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Timeline: 2000s

2000

  • Laurie Guy's thesis Worlds in Collision: The Gay Debate in New Zealand 1960-86
  • Television programme: Queer Nation, series 4 - episode 14 (New Zealand). Features Queer of the Year, Candlelight Memorials, Out Takes. Queer Nation, ref F46394. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The 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 February 2000

  • Television news report: Chris Truscott, who is HIV+, is being held under the Health Act (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F44223. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

12 May 2000

  • Television news report: cutting the price of AIDS drugs (New Zealand). BBC report, One news, ref F45802. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 May 2000

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

21 September 2000

  • The Prostitution Reform Bill is introduced into Parliament by Labour MP Tim Barnett (New Zealand)

8 November 2000

  • Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett dies (Wellington region). Link: Wikipedia
  • The first reading of the Prostitution Reform Bill takes place (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

15 November 2000

2001

  • Gaynz.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
  • Television 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
  • Sucking feijoas by Jeff Buchanan is published

February 2001

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 February 2001

  • The final HERO Parade is held (Auckland). 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 February 2001

  • Television news report: crowd numbers were down at last night's HERO Parade (New Zealand). Tv3 news, ref F49202. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

19 April 2001

  • Dallas 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 2001

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

25 May 2001

  • The 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. Link: Out Takes

6 June 2001

  • Composer Douglas Lilburn dies (Wellington). 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. Link: Te Ara

28 June 2001

2002

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The Penguin book of gay Australian writing by Graeme Aitken is published

22 February 2002

  • The Minister of Health Annette King opens the new Awhina Centre (Wellington). The Awhina Centre is the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Wellington Regional Office. Link: Beehive.govt.nz

23 March 2002

  • The HERO Pride March takes place (Auckland). The smaller march follows the demise of the HERO Parade in 2001. Links: NZ Herald, agender.org.nz

19 May 2002

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

5 August 2002

9 August 2002

  • Auckland police senior sergeant Mark Richards resigns after a newspaper "sting". (Auckland). 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". Link: Queer News Aotearoa

11 August 2002

  • GayNZ.com reports that Newtown Primary School has declined to host future Gay and Lesbian Fairs (Wellington). The fair had utilized the venue for the last 17 years. Link: GayNZ.com

18 August 2002

  • A man is arrested in connection with the killing of John Rogers. (Tauranga). Rogers was found near a public domain toilet block in central Tauranga. Link: Gay NZ

21 August 2002

  • The Hero Incorporated Society is wound up. (Auckland, United States of America). The Society was responsible for Auckland's Hero parties and parade. Link: Queer News Aotearoa

3 September 2002

  • New Zealand AIDS Foundation is blocked from erecting penis billboards. (New Zealand). The billboards were to promote National Penis Day on 5 September. Link: Gay NZ

5 September 2002

  • New 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. Link: Gay NZ

11 September 2002

  • Newtown Primary School withdraws support for next years Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair. (Wellington). The school declines a request for the school hall to be used for what would have been the 18th fair at the site. Link: Gay NZ

15 September 2002

  • Kiwifruits fundraising calendar is launched. (New Zealand). The community calendar is a fundraising project for gay touch rugby players heading to the Sydney Gay Games. Link: Gay NZ

20 September 2002

  • Countrymen's Institute sauna closes. (Auckland). The sauna was established in 1988 by Glen Morris and Lawson Bracewell. Link: Gay NZ

27 September 2002

  • The 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. Link: Gay NZ

28 September 2002

  • Michael 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 October 2002

  • Uzi Even becomes the first openly homosexual man in Israel's parliament. Links: Wikipedia, Gay NZ

17 October 2002

  • The Jimmy hosts a farewell event for people going to the Gay Games in Sydney. (Wellington). Link: Gay NZ

31 October 2002

  • GayNZ.com reports that the Newtown School Board will now allow the Gay and Lesbian Fair to take place at the school (Wellington). The school had previously declined a request to hold the annual fair at the school (something which had occurred for the last 17 years). Link: GayNZ.com

1 November 2002

  • Panels from the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt travel to Australia to be part of an international display at the Sydney Gay Games. (Sydney, Australia). Link: Gay NZ

5 November 2002

  • Chrissy Witoko dies (Wellington). Witoko owned (among other businesses) the Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Wellington. Links: Friends of Chrissy, Te Papa

29 November 2002

  • The Select Committee reports back on the Prostitution Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

2003

  • Television current affairs: AIDS in South Africa (New Zealand). Assignment, ref F58871. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Nayland Alliance of Gays and Straights (NAGS) is formed at Nayland College (Nelson)
  • Gender and women's studies. Queer sexualities, histories and politics is published by Victoria University of Wellington

15 February 2003

  • The Outlines conference takes place (Wellington). The conference is about lesbian and gay history in Aotearoa. Link: LAGANZ

