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9 November 1795

  • (James) Miranda Steuart Barry is born (Ireland). Link: Wikipedia

3 November 1802

26 February 1817

  • Feminist and businesswoman Mary Taylor is born (Yorkshire, United Kingdom). Taylor was a life-long friend and some say lover of writer Charlotte Bronte. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

4 December 1835

December 1836

  • Missionary William Yate leaves New Zealand (New Zealand). Yate leaves for England after an inquiry into allegations of sexual activity with some of his male pupils. Link: Te Ara

1838

6 February 1840

  • The Treaty of Waitangi is signed (Waitangi). New Zealand becomes part of the British Empire. This in turn makes homosexual acts illegal and punishable by death. Link: NZ History

24 July 1845

  • Mary Taylor arrives in New Zealand (New Zealand). Taylor is a life-long friend and some say lover of writer Charlotte Bronte. She returns to England in 1860. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

2 April 1854

  • Photographer Robert Gant is born (United Kingdom). Gant is born in Woolwich (now Greater London). At the age of 21 he immigrates to Wellington, New Zealand

16 October 1854

  • Writer Oscar Wilde is born (United Kingdom). Link: Wikipedia

18 May 1859

  • Confidence trickster Amy Bock is born (Tasmania, Australia). Link: Te Ara

26 September 1860

1861

  • The United Kingdom's death penalty for buggery is abolished (United Kingdom). However, male homosexual acts still remain illegal and are punishable by imprisonment. Link: Wikipedia

12 September 1861

  • Painter Dorothy Richmond is born (Auckland). Link: Te Ara

20 May 1863

  • Rev H M Turton is tried in the Supreme Court on a charge of sodomy (Nelson). One of Turton's servants had accused him of an incident in October 1862. The jury found Turton not guilty. Link: Papers Past

September 1863

25 July 1865

  • James Miranda Steuart Barry dies (London, United Kingdom). Link: Wikipedia

17 July 1867

  • Hon Major Richardson introduces the Offences Against the Person Bill (1867) (New Zealand). The Bill states that a person convicted of sodomy can be imprisoned for life and anyone convicted of attempted buggery or an indecent assault on a male can serve up to ten years imprisonment (Offences Against the Person Act 1867 / Unnatural Offences, 58-60). Links: Early NZ Statutes, Hansard

10 October 1867

  • The Offences Against the Person Act (1867) is enacted (New Zealand). The Act says that a person convicted of sodomy can be imprisoned for life and anyone convicted of attempted buggery or an indecent assault on a male can serve up to ten years imprisonment (refer Unnatural Offences, 58-60). Links: Early NZ Statutes, Hansard

14 May 1868

  • Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld is born Link: Wikipedia

14 September 1868

  • Alexander Turnbull is born (Wellington). During his life Turnbull collected a wide variety of manuscripts and documents. He later donated his collection to the country - forming the basis of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

28 April 1869

6 October 1874

1875

  • Eugenia Falleni (a.k.a Harry Crawford) is born (Italy). Falleni lived as a man, married Annie Birkett and was subsequently convicted of murdering her in 1920 in Australia. Born in Italy, Falleni had moved to Wellington, New Zealand in 1877. In 1996 Lorae Parry wrote Eugenia a play based on Falleni's life. Link: Wikipedia

29 June 1875

  • Charles Mackay is born (Nelson). Mackay later became the mayor of Wanganui. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

July 1876

  • Robert Gant arrives in Wellington (Wellington). Gant emigrates from the United Kingdom

26 July 1877

  • William Yate dies Link: Te Ara

17 June 1882

  • Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies is born (Dunedin). Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic and gender reassignment surgery. Link: Wikipedia

16 September 1882

1885

  • The buggery law in the United Kingdom is extended to include any kind of sexual activity between males (United Kingdom). (Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885). Link: Wikipedia

30 April 1886

  • Amy Bock is convicted of obtaining goods by false pretences (Christchurch). Link: Papers Past

14 October 1888

  • Writer Katherine Mansfield (nee Beauchamp) is born (Wellington). Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ

10 April 1890

  • Maata Mahupuku is born (New Zealand). Mahupuku was later a lover of Katherine Mansfield. Link: Te Ara

1 March 1893

  • Mary Taylor dies (Yorkshire, United Kingdom). Link: Te Ara

19 September 1893

  • New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections (New Zealand). Links: NZ History, Papers Past

6 October 1893

  • The Criminal Code Act 1893 is enacted (New Zealand). The Act outlaws any sexual activity between men (even if it's consensual). Penalties include life imprisonment, hard labour and flogging (refer Crimes Against Morality, 136-139). Link: Early New Zealand Statutes

6 April 1895

26 May 1895

  • Oscar Wilde is convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labour (London, United Kingdom). Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

10 July 1895

  • Miles Radcliffe is born (Wellington). Radcliffe was later killed, aged 50, on 5 February 1946

22 January 1896

  • Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell is born (Christchurch). Cresswell was later shot by Charles Mackay, mayor of Wanganui. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

1897

14 May 1897

  • Magnus 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. Link: Wikipedia

2 December 1897

  • Writer and educator Rewi Alley is born (Canterbury region). Links: Wikipedia, Te Ara

2 May 1898

  • Lawyer and social reformer Frank Haigh is born (Lower Hutt). Among other things Haigh was prominent in the cause of homosexual law reform. Link: Te Ara

30 November 1900

  • Oscar Wilde dies (Paris, France). Link: Wikipedia

February 1901

  • Painter Frances Hodgkins leaves New Zealand for Europe (New Zealand). Hodgkins and close friend Dorothy Richmond would later travel through Europe together. Links: Te Ara, Papers Past

18 June 1902

23 December 1902

  • Civil libertarian Walter Scott is born (Canterbury region). Link: Te Ara

9 February 1903

  • Writer James Courage is born (Christchurch). Link: Te Ara

23 March 1903

  • Writer Norris Frank Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is born (Hamilton). Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

17 June 1906

  • Writer Eric McCormick is born (Rangitikei region). McCormick wrote, among other works, biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins. Link: Te Ara

29 November 1906

  • Diplomat Alister McIntosh is born (Marlborough region). Link: Te Ara

20 December 1906

  • Bertha Victor (a.k.a Bert Rotciv) is arrested (Sydney, Australia). The NZ Truth headline reads "Boy Bertha, a Perplexing Puzzle.". Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

1907

  • Katherine Mansfield has a relationship with Maata Mahupuku (Wellington). Mansfield also begins a relationship with Edie Bendall. Link: Te Ara

23 March 1907

  • The NZ Truth reports that Oscar Wilde's play Salome is prohibited in New York (New York, United States of America). Link: Papers Past

22 April 1907

  • Bertha Victor appears in court charged with drunkenness, vagrancy, and using obscene language (Auckland). Link: Papers Past

29 June 1907

  • The Girlhood of a Man by N. O. Body is reviewed in the New Zealand Herald (Berlin, Germany). The autobiography of "Nobody" was published in Berlin. It documents the life of Nora/Norbet who was born in 1884. Link: Papers Past

July 1908

  • Katherine Mansfield leaves for England (Wellington). Mansfield leaves shortly after her father reads Leves Amores. Links: GayNZ.net, Te Ara

4 August 1908

  • The Crimes Act 1908 is enacted (New Zealand). Section 153-154 (p.598) states that everyone is liable to life imprisonment with hard labour if convicted of buggery, and upto ten-years imprisonment with hard labour for a male convicted of indecently assaulting another male. Link: Early New Zealand Statutes

28 August 1908

  • Dennis William Quill appears in court charged with being idle and disorderly (Wellington). Quill was arrested wearing female attire near Pirie Street. He assured the judge that he bought the clothing out of "sheer devilment" and was wearing them for a similar fantasy. The charge was dismissed. Link: Evening Post

16 April 1909

27 April 1909

17 June 1909

  • The marriage of Percival Redwood (a.k.a. Amy Bock) and Agnes Ottaway is annulled (Dunedin). Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

27 July 1909

  • Writer and poet Charles Brasch is born (Dunedin). Link: Te Ara

20 August 1909

  • Artist Rodney Kennedy is born (Dunedin). Link: Te Ara

27 March 1910

  • Dancer Freda Stark is born (Northland region). Link: Te Ara

11 April 1910

  • Artist Toss Woollaston is born (Stratford). Link: Te Ara

10 May 1910

  • Composer Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai is born (Gisborne region). Link: Te Ara

3 December 1910

8 April 1911

  • The Fielding Star reports a theatre audience laughs the trouser-skirt off the stage (Paris, France). The report notes that it is illegal in France for women to dress in men's attire and vice versa, except at Carnival time. Link: Papers Past

5 April 1912

  • The Northern Advocate reports on the "romance of two girls" (London, United Kingdom). The report headline reads "one poses as a man - the other as the wife". The couple come before the courts for disorderly conduct. "Why couldn't they have left us alone? We were so happy together weren't we, darling?" said Adelaide Dallamore, "Yes love, but they shall never, never part us!" replied her partner. Link: Papers Past

1 May 1912

23 June 1912

  • Computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing is born (London, United Kingdom)

5 November 1912

  • Media reported on the death of Thomas Parkes (Dunedin). Parkes had just given birth and was found unconsciousness in their room with the baby nearby. The newspaper headline read "In male attire, sad case at Dunedin.". Links: Papers Past (1), Papers Past (2)

4 December 1912

  • James Townsley (a.k.a. Evelyn Hartwood) is jailed for 5 years (Sydney, Australia). Referred to as the "king of burglers" in South Australia, Townsley is also known for his skill at female impersonation. He is jailed for escaping custody in Adelaide. Link: Papers Past

17 December 1913

7 January 1914

  • Rupert Brooke departs for Tahiti onboard RMS Tahiti (Wellington). Brooke is in Wellington 5-7 January 1914. Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past

October 1914

  • Dr Hjelmar von Dannevill is accused of being a German spy (Wellington). Link: The Spin Off

20 January 1915

  • The Evening Post reports Lindsay Campbell pleads guilty to unlawfully wearing female clothing in a public place (Adelaide, Australia). Link: Papers Past

6 February 1915

  • Albert Edward McGurk is sentenced to 7-years imprisonment for committing an unnatural offence (sodomy) (Auckland). John Leslie Lander (24) testified against him. McGurk (34) would later testify against Lander - seeing him also convicted of an unnatural offence and sentenced to life imprisonment. McGurk was released from prison on 24 June 1920. He would later marry. Link: Papers Past

18 April 1915

  • The Taranaki Daily News reports on the court case of Ellehan Eppheam (a.k.a Miss de Vien) who has posed as a woman for 15 years (London, United Kingdom). The report documents a court appearance where the chief constable believes Eppheam has symptoms of insanity. Link: Papers Past

17 May 1915

  • Music teacher John Leslie Lander pleads guilty to committing an unnatural offence (Auckland). 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)

31 July 1915

  • Artist Theo Schoon is born (Java, Indonesia). Schoon was a notable figure in New Zealand art in the mid 20th century. He refused to separate art and craft and created in a range of media. He was interested in the integration of Maori and European art to produce a local modernism. Link: Te Ara

2 November 1915

  • Composer Douglas Lilburn is born (Whanganui). Link: Te Ara

13 December 1915

1 September 1916

  • A Bill is introduced to allow females to wear male clothing and take a male first name (Melbourne, Australia). The Colonist newspaper reports the move as "freak legislation in Victoria". Link: Papers Past

27 October 1916

  • The Ohinemuri Gazette reports on the court appearance of Frederick Wright (a.k.a Kathleen Woodhouse) (London, United Kingdom). Wright is charged with "being an idle and disorderly person in female attire". Wright tells police that he wished he had been a woman. Link: Papers Past

30 January 1917

  • Writer W. Somerset Maugham and his lover Gerald Haxton briefly visit Wellington en route to Tahiti (Wellington). Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net

26 May 1917

17 July 1917

  • Dr Hjelmar von Dannevill is released from Matiu Somes Island after suffering a severe nervous breakdown (Wellington region). Links: Papers Past, The Spin Off

4 August 1917

  • The NZ Truth reports on homosexuality in Germany (Berlin, Germany). The newspaper reports that 30,000 people with homo-sexual inclinations reside in Berlin, and that 90% of the males in the city have at one time or another, been afflicted with the "sexual disease". Link: Papers Past

13 December 1917

  • Morals campaigner Keith Hay is born (Hastings). Hay was a founding member of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, a group that was behind the large anti homosexual law reform petition. Link: Te Ara

1918

  • Report on Prisons 1917/18 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand). The report notes (p.9) that "during the past year your directions regarding the more complete separation of the various classes of prisoners have been carried out as far as the structural arrangement of our building permitted. Our first step was to segregate the sexual perverts. This was accomplished by setting apart the New Plymouth Prison almost entirely for this class of offenders, and drafting thereto all the worst cases from other prisons." The report goes on (p.17) to state that the prison has been "set apart for sexual perverts sentenced under sections 153 and 154 of the Crimes Act, 1908, the first draft of prisoners from Auckland arrived in February, 1917, and other drafts followed from other prisons. The prisoners are employed in the quarry and are strictly under observation, and in my opinion the quarry is the most suitable place both for safe custody and observational purposes. I find this class of prisoners very mixed in temperament; some are of the vicious type, and others are weaklings, but the majority are nervous and excitable.". Links: Report on Prisons (1), (2)

28 June 1918

2 August 1918

  • The Colonist reports on the Noel Pemberton Billing libel case in the United Kingdom (New Zealand). Billing had implied that the actress Maud Allan was a lesbian associate of German sympathisers. The news report also mentions the Berlin Black Book. It's claimed that the Germans are blackmailing 47,000 highly placed "British perverts". The alleged aim is to exterminate the "manhood of Britain" by luring men into homosexual acts. Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

1919

  • The Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) opens (Berlin, Germany). The Institute is an early private sexology research institute headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. Link: Wikipedia

16 August 1919

  • A youth is arrested in female attire (Auckland). The Evening Post reports that Norman (last name not published) had been arrested in well-made female attire. The probation officer told the court that the youth who went by the name Ada Reeve "exercised a disturbing influence over other inmates in the probation home". Link: Papers Past

23 October 1919

  • The Thames Star reports on a play about Dr. James Miranda Steuart Barry (Thames). Barry was a military surgeon in the British Army who lived their adult life as a man. Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

15 May 1920

  • Charles Mackay shoots and wounds D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui). Mackay is the Mayor of Wanganui at the time. Links: GayNZ.net, Te Ara

27 May 1920

  • Charles Mackay is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui). 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. Link: Papers Past

24 June 1920

  • Albert Edward McGurk is released from New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth). McGurk had been convicted in 1915 of committing an unnatural offence and had been jailed for 7-years with hard labour

5 July 1920

  • Eugenia Falleni (a.k.a Harry Crawford) is arrested over the death of wife Annie Birkett (Sydney, Australia). Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past

6 October 1920

  • Eugenia Falleni is found guilty of murdering Annie Birkett (Sydney, Australia). Falleni is condemned to death but the sentence is commuted to detainment at the Governor's Pleasure. Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past

3 May 1921

  • George 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". Link: Papers Past

25 September 1921

  • Prime Minister Robert Muldoon is born (Auckland). As Prime Minister, Muldoon accuses MP Colin Moyle of having been picked up for homosexual practices. Moyle resigned from Parliament in 1977. Link: Te Ara

9 January 1923

12 October 1923

  • Hector Froggatt is sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for indecent assault on boys (Christchurch). A medical man giving evidence at the trial said Froggatt suffered from "homo-sexual abnormality". Link: Papers Past

23 February 1924

  • A headline in NZ Truth reads "The growth of degeneracy and sex crime - sterilisation proposed" (New Zealand). Link: Papers Past

23 May 1924

  • A parliamentary inquiry begins into Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders (Wellington). Link: Parliamentary Papers

August 1924

  • Effie Pollen and poet Ursula Bethell begin living together (Christchurch). Links: PrideNZ.com, Te Ara

1 December 1924

  • Music teacher John Leslie Lander dies in New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth). Lander had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 1915 for committing an unnatural offence, plus 10-years hard labour for indecent assault. He was known to have epileptic fits. His death was recorded as heart failure following a fit. Link: Papers Past

10 December 1924

  • The Society for Human Rights is formed (Chicago, United States of America). The Society is the oldest documented homosexual organisation in the USA. Link: Wikipedia

7 February 1925

  • NZ Truth reports The Dazzling Dandies - a prisoners' extravaganza at New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth). Since 1917, New Plymouth Prison had mainly housed sexual offenders - including homosexualists. Link: NZ Truth

28 March 1925

  • NZ Truth reports on homosexualists in high society and in the arts (New Zealand). Link: NZ Truth

16 July 1925

  • A report into Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand). Links: Hansard, Report

1 October 1925

  • Peter Stratford (a.k.a. Deresley Morton) marries Elizabeth Rowland (United States of America). Link: Papers Past

2 October 1925

  • Kenneth James Dell is arrested on Queen Street and charged with behaving in a disorderly manner (Auckland). Dell is seen walking on Queen Street wearing woman's shoes, a hat, veil and neck scarf. Link: Papers Past

3 October 1925

  • Kenneth James Dell is hospitalised on the morning of his court appearance (Auckland). Link: Papers Past

10 October 1925

  • NZ Truth reports on the court case involving Kenneth James Dell (Auckland). Dell had been arrested in women's clothing on Queen Street. Dell was hospitalised on the morning of the court appearance. Link: Papers Past

1927

  • Henry Field conducts an investigation into homosexuality (New Plymouth). Field has an interest in the psychopathology of criminal behaviour and interviews 40 inmates at New Plymouth prison. The exact date of this investigation is unknown - circa 1926-1929. Link: Te Ara

20 April 1927

  • George Grace is convicted and sentenced to 3-months imprisonment for wearing female clothing (Napier). Grace had also gained admission to the local girls college. The Magistrate said "I will teach you to leave girls' clothing and girls' colleges alone in the future.". Link: Papers Past

27 June 1927

1928

  • The Prisons Department report for 1927/28 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand). The report notes (p.18) "Owing to the homo-sexual proclivities of of the prisoners detained here it is absolutely necessary that they be kept under constant observation during the periods of the day when they have to intermingle with one another, and, as the configuration of the quarry particularly lends itself to this end, the majority of the men have been kept employed there during the year.". Link: Prisons Department report

17 March 1928

  • Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett is born (Napier). Bartlett would later form the Society for Promotion of Community Standards. Link: Wikipedia

27 July 1928

  • The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall is published (United Kingdom). The lesbian-themed novel is later judged obscene by a British court and banned. Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past

16 November 1928

  • A court decides the book The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall is obscene (United Kingdom). The judge orders the book to be destroyed. Link: Wikipedia

1 May 1929

  • Expatriate 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". Link: Papers Past

3 May 1929

  • Former 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

9 May 1929

  • The NZ Truth reports on a "man with female mentality" (Auckland). 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". Link: Papers Past

18 June 1929

  • Politician Colin Moyle is born (Thames). Moyle resigned from Parliament in 1977 after it was made public that he had been questioned by the police on suspicion of homosexual activities. Link: Wikipedia

22 July 1929

  • The Evening Post reports on a recent presentation entitled "The Adolescent Girl" (Christchurch). Speaking to members of the Christchurch branch of the Parents' National Education Union Dr Jessie Scott talks about how girls between 11 and 16 experience a homo-sexual period. They "showed great affection for members of their own sex, often for women much older than themselves". This is followed by the heterosexual stage. Link: Papers Past

1 October 1929

  • Leonard Hollobon is arrested and charged with indecently assaulting a male (Wellington). Norris Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is the other party. Both are charged, with Davey later testifying against Hollobon. Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

29 October 1929

  • Norris Davey is convicted of indecent assault on a male (Wellington). Soon after Davey begins using the name Frank Sargeson. Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

31 October 1929

  • Leonard Hollobon is sentenced to five years reformative detention after pleading guilty to three charges of indecent assault on males (Wellington). Norris Davey had earlier testified against Hollobon. Link: Papers Past

17 February 1930

5 July 1931

October 1931

  • Peter Rule is born (Gisborne). After his death, the Rule Foundation was established to advance the health, well-being and visibility of rainbow New Zealanders. Link: Rule Foundation

February 1933

  • The Nazi Party launches a purge of gay clubs, publications and groups (Germany). Link: Wikipedia

26 March 1933

  • Broadcaster Henare te Ua is born (New Zealand)

6 May 1933

  • Members 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. Link: Wikipedia

10 May 1933

  • Mobs 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

9 June 1933

  • Te Ahurangi Matene (a.k.a. Rosanna Laihae) appears in court charged with falsely representing himself to be a woman (Auckland). Matene's lawyer submits that Matene had every intention of paying money owing, and so therefore a fraud charge could not stand. The case is dismissed. Link: Papers Past

1 July 1934

  • Ernst Roehm, an early Nazi leader and co-founder of the Sturmabteilung (SA) is executed (Germany). Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past

8 November 1934

  • Effie Pollen dies (aged 55) (Christchurch). Pollen is buried at Karori Cemetery in Wellington. Link: Probate

