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On This Day: 15th March

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Wed 15 Mar 2023

  • Questions for Oral Answer 15 March 2023
    Questions to Ministers DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government's statements and actions? NICOLA WILLIS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealanders earning the average wage have seen their incomes increase significantly under this Government", and what is the change in real after-tax average wages since 2017? SARAH PALLETT to the Lead Coordination Minister for the Government's Response to the Royal Commission's Report into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques: What progress has been made on the Government's response to the report of the royal commission of inquiry into the 2019 Christchurch mosques attack? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Housing: What is the current nationwide median rent according to the MBIE rental bond database, and what has been the increase since October 2017? ANNA LORCK to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Is it important to the Government to reduce plastic pollution rapidly in Aotearoa New Zealand; if not, why not? MARJA LUBECK to the Minister of Immigration: What recent announcements has he made regarding visa settings for partners of migrant workers? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: How many people in the six months following the establishment of Health New Zealand waited in hospital EDs more than 24 hours under the shorter stays in emergency departments indicator, and what was the longest ED wait time? GLEN BENNETT to the Minister of Health: What recent announcement has the Government made about HIV? ERICA STANFORD to the Minister of Education: What are the Government's professional learning and development (PLD) priorities, as listed on the Ministry of Education website, and how many, if any, teachers engaged in maths PLD in 2022? NAISI CHEN to the Minister for Economic Development: What announcements has he made on transforming the advanced manufacturing sector? NICOLE McKEE to the Minister of Police: Is he satisfied with the Police response to Cyclone Gabrielle in Hawke's Bay, and is he satisfied that Police deployed enough staff to the region throughout the response? ...
    Links: RNZ

Tue 15 Mar 2022

  • Greens Covid Response Spokesperson Resigns Portfolio After Breaking COVID Rules
    Links: Express

Mon 15 Mar 2021

  • Tiwhanawhana 20 Years On - interviews (Thistle Hall)
    Interviews with members of Tiwhanawhana at the event to celebrate Tiwhanawhanas 20th anniversary on 15 March 2021 at Thistle Hall, Wellington
    Features: Chanel Hati, Daejah Biddle, De'Anne Jackson, Elizabeth Kerekere, Jem Traylen, Kassie Hartendorp, Kevin Haunui, Lainey Cowan
  • LGBT+ Catholics stung by Vatican declaration that same-sex unions are a sin
    Vatican statement says Roman Catholic clergy may not bless gay relationships as God "cannot bless sin...
    Links: Stuff
  • Vatican bars gay union blessing, says God 'can't bless sin'
    The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin...
    Links: Stuff
  • Vatican bars gay union blessing, says God 'can't bless sin'
    The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Out and About: ChCh Pride Glitter and Gold Party
    Links: Express
  • Racism Row Engulfs RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under
    Links: Express

Fri 15 Mar 2019

  • The Christchurch mosque massacres take place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    51 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers. Subsequently, numerous public events throughout the country are either cancelled or postponed - include a number of high profile Pride events in Wellington.
    Links: Wikipedia
  • Ireland's gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his partner hosted by Mike Pence
    Once labelled the "the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America", the US vice-president had an uncomfortable meeting with Leo Varadkar...
    Links: Stuff
  • Local Focus: Whanganui takes Pride in being out of the closet and into the spotlight
    Ardon England felt like he was "the only gay in the village" growing up in Whanganui...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Wellington International Pride Parade Postponed
    Links: Express
  • Wellington’s Out in the Park Cancelled After Christchurch Terror Attack
    Links: Express

Thu 15 Mar 2018

  • Meet The New Owners of Gay Ski Week QT
    Links: Express
    Links: Express

Wed 15 Mar 2017

  • Grindr Releases Raunchy ‘Gaymoji’
    Links: Express
  • Let’s Do The Time Warp, Again
    Links: Express
  • Health and HIV: Written questions for the Minister
    The continuing evolution of the HIV epidemic in New Zealand, which occurs primarily amongst gay and bisexual men, has led to it again getting out of control with the highest ever annual rates of newly-identified cases of HIV now an undeniable reality...
  • Wgtn event to highlight LGBTI human rights issues
    Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley will be speaking about human rights in the context of queer and gender diverse communities tomorrow night as part of a Rainbow Room Series in Wellington...

