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Charles Allan Aberhart memorial - interviews

Interviews with family members and people who attended the memorial event to honour Allan Aberhart, on the 60th anniversary of his killing in Hagley Park. The memorial itself, took place in Hagley Park on 23 January 2024 and can be heard here. A special thank you to the Rule Foundation for funding the recording of this significant event, and to the Aberhart whānau for allowing the memorial to be recorded and shared.

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  • 00:01 - Loren Aberhart
  • 05:29 - MP Grant Robertson
  • 09:06 - Denis Aberhart
  • 14:40 - Lianne Dalziel, former Mayor of Christchurch and MP
  • 17:24 - Gavin Young
  • 21:37 - Kelly Hopkins
  • 32:25 - Nicole Skews-Poole
  • 39:18 - Hugh Young
  • 44:45 - Maree Richards and John Wooles
  • 49:12 - Lily McFarlane, Rule Foundation


The recording presents a poignant narrative marking the 60th anniversary of the death of Charles Allan Aberhart. It encompasses a series of interviews with Aberhart's family members, friends, and key figures in the LGBTQ+ community, offering diverse perspectives on his life, death, and the consequent social and legal ramifications.

The narrative begins with personal reflections from Aberhart's great-niece, Loren Aberhart, who speaks about the emotional significance of the memorial for their family. Loren eloquently describes the event as a healing process, helping to address the long-standing generational trauma associated with Aberhart's tragic death. The interviews with family members reveal Aberhart as a kind, gentle individual with artistic talents, providing insights into his character that extend beyond the circumstances of his death. These personal anecdotes are interspersed with discussions about the broader societal impact of Aberhart's story, particularly emphasizing the advancements in LGBTQ+ rights in New Zealand.

Parts of the recording focus on the expungement of his criminal conviction for homosexuality and Nicole Skews-Poole, underlines the transformative changes in New Zealand's legal landscape concerning LGBTQ+ issues. The recording not only celebrates these advancements but also sheds light on the continuing challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Accounts of recent hate crimes in Christchurch, shared by Kelly Hopkins, serve as a stark reminder that, despite progress, the fight against homophobia and discrimination is ongoing.

The recording also captures the sense of community and solidarity prevalent at the event. Notable figures like MP Grant Robertson and former Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel discuss their roles in supporting LGBTQ+ rights and the significance of the memorial in fostering communal healing and remembrance. The establishment of a memorial fund in Aberhart's name is highlighted, illustrating the community's commitment to honoring his legacy while actively working towards a more inclusive and safe society for LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Record date:23rd January 2024
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Hagley Park North, Christchurch
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