1935

  • The Prisons Department report 1934/35 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand). The report notes (p.7) that homo-sexual prisoners in New Plymouth are segregated and "the majority of them are either emotionally unstable or suffering from some degree of mental abnormality.". Link: Prisons Department report

11 April 1935

  • Entrepreneur Tony Katavich is born (Auckland). Katavich would later create the OUT! business empire with Brett Sheppard. Link: GayNZ

15 April 1935

  • Eric Mareo murders his wife Themla Mareo (Auckland). Themla was also in a relationship with dancer Freda Stark. Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

16 April 1935

14 May 1935

  • Physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld dies (Nice, France). Hirschfeld dies of a heart attack on his 67th birthday. Link: Wikipedia

11 September 1935

1936

  • The Prisons Department report 1935/36 is tabled in Parliament (New Plymouth). The report notes (p.22) "the desirability of keeping the mental outlook of the homo-sexual prisoners detained here as bright and sound as possible [...] Many evening entertainments and lectures have been provided by members of the public [...] It is helpful to see each prisoner trying his very best to excel. It is felt that these exercises and the effort put into the preparation of songs, music, recitations for concerts have an uplifting effect on the men.". Link: Prisons Department report

26 February 1936

  • Eric Mareo is found guilty of murdering Themla Mareo (Auckland). Mareo is sentenced to death. His sentence is later commuted to life imprisonment on 5 August 1936. Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

5 July 1936

5 August 1936

  • Eric Mareo's death sentence is commuted to life in prison (New Zealand). Mareo was earlier found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Thelma Mareo. Link: Papers Past

26 September 1936

  • Phillip Stewart is arrested in an Auckland hotel "dressed as a girl" (Auckland). Link: Papers Past

10 October 1936

  • Entrepreneur and activist Carmen Trevor Rupe is born (Taumarunui). Link: Time Out Sydney

1937

  • The Prisons Department report 1936/37 is tabled in Parliament (New Zealand). The report notes (pp.13-14) that "the Rotary Club have paid fortnightly visits and have provided first-class entertainment. The fact that homo-sexual prisoners are allowed to see an audience from the outside world and listen to their effort to uplift and benefit them has a wonderful anti-depression effect. Men here are encouraged to take an active part in entertainments, and it is decidedly noticeable what a beneficial effect it has on their demeanour. At first they are shy, nervous, and backward, but this gradually wears off, and in time they are able to stand before an audience and do their part in a manly way.". Link: Prisons Department report

9 October 1937

  • Prime Minister M.J. Savage unveils a statue dedicated to "Harry" Henry Holland (Wellington). The nude male figure in Bolton Street Cemetery has been described in a variety of ways, from representing "emancipated youth looking upwards to higher things" to "an extremely buff, naked dude gazing out over his beloved Wellington." A local rainbow walking tour in the 1990s described the work as "the most homoerotic piece of outdoor art in Wellington, and second in Aotearoa only to the Eros outside Auckland Hospital.". Link: Bolton Street Cemetery

1938

  • Author William Taylor is born (New Zealand). Link: GayNZ.com

10 June 1938

  • Eugenia Falleni dies following injuries sustained in an accident (Sydney, Australia). The previous day Falleni had stepped off the pavement in front of a motorcar. Link: Wikipedia

1941

1 March 1941

  • Female impersonator and activist Johnny Croskery is born (Wellington). Link: Tapatoru

21 January 1942

  • Writer and activist Pat Rosier is born Link: LILAC

26 January 1942

  • William Preen is arrested in the women's waiting room of the Timaru Railway Station (Timaru). Preen is suspected of being a spy when he is seen dressed in women's clothing. The court later hears that Preen's "lapse was the result of some craze to see how it would feel to dress like a woman". Link: Papers Past

25 March 1942

  • Writer and actor Richard O'Brien is born (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom). Link: Wikipedia

8 July 1943

  • Vice Squad Detective Trevor Morley is born Link: PrideNZ.com

27 August 1943

  • US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits New Zealand with her aide Norah Walton (New Zealand). Roosevelt is in New Zealand to inspect the American troops and the American Red Cross. Links: Papers Past, National Library

29 August 1943

  • Amy Bock dies (Auckland region). Bock dies at Bombay, south of Auckland, and is buried in the Pukekohe cemetery. Link: Te Ara

3 February 1944

  • Sister Paula Brettkelly is born (United Kingdom)

7 February 1944

  • Writer Witi Ihimaera is born (Gisborne region). Link: Wikipedia

1 June 1944

  • NZ Truth reports on New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth). Since 1917 the prison has housed sexual perverts, including homosexualists. The article notes "It should be borne in mind that the majority of homosexuals are men of intelligence, who have a thorough appreciation of the nature and the wrongness of their act and are consequently culpable at law.". Link: NZ Truth

29 June 1944

  • Journalist and media personality David Hartnell is born (Auckland). Hartnell is best know for his Hollywood gossip column, as well as being one of the first presenters of Express Report, the first weekly LGBTI rainbow television series in New Zealand. Links: Wikipedia, DavidHartnell.com

11 September 1944

  • Chrissy Witoko is born (Hastings). Witoko would later own (among other businesses) the Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Wellington. Links: Friends of Chrissy, Te Papa

7 October 1944

  • Composer Jack Body is born (Waikato region). Link: Wikipedia

15 January 1945

  • Poet Ursula Bethell dies (Christchurch). Bethell dies in Christchurch and is buried in the Rangiora cemetery. Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com

24 September 1945

  • Police interview two women about their recent marriage to each other (Auckland). The Evening Post headline reads "Strange Masquerade, Woman as Man.". Link: Papers Past

7 November 1945

  • Garth Gilmour is arrested for breaking and entering (Dunedin). Gilmour is arrested dressed in female clothing. In a police statement Gilmour said it gave him a certain amount of satisfaction to dress in girl's clothes and he liked "flitting about from house to house.". Link: Papers Past

22 November 1945

  • Two women appear in court after being found to be married and living as husband and wife (Auckland). The court orders both women to submit themselves to psychiatric treatment. Link: Papers Past

29 August 1946

13 May 1947

  • Painter 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

20 March 1948

  • Activist Porleen Simmonds is born Link: LILAC

1949

  • Academic and activist Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is born (Rotorua). Link: Book Council

June 1949

1950

11 November 1950

  • The first meeting of the Mattachine Society is held (Los Angeles, United States of America). The Mattachine Society is one of the earliest homophile organisations in the USA. Links: Wikipedia, LAGANZ

1952

  • Paul De Rungs is court martialed after being charged with buggery (New Zealand). De Rungs, a 16-year old army cadet, had made a formal complaint about being raped. He was subsequently charged himself. Link: LAGANZ

15 January 1952

  • Maata Mahupuku dies (Palmerston North). Mahupuku is buried in the private burial ground of the Mahupuku family at Kehemane beyond Martinborough. Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com

4 May 1952

  • Politician Chris Carter is born (Auckland). Carter would later become the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Links: Wikipedia, Parliament

7 October 1952

  • Politician and academic Marilyn Waring is born (New Zealand). Link: Wikipedia

10 March 1953

22 April 1953

  • Charles Farthing is born (Christchurch). Farthing would later become a pioneering doctor specialising in the early recognition and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Links: New Zealand Medical Journal, Wikipedia

1954

3 June 1954

7 June 1954

  • Computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing dies (United Kingdom). An inquest determined Turing had committed suicide. However Turing's mother believed that the cyanide poisoning was accidental, resulting from her son's careless storage of laboratory chemicals

22 June 1954

28 August 1954

  • Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme are convicted of murdering Pauline's mother Honora Rieper (Wellington). Parker and Hulme were given indeterminate sentences in different prisons and released after five years. Links: Te Ara, Wikipedia, Guardian, PrideNZ.com

15 September 1954

  • A committee chaired by Lord Wolfenden begins looking into homosexual offences and prostitution (United Kingdom). The resulting report is published in 1957. Link: Wikipedia

16 November 1954

  • AIDS activist and educator Bruce Burnett is born (Auckland). Link: GayNZ.net.nz

1955

  • Singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker is born (Taumarunui). Link: Wikipedia

5 April 1955

  • Politician Maryan Street is born (New Plymouth). Street became New Zealand's first openly out lesbian elected to Parliament in 2005. Link: Wikipedia

October 1955

  • The Daughters of Bilitis is formed (San Francisco, United States of America). The Daughters of Bilitis is the first known lesbian rights organisation in the USA. Link: Wikipedia

5 October 1955

9 October 1955

  • Singer Shona Laing is born (New Zealand). Laing first came to prominence in 1972 as a 17-year-old schoolgirl, coming runner-up in the television talent show New Faces with her song 1905. Laing's biggest hit songs included (Glad I'm) Not a Kennedy and Soviet Snow. Link: Wikipedia

1956

  • Choreographer and dancer Douglas Wright is born (Auckland). Link: Wikipedia

28 April 1956

  • Daniel Fielding is born (New Zealand). Fielding would later help establish the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt in December 1988. Link: Tributes Online

4 September 1957

  • The Wolfenden report is published (United Kingdom). One of the recommendations in the report was that "homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence.". Link: Wikipedia

November 1957

  • Politician Georgina Beyer is born (Wellington). Beyer would later become the world's first openly transsexual Mayor and Member of Parliament. Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia

21 November 1957

  • Historian Gavin McLean is born (Otago region)

4 August 1958

  • Politician Tim Barnett is born (Warwickshire, United Kingdom). While in Parliament Barnett introduced the Prostitution Reform Bill 2003 and was also heavily involved in the Civil Union Bill 2004. Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia, Parliament

1959

  • The Attorney-General H.G.R. Mason tries unsuccessfully to have the penalties for homosexual acts reduced (New Zealand). Links: Queer History NZ, Te Ara

21 February 1960

  • Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell dies (London, United Kingdom). Cresswell dies of accidental gas poisioning. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

10 September 1960

  • Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies dies (London, United Kingdom). Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic surgery and gender-reassignment surgery. Link: Wikipedia

31 October 1960

1961

  • A Way of Love (1959) by James Courage is banned (New Zealand). The book is censored on "grounds of indecency, and because it lacked redeeming literary merit". It is banned under the censorship provisions in place prior to the setting up of the Indecent Publications Tribunal in 1964. Links: Te Ara, WorldCat

1962

  • The Dorian Society is formed (Wellington). The Society is the first documented organisation for homosexual men in New Zealand. Link: Wikipedia
  • Two men are discharged without conviction for indecent acts (New Zealand). The Magistrate comments that the law "is soon to change". Police prosecutors appeal, and the decision is overturned

1963

  • The Dorian Society forms a legal subcommittee to work towards homosexual law reform (New Zealand)

5 October 1963

  • Writer James Courage dies (London, United Kingdom). Link: Te Ara

1964

  • The Purple Onion opens (Wellington). Pasi Daniels (a.k.a. Pasi Tunupopo) returns to Wellington after performing at Les Girls and the Purple Onion in Sydney to open Wellington's first drag revue club. Link: Stuff
  • Writer Paula Boock is born (New Zealand). Link: Wikipedia

23 January 1964

  • Charles Aberhart is beaten to death by a group of teenagers in Hagley Park (Christchurch)

11 May 1964

  • The six teenagers accused of killing Charles Aberhart are all acquitted by a jury (Christchurch). 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 August 1965

  • Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai dies (New Zealand). Ngawai was a prolific Ngati Porou songwriter, composer, teacher and shearer who had close relationships with women. One of Ngawai's most famous songs Arohaina mai became the unofficial hymn of the Maori Battalion. Link: Te Ara

9 January 1966

  • Carmen Rupe is arrested with behaving in an offensive manner in a public place (Auckland). The offensive manner was because Carmen was wearing female clothing: a black frock, black silk stockings and high-heeled shoes. "His face was made up with cosmetics and his hair was dressed in a feminine style.". Links: WorldCat, Google Books

21 January 1966

  • Television report: artist Theo Schoon talks about the gourd art (New Zealand). Ref TZP115473. Link: TVNZ

24 January 1966

  • Carmen Rupe appears in court charged with behaving in an offensive manner (Auckland). The charge relates to Rupe dressing in female clothing in public. Rupe challenges the charge. Links: WorldCat, Google Books

26 January 1966

  • Justice McCarthy dismisses the case against Carmen Rupe (Auckland). Justice McCarthy's decision notes that he is "quite unable to find anything in our law which says that it is unlawful for a male to attire himself in female clothing.". Links: WorldCat, Google Books

November 1966

  • Raewyn Petley is found dead in her bed with a deep wound to her neck (New Zealand). Doreen Ellen Davis is charged with her murder

1967

  • Television news report: changing morality standards (New Zealand). Ref TZP46386. Link: TVNZ

March 1967

  • Doreen Ellen Davis is found not guilty of murdering Raewyn Petley (New Zealand). Davis' defence argued that she had been "befriended by a woman outwardly kind and sympathetic but inwardly a hunting lesbian"

11 April 1967

  • Stanley Waipouri is born (Auckland region). Waipouri was killed in Palmerston North in 2006. Link: GayNZ.com

17 April 1967

  • A public meeting endorses the formation of the Wolfenden Association (Wellington). The Association is soon renamed the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society. Links: Wikipedia, LAGANZ

26 June 1967

  • Radio: Rev Godfrey Wilson broadcasts a nationwide sermon reflecting on homosexuality (New Zealand). The Reverend broadcasts from St Peter's Anglican church in Willis Street, Wellington. The anti-discrimination sermon is possibly the first of its kind to be heard in New Zealand. Link: PrideNZ.com

July 1967

  • Lord Cobham declines an invitation to be patron of the Wolfenden Association (New Zealand). Lord Cobham replied that "these people are mentally sick."

28 July 1967

  • The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalises homosexual acts in England and Wales (United Kingdom). The age of consent is set at 21

1968

  • Television news report: a Katherine Mansfield memorial is pulled down to make way for a new motorway (Wellington). Ref TZP107495. Link: TVNZ
  • Writer and musician Hinemoana Baker is born (New Zealand)

29 February 1968

8 October 1968

  • A petition signed by 75 prominent New Zealanders calling for homosexual law reform is presented to parliament (New Zealand). The petition is presented to parliament by Labour MP A.H. Nordmeyer on behalf of the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society

8 November 1968

  • Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand). Link: Hansard
  • Television news report: Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand). The Petitions Committee has no recommendation to make on the petition when it is returned to the House. MPs, by way of a voice vote, accept the committee's report. NZBC news, ref TZP86826. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)

1969

  • Aquarius Inc. is formed (Auckland). The social group is established in the late 1960s (exact date unknown)
  • Television feature: the life of Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand). Ref TZP142219. Link: TVNZ
  • Television news report: a look at the new Katherine Mansfield memorial (Wellington). Ref: TZP107494. Link: TVNZ

28 June 1969

  • The Stonewall riots take place (New York, United States of America). Link: Wikipedia

14 September 1969

  • Television feature: playwright and actor Bruce Mason (New Zealand). Ref TZP76726. Link: TVNZ

1970

  • Television feature: painter Toss Woollaston (New Zealand). Ref TZP88703. Link: TVNZ
  • Television news report: anti pornography campaigner petitions Parliament (New Zealand). Newsview, ref TZP86809. Link: TVNZ
  • The Society for Promotion of Community Standards is formed (New Zealand). The Society is a conservative Judeo-Christian lobby group who oppose, among other things, the promotion of equal rights for lesbians and gays. The Society was founded by Patricia Bartlett, a former nun. Link: Wikipedia

29 March 1970

  • Television news report: University Students Association Council recommends sex education in schools (New Zealand). NZBC news, ref TZP85992. Link: TVNZ

7 April 1970

  • Composer Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears tour New Zealand (New Zealand). The visit was part of a tour to generate money for the rebuilding of the concert hall at The Maltings. Link: Music Web

28 July 1970

  • The National Party's annual conference decides to seek liberalisation on the law relating to homosexuality (New Zealand). The decision was applauded by the Homosexual Law Reform Society - as noted in an Evening Post article on 28 July. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

29 July 1970

  • Television current affairs: a look at the "problem" of homosexuality (New Zealand). The South Tonight, ref TZP86813. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: TVNZ

4 December 1970

  • Television news report: unsuitable books found in children's section of department store (Auckland). This Day, ref TZP86812. Link: TVNZ

1971

  • Television news report: Rewi Alley arrives back in New Zealand from China (New Zealand). Ref TZP1047823. Link: TVNZ
  • Television news report: Rewi Alley speaks to a meeting about life in Communist China (Wellington). Ref TZP454776. Link: TVNZ
  • The KG (Kamp Girls) Club is formed (Auckland). The KG is a social club for lesbians held in private homes
  • Up From Under magazine is published by Wellington Women's Liberation Front (Wellington)

14 February 1971

  • Television news report: interview with Mayor of Mount Roskill Keith Hay (Auckland). Hay would later become a staunch opponent of homosexual law reform. This Day, ref TZP107523. Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia

5 May 1971

  • Television current affairs: sex education (New Zealand). Survey, ref TZP74345. Link: TVNZ

25 May 1971

  • Television news report: a bust of Frank Sargeson is unveiled in Takapuna (Auckland). Ref TZP144400. Link: TVNZ
  • The 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

5 August 1971

  • The Evening Post reports that the National government will not reform the law relating to homosexuality (New Zealand). Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

19 September 1971

  • Ngahuia Te Awekotuku leads women's liberation in a Suffrage Day of Mourning (New Zealand)

14 October 1971

  • Television current affairs: Patricia Bartlett campaigns to stop booksellers displaying restricted books (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP49833. Link: TVNZ

26 October 1971

  • Television current affairs: profile of Rewi Alley (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP49890. Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia

28 October 1971

  • Television current affairs: a report on transvestites and transsexuals (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP49891. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: TVNZ

2 December 1971

  • Television current affairs: a look at prostitution in New Zealand (New Zealand). On Camera, ref TZP86607. Link: TVNZ

1972

  • Television news report: an interview with Rewi Alley about China (Dunedin). Ref TZP454777. Link: TVNZ
  • Television news report: protest at indecent language laws after Germaine Greer's trial (Wellington). NZBC news, ref TZP34614. Link: TVNZ
  • The group Gay Liberation Front Christchurch is formed (Christchurch)
  • The group Gay Liberation Front Victoria University of Wellington is formed (Wellington)
  • The University Gay Liberation Auckland group is formed (Auckland). The group diverged from Gay Liberation Auckland
  • The University of Canterbury Gay Activists Society is formed (Christchurch). The group is later renamed Gay University Students' Society (GUSS)

4 January 1972

  • Television news report: Otago University Professor claims 4% of New Zealand men may be homosexual (New Zealand). NZBC news, ref TZP86606. Link: TVNZ

8 February 1972

  • Television news report: Katherine Mansfield manuscript from 1915 discovered (New Zealand). Newsview, ref TZP144383. Link: TVNZ

March 1972

  • Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is refused a United States visa because she is a known lesbian ("sexual deviant") (New Zealand)

7 March 1972

  • Television current affairs: interview with Germaine Greer (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP49990. Link: TVNZ

14 March 1972

  • Television current affairs: interview with visiting author Germaine Greer (New Zealand). On Camera, ref TZP124621. Link: TVNZ

April 1972

  • The first National Women's Liberation Conference is held (Wellington)

13 April 1972

  • Television current affairs: homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP80134. Link: TVNZ

May 1972

  • The group Gay Liberation Front Auckland is formed (Auckland). The group is later renamed Gay Liberation Auckland Inc

18 May 1972

  • Television news report: a petition to legalise brothels (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP80259. Link: TVNZ

June 1972

  • The first Gay Pride week is held in New Zealand (New Zealand)

5 June 1972

  • A Gay Liberation Protest takes place in Auckland (Auckland). Link: Facebook

July 1972

  • The Broadsheet publication begins (Auckland). It was New Zealand's first feminist magazine

24 August 1972

  • Television current affairs: sex education in New Zealand (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP87786. Link: TVNZ

26 August 1972

  • Television footage: Dame Edna Everage walks through the streets of Auckland (New Zealand). Saturday, ref TZP129960. Link: TVNZ
  • Television news report: looks at the reason behind the first Gay Liberation national conference (New Zealand). NZBC news, ref TZP86605. Link: TVNZ

29 August 1972

  • Television news: (silent) footage of the first National Gay Liberation Conference (Auckland). Gallery, ref TZP87787. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: TVNZ
  • The first National Gay Liberation Conference is held (Auckland). The conferences are held every year until 1989 (except 1983). Link: TVNZ

10 October 1972

  • Television news report: interview with composer Jack Body about Sexus (New Zealand). Review, ref TZP138596. Link: TVNZ

17 November 1972

  • Television news report: the group Knowhow is committed to educating young people about sex (New Zealand). This Day, ref TZP88072. Link: TVNZ

