted of obtaining goods by false pretences (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
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