Tue 15 Mar 2016

  • Shortland Street Breaks Ground with Transgender Star in Transgender role
    Links: Express
  • Aus. s/s marriage vote estimated to cost $500m
    Australia’s upcoming same-sex marriage plebiscite is estimated to cost over $500 million in direct expenses and lost production...
  • First trans actor on Shortland Street in trans role
    The first ever trans actor to play the role of a trans character in a long running storyline will make his debut tonight on New Zealand’s longest running drama Shortland Street...
  • ILGA Oceania announces new board members
    The ILGA Oceania (International lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association) has announced its elected officer holders for the ILGA Oceania Board, with a local LGBTI rights advocate announced as Co-convenor...
  • Owning the narrative
    Shortland Street have cast a young trans guy to play a trans character in the series and have brought in a consultant from the trans community to assist with the storyline...

Sun 15 Mar 2015

  • Zoe - Butch on Butch (Wellington)
    Zoe talks about school life, identity and sumo wrestling in Russia.
    Features: unidentified voice(s)
  • Short Film Sunday: Ageless
    Love, sex and relationships are seen through the eyes of two men; one in his 50s, the other in his 20s...

Sat 15 Mar 2014

  • Dad arrested over Texas lesbian murder
    James Larry Cosby A 46-year-old man has been arrested over the murders of his own daughter and her girlfriend in Texas...
  • Macklemore ducks into K' Rd thrift shop
    Macklemore (File Photo) Same Love rapper Macklemore chatted to fans on Auckland’s gay strip Karangahape Rd last night...
  • Modern Family stars speak up for love
    Modern Family sweethearts Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson include a shout out to New Zealand in an adorable video where they throw their support behind marriage equality in Australia...
  • Waits for reassignment ops continue
    There’s a report gender reassignment surgery is effectively on hold due to the retirement of one of the country’s three specialists...

Fri 15 Mar 2013

  • Finlayson to attend Pope's inauguration in Rome
    Chris Finlayson Gay Attorney-General Chris Finlayson will represent the New Zealand Government at the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis I in Rome next week...
  • Margaret Cho's Auckland show cancelled
    Promoters have announced comedian Margaret Cho will no longer perform her new show Mother in Auckland next month...
  • Moss doesn't want a 'poofter' to play him on film
    Sir Stirling Moss Former racing driver Sir Stirling Moss has stated he doesn't want "a poofter or anything like that" to play him in a film...

Thu 15 Mar 2012

  • [name withheld 5] - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Ben - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Dougal - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Zach - Q12 (Auckland)
  • Tamati Coffey voted sexiest man on TV
    TV One's roving weatherman Tamati Coffey Gay weatherman Tamati Coffey has been named the sexiest man on TV, by readers of the TV Guide...
  • Ugandan campaigners suing anti-gay US pastor
    Scott Lively A Ugandan gay rights group is suing an American pastor who it’s accusing of running an anti-gay campaign in the African nation...

Tue 15 Mar 2011

  • Bridge comp an all New Zealand affair
    New Zealand pairs have won gold, silver and bronze in the Bridge competition at the Asia Pacific Outgames...
  • Brooklyn United take out women's soccer
    The Brooklyn United team (in black and red) celebrate with Wellington 1 (in yellow) after the tough final A Wellington team has beaten another local side to win gold at the women’s five-a-side soccer competition at the AsiaPacific Outgames...
  • Crowd enjoys talents of Aussie divers
    Tim Hardie prepares to dive 7...
  • Gay senator seeks Irish presidency
    A gay politician will campaign for the presidency of Ireland in what may be the first contested election for 14 years...
  • Rivalry and friendship at Ten Pin Bowling
  • Tension and drama at Volleyball finals
    6PM: In a match surging with tension and energy on the court Brisbane has this afternoon taken the A-Grade gold medal in Volleyball...
  • Wgtn victorious in tense men's soccer final

Mon 15 Mar 2010

  • Nine gay/lesbian choirs will harmonise in Auckland
    This Easter over 200 gay and lesbian singers will descend on Auckland for the Out and Loud Choral Festival...
  • UK murder victim's photo used on dating website
    The mother of a gay teenager who was bashed to death says she was shocked to discover someone else was using her son's photo to represent themselves on a dating website...
  • Urge and Caluzzi present $6,000 to NZAF
    The NZ AIDS Foundation has received six thousand dollars from the Caluzzi and Urge Beer Garden at February's Get It On Big Gay Out...
  • Wellington mayor launches Outgames countdown
    Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast launched the one year countdown to the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames with a rousing speech in the capital on Friday...