1973

  • Current affairs: profile of author Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand). Newsview, ref: TZP144391. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Singer Shona Laing is interviewed about song-writing (Dunedin). The interview includes Laing singing Lady Dipton. The South Tonight, ref: TZP10295. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: an interview with Rewi Alley (New Zealand). Alley is about to depart on a speaking tour of Australia, ref: TZP454768. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: interview about the late poet Charles Brasch (New Zealand). ref: TZP143992. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: a feature on composer Jack Body and computerised music (New Zealand). Newsview, ref: TZP89169. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The first United Women's Convention has a workshop for "homosexual" women (New Zealand)
  • The group Sisters for Homophile Equality (SHE) Canterbury Inc. is formed (Christchurch). S.H.E. was one of the earliest specifically lesbian groups to emerge from Gay Liberation
  • The group Sisters for Homophile Equality (SHE) Wellington is formed (Wellington)
  • The University of Canterbury Gay Activists' Society is formed (Christchurch)
  • The Victoria University Feminist Group is formed (Wellington)
  • G.L.F. Gay Liberation Front is published (New Zealand)

1 February 1973

March 1973

  • The Gay-Aid phone counseling service is formed (Wellington)

18 March 1973

  • Television current affairs: a look at the life of a transsexual prior to undergoing surgery (New Zealand). This Day, ref TZP86610. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

20 May 1973

  • Writer and poet Charles Brasch dies (New Zealand)

June 1973

  • The cover of Broadsheet shows two lesbians (New Zealand)

24 June 1973

  • Gay Pride Week activities are held (New Zealand). Activities are held throughout New Zealand. In Dunedin the week runs from Sunday 24 - Saturday 30 June. Link: National Library

29 June 1973

  • A Gay Liberation march and rally takes place at Dunedin Town Hall (Dunedin). The rally is part of Gay Pride Week activities. Link: National Library

1 July 1973

5 July 1973

  • Television news report: review of Gay Liberation week (Auckland). On Camera, ref TZP126533. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

20 October 1973

  • Television news report: interview with visiting morals campaigner Mary Whitehouse (New Zealand). Whitehouse was invited to tour by the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards. NZBC News, ref: TZP86099. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

22 October 1973

  • Television: artist Toss Woollaston talks about painter John Constable (New Zealand). Review, ref: TZP6434. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

November 1973

  • The group Rotorua Gay Liberation Front is formed (Rotorua)

December 1973

  • Circle publication begins (Wellington). Published by Sisters for Homophile Equality (SHE), it is later renamed Lesbian Feminist Circle

1974

  • Gay Liberation Front Victoria University of Wellington ends (Wellington)
  • Herstory Press is formed (Wellington)
  • Television news report: interview with composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein (New Zealand). Nationwide, ref: TZP96736. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: paintings in Charles Brasch's collection (New Zealand). The South Tonight, ref: TZP88757. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: interview with artist Toss Woollaston (New Zealand). The South Tonight, ref: TZP88607. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Max Cryer - entertainer of the year 1973 (New Zealand). Ref: TZP147747. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Women's Centre opens (Christchurch). The Centre is established by radical feminists, members of SHE and the Socialist Action League

March 1974

  • Gay activists talk to a Lincoln High School liberal studies class (Canterbury region)
  • Gay Feminist Collective is formed (New Zealand)
  • Gay Liberation Nelson is formed (Nelson)
  • The first National Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland)
  • The Lesbian Club is formed (Wellington)

April 1974

  • Circle magazine is marked "strictly not for men" (New Zealand). It is later changed to "women only"

2 May 1974

  • Television current affairs: should sex education be taught in schools (New Zealand). Nationwide, ref TZP121235. Link: TVNZ

6 June 1974

24 June 1974

  • Television current affairs: Gay Pride week (New Zealand). Features an interview with a gay man (and his father) in Coromandel preparing to march solo in solidarity with other pride marches. Look North, ref TZP2100. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

9 July 1974

  • Television report: the Prime Minister Norman Kirk will not support homosexual law reform (New Zealand). NZBC news, ref TZP86612. Kirk says he won't support any legislation that treats homosexuality as normal behaviour. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

24 July 1974

  • National MP Venn Young introduces the Crimes Amendment Bill 1974 (New Zealand). The Bill is the first parliamentary attempt at homosexual law reform in New Zealand. The age of consent is set at 21. Links: Hansard, NZ Legal Information Institute
  • Television news report: the Crimes Amendment Bill 1974 has been introduced to Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill seeks to legalise homosexual acts between consenting adults in private. The age-of-consent is set at 21. NZBC news, ref TZP86611. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

19 September 1974

  • Television news report: an interview with a visiting moral educationalist (New Zealand). Teaching morals and sex to school children. Nationwide, ref: TZP123086. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 September 1974

  • Television: author Witi Ihimaera wins the Watties Book of the Year Award for his novel Tangi (New Zealand). The South Tonight, ref: TZP359531. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 October 1974

  • Television news report: moral educational studies at Naenae College in Lower Hutt (Wellington region). ref: TZP131964. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1975

  • Auckland Gay Welfare Group is formed (Auckland). The group later becomes the Auckland Gay/Lesbian Welfare Group (circa 1984)
  • Club 69 is formed (New Zealand). The social club was established circa 1975 (exact date unknown)
  • Gay Liberation Front Taranaki (GLT) is formed (Taranaki region). GLT is later renamed Taranaki Gay Society
  • Labour MP Gerald Wall moves an amendment to the Crimes Amendment Bill (New Zealand). The amendment proposes that any communication to people under 20 that homosexuality is normal is punishable by two years imprisonment. Link: Hansard
  • Television news report: interview with a gay vicar (New Zealand). Refers to discrimination by some churches. Look North, ref: TZP2097. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: interview with musician Shona Laing (New Zealand). Ref: TZP6847. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) is formed (Christchurch). In 1980 CHE moved its operations to Wellington
  • The Gay Publishing Collective is formed (Auckland). The Collective publishes New Zealand Gay News. It later becomes OUT! Magazine in 1976. Links: NZ.com, LAGANZ

February 1975

  • Members of SHE Christchurch help organise the first Women's Refuge conference (Christchurch)
  • The second National Lesbian Conference is held (New Zealand)

16 February 1975

  • Television news report: Father Felix Donnelly speaks out against the Roman Catholic church's submission on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). TV news, ref TZP32842. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

24 March 1975

  • Television news report: an item on homosexuality and the church (New Zealand). Look North, ref: TZP10578. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

May 1975

  • The Dorian Society Christchurch is formed (Christchurch)

1 May 1975

  • Television current affairs: interview with Carmen Rupe (Wellington). 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. Link: TVNZ

2 May 1975

  • A 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

21 May 1975

  • Parliament votes to have the Privileges Committee investigate Carmen Rupe's claim that there are gay and bisexual Members of Parliament (New Zealand). Link: Hansard

31 May 1975

  • Television comedy: a skit sending up Patricia Bartlett (New Zealand). Dean on Saturday, ref TZP6108. Link: TVNZ

June 1975

  • The United Women's Convention is held (Wellington). An estimated 200 women attended the lesbian feminist workshop

1 June 1975

  • Television news report: backgrounder before interview with MP Gerard Wall (New Zealand). Seven Days, ref: TZP2235. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

4 July 1975

4 October 1975

November 1975

  • Robin Duff stands in the General Election as an openly gay candidate for the Values party (Christchurch)

20 November 1975

  • Television current affairs: an interview with Vanessa (New Zealand). Vanessa talks about sexual reassignment surgeries and current employment hardships. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.Speakeasy, ref TZP2286. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

15 December 1975

1976

  • Befriend is formed (Christchurch). The group was earlier known as Gays-An and was one of the earliest counseling services in Christchurch
  • Daybreak, New Zealand's first feminist bookshop opens (Dunedin)
  • Eros Northland is formed (Whangarei). The social group was provisionally named The 'G' Club
  • Gay Teachers and Students Union is formed (Christchurch). The Union is later renamed Gays in Education in 1981
  • Labour MP Gerald O'Brien is charged with molesting two boys (Christchurch). It was alleged that O'Brien asked them back to his motel room for a drink. The charges were thrown out at a depositions hearing. Later O'Brien commented it was an "attempt by my political enemies to get rid of me.". Links: Wikipedia, Stuff
  • Television "Edwards on Saturday" discusses sex and people (New Zealand). ref: TZP18096. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television Domeena Renshaw talks about sexual dysfunction (New Zealand). ref: TZP22995. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television Domeena Renshaw talks about sexual dysfunction (New Zealand). ref: TZP22994. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television Mangere Labour Party Electoral Committee support Colin Moyle (New Zealand). ref: TZP25502. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: a reporter asks Labour MP Colin Moyle if he is homosexual (New Zealand). ref: TZP1047605. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news: items on the Colin Moyle affair (New Zealand). Features Robert Muldoon, Colin Moyle and Barry Gustafson, ref: TZP1047762. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • OUT! Magazine begins publication (Auckland). OUT! was mostly edited by Brett Sheppard and was published by Tony Katavich. Links: NZ.com, LAGANZ
  • Spiral women's art magazine begins (New Zealand)

27 February 1976

April 1976

  • Diana Marvel Speaks magazine begins (Wellington). The magazine is published by a Radical Feminist Caucus including members of the Wellington Feminist Collective

12 April 1976

  • Television feature: Big Brother, Little Sister by Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand). Winners and Losers, ref TZD569. Link: TVNZ

3 May 1976

  • Television feature: A Great Day by Frank Sargeson (New Zealand). Winners and Losers, ref TZD571. Link: TVNZ

17 May 1976

  • Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand). Today at One, ref TZP3332. Link: TVNZ

11 June 1976

11 July 1976

24 July 1976

  • Nine members of Gay Liberation Wellington picket the National Party conference (Rotorua). MP Venn Young tells one of the protesters, Alan Seymour, "You people are doing more harm than good to your cause. Why don't you just go away?" Seymour would later write an impassioned letter in Saliant magazine about the exchange: "No Mr Young we will not just go away, back into our closets to lead an oppressed existence. We refuse to put up with the humiliation of the pallid tokens of liberal tolerance any longer...". Link: Saliant

8 August 1976

  • Gay Pride Week takes place, 8-14 August (Wellington). Activities attract nearly 300 people and receive media publicity. Link: Saliant

20 August 1976

  • Television news report: Gay Pride Week (New Zealand). Looks at the Gay Liberation Movement's Gay Pride Week. Tonight, ref: TZP3871. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Bruce Mason on "Courting Blackbird" (New Zealand). ref: TZP2031. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 August 1976

  • National MP Marilyn Waring is outed by the NZ Truth newspaper (New Zealand). The headline on the front page reads "MP's Odd Love Affair". The story begins "Marilyn Waring, National Member of Parliament for Raglan, is a lesbian. Her lover is a former Hamilton housewife and mother of three, who left her husband and children about three months ago to share a Wellington love nest."

31 August 1976

  • Television news report: reaction in Raglan to NZ Truth's articles outing MP Marilyn Waring (New Zealand). Tonight, ref: TZP3854. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

September 1976

  • The Back Street Theatre tours the country (New Zealand). The theatre group is formed by the National Radical Feminist Caucus

17 September 1976

  • Gay Liberation Wellington take part in an abortion march to mark Suffrage Day (Wellington). The group marches under the banner "Free Our Sisters - Free Ourselves". Link: Saliant

15 October 1976

23 October 1976

  • The fifth National Gay Liberation Conference is held over Labour weekend (Wellington). The conference is promoted with the text: repeal all anti-homosexual laws; ban discrimination against gays! The conference takes place in the Student Union Building at Victoria University. Link: Salient

2 November 1976

4 November 1976

  • National Prime Minister Robert Muldoon accuses Colin Moyle of having been picked up for homosexual activity (New Zealand). Link: Hansard
  • Television: Interview with Colin Moyle and Robert Muldoon (New Zealand). ref: TZP3793. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 November 1976

  • Television: Minister of Police Mick Connelly questioned about Moyle Affair (New Zealand). ref: TZP3790. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 December 1976

  • Matthew Shepard is born (Wyoming, United States of America). Shepard was murdered in October 1998 in Wyoming by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. Link: Wikipedia

16 December 1976

1977

  • Gay Liberation Auckland Inc. ends (Auckland)
  • Gay Pride Week activities are organised (Whanganui)
  • Labour MP Colin Moyle resigns from Parliament (New Zealand). Moyle resigns after it is made public by Prime Minister Robert Muldoon that he had been questioned by the police on suspicion of homosexual activities
  • Lesbians demand and get the removal of male reporters from the United Women's Convention (Christchurch)
  • National Gay Rights Coalition Resource Centre opens (Wellington). The Centre later becomes the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre
  • Television: Rewi Alley interviewed about China (China). ref: TZP1047822. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Rewi Alley interviewed about China (China). ref: TZP1047822. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: the resignation of Colin Moyle and the Mangere by-election (Auckland). ref: TZP27816. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Alliance group is formed (Otago region). The group later becomes the Otago Gay Equality Society in May 1978
  • The Amazons lesbian softball team is formed (Wellington)
  • Wanganui Gay Rights Group is formed (Whanganui)

January 1977

  • A lesbian summer camp is held (Canterbury region). The camp is held at Glentui in North Canterbury
  • The Campaign to Oppose Persecution begins (Wellington). The campaign was in response to scandals involving allegations of homosexuality against Members of Parliament
  • The first New Year's camp at Vinegar Hill takes place (Rangitikei region). Link: Vinegar Hill

8 January 1977

  • A meeting is held to set up the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand (New Zealand)

February 1977

  • Gay Liberation pickets the Labour Party conference for failing to defend MP Colin Moyle (New Zealand)
  • The Auckland Gay Social Club is formed (Auckland). The club later becomes the Laetus Social Club in March 1978
  • The social Hawkes Bay Gay Society is formed (Hawke's Bay region)

11 February 1977

  • Television: Founding of a group opposing the persecution of MPs Marilyn Waring, Gerald O'Brien and Colin Moyle (New Zealand). ref: TZP28785. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

14 February 1977

15 February 1977

  • Television news report: Labour Party selects a candidate to replace Colin Moyle (New Zealand). ref: TZP27933. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

March 1977

  • Christchurch Women's Liberation Collective is formed (Christchurch)

15 March 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)

22 March 1977

  • Television news report: By-election in Mangere after the resignation of Colin Moyle (Auckland). Ref TZP27818. Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia

29 March 1977

  • Television news report: the Homosexual Law Reform Society says discrimination against homosexuals should be illegal (New Zealand). The Society was appearing before the Select Committee on Human Rights. Ref TZP28786. Link: TVNZ

April 1977

  • Lesbians Ignite Fire Brigade is formed (Wellington)

May 1977

  • Lesbians picket Parliament for the repeal of abortion laws (Wellington)
  • The Lesbian Club ends (Wellington)

6 June 1977

July 1977

  • The National Gay Rights Coalition is formerly established (New Zealand). The coalition comes out of discussions held during the fifth National Gay and Lesbian Conference held in Wellington in October 1976. Link: Salient

1 July 1977

  • Gay Pride Week activities are organised throughout the country (New Zealand)

7 July 1977

  • The Human Rights Commission Bill Committee reports back to Parliament (New Zealand). Between 23 February and 8 June 1977 the Committee held 13 meetings and received 127 submissions (oral and written). The Committee was asked to include, among other things, sexual orientation in the list of prohibited forms of discrimination. However all of these new grounds were rejected by the Committee who instead wanted the new Human Rights Commission to recommend additions to the Act. Link: Hansard

24 July 1977

28 July 1977

August 1977

  • Manawatu Gay Rights Association (MAGRA) is formed (Palmerston North). The Association is later renamed Manawatu Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (MALGRA). It is New Zealand's longest running LGBTI rainbow rights and social organisation. Links: NZ.com, LAGANZ

16 September 1977

October 1977

  • A National Gay Rights Coalition conference is held (New Zealand)

3 October 1977

7 December 1977

  • Television: discussion about the introduction of the massage parlours Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP25601. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1978

  • Auckland Gay Rights Activists is formed (Auckland)
  • Gay Liberation Front Christchurch ends (Christchurch)
  • Gay Rights of Waikato is formed (Waikato region)
  • The social Victoria Club is formed (Wellington)
  • The Taranaki Gay Society is formed (Taranaki region). The Society grew out of Gay Liberation Taranaki

27 February 1978

March 1978

  • The Laetus Social Club is formed (Auckland). The Club grew out of the Auckland Gay Social Club

25 March 1978

  • The National Coalition for Gay Rights conference is held at Victoria University over the Easter weekend (Wellington). Workshops include gay welfare, coming out, older gays, gays outside the main centres, politics of being gay, gays and other minorities, sexism and sex stereotyping. The conference ended on Easter Sunday with a spontaneous march on Parliament. A marcher was quoted in Saliant magazine as saying "if you are discriminated against, you can't ever take a holiday from that discrimination.". Links: Salient (1), Salient (2), TVNZ

27 March 1978

  • Television news report: the National Coalition for Gay Rights says that homosexuality will be an issue for the upcoming General Election (New Zealand). Ref TZP28828. Link: TVNZ

10 April 1978

  • Television news report: author Shere Hite visits New Zealand to promote her book The Hite Report (New Zealand). Ref TZP27385. Link: TVNZ

16 April 1978

  • Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand). Sundays World, ref TZP2771. Link: TVNZ

17 April 1978

  • Television current affairs: Lawyer Mike Bungay talks about Colin Moyle and the North Report (New Zealand). Dateline Monday, ref TZP1124. Link: TVNZ

30 June 1978

  • Television: Gay Pride's "Blue Jean Day" (New Zealand). ref: TZP28739. Gay pride activists called for homosexuals to wear denim in order to show everyone that gay people, like jeans, can be found almost everywhere. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 August 1978

2 September 1978

12 September 1978

14 September 1978

  • Newspaper report: BCNZ bans the song Glad to Be Gay by Tom Robinson (New Zealand). The newspaper notes that Beverly Wakem, a broadcasting official, insists that this was not attempt to discriminate against gay people, citing the broadcaster's earlier attempts to expand "understanding of the views of Gay people" in its programming. Link: Bay Area Reporter

November 1978

  • Robin Duff and Sandy Gauntlett stand in the General Election (New Zealand). They are both openly gay candidates for the Values Party

27 November 1978

  • Harvey Milk is assassinated (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Wikipedia

30 November 1978

  • Diplomat Alister McIntosh dies

1979

  • Breathing Space, a coming-out group for lesbians is formed (Wellington)
  • Gay Switchboard is formed (Wellington)
  • Help End Repressive Attitudes (HERA) is formed (Dunedin). HERA is a support group for lesbians
  • Labour MP Warren Freer introduces a Crimes Amendment Bill to decriminalise homosexual acts (New Zealand). The Bill has a proposed age of consent of 20
  • Television: Rewi Alley documentary (worldwide). ref: TZP74331. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The first Reclaim The Night march is held (Wellington)
  • The Gay Community Centre opens (Wellington). The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street. Link: LAGANZ
  • The Gay Health Workers Alliance (GHWA) is established (New Zealand). Links: Bay Area Reporter, LAGANZ
  • The Hecate Women's Health Collective opens (Wellington). The Collective is located at 6 Boulcott Street
  • The Otago Gay Support Group is formed (Otago region)
  • The Otago University Gay Rights Society is formed (Otago region)
  • The Taranaki Gay Society ends (Taranaki region)
  • The Women's Resource Centre opens (Wellington). The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street

27 March 1979

  • Television news report: Margaret Scott receives funding to continue editing the letters of Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand). Focus, ref TZP27377. Link: TVNZ

15 April 1979

  • Ascent Wellington is formed for gay and lesbian Catholics (Wellington)

25 April 1979

  • Television news report: a film crew flies to China to make two documentaries on Rewi Alley (Auckland). Ref TZP27535. Link: TVNZ

May 1979

  • The Nelson Gay Welfare group is formed (Nelson). Link: LAGANZ

7 May 1979

  • Television current affairs: women performing their own abortions (New Zealand). Interviewee Marilyn Waring. Dateline Monday, ref TZP1048. Link: TVNZ

14 May 1979

  • Television 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. Link: TVNZ
  • Pink 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. Link: Auckland Museum

26 June 1979

  • As part of Gay Pride Week a radio interview is broadcast featuring members of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group (Nelson). The interview is broadcast on 2ZN. A copy of the interview is available at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. Link: LAGANZ

29 June 1979

2 July 1979

  • Television: homosexual employees of the Defence Department will be discharged (New Zealand). ref: TZP1031. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

August 1979

  • Ascent Christchurch is formed for gay and lesbian Catholics (Christchurch)
  • Geyserland Gay Club is formed (Rotorua)

11 August 1979

  • Television: National Gay Rights Coalition (NGRC) making recommendations to the Human Rights Commission (New Zealand). ref: TZP28741. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

12 August 1979

16 August 1979

4 September 1979

5 September 1979

7 September 1979

9 November 1979

December 1979

  • Nelson Gay Society is formed (Nelson). The Society grew out of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group
  • Puss-in-Boots bar is picketed for excluding lesbians and gays (New Zealand)