19 February 2003

  • The second reading of the Prostitution Reform Bill takes place (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

8 March 2003

  • Television 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 March 2003

  • An advert from Wellington City Council supports the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair (Wellington). 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 March 2003

  • The 18th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington). Link: GayNZ.com

18 May 2003

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

25 June 2003

  • The 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

28 June 2003

  • The Prostitution Reform Act (2003) is enacted (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

7 July 2003

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 July 2003

  • David McNee, an interior designer and former television host is killed (Auckland). 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 August 2003

  • Television news report: anger in South Africa about access to AIDS drugs (New Zealand). One news, ref F59275. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

4 September 2003

  • Television news report: Zimbabwean refugee charged with willfully passing on HIV (New Zealand). Interviewees include Winston Peters and Kevin Hague. TV3 news, ref F59896. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 September 2003

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 October 2003

  • The Pope states to the Anglican Church his opposition to homosexuality. (worldwide)

26 November 2003

  • Television news report: mothers may soon be offered HIV tests (New Zealand). Interviewees include Annette King and Gill Greer. TV3 news, ref F61111. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

2 December 2003

  • Television news report: World AIDS Day is marked internationally (worldwide). TV3 news, ref: F61163. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

4 December 2003

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

7 December 2003

  • Two people announce that they are now straight after years as homosexuals. (New Zealand). The interview was screened on 20/20, TV3

2004

  • Television advert: It only takes one time - New Zealand AIDS Foundation (New Zealand). Ref C25278. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television current affairs: Civil Unions (New Zealand). Heated debate on the Civil Union Bill. 60 Minutes, ref F83271. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • From Freyberg : a novel by Bill Edginton is published
  • Queer Nation broadcasts end It became the world's longest running free-to-air TV programme for an LGBT audience

11 January 2004

27 February 2004

  • Television news report: rising rates of HIV in New Zealand (New Zealand). Interviewees include Michael Stevens and Rachael Le Mesurier. One news, ref F62141. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 March 2004

  • The 19th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington). This year the fair is organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP). Link: GayNZ.com

27 April 2004

  • Television news report: two performers in the US porn industry test positive for HIV (New Zealand). One news, ref F80908. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

7 May 2004

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

16 May 2004

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

9 July 2004

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

12 July 2004

  • Television news report: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns Asian leaders about the explosion of AIDS in the region (New Zealand). One news, ref F81995. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 July 2004

  • Television news report: China faces a growing AIDS epidemic (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F82001. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

14 July 2004

  • Television news report: AIDS in India (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F82004. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 July 2004

  • Television news report: HIV rates increase sharply in New Zealand (New Zealand). Interviewees include Rachael Le Mesurier and Tim Barnett. One news, ref F82005. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

23 August 2004

  • Destiny Church's Enough is Enough march takes place (Wellington). Followers of Destiny Church march from Civic Square, down Willis Street, Lambton Quay to the steps of Parliament. Links: GayNZ.com, NZ Herald

24 August 2004

  • Destiny 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. Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, TVNZ

25 August 2004

  • The Dominion Post publishes a Tom Scott cartoon mocking the Enough is Enough march (Wellington). 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". Link: Alexander Turnbull Library

31 August 2004

  • Television news report: a man who is HIV+ pleads guilty to knowingly having unprotected sex with four women (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F83527. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

2 September 2004

  • Television programme: Takataapuhi (New Zealand). This episode highlights Maori women involved in protest movements over the past decades. Takataapuhi, ref F82081. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 September 2004

17 September 2004

  • Peter 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.". Link: Listener

24 September 2004

  • The Presbyterian Church votes to prevent lesbians, gays or people in defacto relationships from becoming church leaders.

30 September 2004

  • Television programme: Takataapuhi (New Zealand). This episode looks at AIDS. Takataapuhi, ref F82563. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

18 October 2004

21 October 2004

  • MP 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 October 2004

  • HIV educator and activist Matt Whyte dies (New Zealand). Link: GayNZ.com

26 November 2004

  • Television 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 November 2004

  • Gay 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.". Link: Scoop
  • Television news reports: Civil Union Bill may pass within the next fortnight, and AIDS in Thailand (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F84523. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 December 2004

  • The Civil Union Bill 2004 passes its second reading in Parliament (New Zealand)

2 December 2004

  • Media report that a trans woman burglar is sent to a male prison (New Zealand)
  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

3 December 2004

  • The Waikato Times publishes an Allan Charles Hawkey cartoon on the Civil Union Bill (Waikato region). The cartoon text reads "The Civil Union Bill is still very discriminatory. Giraffes do not even rate a mention.". Link: Alexander Turnbull Library

