Historical Events in May

May 1972The group Gay Liberation Front Auckland is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group is later renamed Gay Liberation Auckland Inc.
May 1975The Dorian Society Christchurch is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
May 1977Lesbians picket Parliament for the repeal of abortion laws (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1977The Lesbian Club ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1979The Nelson Gay Welfare group is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
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.
May 1985A street march takes place to support homosexual law reform (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1987Glad Rag magazine begins publication (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1994The first National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (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
May 1998The Government announces a Human Rights Amendment that will prolong the Government's exemption from the Human Rights Commission Act indefinitely (New Zealand)
1 May 1912Artist Leo Bensemann is born (Marlborough region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, New Zealand Herald
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
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
1 May 1986Newspaper report: Gay rights bogged down again in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
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
2 May 1974Television current affairs: should sex education be taught in schools (New Zealand)
Nationwide, ref TZP121235.
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.
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.
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
2 May 2007Broadcaster Henare te Ua dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ Herald
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
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
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
3 May 1976Television feature: A Great Day by Frank Sargeson (New Zealand)
Winners and Losers, ref TZD571.
Links: TVNZ
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
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
5 May 1971Television current affairs: sex education (New Zealand)
Survey, ref TZP74345.
Links: TVNZ
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
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
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
7 May 1979Television current affairs: women performing their own abortions (New Zealand)
Interviewee Marilyn Waring. Dateline Monday, ref TZP1048.
Links: TVNZ
7 May 1987Television news report: AIDS in Africa (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F92647.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
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
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
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
8 May 1987Television news report: AIDS in Africa is reaching epidemic levels (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F92670.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
9 May 1999Teenager Jeff Whittington dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Whittington was murdered in Wellington by Jason Meads and Stephen Smith
Links: Wikipedia
10 May 1910Composer Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai is born (Gisborne region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
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
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
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
10 May 2008The documentary Through Rainbow Coloured Glasses premieres (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Production website
10 May 2015Composer Jack Body dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
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 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
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
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
13 May 1989The Young Lesbian and Gay Festival is held in Newtown School Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
14 May 1868Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld is born
Links: Wikipedia
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
14 May 1935Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld dies (Nice, France)
Hirschfeld dies of a heart attack on his 67th birthday.
Links: Wikipedia
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
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
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
15 May 1989Television news report: increase of AIDS cases in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F96198.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & 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
15 May 2011International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
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
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
16 May 1999International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
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
16 May 2010International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
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)
17 May 1976Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand)
Today at One, ref TZP3332.
Links: TVNZ
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)
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
17 May 1998International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
17 May 2009International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
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)
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 1859Confidence trickster Amy Bock is born (Tasmania, Australia)
Links: Te Ara
18 May 1972Television news report: a petition to legalise brothels (New Zealand)
Gallery, ref TZP80259.
Links: TVNZ
18 May 2003International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
18 May 200825th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
18 May 2008International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
18 May 2018The annual Pink Shirt Day is marked throughout the country (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, Stuff.co.nz
19 May 1985International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
The memorial services are held annually on the third Sunday in May.
19 May 1991International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
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
19 May 2002International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
20 May 1973Writer and poet Charles Brasch dies (New Zealand)
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
20 May 1990A will making workshop for lesbians is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
20 May 1990International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
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)
20 May 2001International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
20 May 2007International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
20 May 2012International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
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
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
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
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
21 May 1989International 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.
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
21 May 2000International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
21 May 2006International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
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
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
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)
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
23 May 1924A parliamentary inquiry begins into Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Parliamentary Papers
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
26 May 1895Oscar Wilde is convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labour (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
26 May 1917Dr Hjelman von Danneville is imprisoned on Matiu Somes Island (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
26 May 1985The media reports claims that Gay visibility week has resulted in harassment (New Zealand)
26 May 1986International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
26 May 1995Poor Superman by Brad Fraser opens at Circa Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: National Library
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
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
27 May 1986Television talkback: Dr. Paul Goldwater discusses AIDS with talkback callers (New Zealand)
Newsline, ref F91769.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
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
30 May 1988International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
30 May 1996The High Court rules that marriage in common law means between a man and woman (New Zealand)
31 May 1975Television comedy: a skit sending up Patricia Bartlett (New Zealand)
Dean on Saturday, ref TZP6108.
Links: TVNZ
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