1980

  • Gay Liberation Wellington ends (Wellington)
  • Gays In Education is formed (Auckland). It is later renamed to Gays and Lesbians are Everywhere in Education (GLEE)
  • Herstory Press ends (Wellington)
  • Labour MP Warren Freer again proposes homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
  • Lesbian Action for Visibility in Aotearoa (LAVA) is formed (New Zealand). The lesbian feminist separatist group is formed in the 1980s (specific date unknown)
  • Lesbian Liberation Week is held (Wellington)
  • The Gay Health Workers Alliance ends (New Zealand)
  • The Gay Information Centre is established (Christchurch)
  • The group Auckland Gay Rights Activists ends (Auckland)
  • The group Gay Rights of Waikato ends (Waikato region)
  • The Lesbian Legal Advisory Committee is formed (New Zealand)
  • The Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund is formed (New Zealand)
  • The Network Group is formed to oppose the Warren Freer Bill (New Zealand)
  • The play Blood of the Lamb by Bruce Mason premieres (Christchurch). The play focuses on a lesbian couple with child
  • Behind Enemy Lines newsletter begins (Wellington)
  • Bitches, Witches and Dykes newsletter begins (Auckland)

February 1980

  • The Auckland Gay Task Force is formed (Auckland). The group is formed as a result of the Westside Sauna raid. Link: LAGANZ

1 February 1980

  • Police raid Westside Sauna (Auckland). Eight men are arrested and charged. Link: GayNZ.net.nz

8 February 1980

  • 600 people march to protest the raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland). Link: GayNZ.net.nz

22 February 1980

  • Another protest march takes place against the police raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland)

March 1980

  • Female impersonator Danny La Rue films Danny Down Under for TVNZ (New Zealand). Filmed over 3 days Danny Down Under features Irish-born entertainer Danny Le Rue and comedians John Gadsby and David McPhail. Link: NZ On Screen
  • The Lesbian Centre opens (Wellington). The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street
  • The Lesbian Liberation Army attacks the offices of the Sunday News after it runs an anti-lesbian story (New Zealand)

3 March 1980

  • Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand). Kaleidoscope, ref TZP442220. Link: TVNZ

7 March 1980

  • Lesbians march to mark International Lesbian Day (8 March) (New Zealand)

19 March 1980

20 March 1980

  • The Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund present a submission to the Select Committee considering the Guardianship Amendment Bill (New Zealand)

27 March 1980

  • Newspaper report: Gay Health Workers Alliance (GHWA) in New Zealand (New Zealand). The group is open to doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, and allied health professionals. LAGANZ notes that this group started in 1979. Links: Bay Area Reporter, LAGANZ

30 March 1980

  • The Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection is formed (New Zealand)

1 April 1980

  • Television: Eyewitness report on gay life and politics in New Zealand (New Zealand). ref: TZP9157. Includes examination of police harassment and the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 April 1980

  • The 8th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Dunedin)

7 April 1980

15 April 1980

24 April 1980

  • Arthur Ball stabs Miles MacFarlane to death (Wellington). MacFarlane is a total stranger to Ball, who is later found not guilty on the grounds of insanity

25 April 1980

  • A group of lesbians attempt to augment an ANZAC Day service by carrying a coffin and laying a wreath in memory of women raped and killed in wartime (Wellington)

May 1980

  • A 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
  • New Zealand's first gay feature film Squeeze premieres (New Zealand). The film was originally titled Night Moves

June 1980

  • A street-walk for lesbian visibility is held (Wellington)
  • Lesbians and gay men picket the Russian embassy to protest at the treatment of homosexuals in the USSR (Wellington)

9 June 1980

  • Television: performance of excerpts from play "The Case of Katherine Mansfield" (New Zealand). ref: TZP1048916. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 June 1980

  • MP Warren Freer stops working on a Bill that would have adapted the law relating to sexual acts between consenting males (New Zealand). Link: Hansard

22 June 1980

  • Gay Pride Week events take place (New Zealand). Activities are held in Auckland, Gisborne, Wellington and Dunedin. In Auckland, the week runs from Sunday 22- Sunday 29 June. Link: Auckland Museum

July 1980

  • Mayor Michael Fowler stops a lesbian community notice being displayed on Wellington City Council buses (Wellington). Fowler objects to the notice that invites lesbians to "contact your local community"
  • The Gay Information Centre opens (Christchurch)

2 July 1980

7 July 1980

  • Lesbians and gays again picket the Russian embassy in protest at oppression in the USSR (Wellington)

21 July 1980

  • Enzo Francone attempts to chain himself to the railings in front of the Kremlin in Red Square (Moscow, Russia). Francone is protesting Article 121 of the Russian penal code, and for the release of two imprisoned gay men. He is beaten by police. Link: ILGA

August 1980

  • The Labour Party nominates Ian Scott as its candidate for Eden (Auckland). Out magazine reports in its August issue that "this is the first time an openly avowed homosexual has been selected by a major political party as its candidate for a a national election, anywhere in the Western world" (Robin Duff stood for the Values Party in 1975 and 1978 as an openly gay candidate)

14 August 1980

  • Television: interview with sexologist Dr John Money (New Zealand). The report also looks at attitudes towards sex in New Zealand, ref: TZP43928. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

September 1980

  • A group of lesbians join protests against the US nuclear-powered warship Truxtun (Wellington). The group holds a banner reading "Lesbian Activity Today Stops Radioactivity Tomorrow."
  • A workshop on lesbianism is held during the first national hui for Black women (New Zealand)
  • Chief Human Rights Commissioner Pat Downey rejects National Gay Rights Coalition submissions (New Zealand). Downey says discrimination is justified in some circumstances
  • Gays and lesbians are banned from the Cantabrian Hotel (Christchurch)

10 September 1980

  • Television news report: Wellington City Council refuses to allow a lesbian group to advertise on buses (Wellington). ref: TZP5053. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

16 September 1980

  • Arthur Ball is found not guilty of murdering Miles MacFarlane (on the grounds of insanity) (Wellington)

October 1980

  • The National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand is published (New Zealand). The publication is a mail-out to members of minutes of a meeting of the Coalition's executive, held in Wellington on 27 and 28 September. Link: WorldCat

1 October 1980

  • Television news report: a Wellington lesbian group is not able to advertise on Wellington buses (Wellington). The Town Clerk said it may encourage vandalism, ref: TZP5006. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 October 1980

  • Television: Vice Squad seize copies of a "Salient" newspaper containing a comic about homosexuality (Wellington). ref: TZP4997. Victoria University student newspaper "Salient" had all its remaining copies seized by Wellington's Vice Squad, because it contained a comic strip about homosexuality. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

4 October 1980

  • The first Lesbian Librarians' Week is held (New Zealand). Events take place in Wellington and Christchurch

6 October 1980

  • Television news report: the first Lesbian Liberation week begins (New Zealand). The week features events and a march through the city on 10 October 1980, ref: TZP4990. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 October 1980

  • 200 women take part in a lesbian march (Wellington). It is followed by a Lesbian Liberation Dance attended by 300 people

19 October 1980

  • Television news report: interview with Marilyn Waring about Robert Muldoon (New Zealand). ref: TZP938. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

November 1980

  • Overnight Wellington City Council buses are covered in stickers promoting the Wellington Lesbian Centre (Wellington)

25 November 1980

  • Television news report: Elton John concert at Athletic Park (Wellington). This is John's third visit to Wellington, ref: TZP4787. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

27 November 1980

  • Television news report: Elton John concert causes crowd injuries (Wellington). Pyrotechnics caused nearly 70 people to be treated for eye irritations, ref: TZP4777. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

December 1980

  • Lesbians paste up anti-Christmas posters (Wellington). Posters appear in Wellington and Hastings

1981

  • The 9th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Wellington)
  • The Gay Welfare Conference is held (Christchurch)
  • The Otago Gay Support group ends (Otago region)
  • The Waxing Moon archive begins in Hamilton (Hamilton)
  • The Women's Place bookshop opens (Wellington). The bookshop is located in Cuba Street
  • The Young Gays Group is formed (Auckland). The group is formed circa 1981 and works closely with the University Gays Group
  • The Young Lesbian and Gay group is formed (Auckland)
  • University Gay Liberation Auckland ends (Auckland)
  • How to work with the media: a manual for lesbian and gay rights groups is published (New Zealand). The manual is published by the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand

January 1981

  • Gays and lesbians picket the office of the Human Rights Commission (Wellington)

14 January 1981

  • Television: Pornographic videotape cassettes being brought into New Zealand (New Zealand). ref: TZP31196. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

February 1981

  • Lesbians picket the Human Rights Commission office (Auckland)

6 February 1981

  • Lesbians carry a "Lesbians Oppose Racism" banner to protest Waitangi commemorations (Wellington)

March 1981

  • Lesbians dykecott the census in protest at the Human Rights Commission's denial of human rights (New Zealand)

24 March 1981

  • Television: Toss Woollaston interviewed about his autobiography Sage Tea (New Zealand). ref: TZP24743. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 March 1981

  • The Lesbian Gay Media Collective is formed (Wellington). The group produces New Zealand's first Lesbian and Gay radio programme during Pride 1981 for Wellington Access Radio. The group later merges with the Pink Triangle Publishing Collective in 1982

April 1981

  • National Lesbian Mothers' weekend is held (Auckland)

5 April 1981

  • The first broadcast of Wellington Access Radio (Wellington). Wellington Access Radio was the first community access radio station to broadcast regularly in New Zealand. The first broadcast featured the feminist show Leave Your Dishes in the Sink which is lesbian run and lesbian-oriented (although it wasn't explicitly stated)

25 April 1981

  • "Lesbian Liberation" is painted on a war memorial (Wellington)

June 1981

  • A lesbian activist weekend is held (New Zealand)
  • The Grey Lynn / Ponsonby Black Women's collective holds a Black Dykes' hui (Waiheke Island)

5 June 1981

  • CDC reports five previously young, healthy gay men in Los Angeles having PCP (United States of America). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report later is acknowledged as the first published scientific account of what would become known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Links: CDC (1), CDC (2)

10 June 1981

21 June 1981

  • Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand). A poster has the text "After thousands of years in hiding, we are moving into the light. Our right to live, our right to love". The week runs until 28 June. Link: Te Papa

28 June 1981

  • Possibly the first-ever (by/for/about) gay radio broadcast takes place (Wellington). The Gay Radio programme is broadcast on Wellington Access Radio - New Zealand's first community access radio station. It is produced as part of Gay Pride Week 1981. Link: PrideNZ.com

6 July 1981

10 July 1981

  • Wellington Mayor Michael Fowler is picketed (San Francisco, United States of America). A Chamber of Commerce dinner honouring Michael Fowler is picketed. Fowler had earlier stopped lesbian support notices being placed in Wellington City Council buses. Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)

30 July 1981

  • Newspaper comment: San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt comments on the Wellington bus advertisement controversy (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

14 August 1981

September 1981

  • Lesbians and Gays Against Racism is formed during the campaign against the Springbok rugby tour (New Zealand)

27 September 1981

  • Newspaper report: protests around the world (including in New Zealand) against homophobic US immigration policies (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

13 November 1981

1982

  • Daybreak - New Zealand's first feminist bookshop closes (New Zealand)
  • Television footage: an interview with David Bowie (New Zealand). Ref TZM1313 and TZM1315. Links: TVNZ (1), TVNZ (2)

January 1982

  • The group Gays in Education ends (New Zealand)

1 March 1982

  • Writer Frank Sargeson dies (New Zealand)

19 March 1982

April 1982

  • Mobilisation for the Opening of Parliament is formed (New Zealand)

16 April 1982

22 June 1982

  • Foolish Things by Peter Wells screens at the Frameline Film Festival (San Francisco, United States of America). The film screens twice - at the Pacific Film Archives on Tuesday 22 June, and on Thursday 24 June. Links: Bay Area Reporter (1) , Bay Area Reporter (2)

27 June 1982

  • Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand). The week runs until 3 July. Link: PrideNZ.com

8 July 1982

  • Television: profile of the Topp Twins as they busk on Queen Street, and at their Auckland home (Auckland). ref: TZP358684. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 July 1982

  • Eve van Grafhorst is born (New South Wales, Australia). Link: Wikipedia

28 July 1982

15 September 1982

  • Television: interview with Richard O’Brien about his youth in Hamilton and Rocky Horror (Hamilton). ref: TZP106773. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 September 1982

17 October 1982

  • Television: interview with Professor Percy Tannenbaum and Patricia Bartlett about television censorship (New Zealand). ref: TZP40291. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 October 1982

1 November 1982

  • Television: interview with Eileen Swan from HELP about rape in New Zealand (New Zealand). ref: TZP116218. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 November 1982

3 December 1982

  • Television: faux studio interview with 'Katherine Mansfield,' played by Cathy Downes (New Zealand). ref: TZP1048911. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 December 1982

  • Television: Colin Moyle discusses how he wants to lead the Labour Party (New Zealand). ref: TZP47838. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1983

  • Television: interview with Elton John (New Zealand). ref: TZP10094. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The first AIDS cases are reported in New Zealand (New Zealand). Link: UNAIDS

13 January 1983

  • Newspaper report: Air New Zealand distances itself from gay clientele (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

22 March 1983

15 April 1983

22 April 1983

  • The Topp Twins perform at Circa Theatre (Wellington)

2 May 1983

  • The 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

10 May 1983

  • Television news report: AIDS has reached Australia, and could arrive in New Zealand (New Zealand). ref: TZP19266. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: urgent measures are being taken to keep AIDS out of New Zealand (New Zealand). ref: TZP15983. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 May 1983

  • Television news report: An immunologist from Auckland explains the AIDS pandemic (New Zealand). ref: TZP115585. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

19 May 1983

  • Television: Dunedin blood bank, concerned about AIDS, asks male homosexuals not to donate blood (Dunedin). ref: TZP136258. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

14 June 1983

20 June 1983

  • Television: Meetings between a massage parlour owner and his accountant bugged by tax inspectors (Auckland). ref: TZP107574. An official Inland Revenue Department inquiry into why Aucklander and massage parlour owner Ronald Kingnsnorth's meetings had been bugged by tax inspectors. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

4 July 1983

  • Television: Gay rights activist urges homosexual men to continue donating blood (New Zealand). ref: TZP126004. Auckland gay rights activist urges gay men to keep donating blood until legal prohibitions on homosexuality are relaxed. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

14 July 1983

  • Television: Fund to support men charged with homosexual offences set up in Wellington (Wellington). ref: TZP19316. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

August 1983

  • The Gay and Lesbian Information Centre is formed (Dunedin). It is later absorbed by the Otago Gay and Lesbian Welfare Council in 1984

9 August 1983

  • Television: Petition presented to Parliament in protest of pornographic commercial TV advertising (New Zealand). ref: TZP16393. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 August 1983

  • Television: interview with Garfield Johnson about the Johnson Report and sex education (New Zealand). ref: TZP110524. An interview with Garfield Johnson, the chair of the committee which published the Johnson Report. The Johnson Report's recommendation was that sex education should be made available in primary and intermediate schools. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 September 1983

23 September 1983

25 September 1983

2 October 1983

  • Television: The second of three plays by Bruce Mason (New Zealand). ref: TZD1026. Edith and Daphne's calm lives are disrupted when Edith has an affair with a younger man. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

7 October 1983

  • Television: Air New Zealand in dispute with gay community (New Zealand). ref: TZP115859. The chairman of Air New Zealand is disputing with the gay community over AirNZ's promotion for gay travel market in North America. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 October 1983

  • Television: The third of three Bruce Mason plays (New Zealand). ref: TZD1025. Charlie Jameson, surrounded by a family who he has little in common with, faces his death. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

14 October 1983

  • Television: Marilyn Waring introduces bill to repeal the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act (New Zealand). ref: TZP107484. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

16 October 1983

  • Television: interview with Garfield Johnson and Valerie Riches about sex education (New Zealand). ref: TZP40312. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 October 1983

18 October 1983

  • Television news report: report on sex education, part II (New Zealand). ref: TZP110509. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Minister of Education on sex education (New Zealand). ref: TZP127869. Minister of Education Merv Wellington replies to letter from Auckland Anglican church who advocated for sex education in schools. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 November 1983

10 November 1983

22 November 1983

23 November 1983

24 November 1983

  • Television: Australasian physician conference goers in Dunedin preparing for AIDS arrival (New Zealand). ref: TZP137997. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Australian Professor thinks that AIDS will not spread as quickly in New Zealand as it has elsewhere (New Zealand). ref: TZP137991. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Concert goers turn out for David Bowie at Athletic Park (Wellington). ref: TZP17410. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: David Bowie visits a Porirua marae (Wellington region). ref: TZP17517. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Preparing for David Bowie's concert in Wellington (Wellington region). ref: TZP15136. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 November 1983

  • Television: David Bowie concert in Auckland drew a crowd of between 70 and 80,000 (Auckland). ref: TZP128043. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

28 November 1983

6 December 1983

  • Television: Customs Department have been opening Out magazine's mail (New Zealand). ref: TZP128095. Customs Department have been opening Out's mail, to the outrage of the gay magazine's publisher. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

12 December 1983

  • The Laetus Social Club ends (New Zealand)

1984

  • Television: Dunedin's Vauxhall Gardens are given a display at the Otago Settlers Museum (New Zealand). ref: TZP152531. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Lesbian Community Programme begins broadcasting weekly on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington). The programme is probably the longest running community radio braodcast in New Zealand
  • The National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand ends (New Zealand)
  • The Otago Lesbian and Gay Welfare Council is formed (Otago region)
  • The Wanganui Gay Rights Group ends (Whanganui)

8 February 1984

  • Television: A man who contracted AIDS overseas is being treated at Taranaki Base Hospital (New Zealand). ref: TZP18767. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

22 February 1984

  • Television: New Zealand experts react to American doctor's claims that the Hepatitis B vaccine being used in New Zealand has links with AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP115040. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 March 1984

  • A television interview is broadcast with a man who would become the first person to die from AIDS related conditions in New Zealand (New Plymouth). The 29-year-old man had been infected overseas and had come back from Sydney to New Plymouth. He dies in April 1984. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

16 March 1984

  • Television: Queen Street in Auckland is closed off for Mardi Gras as part of Fiesta '84 (Auckland). ref: TZP105792. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

April 1984

3 April 1984

  • Television: An interview with the AIDS patient at Taranaki Base Hospital (Taranaki region). ref: TZP110503. The patient became the first AIDS death in New Zealand. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: interview with Sheila Kitzinger, author of Womens Experience of Sex (New Zealand). ref: TZP12640. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Man with AIDS dies in Taranaki Base Hospital (Taranaki region). ref: TZP18581. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 April 1984

  • Television: Prime Minister Robert Muldoon compares jouranlistic commentry on the Keith Allen affair to those that had happened during the Colin Moyle affair (New Zealand). ref: TZP110295. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 April 1984

  • Customs officials raid Gay's the Word bookstore (London, United Kingdom). The raid was named Operation Tiger and the bookstore was subsequently charged with conspiring to import indecent literature

27 April 1984

14 May 1984

  • Television: Sociologist Rosemary Novitz interviewed about sex role stereotyping of children (New Zealand). ref: TZP21887. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 May 1984

  • Television: Judith Carver of New Zealand Childcare Association interviewed about the sex role stereotyping of babies (New Zealand). ref: TZP21815. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

16 May 1984

  • Television: Judith Carver from New Zealand Childcare Association interviewed about sex role stereotyping in children (New Zealand). ref: TZP21816. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 May 1984

18 May 1984

  • Television: discussion about sex role stereotyping by those involved with child development (New Zealand). ref: TZP21817. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 May 1984

  • Television: Sue Billing of the Family Planning Association interviewed about sex education for young children (New Zealand). ref: TZP21819. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

22 May 1984

  • Television: Sue Billing of the Family Planning Association interviewed about sex education for young children (New Zealand). ref: TZP21820. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The 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. Link: Wikipedia

23 May 1984

  • Television: Sue Billing of the Family Planning Association interviewed about sex education for young children (New Zealand). ref: TZP87559. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

25 May 1984

  • Television: various community members discussing who should teach sex education to children (New Zealand). ref: TZP87560. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 June 1984

  • The AIDS Support Network is established (New Zealand). The Network has branches throughout the country, including Auckland. The Wellington branch is established by Bruce Burnett, Phil Parkinson, Bill Logan and possibly others. Links: GayNZ.net, LAGANZ

8 June 1984

  • Male homosexual activity becomes legal in New South Wales (New South Wales, Australia). The age of consent is set at 18 (it is 16 for heterosexual and lesbian couples). Link: Wikipedia

15 June 1984

21 June 1984

7 July 1984

  • MP Fran Wilde meets with members of the gay community to discuss law reform options (Wellington). Link: LAGANZ

August 1984

  • A survey indicates that the new Parliament may be more supportive of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). The survey is conducted by the Pink Triangle magazine. 15 of the new 23 MPs support both decriminalisation and human rights legislation. Link: LAGANZ
  • Bruce Burnett begins a nationwide one-person AIDS education roadshow (New Zealand)

30 August 1984

  • Television: The Auckland Blood Transfusion Service say that all precaution is taken to prevent patients from contracting AIDS, but that they can make no guarantees (Auckland). ref: TZP130997. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 September 1984

  • The Wellington Gay Task Force is formed (Wellington). The group is formed by John McDavitt, Bill Logan and others. Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)