6 December 2004

  • The Otago Daily Times publishes a Garrick Tremain cartoon on marriage (Otago region). 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!". Link: Alexander Turnbull Library

9 December 2004

  • The Civil Union Act is passed The Act gives same-sex couples an equivalent to marriage

16 December 2004

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 December 2004

  • Television news report: a former male sex worker who is HIV+ has been placed in a home in Canterbury (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F84594. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

2005

  • The Samoa Fa'afafine Association is formed (Samoa). The Association is founded by So'oalo To'oto'oali'i Roger Stanley
  • Outlines: lesbian and gay histories of Aotearoa is published by Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand

6 January 2005

  • Makgatho Mandela, the eldest son of Nelson Mandela, dies from AIDS related conditions Link: BBC

7 January 2005

  • Television news report: Makgatho Mandela dies from AID related conditions One News, ref: F84608. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

16 January 2005

10 February 2005

  • The 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.". Link: Scoop

5 March 2005

  • The Green Party supports the Don't Hate, Celebrate event (Auckland). 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.". Link: Scoop

12 March 2005

  • The 20th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newton School (Wellington). 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). Link: GayNZ.com

27 March 2005

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

29 March 2005

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 May 2005

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • Television news report: rates of AIDS rise in Africa (New Zealand). One news, ref F86464. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

4 June 2005

  • The fundraising Black and White Ball is held (Wellington). 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 June 2005

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 June 2005

  • Television news report: Ian Wishart's magazine article about the effectiveness of condoms (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F87106. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 June 2005

  • The 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. Link: Workers World

9 August 2005

  • Television news report: the Justin Dalley court case begins (New Zealand). Interviewees include Emily White. TV3 news, ref F88290. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

10 September 2005

  • Television news report: students come up with an innovative way to promote the safe sex message to their peers (New Zealand). One news, ref F88352. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

22 September 2005

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 October 2005

  • Justin Dalley is found not guilty of criminal nuisance (Wellington). 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. Link: NZ Herald
  • Television news reports: Justin Dalley is found not guilty of criminal nuisance (Wellington). One news, ref F89515 and TV3 news, ref F89517. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1)

15 October 2005

  • Daniel Fielding dies (Wellington). Fielding helped establish the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt project in December 1988. Links: GayNZ.com, Tributes Online

21 October 2005

  • Television news report: Fa'afafine call for a greater voice in the fight against AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewee Edward Cowley. TV3 news, ref F89550. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

25 October 2005

  • Television news reports: HIV/AIDS is high on the agenda at the Pacific Forum (New Zealand). One news, ref F89556 and TV3 news, ref F89558. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1)

26 October 2005

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

27 October 2005

  • Television documentary: Tuberculosis AIDS (New Zealand). Investigating AIDS in South Africa. Ref F194293. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

November 2005

  • UP magazine begins

14 November 2005

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1)

16 November 2005

  • MP 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). Link: Hansard

1 December 2005

  • The first ILGA Pacific conference is held (Auckland). Link: ILGA

2006

  • Peter Wells is made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and film (New Zealand). Link: New Zealand Book Council

8 January 2006

  • Security guards at an international cricket game stop two women from kissing (Napier). 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.". Link: NZ Herald

7 March 2006

  • Television news report: HIV+ diagnoses are increasing (New Zealand). Interviewees include Damien Moore and Rachael Le Mesurier. TV3 news, ref F92169. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 March 2006

  • The 21st Gay and Lesbian Fair is held at Newtown School (Wellington). This year the fair was organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP). Link: GayNZ.com

14 March 2006

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 April 2006

19 April 2006

  • Television news report: New Zealand money helping Papua New Guinea to combat AIDS (New Zealand). One news, ref F92248. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 May 2006

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

28 May 2006

  • Television news report: the origins of AIDS (New Zealand). A news report that says HIV originally came from chimps. One news, ref F93327. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 June 2006

  • Television news report: 25th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F93401. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 June 2006

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 July 2006

  • Television news report: 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Interviewees include David Hindley, Fran Wilde and Metiria Turei. One news, ref F93717. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

2 August 2006

  • Crown 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 August 2006

  • MP 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 August 2006

October 2006

  • The 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. Link: Human Rights Commission

7 October 2006

  • Carmen Rupe's 70th birthday party is held at the Boatshed, Wellington (Wellington)

10 October 2006

  • Carmen Rupe visits Parliament on her 70th birthday (Wellington). 32 years earlier Carmen had been brought before Parliament's Privileges committee because she had suggested there were gay and bisexual MPs

1 December 2006

  • A conference to mark the 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform is held (Wellington). The 20 Years On - Homosexual Law Reform Conference is hosted by LAGANZ at the National Library. Link: LAGANZ

