Search Browse On This Day Map Quotations Timeline Research Free Datasets Remembered About Contact

Mayor Dick

Sun 12 Feb 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

When Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard took the stage at today's Big Gay Out in Coyle Park, he assured the crowd he wasn't going to sing or dance, but instead sent blessings to the gathered glbt folk. "Bless you, bless your work, and bless all you stand for," he said in a very gracious speech, the days of his infamous anti-civil union letter clearly behind him. Hubbard toured the grounds on his second annual visit to the Big Gay Out with Auckland Central MP Judith Tizard, and told GayNZ.com he had thoroughly enjoyed his experience last year. "I was hugely impressed with the family atmosphere, the whole setup I thought it was a great credit to the gay community, and it was actually quite an Auckland event, so delighted to be able to be back this year," he said. His favourite part of the day is meeting people, and enjoying the day's entertainment on the main stage. "I sort of realise now how many people I know in the gay community," he said.    

Credit: GayNZ.com News Staff

First published: Sunday, 12th February 2006 - 12:00pm

Rights Information

This page displays a version of a GayNZ.com article that was automatically harvested before the website closed. All of the formatting and images have been removed and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly. The article is provided here for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of PrideNZ.com. If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us