28 September 1984

October 1984

  • The media report that a non-hospitalised person with AIDS is living in Wellington (Wellington). Link: LAGANZ

7 October 1984

  • Television: Customs Department want someone else to judge the decency of videotapes (New Zealand). ref: TZP12546. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 October 1984

14 October 1984

22 October 1984

  • Churches in New Zealand attempt to block the television series Jesus the Evidence (New Zealand). The BBC series contains references to homosexuality. Link: YouTube

26 October 1984

5 November 1984

6 November 1984

  • The Christchurch Gay Task Force is formed (Christchurch). Link: LAGANZ

8 November 1984

  • Television: David Hartnell promoting his book David Hartnell's Guide to Beauty (Wellington). ref: TZP12718. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 November 1984

  • The Auckland Gay Task Force is reformed to campaign for homosexual law reform (Auckland). The main spokesperson for the group is Peter Wall. Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)

16 November 1984

  • Television news report: the government introduces greater screening measures for blood donors (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57512. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: the government introduces greater screening measures for blood donors (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F59007. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: blood donors will be screened more carefully in order to prevent AIDS transmission (New Zealand). ref: TZP15865. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Doctor Graeme Woodfield interviewed about AIDS and blood transfusions at the Auckland Blood Transfusion Centre (Auckland). ref: TZP115570. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Nobel Peace Prize winner Patrick McLauchlan interviewed about his peace work and homosexuality (New Zealand). ref: TZP7892. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 November 1984

18 November 1984

22 November 1984

  • Television: Close Up profile on Adrienne Clark, who identifies as a transsexual (New Zealand). ref: TZP9067. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

23 November 1984

  • Television: The AIDS crisis has lead to an upsurge of blood donors in Christchurch (Christchurch). ref: TZP127987. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

25 November 1984

26 November 1984

27 November 1984

  • Television news report: Dunedin Blood Transfusion Service campaigns against AIDS (Dunedin). ref: TZP153021. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

29 November 1984

  • Television: playcentre mothers in Wellington donate blood for those with low risk AIDS (Auckland). ref: TZP16634. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 December 1984

  • Television: protest by anti-pornography lobby against Arthur Everards film censorship standards (New Zealand). ref: TZP12626. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 December 1984

14 December 1984

  • Television: Blood Foundation announces campaign to prevent spread of AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP132460. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 December 1984

  • Television news report: footage of New Zealand's first AIDS patient (New Zealand). The footage appears as part of a year-in-review programme. The man's sister is also interviewed. The footage was first broadcast earlier in 1984. Eyewitness news, ref F60412. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

1985

  • Private video: Miriam Saphira talks about her submission on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (Auckland). Ref F55555. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Private video: women talk about homosexual law reform (Auckland). Ref F55514. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The Dunedin Gay Task Force is formed (Dunedin)
  • The Gisborne Gay Task Force is formed (Gisborne). The Task Force consisted of Trevor Lawler and Chris Piesse who who left the area in the face of anti-gay discrimination and harassment
  • The Greater Auckland Business Association (GABA) is formed (Auckland). The Association later renames to the Gay Auckland Business Association
  • The group Accept: Human Rights for Homosexuals is formed (Nelson)
  • The group Campaign for Tolerance is formed (Auckland). The largely heterosexual group is set up to support the homosexual law reform campaign
  • Our Voice Our Vision screens on television (New Zealand). The documentary traces the course of women's liberation in New Zealand. It focuses on women who participated in the Albert Park Suffrage Day demonstration in 1971 - including Ngahuia Volkerling (now Te Awekotuku). Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

January 1985

  • The Hawke's Bay Gay Society ends (Hawke's Bay region)

12 January 1985

  • A lesbian camp is held (Christchurch)

2 February 1985

  • Gay BC begins broadcasting a weekly programme on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington). The Gay Broadcasting Collective is formed to connect the community and advocate for homosexual law reform. Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
  • Jeff Whittington is born (Wellington). Whittington was later murdered in Wellington by Jason Meads and Stephen Smith in May 1999. Link: Wikipedia

12 February 1985

19 February 1985

  • Civil libertarian Walter Scott dies (New Zealand)

1 March 1985

2 March 1985

  • Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform Bill to be introduced to Parliament (New Zealand). ref: TZP13131. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 March 1985

7 March 1985

8 March 1985

  • Labour MP Fran Wilde introduces the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill passes its first reading 51 to 24 votes. Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia, LAGANZ
  • Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform opponents fail to prevent its referral to a Parliamentary select committee (New Zealand). ref: TZP17247. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Parliament agrees to consider homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F61914. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

11 March 1985

  • Television: Auckland gay community reacts to Norman Jones' anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). ref: TZP132922. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 March 1985

14 March 1985

  • MPs Geoff Braybrooke, Graeme Lee, Norman Jones and Alan Wallbank launch the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ
  • Television: The Health Department is considering introducing special blood tests to prevent AIDS spreading through blood transfusions (New Zealand). ref: TZP134394. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Close Up on failed heterosexual marriages where the husband was gay (New Zealand). ref: TZP7717. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 March 1985

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

18 March 1985

  • The AIDS Support Network becomes a charitable trust (New Zealand). The name is changed to the AIDS Support Network Trust. Links: LAGANZ, GayNZ.net

19 March 1985

  • Television news report: Primary school teachers worry about anti-sex education lobby taking over school committees (New Zealand). ref: TZP13121. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 March 1985

  • Keith Hay and Peter Tait take over the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ
  • Television: Debate about Homosexual Law Reform between supporters Fran Wilde and Doctor Ian Scott versus opponents John Kennedy and Geoff Braybrooke (New Zealand). ref: TZP125456. Special broadcast from Otago Boys High School, where a public meeting is being held in the form of a debate over Homosexual Law Reform. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 March 1985

  • The Salvation Army announces it will administer the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ

22 March 1985

  • Television news report: Salvation Army take over organised opposition to Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP13134. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

27 March 1985

  • Television news report: the petition against homosexual law reform is circulating in schools (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F62356. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Post Primary Teachers Association denounce the anti=homosexual petition which has been circulated around schools (New Zealand). ref: TZP17285. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The anti-homosexual law reform petition is circulated in some schools (New Zealand). Link: Nga Taonga

28 March 1985

  • Television current affairs: the age of consent debate (New Zealand). Explores the age of consent and the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Features Jon Lusk, Sebastian Pope, Prof. Jim Robb, Keith Hay, MP Denis Marshall and MP Geoff Braybrooke. Close Up, ref F57580. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Close Up on the opposing views behind the age of consent and Homosexual Law Reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP7721. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 March 1985

  • Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Williams appears on TV 1 news
  • Television news report: Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against homosexual law reform (New Zealand). The report also features MP Geoff Braybrooke and Bill Logan. 6.30 news, ref F62402. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Cardinal Tom Williams opposes Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP17808. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

31 March 1985

  • Homosexual law reform campaigners picket Salvation Army citadels throughout the country (New Zealand). The Salvation Army is a vocal opponent of homosexual law reform
  • Television news report: Gay activists picket the Salvation Army Citadel, in protest of their opposition to homosexual law reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP12484. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: people picket outside Salvation Army citadels (New Zealand). People protest the Army's backing of the anti-law reform petition. 6.30 news, ref F62403. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

2 April 1985

  • Television news report: Auckland Blood Transfusion Centre evaluating new testing kits (Auckland). ref: TZP134241. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: the Auckland Blood Transfusion Service begins sampling AIDS testing kits (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F62423. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports the Auckland Blood Transfusion Service is sampling AIDS testing kits (Auckland)

6 April 1985

  • Television: McPhail and Gadsby political satire comedy skit featuring the Homosexual Law Reform Petition and Spot the Gay with Norman J (New Zealand). ref: TZP5748. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 April 1985

11 April 1985

  • Television current affairs: studio discussion on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). The discussion features Reverend Richard Flinn and Peter Wall from the Gay Task Force. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57594. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: almost three million dollars dedicated by the Government to AIDS research (New Zealand). ref: TZP13091. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: gay activists disrupt meeting of anti-reform activists (New Zealand). ref: TZP134033. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Government funding to combat the spread of AIDS and a look at the nationwide debate over homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Two news reports - the first details new Government funding to combat the spread of AIDS. The second report looks at homosexual law reform and features an interview with MP Graeme Lee. Eyewitness news, ref F80137. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: Ministry of Defence want the Armed Forces exempt from the proposed Homosexual Law Reform Bill's provisions (New Zealand). ref: TZP114112. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: new government funding for AIDS research programme (New Zealand). ref: TZP17894. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Norman Jones and fellow anti-reform petitioners clashes with gay activists (Wellington). ref: TZP13083. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Government announces funding for a blood screening program to combat the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)

12 April 1985

  • A public meeting is held on the North Shore to debate homosexual law reform (Auckland). Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Television news report: church groups support homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Features interviews with Reverend Peter Beck and Geoff Hill. Eyewitness news, ref F80139. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: public meetings are held on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Features an interview with MP Geoff Braybrooke and reports on the Council of Churches voting in favour of reform. 6.30pm news Top Half, ref F57595. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news: interview with Freddie Mercury and Queen (New Zealand). Ref TZM4869 and TZM4870. Links: TVNZ (1), TVNZ (2)
  • Television: gay activist Peter Wall interviewed about the meeting of opponents to homosexual law reform, which he disrupted (New Zealand). ref: TZP134039. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: interview with rock group Queen before their Auckland concert (Auckland). ref: TZP448217. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: National Council of Churches executive meeting will discuss homosexual law reform (Christchurch). ref: TZP129576. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 April 1985

  • Large numbers of homosexual law reform campaigners disrupt an anti-reform rally (New Zealand)
  • Television news report: Geoff Braybrooke discusses the public meetings about homosexual law reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP17401. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: National Council of Churches did not come to a unanimous resolution, but will encourage people to make submissions in favour of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP129396. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: the National Council of Churches supports homosexual law reform and a report on last night's North Shore meeting (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F80155. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The National Council of Churches votes in support of decriminalising homosexuality (New Zealand)

14 April 1985

  • A public debate is held on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington)
  • Television current affairs: debate on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). The debate features Ian Scott, MP Fran Wilde, John Kennedy (Editor of the Tablet) and MP Geoff Braybrook. Sunday, ref F80159. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: anti gay rally held by Coalition of Concerned Citizens in Cathedral Square, Christchurch (Christchurch). ref: TZP129399. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: National Council of Churches split over homosexual law reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP129505. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: pro reformers disrupt an anti-homosexual law reform rally (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F80156. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: pro reformers disrupt an anti-homosexual law reform rally (New Zealand). 9.20 news, ref F80158. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: gay Christians in Auckland (Auckland). ref: TZP8395. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 April 1985

16 April 1985

  • Television news report: gay activists disrupt meeting of opponents to homosexual law reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP13026. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Norman Jones speaks to Otago University students about his opposition to homosexual law reform (Dunedin). ref: TZP123172. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 April 1985

  • Television: Catholic homosexual support group "Ascent" on homosexual law reform bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP14110. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

19 April 1985

  • Television news report: Catholic bishops don't want to take a firm stand for or against homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Features an interview with Cardinal Tom Williams, Archibishop of Wellington. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57603. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: supporters of homosexual law reform holding a meeting in Auckland Town Hall (Auckland). ref: TZP134473. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 April 1985

24 April 1985

  • Television news report: Virologist Paul Goldwater interviewed on his return from an AIDS conference (Auckland). ref: TZP134526. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 April 1985

  • Public submissions close on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
  • Television news report: Māori views on Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP12368. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: over 1000 submissions have been made regarding the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP13027. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: over one thousand submissions have been received by the Select Committee on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57607. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: submissions to the Select Committee considering homosexual law reform close today (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F80402. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

29 April 1985

  • Television: Fran Wilde talks about the age of consent in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP17304. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 April 1985

  • Television news report: anti-reform petitioners allege that they are gaining significant support (New Zealand). ref: TZP134541. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

May 1985

  • A street march takes place to support homosexual law reform (Wellington)

2 May 1985

  • Television news report: anti-reform petition presented to Parliament (New Zealand). ref: TZP134545. Opponents of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill allegedly present Parliament the largest petition ever in New Zealand. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television 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

6 May 1985

  • A lesbian and gay commemoration of the Holocaust is held on the steps of the National War Memorial (Wellington). Link: LAGANZ

8 May 1985

10 May 1985

  • Television 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
  • Television: anti-homosexual law reform petition gains half a million signatures (New Zealand). ref: TZP135187. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 May 1985

  • Television: Gay Task Force and Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) are accidentally given space at Wellington Show (Wellington). ref: TZP8646. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

19 May 1985

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). The memorial services are held annually on the third Sunday in May

20 May 1985

  • Television news report: Government denies cancelling Homosexual Law Reform Bill committee meetings for political gain in Timaru (Timaru). ref: TZP17566. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television 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
  • Television: gay activists have created a new strategy for dealing with anti-gay lobbyists (New Zealand). ref: TZP13157. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 May 1985

  • A rally in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill is held (Wellington). The rally is held in Wellington Town Hall, starting at 8pm. The rally is billed as "entertainment, speakers, and lots of fun". Link: Te Papa
  • Television 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
  • The pro-homosexual law reform Bigot Busters rally is held at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington). Links: PrideNZ.com, LAGANZ

22 May 1985

  • Television 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
  • The Human Rights Commission comes out in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)

24 May 1985

  • A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington). People are asked to assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm. Link: Te Papa
  • A rally in support of homosexual law reform is held in the Auckland Town Hall (Auckland). The event is emceed by a Topp Twin and features music, dance and speeches
  • Dr 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
  • Private video: a recording of a public rally in support of homosexual law reform (Auckland). The rally took place in the Auckland Town Hall and was emceed by one of the Topp Twins, ref F55516. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Television current affairs: Alison Webber comments on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Fourth Estate, ref F57634. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: Doctor David Cooper interviewed about AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP137344. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: protest march in support of Homosexual Law Reform Bill in Wellington (Wellington). ref: TZP12496. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television 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 1985

26 May 1985

  • The media reports claims that Gay visibility week has resulted in harassment (New Zealand)

28 May 1985

  • Television news report: New Zealand Democratic Party allegedly running a lesbophobic and sexist smear campaign against women Members of Parliament (New Zealand). ref: TZP12195. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 May 1985

  • Television news report: National Party leader Jim McLay claims that his Birkenhead electorate backs his opposition to Homosexual Law Reform Bill (Auckland region). ref: TZP13827. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 June 1985

  • AIDS activist and educator Bruce Burnett dies (Auckland). Links: PrideNZ, LAGANZ

2 June 1985

  • Television news report: Bruce Burnett's death is reported and the YWCA comes in support of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F57639. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) decide on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP123647. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 June 1985

  • Television news report: gay activists are learning to fight back as gay bashing increases (New Zealand). ref: TZP14411. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: gay bashings increase (New Zealand). Features interviews with Neil Costelloe, Rob Lake and Philip Peek. Eyewitness news, ref F82229. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: Kate Leslie remembers Bruce Burnett, co-founder of the AIDS Support Network (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F82228. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: funeral held for Bruce Burnett, pioneering AIDS activist (New Zealand). ref: TZP139202. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The media reports self-defense courses for gay men are becoming more popular (New Zealand). This follows a reported increase in gay bashings as the Homosexual Law Reform Bill moves through Parliament

6 June 1985

7 June 1985

  • Television news report: a women against pornography vigil is held at Parliament (Wellington). ref: TZP14596. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 June 1985

  • A public meeting is held to discuss homosexual law reform (Auckland). Labour MP Fran Wilde goes head-to-head with opponents of the Bill
  • Television news report: 800 people fill an Auckland hall to listen to debate about Homosexual Law Reform (Auckland). ref: TZP139255. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: three more cases of AIDS in New Zealand and the Department of Health are anxious to provide information for at-risk groups (New Zealand). ref: TZP13242. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: three more people are diagnosed with AIDS and MP Fran Wilde meets opponents of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F82823. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: The Department of Health wants to educate at risk groups about AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP13293. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Three more people are diagnosed with AIDS in New Zealand promoting health warnings (New Zealand)

13 June 1985

  • Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform Bill unlikely to pass without changes (New Zealand). ref: TZP12192. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: TVNZ survey reveals Homosexual Law Reform Bill unlikely to survive unchanged (New Zealand). ref: TZP17869. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

18 June 1985

  • Television news report: Gay Task Force present a submission on Homosexual Law Reform Bill to the Select Committee (New Zealand). ref: TZP12345. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: homosexual law reform will help slow the spread of AIDS (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F83217. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: the group Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays (HUG) is formed (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F83218. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The group Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays (HUG) is formed (New Zealand). The group is set up to support the homosexual law reform campaign. Link: LAGANZ
  • The media reports calls for homosexual law reform to help reduce the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)

25 June 1985

  • Television news report: Blood transfusion service will soon be able to test for AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP17667. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 July 1985

8 July 1985

11 July 1985

  • Television news report: Accidental Phantasies - a new play on the issue of pornography (Wellington). ref: TZP13372. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

14 July 1985

  • Artist Theo Schoon dies

16 July 1985

  • Television news report: Former MP Marilyn Waring presents a seminar Women, Politics and Power (Dunedin). ref: TZP125107. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: new AIDS blood screening programme delayed (New Zealand). ref: TZP125111. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 July 1985

24 July 1985

  • Television news report: the first locally contracted case of AIDS (disputed) (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F85012. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports New Zealand's first locally-contracted case of AIDS (Wellington). The Health Department says the man from Wellington hadn't been overseas - but this is disputed by a Gay Task force spokesperson

27 July 1985

31 July 1985

6 August 1985

  • American Presbyterian Pastor Louis P. Sheldon warns New Zealand about homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Sheldon founded the Traditional Values Coalition in 1984. He is invited to New Zealand in 1985 to oppose law reform. Link: Wikipedia
  • Television news report: blood test kits are made available to test for the AIDS virus (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57699. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: the visiting Rev. Lou Sheldon warns about homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F85163. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports blood testing kits are now available to test for AIDS (New Zealand)

9 August 1985

  • Television news report: a $500,000 AIDS awareness campaign is launched (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F85700. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports on an AIDS awareness campaign that will cost half a million dollars (New Zealand)

12 August 1985

14 August 1985

30 August 1985

  • The national gay and lesbian Bigot Busters Conference is held (Wellington). Approximately 150 people attend the conference at Victoria University. Link: LAGANZ

September 1985

  • The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is formed (New Zealand). The Foundation grows out of the AIDS Support Network, after receiving a Government grant in April 1985

3 September 1985

8 September 1985

  • Activist Alison Laurie appears on television to debate homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Laurie is responding to Barry Reid, a staunch opponent of law reform. The programme airs on TV1 at 9.30pm

9 September 1985

  • Television news report: New Zealalnd's eleventh AIDS case is announced (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F86225. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports New Zealand's eleventh case of AIDS (New Zealand)

11 September 1985

  • A picket in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington). The picket takes place at the Queen Victoria statue on Cambridge Terrace

13 September 1985

  • A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington). People assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm. They then walk along Lambton Quay. Some scuffles break out between marchers and anti-reform protesters. Link: Te Papa
  • Television news report: scuffles with pro-homosexual law reform marchers in Wellington (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F86286. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

17 September 1985

18 September 1985

  • Television news report: MPs have been given results from the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Features an interview with MP Graeme Lee who is the petition organiser. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87198. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

19 September 1985

22 September 1985

23 September 1985

24 September 1985

  • Television news report: presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform at parliament and blood donor testing has been delayed (New Zealand). Features an interview with MPs Fran Wilde and Graeme Lee. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87267. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: scuffles during the presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F87268. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The Coalition of Concerned Citizens present an anti-homosexual law reform petition to Parliament (Wellington). The petition reportedly has 800,000 signatures, but this is later discredited. Link: Te Papa

25 September 1985

26 September 1985

  • Current affairs: Christian political activism and homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Close Up, ref F87271. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Newspaper report: Moral majority takes crusade to New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America). Publisher Tony Katavich comments "Really, mate - can't you keep your Christian creeps at home?". Link: Bay Area Reporter
  • Television news report: criticism in the delay for AIDS testing of blood donors (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87269. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

27 September 1985

1 October 1985

2 October 1985

  • Actor Rock Hudson dies from AIDS-related complications (Los Angeles, United States of America). Link: Wikipedia
  • Television news report: the Select Committee votes to end public hearings on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F57735. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The Select Committee investigating the Homosexual Law Reform Bill votes to end public hearings (New Zealand). The Committee ends public hearings despite 85 people still waiting to be heard

3 October 1985

4 October 1985

8 October 1985

9 October 1985

  • The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill begins in Parliament (New Zealand). The second reading will take four weeks. Links: PrideNZ.com, LAGANZ

16 October 1985

  • The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

21 October 1985

  • Television news report: testing of all blood products for AIDS antibodies begins (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F88556. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Testing of all donated blood for AIDS antibodies begins (New Zealand)