2 December 2006

23 December 2006

  • Stanley Waipouri is killed (Palmerston North). Link: GayNZ.com

2007

  • Television commercial: Love is always using a condom (New Zealand). New Zealand AIDS Foundation advert, ref: C25279. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

3 January 2007

  • Television current affairs: a Vanuatu radio show that talks about sex and HIV (worldwide). TV3 News, ref F96881. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

10 February 2007

  • MP 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. Link: Wikipedia

25 February 2007

  • Television news report: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh claims to have found a cure for HIV/AIDS TV3 news, ref F97881. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

10 March 2007

  • The 22nd Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington). This year the fair was organised by Rainbow Wellington - formerly the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP). Link: GayNZ.com

18 March 2007

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

12 April 2007

  • Corner 4am and Cuba by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington

2 May 2007

  • Broadcaster Henare te Ua dies (Auckland). Link: NZ Herald

7 May 2007

  • The Charlotte Museum Trust is registered as a trust (Auckland). Link: Charlotte Museum

20 May 2007

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (Wellington)

26 November 2007

  • The trial of Ashley Arnopp and Andre Gilling begins over the death of Stanley Waipouri. (Palmerston North). Arnopp and Gilling are charged with murdering Waipouri in Palmerston North on 23 December 2006. Link: Gay NZ

3 December 2007

  • During his trial, Ashley Arnopp pleads guilty to the murder of Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri. (Palmerston North). Arnopp's co-accussed, Andre Gilling maintains his innocence. Link: Gay NZ

6 December 2007

  • There is a hung jury in the murder trial of Andre Gilling. (Palmerston North). 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. Link: Gay NZ

January 2008

  • The 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. Link: Human Rights Commission

13 February 2008

  • The Awhina Centre opens at Level 1, 187 Willis Street (Wellington)

1 March 2008

  • Out in the Square takes place (Wellington). 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 April 2008

  • Singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker dies (Auckland). Tocker dies following a severe asthma attack. Link: Wikipedia

30 April 2008

  • The 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. Link: BSA

10 May 2008

  • The documentary Through Rainbow Coloured Glasses premieres (Christchurch). Link: Production website

18 May 2008

  • 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

19 June 2008

  • Dr Matt Wildbore dies (Auckland). Wildbore supported many HIV positive men during the 1980s and 1990s. Links: GayNZ.com, NZ.com

4 July 2008

  • Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand by Chris Brickell is launched (New Zealand). Link: GayNZ.com

31 August 2008

  • Sister Paula Brettkelly dies (New Zealand)

10 September 2008

  • Composer Chris Gendall wins the 2008 APRA SOUNZ Contemporary award (Auckland). Chris receives the award during the APRA Silver Scroll Awards event held in Auckland. Link: RNZ
  • The Topp Twins are inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (Auckland). The Topp Twins receive the honour during the APRA Silver Scroll award event in Auckland

15 September 2008

December 2008

  • The Rule Foundation is established (New Zealand). Named after Peter Rule, the Foundation is established to advance the health, well-being and visibility of rainbow New Zealanders. Link: Rule Foundation

2009

  • Teddy by Number 8 Films is released

April 2009

  • Bud by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington

5 April 2009

  • Marvin 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. Link: Stuff

29 April 2009

  • Diksy 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 2009

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

2 June 2009

  • Television feature: interview with Marama Pala from INA (New Zealand). Warrant of Fitness, ref F115058. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

10 July 2009

  • Ferdinand Ambach is convicted of the manslaughter of Ronald Brown (Auckland). Ambach is initially charged with murder, but the charge is downgraded after Ambach's lawyer successfully argued the provocation (gay panic) defence. Ambach is sentenced to twelve years imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of eight years. Links: Stuff, Nga Taonga

27 July 2009

  • Author Chris Brickell wins the Best First Book Award for Non-fiction at the Montana Book Awards (Auckland). Brickell wins for Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand. Link: Tararua District Library

4 August 2009

  • The Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill is introduced in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill is introduced by the Minister for Justice, National MP Simon Power. Link: Parliament

18 August 2009

  • The first reading of the Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

12 September 2009

  • The Vintner's Luck has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival The film is based on Elizabeth Knox's novel. Link: Wikipedia

23 September 2009

  • Mates and Lovers play by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington

25 September 2009

  • Television news report: breakthrough in stopping the spread of HIV (New Zealand). Nightline, ref F195226. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

19 October 2009

  • The Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill is considered by a Select Committee (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

12 November 2009

  • The Vintner's Luck has its New Zealand premiere. (New Zealand). Based on Elizabeth Knox's novel. Link: Wikipedia

24 November 2009

  • The 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 November 2009

  • Glenn Mills is found dead in a remand cell. (Auckland). 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
  • Television news report: Glen Mills dies while in remand (Auckland). Interviewee Bruce Kilmister. One News, ref F194982. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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