Sun 15 Mar 2009

  • Coffey may be 'sexiest man on NZ TV'
    Gay TV presenter Tamati Coffey is emerging as a frontrunner in a poll to decide the sexiest man on NZ television...
  • Everest climber's sexuality raised again
    NZ mountaineer Graeme Dingle has today highlighted occasional speculation that doomed 1920s British climber George Mallory was gay and that his attempt to summit Mt Everest was doomed because he chose a companion climber because of an attachment between the two rather than on mountaineering expertise...
  • Round the Bays win for Team Sparkle
    Twelve gay/lesbian runners and walkers in two competing teams finished today's Round the Bays fun run around Auckland's waterfront...
  • South African gangs rape to 'cure' lesbians
    Lesbian women in South Africa are being raped by members of gangs in South Africa who believe they will 'cure' them of their orientation...
  • Volunteer and Trustee Richard James
    Richard James Long-time volunteer Richard James is always keen to be of assistance with a wide variety of LGBT organisations...

Sat 15 Mar 2008

  • Britain grants gay Iranian a reprieve
    Britain has granted 19-year-old gay Iranian Mehdi Kazemi a reprieve from deportation to Iran, where he feared he could be hanged for his homosexuality...

Thu 15 Mar 2007

  • France: The fight for one gay marriage
    A mayor who conducted the first gay wedding in France has vowed to continue his fight in spite of a court decision ruling it illegal...
  • New HIV meds funded after delay
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is welcoming PHARMAC's decision to fund two more anti-retroviral treatments for HIV from April 1, tenofovir (Viread) and emtricitabine (Emtriva), but is disappointed at the length of time taken to approve one of the needed medications...
  • NZAF: HIV dip may not signal success
    It's too early to tell if the 2006 downturn on the number of cases of HIV diagnosed amongst New Zealand gay and bi men means the infection surge of recent years has been turned around, according to the NZ AIDS Foundation...
  • USA: World
    A Los Angeles fertility clinic has launched the world's first programme dedicated to male couples wishing to become biological parents...

Tue 15 Mar 2005

  • A Lesbian "Virgin" Queen?
    Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) was a figure of controversy and same-sex passions, as well as a capable intelligent ruler, and art conoisseur...
  • Council employee dumped Lindah E
    2:30PM: An employee of the Auckland City Council was responsible for over-riding the wishes of the Pacific Music Awards committee and cancelling an appearance at the Pacific Music Awards by fa'afafine performer Lindah E minutes before she was due on stage...
  • TVNZ: Media effect of CU poll irrelevant
    TVNZ has washed its hands of responsibility for the misleading "ripple effect" created by its Close Up @ 7 phone poll on the Civil Union Bill last year, which the network implied showed public opinion overwhelmingly against recognising gay relationships...
  • When Brians collide...
    According to Baptist Church leader Brian Winslade, That Other Brian is giving a bad name to other fundamentalists...

Mon 15 Mar 2004

  • Act now to keep schools safe for all students!
    As the right-wing Maxim organisation gears up to swamp forthcoming school board elections with their kind of people, the PPTA's Judie Alison urges us to fight back for the safety of all students, including the gay and lesbian ones...
  • Queer Eye On the Brash Guy
    Or: Don Brash and selective centre-right social liberalism...

Sat 15 Mar 2003

  • The 18th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Behind the taunts: Homophobiaphobia
    The spat between Act MP Rodney Hide and employees of ACI Glass Packaging may have its roots in a fear of homophoboa - homophobiaphobia - according to Eugene Moore, a specialist in workplace education on homosexuality issues...

Tue 15 Mar 1994

Tue 15 Mar 1988

Fri 15 Mar 1985

  • Television: gay community of Wellington fearing climate of violence and prejudice ramped up by anti-reform campaigners (Wellington, New Zealand)
    ref: TZP12902.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Tue 15 Mar 1977

  • Television news report: Marilyn Waring attacks the way Social Welfare benefits are administered (New Zealand)
    Ref TZP29293 and TZP29294.
    Links: TVNZ (1), TVNZ (2)

Wed 15 Mar 1972

  • Ngahuia Volkerling (Te Awekotuku) is refused a United States visa because she is a known lesbian ("sexual deviant") (Auckland, New Zealand)
    Volkerling returns from the US consulate to Auckland University where she calls an immediate meeting.

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