23 October 1985

  • The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

30 October 1985

5 November 1985

  • Parliament debates the petition against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com
  • Television news report: a review of homosexual law reform after the Select Comittee hearings (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F88700. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

6 November 1985

  • The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

7 November 1985

12 November 1985

20 November 1985

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) considers the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

15 December 1985

31 December 1985

1986

  • Television advert: an AIDS prevention advert broadcasts comparing unsafe sex to sky diving without a parachute (New Zealand). Ref C2903. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The Lesbian Feminist Circle publication ends (New Zealand)

2 January 1986

  • Artist Leo Bensemann dies (Christchurch)

7 January 1986

20 February 1986

  • Television news report: New Zealand is the first country in the world to register a register a drug for the treatment of AID (New Zealand). The drug registered is Imunovir. 6.30pm Top Half, ref F91889. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

March 1986

  • The first annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair took place on either the 8th or 15th March 1986. The fair was promoted as "a fair for a fair law" which referred to homosexual law reform. The fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

5 March 1986

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

18 March 1986

25 March 1986

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

26 March 1986

  • Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Newsline, ref F57853. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

27 March 1986

  • Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). The age of consent is set at 16. Parliament also decides that homosexual acts will remain illegal in the armed services. 6.30 news, ref: F91572. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, LAGANZ

2 April 1986

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

8 April 1986

  • Television news report: Eve Van Grafhorst is to get another test for AIDS (New Zealand). Features Gloria Van Grafhorst and Dr Kitty Croxson. Eyewitness news, ref F91601. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

9 April 1986

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)

16 April 1986

  • Part 2 of the Homosexual Law Reform is voted down in Parliament (New Zealand). Part 2 of the Bill contained anti-discrimination measures. Link: PrideNZ.com

17 April 1986

  • Television news report: Eve van Grafhorst is confirmed to have AIDS (Hastings). Van Grafhorst was born prematurely in 1982 and required eleven blood transfusions to save her life. One of the transfusions was contaminated and van Grafhorst contracted HIV. 6.30 news, ref F91630. Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Wikipedia
  • Television news report: Parliament decides that homosexuals aren't entitled to special protection under the law (New Zealand). Parliament decides that homosexuals aren't entitled special protection under the law. 6.30 news, ref F91630. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 April 1986

  • Television news report: a fund raising event is to be held to help Eve van Grafhorst and family move to New Zealand (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F91639. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 May 1986

  • Newspaper report: Gay rights bogged down again in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

12 May 1986

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 May 1986

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). Link: Bay Area Reporter

27 May 1986

  • Television talkback: Dr. Paul Goldwater discusses AIDS with talkback callers (New Zealand). Newsline, ref F91769. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 June 1986

  • Television news report: the US Public Health Service is making startling predictions about the spread of AIDS. (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F91828. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 June 1986

  • Television news report: an international AIDS conference takes place (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F91925. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 July 1986

  • Television news report: MPs may have another opportunity to consider the age of consent for homosexual activity (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F58069. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 July 1986

  • Part 1 of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill is narrowly passed by Parliament, 49 votes to 44 (New Zealand). Part 2 of the Bill dealing with anti-discrimination measures was lost on 16 April 1986. Link: Wikipedia
  • Television news report: the final vote for the Homosexual Law Reform Bill happens tonight (New Zealand). Interviewees include, Fran Wilde, Norman Jones and George Gair. Eyewitness news, ref F58077. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 July 1986

  • Television news report: the Coalition of Concerned Citizens continues its battle against homosexual law reform (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F58082. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 July 1986

  • Television news report: 35 year old man sleeps with a 15 year old male (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F91974. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: two MPs wavered in their vote on homosexual law reform (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F91974. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television talkback on the passing of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Guest - Peter Wall. Newsline, ref F58083. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Burnett Clinic is opened by Health Minister Dr Michael Bassett (Auckland). The Burnett Clinic is named after Bruce Burnett and is the first HIV/AIDS clinic in New Zealand
  • The Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986) is signed into law by the Governor General (New Zealand). Links: LAGANZ, Queer History

13 July 1986

  • Television news report: passing of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Interviewees include MP John Banks and Fran Wilde. Sunday, ref F91980. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 July 1986

  • Newspaper report: Pia Coletta Rudowski from New Zealand wins third place in the Queen of the Orient contest (San Francisco). Link: Bay Area Reporter

31 July 1986

  • Newspaper report: Gay rights triumph in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

8 August 1986

9 August 1986

  • Gay Games II takes place (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

21 August 1986

  • Newspaper report: an interview with Terry and Marge (born in New Zealand) (San Francisco). Both had come to the United States as war brides and now lived together. Marge was born in Auckland on 8 September 1921. Link: Bay Area Reporter

23 August 1986

  • The Lesbians and Gays in Education conference is held (New Zealand)

30 August 1986

  • A Women's Studies conference is held (New Plymouth)

11 September 1986

  • The Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre is damaged by arson (Wellington). Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)

19 September 1986

  • Television news report: US scientists expected to announce the expanded use of an HIV drug (United States of America). Eyewitness news, ref F58151. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 September 1986

  • Television news report: thousands of AIDS patients expected to receive AZT - a new drug treatment (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F116280. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 September 1986

  • Television news report: call for more blood donations (New Zealand). Blood reserves are dwindling due to fears around AIDS. 6.30 news, ref F116281. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 September 1986

  • Television news report: the NZ AIDS Foundation says women are at risk too (New Zealand). Interviewee Kate Leslie. 6.30 news, ref F131743. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 September 1986

  • Television news report: a world authority says HIV can survive in untreated water (New Zealand). The Health Department asks public swimming pool operators to guard against the spread of AIDS. Interviewee John Kingi. 6.30 news, ref F131768. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

23 October 1986

28 October 1986

  • Television current affairs: the race to find a cure for AIDS (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F58219. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 October 1986

3 November 1986

12 November 1986

  • A national conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand). Link: Gay BC

13 November 1986

  • The lesbian festival Celebrating Ourselves is held (Auckland)

18 November 1986

  • Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says the AIDS death toll may now be more than 20 (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F132286. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

28 November 1986

  • Television news report: follow-up on Eve Van Grafhorst who moved to New Zealand earlier in the year (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F58249. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

4 December 1986

  • Newspaper report: USA Salvation Army funding anti-homosexual reform campaign in New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America). Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)
  • Television news report: HIV prevention - providing clean needles to people who inject drugs (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F132362. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

5 December 1986

31 December 1986

  • Television current affairs: the year in review (New Zealand). Lindsay Perigo presents a review of the major news stories - including homosexual law reform and Eve van Grafhorst. News, ref F92032. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1987

  • Television feature: A Death in the Family by Peter Wells (New Zealand). Ref F25165. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society ends (New Zealand). The Society's files are donated to the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre

26 January 1987

  • Television news report: MP Norman Jones leaves hospital (New Zealand). Jones had been undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumour. 6.30pm news, ref F92071. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

5 February 1987

  • Newspaper report: Father Felix Donnelly speaks out against the Pope (New Zealand). Link: Bay Area Reporter

9 February 1987

  • Television news report: Rev Carl Titchener gives out condoms during church services (New York, United States of America). Eyewitness news, ref F58280. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The media reports that the Rev Carl Titchener is giving out condoms during church services (New York, United States of America). Titchener, a Unitarian minister in New York, gives out condoms to help prevent the spread of AIDS

14 February 1987

  • Television news report: the World Health Organisation reports 2,000 more AIDS cases in the last month (New Zealand). There are currently 40,000 cases world wide. 6.30pm news, ref F92297. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

20 February 1987

  • Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says its funding will dry up next month (New Zealand). Interviewees include Kate Leslie and Warren Lindberg. There's also a news item about the Queen meeting AIDS doctors. 6.30pm news, ref F92320 and Eyewitness news, ref F92321. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)

22 February 1987

  • Artist Andy Warhol dies (New York, United States of America). Link: Wikipedia

23 February 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS education programme in schools (United States of America). Also includes a news item about the death of Andy Warhol. Eyewitness news, ref F92325. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

25 February 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS causes a review of health requirements for potential immigrants (New Zealand). Interviewee Kerry Burke. 6.30pm news, ref F92342. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

March 1987

  • Gay rights activists demonstrate against visiting evangelist Leighton Ford (Wellington)
  • The second annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

10 March 1987

  • Television news report: media coverage of AIDS in the United Kingdom (New Zealand). A news report that examines over 20-hours of coverage on AIDS last week in the United Kingdom. Eyewitness news, ref F92368. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 March 1987

  • Television news report: Americans who have had blood transfusions in the last 8-years are being encouraged to get tested for AIDS (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F58302. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 April 1987

  • Television news report: an underground network is setup in the US to supply unapproved AIDS drugs (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref: F58311. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

2 April 1987

  • Television news report: chemists to start selling syringes in an attempt to stop the spread of AIDS (New Zealand). Includes an interview with the Dr Michael Basset, Minister of Health. Eyewitness news, ref: F92479. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

6 April 1987

  • Television news report: the Australian government commits $3 million dollars to an AIDS awareness campaign (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref: F92493. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 April 1987

  • The Awhina Clinic opens (Wellington). The HIV/AIDS clinic is later renamed the Awhina Centre

16 April 1987

  • Television news report: compulsory HIV testing for everyone over the age of 12 (New Zealand). An Otago University philosopher denies reports saying that he wanted compulsory testing. Eyewitness news, ref: F92527. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

May 1987

  • Glad Rag magazine begins publication (Wellington)

7 May 1987

8 May 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS in Africa is reaching epidemic levels (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F92670. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

17 May 1987

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). The Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) notes that memorials are held in at least four cities in New Zealand. Link: Bay Area Reporter
  • AIDS: 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)

2 June 1987

  • Television news report: the third International Conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F92793. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 June 1987

  • Television current affairs: moral panic surrounding AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Norman Jones, Dr Richard Meech, Paul East and Dr Micheal Bassett. Eyewitness news, ref F92935. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

July 1987

  • Trevor Barnard stands as an openly gay candidate for the NZ Democratic party in Eastern Hutt (Lower Hutt)

10 July 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS impacts on New York arts community (New Zealand). Eyewitness news ,ref F93026. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 July 1987

  • Television news report: first anniversary of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Interviewees include Fran Wilde, Keith Hay, Norman Jones, Dick Johnstone, Barry Reed and Peter Wall. Eyewitness news, ref F93071. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

August 1987

  • Television current affairs: Jim Bolger is interviewed during the 1987 election campaign (New Zealand). Bolger talks about gender and homosexuality. One current affairs, ref F60708. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Wellington City Council grants same-sex partners of bus-drivers the same free travel passes as opposite-sex partners (Wellington)

17 August 1987

  • Television news report: AIDS a growing problem in Switzerland (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F93540. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

18 September 1987

  • Television news report: the Pope visits San Francisco, blessing people with AIDS (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90361. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

22 September 1987

  • Television current affairs: AIDS as a political issue in the United States (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90367. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 September 1987

  • Television news report: research continues into HIV (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90371. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

12 October 1987

  • Television news report: a rally in Washington DC calls for more funding for HIV/AIDS treatments (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90428. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

16 October 1987

  • Television news report: Dr Charles Farthing believes an AIDS cure won't be found this century (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90441. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

November 1987

  • Peter Rule dies (New Zealand). After his death, the Rule Foundation was established to advance the health, well-being and visibility of rainbow New Zealanders. Link: Rule Foundation

6 November 1987

  • A Death in the Family by Peter Wells screens for a week at the Castro Theatre (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

9 November 1987

18 November 1987

  • Television news report: a Wellington surgeon says he has the right to refuse to treat a patient suspected of having AIDS (Wellington). Draft guidelines have been earlier sent out 5,000 doctors around the country. Eyewitness news, ref F90570. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

19 November 1987

  • National MP Norman Jones dies (New Zealand). Jones had been a vehement opponent of homosexual law reform. He dies of a brain tumor

27 December 1987

1988

  • Music video: Safe Sex by Painters and Dockers (New Zealand). Ref: TZM5451. Link: TVNZ
  • The Dorian Society ends (Wellington)

March 1988

  • The third annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

1 March 1988

  • Television news report: more women are becoming HIV+ (New Zealand). Doctors say it is only a matter of time before babies are born in New Zealand with HIV/AIDS. Eyewitness news, ref F90793. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

8 March 1988

  • Television news report: a new book says AIDS can be passed on by kissing or sitting on toilet seats (New Zealand). Includes an interview with the co-author Dr Robert Kolodny. The book Crisis: Heterosexual Behavior in the Age of AIDS asserts that "the AIDS virus is now running rampant in the heterosexual community." The authors claim that under some circumstances, the virus can be spread by kissing, using toilet seats or eating in a restaurant. Eyewitness news ,ref F90811. Links: Washington Post, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 March 1988

  • Television news report: stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in Australian jails (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90822. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 March 1988

6 May 1988

  • Television current affairs: Hepatitis B vaccine may contain HIV (New Zealand). Media commentator Brain Priestley reviews media coverage. Fourth Estate, ref F91240. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 May 1988

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). Link: Bay Area Reporter

6 July 1988

  • The first meeting of the Wellington Bisexual Women's Group is held (Wellington)

2 August 1988

  • Television news report: the Government is going to increase spending on AIDS prevention (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F94406. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

4 August 1988

  • Photographer Brian Brake dies (Auckland). Link: Wikipedia

October 1988

  • A national hui for Maori lesbians is held (New Zealand)
  • New Zealand Prostitutes Collective opens its first community base (Wellington). Located at 282 Cuba Street Wellington, the venue also became the location for the first needle exchange in Wellington and the National People Living with AIDs Union (1989-ca.1994). The Collective was based at 282 until 1994 when the building was sold
  • Television commercial: Department of Health - pamphlet going out to every household about AIDS (New Zealand). Ref C5587. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television commercial: Department of Health safe sex advert (New Zealand). No One Ever Died of Embarrassment, ref C3118. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television commercial: Department of Health safe sex advert (New Zealand). AIDS - pool room, ref C3119. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television commercial: Department of Health safe sex advert (New Zealand). Glen has AIDS. The advert notes that there are currently 81 cases of AIDS in New Zealand, ref C3120. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 October 1988

  • Television news report: Department of Health targets heterosexuals with HIV/AIDS advertising (New Zealand). The report notes there could be 5,000 people with HIV in New Zealand. Interviewees include Dr Karen Potasi, Kate Leslie, Daniel Fielding, Dr Kitty Corxan and Dr Steven Gardiner. Eyewitness news, ref F94906. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

12 October 1988

  • The New Zealand Navy announces its gay-friendly policy (New Zealand)

21 October 1988

  • Media reports that the Ettie Rout Clinic opens in Christchurch (Christchurch). The clinic is the third AIDS clinic to open and is run by the New Zealand AIDS FOundation. The Clinic carries Rout's name until 2003. Link: Nga Taonga
  • Television news report: Department of Health launches an explicit HIV/AIDS campaign (New Zealand). Includes an interview with Karen Poutasi. Eyewitness news, ref F95076. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

31 October 1988

  • Peter Cuthbert dies (Wellington). Cuthbert is remembered in the first panel of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt. Link: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt

1 December 1988

  • Television news report: the first World AIDS Day is marked in New Zealand (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F95421. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The first World AIDS Day is held internationally
  • The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is launched on World AIDS Day (Wellington). Inspired by the NAMES Project, the New Zealand quilt is established by the People With AIDS Collective. The first panel is presented by Daniel Fielding for his partner Peter Cuthbert who had died in October 1988. Link: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt

1989

  • Television feature: The Night Workers (New Zealand). A look at Wellington's red light district. Includes footage of Tiffany's, Evergreen Coffee House and Club Exotique. There are interviews with sex workers talking about their lives and the emergence of AIDS. The Night Workers, ref F26129. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Auckland Gay Men's Health Group is formed (Auckland)
  • The Crimes Act incorporates Homosexual Law Reform Act amendments (New Zealand)
  • The Gay and Lesbian Community Centre opens (Wellington). The Centre utilises space at the Evergreen Coffee Lounge
  • The Rock of Life Ministries is formed (Christchurch). The group is formed circa 1989 (exact date unknown)
  • The social group Spectrum is formed (Nelson). Links: Spectrum, LAGANZ
  • The Women's Place bookshop closes (Wellington)

24 February 1989

  • The Lesbian Club ends (Wellington). The Club ends for the third time

March 1989

  • The fourth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

13 March 1989

  • Lesbian and gay visibility week takes place (Wellington)

21 March 1989

22 March 1989

  • Television news report: Tom McLean calls for an end to discrimination against people with AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Tom McLean, Bill Logan and David Blackmore. Eyewitness news, ref F95834. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

24 March 1989

  • The National Gay and Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland). The theme of the conference is building bridges
  • Tom McLean, journalist and author of If I Should Die dies (Wellington). Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, WorldCat

13 May 1989

  • The Young Lesbian and Gay Festival is held in Newtown School Hall (Wellington)

15 May 1989

  • Television news report: increase of AIDS cases in New Zealand (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F96198. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

21 May 1989

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)

June 1989

  • The group GLAD is formed (Hamilton). The group is formed to work for anti-discrimination, including the broadening of the Human Rights Act

2 June 1989

  • Singer Judy Small performs at St Patricks Hall (Wellington)

4 June 1989

  • Television current affairs: a positive approach to AIDS (New Zealand). Journalist Amanda Millar talks to Alistair who is living with AIDS and Micahel who is dying from AIDS related complications. Frontline, ref F96441. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

5 June 1989

  • A South Island lesbian conference is held at Christchurch Polytech (Christchurch)

9 June 1989

1 August 1989

  • Television news report: a sex worker is being held in hospital after testing positive for HIV (Sydney, Australia). Eyewitness news, ref F97199. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

September 1989

  • The Gay Motorbike Club is formed (New Zealand). It soon became the Mercury Motorbike Club

12 October 1989

14 October 1989

  • Artist Rodney Kennedy dies

3 November 1989

  • A national hui for Maori Lesbians is held (Wellington). The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae

1 December 1989

  • Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Memorial quilt displayed on World AIDS Day (New Zealand). The report is taken from a news compilation tape. The footage will most likely be from 1 December 1988 or 1989. Ref F44883. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: World AIDS Day is marked around New Zealand (New Zealand). Interviewees include Darren Horn, Bev Jelicich and Dr Mike Pohl. Eyewitness news, ref: F98109. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

1990

  • Television feature: AIDS babies - somebody's child (New Zealand). Interviewees incldue Warren Lindberg and Dr Elizabeth Kubler Ross. AIDS babies - somebody's child, ref F21288. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Television feature: Lew Pryme - welcome to my world (New Zealand). Pryme died from AIDS related complications on 23 April 1990. Interviewees include Midge Marsden, Tina Cross, Grahame Thorn, Mark Williams, Sally Metzger and Grant Fox. Ref F34485. Links: NZ On Screen, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

24 January 1990

  • Expatriate New Zealander Richard Johnson is murdered by a gang of youths (Sydney, Australia)

March 1990

  • The fifth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

13 April 1990

  • New Zealand's first Bisexual conference is held (Wellington). The conference is held 13-15 April in Newtown, Wellington

23 April 1990

  • Singer Lew Pryme dies (Auckland). Pryme dies from AIDS-related complications. Link: NZ On Screen

20 May 1990

  • A will making workshop for lesbians is held (Wellington)
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)

21 May 1990

  • An AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held in the foyer of the Beehive, Parliament (Wellington). 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

2 June 1990

  • A lesbian gathering and conference is held (Christchurch)

22 June 1990

  • The Gay Community Centre closes (Wellington)

18 August 1990

  • A lesbian ball is held (Auckland)

September 1990

  • Pink Triangle magazine ends (New Zealand). The magazine was published by the National Gay Rights Coalition. It was an important source of news and feature articles and was distributed nationally. The first issue was published on 14 May 1979. Link: Auckland Museum

14 December 1990

  • Television news report: working with AIDS babies in Romania (New Zealand). Interviewee Robyn Beckerleg. Holmes, ref F102458. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

1991

  • The short fiction book Dangerous Desires by Peter Wells is published (New Zealand). The book won the Reed Fiction Award for 1991
  • The Ever so slightly naughty Gay BC cookbook is published (Wellington). The book is published by the Gay Broadcasting Collective (Gay BC) who have a weekly programme on Wellington Access Radio
  • The Shining City by Stevan Eldred-Grigg is published (New Zealand)

March 1991

  • The sixth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

7 April 1991

  • Television current affairs: documentary about a sex worker who is HIV+ (Australia). 60 minutes, ref F103607. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

15 April 1991

  • Alex Mihailovic and Dean Howard are convicted of the murder of Richard Johnson (Sydney, Australia). Mihailovic and Howard were part of a gang of youths convicted of the murder of the New Zealander in Sydney

10 May 1991

  • Television news report: a Christchurch philanthropist offers refunds on empty packets of condoms (Christchurch). Michael Sherry wants to promote safe sex by offering refunds on empty packets of condoms. Nightline, ref F104366. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

19 May 1991

20 May 1991

25 May 1991

  • Television 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. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 June 1991

