Historical Events in February

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
Feb 1933The Nazi Party launches a purge of gay clubs, publications and groups (Germany)
Links: Wikipedia
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)
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)
Feb 1980The Auckland Gay Task Force is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group is formed as a result of the Westside Sauna raid.
Feb 1981Lesbians picket the Human Rights Commission office (Auckland, 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
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
Feb 1995Devotion 95: a gay and lesbian celebration by Elizabeth Smith and Rachell Rose is published
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
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
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
1 Feb 1980Police raid Westside Sauna (Auckland, New Zealand)
Eight men are arrested and charged.
Links: GayNZ.net.nz
1 Feb 1993The HERO 3 festival is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival's theme is: a celebration of diversity.
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
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
1 Feb 2019Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 1-17 February.
Links: Auckland Pride
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
2 Feb 1994Television feature: All About Eve (New Zealand)
A documentary about Eve Van Grafhorst, ref F21298.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
2 Feb 2018The Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs until the 18 February.
Links: Auckland Pride Festival
3 Feb 1944Sister Paula Brettkelly is born (United Kingdom)
4 Feb 1995The fourth annual Devotion dance party is held at Civic Square and the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.net
5 Feb 1987Newspaper report: Father Felix Donnelly speaks out against the Pope (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
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.
5 Feb 1998The HERO festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 5 - 21 February.
Links: NZ.com
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
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
6 Feb 1981Lesbians carry a "Lesbians Oppose Racism" banner to protest Waitangi commemorations (Wellington, New Zealand)
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
7 Feb 1944Writer Witi Ihimaera is born (Gisborne region, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
7 Feb 1997The HERO festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 7 - 22 February.
Links: NZ.com, New Zealand AIDS Quilt
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
7 Feb 2014Auckland Pride is held. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
8 Feb 1972Television news report: Katherine Mansfield manuscript from 1915 discovered (New Zealand)
Newsview, ref TZP144383.
Links: TVNZ
8 Feb 1980600 people march to protest the raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.net.nz
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
9 Feb 1903Writer James Courage is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
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.
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 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
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
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
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)
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 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
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.
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
12 Feb 2018Dana de Milo dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Facebook
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
13 Feb 2008The Awhina Centre opens at Level 1, 187 Willis Street (Wellington, New Zealand)
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
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
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
14 Feb 2012A lesbian couple saboutage the "win a divource" promotion on the The Rock radio station (New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
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 Feb 2003The Outlines conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference is about lesbian and gay history in Aotearoa.
15 Feb 2012Green MP Jan Logie makes her maiden speech in Parliament
Logie describes herself as a "leftie, feminist lesbian"
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
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
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
17 Feb 2016Ferdinand Ambach is released from prison and immediately deported to Hungary (Auckland region, New Zealand)
Ambach, a tourist to New Zealand, was found guilty in 2009 of the manslaughter of Auckland pensioner Ronald Brown. Originally charged with murder, Ambach successfully used the provocation (gay panic) defence, claiming Brown had made an unwanted homosexual advance.
Links: Stuff
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
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
18 Feb 2019Author Peter Wells dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, Stuff.co.nz
19 Feb 1985Civil libertarian Walter Scott dies (New Zealand)
19 Feb 2003The second reading of the Prostitution Reform Bill takes place (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
19 Feb 2014The second reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
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
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)
21 Feb 1960Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell dies (London, United Kingdom)
Cresswell dies of accidental gas poisioning.
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
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 1980Another protest march takes place against the police raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)
22 Feb 1987Artist Andy Warhol dies (New York, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
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
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
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
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 Feb 1924A headline in NZ Truth reads "The growth of degeneracy and sex crime - sterilisation proposed" (New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
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
24 Feb 1989The Lesbian Club ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Club ends for the third time.
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
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
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
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
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
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
27 Feb 1997Labour MP Tim Barnett gives his maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
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
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
28 Feb 2013Coroner Gordon Matenga rules Corporal Douglas Hughes committed suicide (New Zealand)
Links: Stuff
29 Feb 1968Composer Gareth Farr is born (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, NZ on Screen