Historical Events in August

Aug 1924Effie Pollen and poet Ursula Bethell begin living together (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, Te Ara
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
Aug 1979Ascent Christchurch is formed for gay and lesbian Catholics (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Aug 1979Geyserland Gay Club is formed (Rotorua, New Zealand)
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.
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)
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)
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
Aug 1996Gays and Lesbians in Business (GLIB) is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Queer History
Aug 1996Mani Bruce Mitchell attends the world's first international intersex retreat (United States of America)
During the gathering the documentary Hermaphrodites Speak was filmed which documented the experiences of seven people – including Mani's.
Links: ITANZ, Youtube (1), Youtube (2), Youtube (3), WorldCat
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4 Aug 1988Photographer Brian Brake dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
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 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
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
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
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
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
5 Aug 2002Bea Arthur dies (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
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)
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
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
8 Aug 1986The Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986) is enacted (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ, Queer History
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)
9 Aug 1986Gay Games II takes place (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
17 Aug 1987Television news report: AIDS a growing problem in Switzerland (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F93540.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
18 Aug 1990A lesbian ball is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
18 Aug 1991A television debate is broadcast on whether there should be ordained homosexual ministers in the Christian Church (New Zealand)
The debate was broadcast on TV1.
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
18 Aug 2009The first reading of the Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
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
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
19 Aug 1998National Government introduces a Human Rights Amendment saying it will bring Government into line with HRC Act (with some exceptions) (New Zealand)
19 Aug 2013The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 is enacted (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
20 Aug 1909Artist Rodney Kennedy is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
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
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
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
23 Aug 1986The Lesbians and Gays in Education conference is held (New Zealand)
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
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
24 Aug 1972Television current affairs: sex education in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP87786.
Links: TVNZ
24 Aug 1976National MP Marilyn Waring is outed by the NZ Truth newspaper (New Zealand)
The headline on the front page reads "MP's Odd Love Affair". The story begins "Marilyn Waring, National Member of Parliament for Raglan, is a lesbian. Her lover is a former Hamilton housewife and mother of three, who left her husband and children about three months ago to share a Wellington love nest."
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 1991Singer Sue Dunlop performs at the North by Northwest cafe (Wellington, New Zealand)
Dunlop's performance includes Better than normal.
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
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
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
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
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
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
29 Aug 1946Dana de Milo is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
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
29 Aug 2012The first reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: 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
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
30 Aug 1986A Women's Studies conference is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
30 Aug 1998Artist Toss Woollaston dies (Tasman region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
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)
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
31 Aug 2008Sister Paula Brettkelly dies (New Zealand)
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