  • Television news report: 10th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Warren Lindberg, Christina Lewis, Gloria Taylor and Eve Van Grafhorst. Holmes, ref F104646. Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, CDC (1), CDC (2)

6 June 1991

  • Television news report: the first 10 years of AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Dr Rod Ellis-Pegler and Darren Horn. TV3 news, ref F104658. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 June 1991

14 June 1991

19 June 1991

25 June 1991

  • Television news report: Eve van Grafhorst makes it to Disneyland (New Zealand). Nightline, ref F105192. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 June 1991

  • Man to Man publication begins (New Zealand). It starts out as a 4-page pamphlet but by mid 1995 it has grown into a fully-fledged newspaper called Express. In 2014 Express changes to a monthly magazine format with accompanying website. Links: National Library, Gay Express

7 July 1991

10 July 1991

  • Television news report: Air New Zealand trains Eve Van Grafhorst as a flight attendant (New Zealand). Holmes, ref F105317. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

6 August 1991

  • Television news report: police want to be warned if they are dealing with a person with Hepatitis B, HIV or AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Lance Corcoran, Graham Harding and Warren Lindberg. Holmes, ref F105524. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

18 August 1991

  • A television debate is broadcast on whether there should be ordained homosexual ministers in the Christian Church (New Zealand). The debate was broadcast on TV1

25 August 1991

  • Singer Sue Dunlop performs at the North by Northwest cafe (Wellington). Dunlop's performance includes Better than normal

3 September 1991

  • Television news report: condom sales are dropping (New Zealand). Interviewees include Margaret Durden, Margaret Sparrow, Krista Blake and Adie Davis. TV3 news, ref F105875. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

17 September 1991

  • Television news report: Hollywood stars raise money for AIDS research (United States of America). TV3 news, ref F106019. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

4 October 1991

  • HIV Alive '91 is held (Auckland). The two week event includes specialist workshops, seminars, celebrations and fundraisers. It also includes the first public unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

5 October 1991

  • The first unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is held (Auckland). The first unveiling is held as part of the HIV Alive '99 event. 88 Australian and New Zealand quilt panels are displayed at the Auckland City Art Gallery. In the three months leading up to the event the number of New Zealand quilt panels had grown from 8 to 32. Soon after the gallery showing, the quilt panels were displayed at the Aotea Centre. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

25 October 1991

  • Television news report: accident victim was HIV positive - or was he (New Zealand). Interviewees include Brian Persen, Peter Bradley, Phil Wright and Warren Lindberg. Holmes, ref F107530. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 November 1991

  • Heather McPherson launches Other World Relations at Unity Books (Wellington)

1 December 1991

4 December 1991

  • Television news report: launch of Kids with AIDS support group and trust (New Zealand). Interviewees include Jeremy Miller and his parents Katrina Miller and Howard Miller. Holmes, ref F107907. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 December 1991

  • Television news report: a viewer responds to the new Kids with AIDS support group (New Zealand). Holmes, ref F107913. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

7 December 1991

  • The first Devotion dance party is held (Wellington). The party is held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Tickets cost $20-$25. The party was headlined by DJ Clinton Smiley, aka Jason Harding. Link: Stuff.co.nz

14 December 1991

  • The Bring and Buy lesbian fair is held (Wellington)

21 December 1991

  • The Dominion Dance is held at the Dominion Hotel (Wellington). The dance is organised by Dykes Out Of Debt (DOODS)

1992

  • Moving-image footage: interview with author Peter Wells (Sydney, Australia). Filmed in Sydney, the interview looks at his creative output. Ref F54725. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ) trust is established (Wellington). The initial core of the collections goes back to an initiative of the National Gay Rights Coalition in 1977. It developed into a research library and archives known as the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre which was placed in the care of a trust in 1984. In 1988, to ensure the collections a secure home, the trustees made an agreement with the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington for their permanent accommodation. Link: LAGANZ
  • A pink book : a collection of readings on aspects of EEO and gay men by Phil Parkinson is published (Wellington)

February 1992

  • HERO 2 festival is held (Auckland). The festival includes the first HERO parade. Link: Wikipedia
  • Moving-image footage: Mika - Lava Lover (Auckland). Hundreds of dancers choreographed by Mika at the HERO party. Ref F62152. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

March 1992

  • The seventh annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

April 1992

  • The Human Rights Commission publishes the discussion paper Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation (New Zealand)

18 April 1992

  • The National Gay Rights Coalition Hui Aranga Easter gathering is held (New Zealand)

24 April 1992

  • The Sheilas Arms begins a women only night (New Plymouth). The Shelias Arms later renames to Club 47. The building is demolished in October 1996. Link: Fiona Clark

17 May 1992

  • The 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. Link: Bay Area Reporter

June 1992

  • The underground newsletter Bog Spy publication begins (Auckland). The newsletter is about sexual activity in Auckland's public toilets

4 July 1992

  • Radio Gay Nelson begins broadcasting (Nelson). The programme broadcasts on the local community radio station (later called Fresh FM). In 1994 the programme changed its name to Gaytime FM. Link: NZ.com

17 July 1992

  • Lawyer and social reformer Frank Haigh dies Among other things Haigh was prominent in the cause of homosexual law reform

August 1992

  • Moving-image footage: Mika Juiced (Nelson). Footage of the performance at the Nelson STD conference. Ref F62168. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 August 1992

  • Former Prime Minister Robert Muldoon dies (Auckland). In 1976 Muldoon revealed in Parliament that prominent Labour MP Colin Moyle had been questioned by the police in regard to possible homosexual soliciting. Moyle subsequently resigned from Parliament in 1977. Link: Te Ara

October 1992

  • The Lesbian, Gay and Christian National Conference is held (New Zealand). The theme of the conference is sexism and heterosexism. Link: LAGANZ

9 October 1992

  • The first unveiling of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt takes place (Washington D.C., United States of America). The quilt was unveiled in Washington D.C., USA. New Zealand is one of 20 countries invited to attend. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

21 November 1992

  • The second Devotion dance party is held (Wellington). The party is held at Shed 26 on the waterfront and includes a merry-go-round. Link: GayNZ.net

25 November 1992

  • The Hero Charitable Trust Incorporated is established (Auckland). The Trust's vision was: A community which, through creative expression and celebration: learns to love, care and support itself. The Trust's kaupapa was: HERO seeks to serve a community characterised by love - the love of a man for a man - the love of a woman for a woman. That service finds expression through creativity and celebration. Through the activities of Hero the mana, health and pride of our community will be strengthened. Link: Hero.org.nz

1 December 1992

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated (Auckland). Since World AIDS Day 1991, 43 people had died in New Zealand from AIDS-related complications. Father Michael Bancroft leads the first ever AIDS requiem mass in New Zealand. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

1993

  • Douglas Wright's film Elegy premieres (New Zealand). Wright wrote "Since I am still lucky enough to have a body, I decided to make a dance for my friends who have died of AIDS, and this is it." Ref F27589. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The short fiction book Sweet and Sour Cocktails by Robert Leek is published (New Zealand)
  • Aphrodisia by choreographer Michael Parmenter premieres at the HERO Festival (Auckland)

1 February 1993

  • The HERO 3 festival is held (Auckland). The festival's theme is: a celebration of diversity

April 1993

  • The Taranaki Lesbian Newsletter begins publication (Taranaki region)

17 April 1993

  • The first national conference of the New Zealand [AIDS] Quilt Project takes place (Auckland). The conference is attended by committee members, volunteers and regional coordinators. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

23 May 1993

  • Beacons of Hope is held at Frank Kitts Park (Wellington). 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

July 1993

  • The first Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region). Link: NZ.com

28 July 1993

  • The Human Rights Bill is passed (New Zealand). Among other things, the Bill outlaws discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Government is exempt until 31 December 1999

1 September 1993

  • Nicki Eddy becomes the first full-time paid worker for the New Zealand [AIDS Memorial] Quilt Project (Auckland). Eddy is the National Convenor for the quilt. Link: NZQP newsletter

4 September 1993

  • Darren Horn dies (Auckland). Horn was an early convener of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1992 he wrote "All the quilts speak of love, compassion and memories. Each is composed of recollection, sadness, acceptance and letting go. The quilts help us to learn and accept. They are a guide to the future of coming generations.". Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Te Papa

10 October 1993

30 October 1993

November 1993

  • Devotion: a lesbian and gay celebration is published (Wellington). It's published by Sprung! Productions and Caspers

20 November 1993

  • Eve van Grafhorst dies from AIDS-related complications (Hastings). Link: Wikipedia

22 November 1993

  • The Look Out! Gaze In exhibition of gay men's art opens (Wellington). The exhibition was held in a Wellington City Council building in Civic Square next to the present Public Relations Office. The exhibition was part of the Devotion festival. Link: National Library

24 November 1993

  • David Halls (Hudson and Halls) is found dead in his apartment (London, United Kingdom). Halls commits suicide after his partner Peter Hudson died from cancer a year earlier. Halls wrote "Without Peter I don't want to go on - he was my life, and I have no regrets. I love him now as much as I always did and I want to be with him for all eternity."
  • The Homophony concert takes place (Wellington). The concert at St Andrew's was part of the Devotion festival, and was organised by Matthew Soeburg and Gareth Farr. It featured Soeburg on the piano. Link: National Library

25 November 1993

  • Eve van Grafhorst's funeral takes place at St Matthew's Church in Hastings (Hastings). Nearly 700 people attended. The Dominion Post reported "Her small white casket lay covered in flowers, candles and one simple smiling photograph of the child whose short life became a symbol to New Zealanders of the fight against AIDS.". Links: Stuff.co.nz, MTG Hawke's Bay

27 November 1993

  • The third Devotion dance party is held (Wellington). The party is held at Shed 21 on the waterfront. (Note there was no Devotion party held in 1994). Link: GayNZ.net
  • The Love Parade is held as part of the Devotion festival (Wellington). People gather for the parade in Civic Square. Link: National Library

28 November 1993

  • Artist Arthur Tauhore dies (Wellington). The Devotion dance party was happening in Wellington at the time Tauhore passed away. Link: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt

1 December 1993

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated (Dunedin). The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed in St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin to mark World AIDS Day. The quilt remains on display for a week. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

23 December 1993

  • MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) comes out publicly (New Zealand). Carter becomes the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Links: Queer History NZ, Wikipedia

1994

  • Private footage: an interview with Tom O'Donoghue and his partner Kim (New Zealand). Tom was diagnosed HIV positive in 1988. He combined his personal experience with his background as a health worker to take a prevention message to the community. Moa films, ref F53152. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The poetry book The Body of Man by David Herkt is published (New Zealand)

January 1994

  • Buddies - New Zealand's first gay massage parlour opens (Wellington)

February 1994

  • The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed at the Aotea Centre (Auckland). The Quilt is displayed for one-and-a-half weeks, followed by two days laid out on Aotea Square. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

1 February 1994

  • The Human Rights Act 1993 is enacted (New Zealand). The Act outlaws discrimination on a wide variety of grounds including sexual orientation and disability. The Act also provides protection against discrimination for those living with HIV/AIDS. Links: Wikipedia, New Zealand Legislation, NZ.com

2 February 1994

  • Television feature: All About Eve (New Zealand). A documentary about Eve Van Grafhorst, ref F21298. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

16 March 1994

  • MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) gives his maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand). Carter is the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Link: Wikipedia

May 1994

  • The first National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (New Zealand)

22 May 1994

  • International 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. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

July 1994

  • The first Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth). Links: Queer History NZ, NZ.com
  • The second Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region). Link: NZ.com
  • Gaytime FM begins broadcasting on Fresh FM (Tasman region). The radio programme broadcasts every Sunday morning at 11am. Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)

2 August 1994

  • Richard Leonard kills ex-Aucklander Stephen Dempsey with a crossbow. (Sydney, Australia). Leonard later claims it as was an act of self-defence after Dempsey propositioned him. Leonard was finally captured, tried and found guilty of two murders and sentenced to life in prison. Link: Forensic Investigators

17 September 1994

  • The Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre (LILAC) opens (Wellington). The Centre is for women-oriented women and holds the largest accessible collection of lesbian books and other materials in New Zealand. Link: LILAC

28 September 1994

31 October 1994

November 1994

  • The first HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). Link: NZ.com

December 1994

  • The High Court rules that post-operative transsexuals can marry in their adopted sex (New Zealand)

1 December 1994

  • Worlds AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand). In Auckland, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is is carried outspread down Queen Street for an unfolding ceremony. The global theme of the day is: AIDS and the family. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

1995

  • Birthdaze dance parties are held
  • The documentary A Stitch In Time premieres (New Zealand). The documentary is about the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt and features Nicki Eddy and others. Ref F16107. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The first annual Out Takes film festival takes place (Wellington). The festival was held at the Paramount Theatre. Link: Out Takes
  • A Long Undressing premieres (New Zealand). The dance and theatre work is created and performed by Michael Parmenter
  • Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera is published
  • The Queer Resources - Aotearoa New Zealand web pages are launched on NZ.com (New Zealand). The pages are created and maintained by Mark Proffit, and are some of the first (possibly the first) representations of rainbow communities from New Zealand on the internet. Link: NZ.com

1 January 1995

  • Dancer Warren Douglas dies (Wellington). The Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund was subsequently established in May 1995 to help those who wanted to make the transition from performer to arts administrator, as he had done. Douglas is remembered on the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt. Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund

February 1995

  • Devotion 95: a gay and lesbian celebration by Elizabeth Smith and Rachell Rose is published

4 February 1995

  • The fourth Devotion dance party is held at Civic Square and the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington). (note there was no Devotion party held in 1994). Link: GayNZ.net

18 March 1995

  • The tenth annual Gay and Lesbian Fair is held (Wellington)

25 March 1995

  • Writer Eric McCormick dies McCormick wrote biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins. Link: Te Ara

22 April 1995

  • Tai Tahi Marsters attacks Jim Curtis (Napier). Marsters hit Curtis using a glass decanter. Curtis is left with brain damage while Marsters is later acquitted of both attempted murder and assault. At his trial Marsters uses the provocation/gay panic defence, claiming Curtis made a sexual advance. Links: Parliamentary debate, GayNZ

19 May 1995

  • The second National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (Wellington). 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

21 May 1995

  • International 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. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

26 May 1995

  • Poor Superman by Brad Fraser opens at Circa Theatre (Wellington). Link: National Library

21 June 1995

  • The Dunedin Pride festival is held (Dunedin). The festival runs from 21 June - 15 July 1995. Link: NZ.com

22 June 1995

  • The last issue of Man to Man is published (New Zealand). It is replaced by the fully-fledged newspaper Express. In 2014 Express changes to a monthly magazine format with accompanying website. Links: National Library, Gay Express

24 June 1995

  • The first Man to Man Gay and Lesbian Writing Festival is held (Auckland). The festival is New Zealand's first gay and lesbian writing festival. It is held at the Auckland College of Education and features Paula Boock, Witi Ihimaera, Renee, Noel Virtue and Peter Wells. Link: NZ.com

1 July 1995

  • A day-long seminar takes placed called Exceptional Lesbian and Gay Lives (Christchurch). The seminar is advertised as a "one day affirming seminar" and features Robin Duff, Kathleen Quinlivan, Brent Skerten, Ross Palmer, Andrew Carstairs McCarthy, Linda James, Sue Lovelock Marshall, Jo Drayton and Jane Ferrier. It takes place in the Elizabeth Kelly Room above Annies Wine Bar in the City Arts Centre. Link: NZ.com
  • The second annual Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth). The ball is to celebrate "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transpeople pride." It will be held at The Mill, 2 Powderham Street in New Plymouth. Link: NZ.com

22 July 1995

  • The Hawke's Bay Queer Event takes place (Napier). The event is advertised as "meeting, dancing, drinking and generally doing some wild stuff in Napier, at the Bay City Club from 9pm.". Link: NZ.com

24 July 1995

  • The third annual Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region). The week is organised by the Waikato Student Union and Queers on Campus. Link: NZ.com

7 August 1995

  • The University Of Canterbury Gay Pride Week is held (Canterbury region). The week is advertised as a "celebration of lesbian, gay and bisexual sexuality." It takes place in the Student Union Building, and runs from 7 - 11 August. Link: NZ.com

19 August 1995

  • The fifth annual AIDS Benefit Concert for the Hamilton branch of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation takes place (Hamilton). The concert is hosted by broadcaster Lianne Clarke and held at the Trustbank Community Theatre. The Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard attends in her capacity as patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Link: NZ.com

26 August 1995

  • The twelfth annual Auckland Lesbian Ball takes place (Auckland). The ball is held for the third time at the Hyatt Convention Centre. Proceeds from the event go to the support group LESO - Lesbian Education and Support Organisation. Link: NZ.com

3 September 1995

  • Pianist Michael Houston performs a benefit concert for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (Auckland). The performance takes place at the School of Music, University of Auckland. Link: NZ.com

11 September 1995

  • The Auckland University Pride Week takes place (Auckland). The week is organised by a combined group from Unigays, Women loving Women, Dykes on Campus and Uni Goblet. It runs from 11 - 16 September. Link: NZ.com

30 September 1995

  • The third annual Hamilton Pride Party takes place (Hamilton). The party takes place in the Quadrangle next to the gay Next Door Bar. The theme is Greek gods and goddesses. Link: NZ.com

October 1995

  • Gays and Lesbians in University Employment at Victoria University of Wellington (GLUE-VUW) is established (Wellington). The group is set up by Victoria University staff. Link: NZ.com
  • The Queer News Aotearoa (QNA) website begins (New Zealand). Link: QNA

11 October 1995

  • A coming out party is held to celebrate National Coming Out Day (Wellington). The party is held at the National Library of New Zealand and organised by the National Library Lesbian and Gay Network, and the Friends of the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ). The party starts at 5.30pm. Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia

21 October 1995

  • Georgina Beyer is elected Mayor of Carterton (Carterton). Beyer becomes the world's first openly transexual mayor. Link: Wikipedia
  • The Riding the Rainbow conference takes place (Wellington). The Pink Health conference focuses on lesbian and gay health and is held at the Wellington College of Education. Speakers include Raz Bloomfield and Neville Creighton. Link: NZ.com

5 November 1995

  • Martin Dickson is licensed as a Presbyterian minister (New Zealand). Dickson is the first openly gay man to be licensed in New Zealand by the Presbyterian church. In 1999 the Sunday Star Times reported that despite being licensed as a minister, no congregation wanted him. "One thing I've learnt is people often have quite good intentions, but the last thing they want in their Church is conflict.". Link: Sunday Star Times

12 November 1995

  • Lesbian's on the Land takes place (Tasman region). The event is held over a weekend at Felicity's farm in Golden Bay with workshops on alternative housing and energy, and natural/holistic health. The group grew out of the second National Lesbian Studies Conference held in May 1995. Link: QNA

25 November 1995

  • The second annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). Broadcasters Anita McNaught and Neil Waka start the Walk from Victoria Park at 11am. The route goes up College Hill, along Ponsonby, K' Rd and Queen St to Aotea Square. Link: NZ.com

1 December 1995

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated (Auckland). This year's theme is: shared rights, shared responsibility. In Auckland, the Quilt and Baton of Hope march is held. The Quilt is carried up Queen Street with 400 placards representing people who have died from AIDS related conditions in New Zealand. Events also take place in Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson. Links: NZ.com, New Zealand AIDS Quilt

2 December 1995

  • The first Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch). The event is held at the Ministry for "lesbians, gays, bisexuals and their friends.". Link: NZ.com

3 December 1995

  • The Coming Out Day parade takes place (Auckland). The parade begins at 2pm from Three Lamps Plaza, goes along Ponsonby Road and ends at Western Park. The 1994 parade attracted approximately 3,000 people. Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia
  • The AIDS Media Awards take place (Auckland). The New Zealand AIDS Foundation event is hosted by Ginette McDonald and Anita McNaught. It also features Michael Parmenter performing a dance from his work A Long Undressing. The event is held at the Sheraton Auckland Hotel and Towers. Link: NZ.com

9 December 1995

  • The controversial Robert Mapplethorpe Retrospective exhibition shows at the City Gallery Wellington (Wellington). City Gallery Director Paula Savage said "His work documents a pre-AIDS era in New York when homosexuality was given a social acceptability unseen for decades, perhaps centuries, and gay cultural blossomed." The exhibition runs from 9 December 1995 - 20 February 1996. Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia, City Gallery

23 December 1995

  • The Dyke Ball takes place (Christchurch). Link: NZ.com

1996

  • Mani Bruce Mitchell publicly comes out as Intersex (New Zealand). Mani is recognised as the first out Intersex person in New Zealand. Link: PrideNZ
  • Patrick Clotworthy stabs Wayne Cowan six times while shouting anti gay comments (Auckland). Clotworthy later pleads guilty in 1997 and 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. Link: Sensible Sentencing Trust
  • Television current affairs: The Faces of Love (New Zealand). The feature looks at children with AIDS in Romania. 20/20, ref: F48397. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television feature: For Arts Sake: Douglas Wright (New Zealand). An interview with choreographer Douglas Wright. The feature also includes Wright performing. For Arts Sake, ref F40348. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Television feature: AIDS and Love (New Zealand). Features an interview with Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross about her work with children with AIDS. Ref: F26300. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television feature: AIDS in the Community (New Zealand). Features an interview with AIDS counsellor Dick Johnstone, ref: F26299. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television feature: For Arts Sake: Michael Parmenter (New Zealand). An interview with choreographer Michael Parmenter. The feature also includes Parmenter performing excerpts from A Long Undressing. For Arts Sake, ref F42337. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Television feature: Women and AIDS (New Zealand). Filmed in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Ref: F26298. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The first Miss Riwaka Beauty Pagent is held (Nelson). The first pageant was held as a private function. Link: NZ.com
  • The Topp Twins television series begins (New Zealand). The series features the twins as Camp Mother and Camp Leader
  • 10 Years Since The Bill is published by Spectrum (Nelson). The booklet is published on the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, and recalls the campaign and perspectives of people in the Nelson region. The text is later published online. Link: Spectrum
  • Growing up gay : New Zealand men tell their stories by James Allan is published
  • Queer Nation begins screening on TVNZ It became the world's longest running free-to-air TV programme for an LGBT audience

January 1996

  • Labour MP Judith Tizard proposes legalising same-sex marriage (New Zealand)

19 January 1996

  • The play Eugenia premieres at Taki Rua Depot Theatre (Wellington). Eugenia is written and stars Lorae Parry. It's based on the life of Eugenia Falleni. Link: Wikipedia

25 January 1996

  • Composer Jonathan Larson dies (New York, United States of America). Larson's musical Rent was just days away from opening on Broadway when he passed away. Link: New York Times

27 January 1996

  • The Spectrum website is launched (Nelson). The website is one of the earliest group websites for gay and bisexual men in New Zealand. Link: Spectrum

5 February 1996

  • The first broadcast of Express Report occurs (New Zealand). The programme is a regular rainbow tv news and current affairs show. It is later called Out There

8 February 1996

  • Pride Stories our Mothers never told Us takes place (Auckland). The event is organised by the Pride Centre as part of the HERO Festival. It takes place at Footsteps Nightclub and features Mary O'Hagan, Clare Bear Reader, Robert Leak, Karin Kahurangi and Frankie Hill, poet and activist Uma Kali-Shakti, and comedian Philip Patston. Link: NZ.com

10 February 1996

  • The fifth Devotion dance party is held at Shed 6/Queen's Wharf Events Centre (Wellington). Link: Stuff.co.nz

March 1996

  • Tai Tahi Marsters is acquitted of attempted murder and causing Jim Curtis grievous bodily harm (New Zealand). Marsters hit Curtis using a glass decanter. Curtis is left with brain damage while Marsters is acquitted of both attempted murder and assault. At his trial Marsters uses the homosexual panic defence, claiming Curtis made a sexual advance. Link: Parliamentary debate

5 March 1996

  • The Census forms are constructed so the number of same-sex couples can be counted (New Zealand). Every person in a household is provided with their own individual form which includes questions about who they are living with. By cross-referencing data the number of same-sex couples living together can be calculated. Link: Stats NZ

13 March 1996

  • The Gay Association of Professionals (GAP) is formed in Wellington (Wellington). The Association changes its name to Rainbow Wellington in the mid-2000s. Links: Queer History NZ, LAGANZ

19 April 1996

  • The Pride Centre opens at its new premises (Auckland). The Centre is located at 33 Wyndham Street,between Albert and Hobson St, inside the Peoples Centre. Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)

24 April 1996

  • The High Court hears an application by three lesbian couples seeking a ruling on the legality of their marriage applications (New Zealand)

16 May 1996

  • Sexual 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. Link: BSA

19 May 1996

  • The 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

30 May 1996

  • The High Court rules that marriage in common law means between a man and woman (New Zealand)

23 June 1996

  • The Dunedin Pride festival takes place (Dunedin). The festival runs from 23 June-6 July. The festival begins with a dog show and soccer match and ends with a Masquerade Ball. Link: NZ.com

5 July 1996

  • The Presbyterian Church rules that lesbian and gay people may not be licensed or ordained as elders or ministers or put in positions of leadership (New Zealand). The decision was to be reviewed again in 1998

6 July 1996

  • The Gays and Lesbians Everywhere in Education (GLEE) National conference is held (Wellington). The theme of the conference is: empowering lesbians and gays in education. Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)

8 July 1996

18 July 1996

  • Singer Shona Laing comes out as bisexual during a concert performance (New Zealand). Laing's coming out was reported in Express magazine. Link: Wikipedia

August 1996

  • Gays and Lesbians in Business (GLIB) is formed (Christchurch). Link: Queer History
  • Mani Bruce Mitchell attends the world's first international intersex retreat (United States of America). During the gathering the documentary Hermaphrodites Speak was filmed which documented the experiences of seven people – including Mani's. Links: ITANZ, Youtube (1), Youtube (2), Youtube (3), WorldCat

21 September 1996

  • The Riding the Rainbow '96 conference takes place (Christchurch). The Pink Health conference's theme is self esteem. Link: NZ.com

October 1996

  • The building that housed Club 47 is demolished (New Plymouth). The building also used be the home of the Shelias Arms in 1992. Link: Fiona Clark

12 October 1996

  • MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) is defeated in the first MMP General Election (Auckland region). Carter was New Zealalnd's first openly gay Member of Parliament. He returned to Parliament in 1999. Link: Wikipedia
  • Tim Barnett (Christchurch Central, Labour Party) is elected in the first MMP General Election (Christchurch). Barnett, who is openly gay, would subsequently introduce the Prostitution Reform Bill (2003) and was heavily involved in the passing of the Civil Union Bill (2004). Links: Wikipedia, Parliament

4 November 1996

  • Bryan James Gardner murders David Shore in a hotel room (Christchurch). Gardener is sentenced to life imprisonment in May 1997. Link: Sensible Sentencing Trust

14 November 1996

  • A complaint against the Sexual Healing? documentary is upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (New Zealand). The documentary featured former homosexual Noel Mosen, and broadcast on TV One on 16 May 1996. Link: BSA

23 November 1996

  • The third annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). The Walk leaves from Victoria Park. Broadcaster Anita McNaught announces the start of the walk. Link: NZ.com

30 November 1996

  • The first annual Pride Weekend takes place (Auckland). The Staircase Nightclub hosts a Pride Party. A Pride Parade takes place on 1 December at 2pm - from Three Lamps Ponsonby to Western Park. It's followed by a Pride Picnic. Link: NZ.com

1 December 1996

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand)

14 December 1996

  • Teaser, a pre-Freedom dance party is held (Christchurch). The party is held at Bar Particular on 14 December 1996. Link: NZ.com

1997

  • Television footage: funding is being withdrawn from the HERO parade (New Zealand). The Drum, series 1 - episode 6, ref F86621. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Government stops funding Consistency 2000 - the Human Rights Commission's investigation into discriminatory legislation (New Zealand)
  • Broadsheet publication ends (New Zealand)
  • Emerging tribe: gay culture in New Zealand in the 1990s by Nigel Gearing is published (New Zealand)

2 January 1997

  • Morals campaigner Keith Hay dies (Auckland). Hay took a lead role in campaigning against homosexual law reform in 1985/86. Link: Te Ara

15 January 1997

February 1997

  • Television coverage: 1997 HERO parade (Auckland). Edited coverage of the 1997 HERO parade (22 February), featuring Anita McNaught, the Topp Twins, Petra Bagust, Jon Bridges and Nathan Rarere. TV3, ref F29050. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 February 1997

  • The second Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch). The party is at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street. Link: NZ.com

7 February 1997

12 February 1997

  • Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Peter Wells and Rex Pilgrim is launched (Auckland). The book is launched in the Wintergardens at the Auckland Domain

22 February 1997

  • The HERO parade takes place (Auckland). The parade runs from Crummer Road, into Ponsonby Road and then down to Three Lamps. It's broadcast on TV3. Link: New Zealand AIDS Quilt

27 February 1997

  • Labour MP Tim Barnett gives his maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

March 1997

  • Branches of the Gay and Lesbian Labour Party are formed by Tim Barnett and Chris Carter in Auckland and Christchurch (New Zealand)

8 March 1997

  • The Devotion dance party is held at Wellington Town Hall and Civic Square (Wellington). Link: Stuff.co.nz
  • The Devotion parade is held through the inner city on Devotion day (Wellington). The parade started at 12:30pm at Chaffers Park. It then moved around into Courtenay Place, through the centre of town, ending at Civic Square. A group of fundamentalist Christians protested along the parade route. Link: National Library

26 March 1997

  • The Awhina Centre at 35 Mein Street, Newtown is badly damaged by a suspected arson (Wellington). The Centre moves to 45 Tory Street

13 April 1997

  • Alyson Murrie-West is licensed as a Presbyterian minister at St Andrews-on-the-Terrace (Wellington)

May 1997

  • Patrick Clotworthy pleads guilty to assaulting Wayne Cowan in a side street off Karangahape Road (Auckland). 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. Link: Sensible Sentencing Trust

4 May 1997

  • International 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). Link: New Zealand AIDS Quilt

7 May 1997

  • The Intersex Society of New Zealand is launched (Wellington). The Society is launched by the Minister of Health Hon. Annette King at a function in the Council Chamber at Victoria University. The Society subsequently became a Charitable Trust on 26 March 1998. Link: ITANZ (pdf)

26 May 1997

  • Bryan James Gardner is sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering David Shore in November 1996 (Christchurch). Gardner tried unsuccessfully to use the homosexual panic defence. Link: Sensible Sentencing Trust

September 1997

  • Auckland City Council refuses to fund the Hero Parade (Auckland). The organisers had asked for $32,000 to crowd barriers and cleanup

24 October 1997

  • The first episode of Queer Nation is broadcast (New Zealand). Queer Nation began as a broadcast segment Express Report on Horizon TV in February 1996. It expanded into a half-hour format called Out There, and then became Queer Nation. ref TZP193773. Link: Nga Taonga

1 November 1997

  • The second Miss Riwaka Beauty Pageant is held (Nelson). The event is held at Braemar Gym, with formal dress (ball gown or suit). Link: NZ.com

10 November 1997

  • Richard Leonard is found guilty of killing Stephen Dempsey with a crossbow in 1994 (Sydney, Australia). Leonard claimed it was an act of self-defence after Dempsey propositioned him. Leonard was also found guilty of murdering a taxi driver. He was sentenced to life in prison. Link: Forensic Investigators

12 November 1997

  • The Rev. David Bromell, an openly gay man, is ordained in the Methodist Church (New Zealand)

29 November 1997

  • The fourth annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). Link: NZ.com

17 December 1997

  • The Court of Appeal turns down three lesbian couples' appeal against a High Court ruling against same-sex marriage (New Zealand)

1998

  • Television programme: Queer Nation, series 2 - episode 9 (New Zealand). Features the Ettie Rout organisation promoting safe sex in Christchurch, gays in the military, and lesbians in the film industry. Queer Nation, ref F38924. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Queer Nation, series 2 - episode 10 (New Zealand). Features Ben Hoadley, gay run guest houses, and the latest HIV/AIDS drug in New Zealand. Queer Nation, ref F38925. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Vanity fierce by Graeme Aitken is published (New Zealand)

1 January 1998

  • Jacquie Grant becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) (West Coast region). Grant is honoured for her work as a foster parent to more than 60 children. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Links: Te Ara, A Gender Variance Whos Who

5 February 1998

  • The HERO festival takes place (Auckland). The festival runs from 5 - 21 February. Link: NZ.com

7 February 1998

  • The Freedom festival and dance party take place (Christchurch). The Freedom dance party takes place on 14 Feburary at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street. Various other events take place: an art exhibition 3 - 21 February, a film festival 7 - 13 February, a picnic on 8 February, a cocktail party on 9 February and Bar Olympics on 12 February. Link: NZ.com

14 February 1998

  • The dance party Sprung at Devotion is held (Wellington). The party is held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. It followed on from the earlier Devotion dance parties of the 1990s. Link: Stuff.co.nz

21 February 1998

  • The HERO parade takes place (Auckland). The parade begins at 8.45pm and runs along Ponsonby Road. It includes 60-plus floats. Links: NZ.com(1), NZ.com(2)

22 February 1998

  • The HERO parade is broadcast on TV3 (Auckland). The parade happened the day earlier in Auckland and is broadcast nationally on Sunday at 9.30pm, ref F35117. Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, NZ.com

March 1998

  • The 13th annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington)

5 March 1998

  • Cabaret artist Mika donates a personal collection of materials to LAGANZ (Wellington). A ceremony is held in the National Library Auditorium. The collection consists of manuscripts and typescripts from Mika's shows, audio and video recordings, posters, photographs, personal memorabilia and curiosities. There are also props and costumes from the cabarets, such as Carmen's costume jewelry and "Carmen's aerobics leotards" press kits. Link: LAGANZ

14 March 1998

  • The Out of the Comfort Zone conference takes place (New Plymouth). The conference is organised by Taranaki Pride Alliance and is advertised as "a 2 day conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, takataapui and transpeople focusing on community building.". Link: NZ.com

9 April 1998

  • Dare, Truth or Promise by Paula Boock wins the NZ Post Children's Book Award (New Zealand). Link: Wikipedia

27 April 1998

  • Anti-homosexual stickers are distributed across Victoria University campus (Wellington). Salient magazine reports that at least a dozen commercially produced stickers which describe homosexuality as shameful and unnatural have been distributed across campus, one targeting Shane Town who had recently completed his PhD research on the difficulties faced by young gay men in New Zealand's secondary schools

May 1998

  • The Government announces a Human Rights Amendment that will prolong the Government's exemption from the Human Rights Commission Act indefinitely (New Zealand)

17 May 1998

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)

24 June 1998

  • Television drama: an HIV story-line on Shortland Street (New Zealand). Shortland Street, ref F36149. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

July 1998

  • Camp Mother (a.k.a. Lynda Topp) announces that she will run for Mayor of Auckland (Auckland). Topp decides to run against Les Mills who was against the HERO festival. She withdraws two weeks before the election
  • The Defacto Property Bill is introduced (New Zealand). It aims to standardise disposal of property on death or separation of unmarried couples (but not same-sex ones)
  • The Labour Relations Bill is introduced, granting same-sex partners leave for partners' sickness (New Zealand)

10 July 1998

  • Presbyterian General Assembly bans ordination of practising gay men or lesbians for one year (New Zealand)

2 August 1998

  • Television current affairs: Chris Arneson is being denied his US pension because of his HIV status (New Zealand). Arneson cannot return to the US to collect his pension because his HIV status is regarded under US law as "loathsome and contagious". 20/20, ref F36788. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 August 1998

  • Hamilton District Court rules a lesbian is liable for maintenance of a child born to her ex-partner during their relationship (Hamilton). There are no corresponding custody rights

19 August 1998

  • National Government introduces a Human Rights Amendment saying it will bring Government into line with HRC Act (with some exceptions) (New Zealand)

30 August 1998

  • Artist Toss Woollaston dies (Tasman region). Link: Te Ara

12 October 1998

  • Matthew Shepard is killed in Wyoming (United States of America). Link: Wikipedia

22 October 1998

  • New Zealand Navy announces a gay-friendly policy (New Zealand). It includes the issuing of pink triangle stickers to identify "safe places"

26 November 1998

  • The Government's Human Rights Amendment Bill is defeated (New Zealand)

27 November 1998

  • Auckland City Council, under new Mayor Christine Fletcher, grants $15,000 for Hero Parade cleanup (Auckland)

28 November 1998

  • The fifth HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). The Walk starts at 11am, leaving from Victoria Park. Link: NZ.com

5 December 1998

  • The Awhina World AIDS Day variety concert is held (Wellington). The concert takes place in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa, with funds raised going to the Awhina Centre. Link: Te Papa

23 December 1998

  • Television news report: fears that patients have come into contact with a worker who is HIV+ (New Zealand). One news, ref: F38793. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

1999

  • Get used to it! children of gay and lesbian parents by Pat Rosier and Myra Hauschild is published (New Zealand)
  • OUT! Magazine ends publication (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ
  • When two men embrace: the New Zealand anthology of gay and lesbian poetry by Jonathan Fisher published (New Zealand)

February 1999

  • Documentary: Follow The Yellow Brick Road (Auckland). The Auckland HERO parade. Includes interview material and footage of the parade. Produced by Triangle Television. Follow The Yellow Brick Road, ref F48156. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television feature: coverage of the HERO parade (Auckland). Coverage of the HERO parade, with Mika, Hori Ahipene, Georgina Beyer and Louisa Wall. TV3, ref F40007. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

19 March 1999

  • Dancer Freda Stark dies Link: Te Ara

14 April 1999

  • Television news report: call to ban HIV/AIDS refugees and immigrants (New Zealand). One Network News, ref F40637. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 May 1999

  • Teenager Jeff Whittington dies (Wellington). Whittington was murdered in Wellington by Jason Meads and Stephen Smith. Link: Wikipedia

16 May 1999

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)

4 June 1999

  • Television programme: Behind the Wheel - segment on a man planning on going in drag to the HERO parade (New Zealand). Behind the Wheel, ref F41334. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 December 1999

  • Jason Meads and Stephen Smith are found guilty of murdering teenager Jeff Whittington (Wellington). Link: Wikipedia

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

2 November 2002

  • The Gay Games and Cultural Festival 2002 take place (Sydney, Australia). The festival runs from 2-9 November

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

2010

  • Communication by Number 8 Films is released
  • Men Alone, Men Together by Mark Beehre is published

16 May 2010

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

5 July 2010

  • Television current affairs: where is the support for people living with AIDS in Papua New Guinea? Native Affairs, ref F200347. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

30 October 2010

  • An article profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force is published in Your Weekend (Dominion Post) (New Zealand). Out in Uniform, an article by Beck Eleven, is published in Your Weekend (Fairfax) magazine profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force including Major Brendan Wood and Lieutenant Commander Kevin Sanderson, Flight Sergeant Annette Walding and Flight Lieutenant Stu Pearce

5 November 2010

  • Phillip Sanders and David Galloway are found guilty of the manslaughter of Diksy Jones Galloway was [finally] sentenced to nine years imprisonment, and Sanders nine years and six months

22 November 2010

  • Television news report: Pope Benedict XVI suggests condoms can be a means of preventing HIV transmission (worldwide). Interviewees include Austen Ivereigh and Jason Warriner. TV3 news, ref F203361. One News, ref F203085. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

2011

  • The Colonel's Outing by Number 8 Films is released

12 January 2011

  • Television news report: Condemnation of Cook Island's treatment of a worker who is HIV+ (New Zealand). Features interviews with Patrick Holmes and Dr Jason Myers. One news, ref F203457. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

13 January 2011

16 January 2011

  • A lesbian couple's business is burnt down in a continued serious of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads

13 February 2011

  • Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier (Auckland). Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Television news report: the leaders of the two main political parties attend Big Gay Out (New Zealand). Features PM John Key, Phil Goff, and Jordan Harris from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. TV3 news, ref F206698. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

7 March 2011

  • Jason Meads is released from prison after serving a sentence for murdering Jeff Whittington in 1999 (New Zealand). Links: Stuff, Wikipedia

12 March 2011

  • 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames is held in Wellington The games ran for a week and included sports and cultural events plus a human rights conference
  • Queen of the Whole Universe (a slightly queer beauty pageant) takes place at the Opera House (Wellington). Link: Scoop

16 March 2011

  • 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames Human Rights Conference is held in Wellington

15 May 2011

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

25 June 2011

  • Sitaleki Koloamatangi attacks Trevor Kaukau leaving him severely brain damaged. (Auckland). Koloamatangi is later sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Links: GayNZ, NZ Hearld

3 October 2011

  • A couple's car is targetted in an ongoing series of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads

8 October 2011

  • Carmen Rupe celebrates her 75th birthday at The Taxi Club (Sydney, Australia)

19 October 2011

  • Willie Ahsee is found guilty of the manslaughter of Denis Phillips

20 October 2011

  • Around 200 people march on parliament campaigning for gay marriage and adoption. (Wellington). The march was part of the LegaliseLove campaign. Link: GayNZ

29 October 2011

  • Frank Lund (a.k.a. Toni Roget) dies (Wellington). Frankie was a female impersonator who created elaborate outfits (a number of them now are held by Te Papa)

19 November 2011

  • Piri Norris and Justin Elder have the first civil union at Parliament

10 December 2011

  • Phillip Cottrell is assaulted while working home and subsequently dies, Wellington

15 December 2011

  • Carmen Rupe dies (Sydney, Australia). Link: GayNZ.com
  • Willie Ahsee is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of Denis Phillips

21 January 2012

  • Out in the Square is held in Civic Square, Wellington It is the 27th annual gay and lesbian fair to be held in Wellington

23 January 2012

  • Roman Skorek is stabbed to death in Kuirau Park, Rotorua Four young men were charged with his murder

12 February 2012

  • Andreas Derleth wins Mr Gay New Zealand 2012 (Auckland). Link: GayNZ
  • Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier, Auckland It is estimated 14,000 people attended

14 February 2012

  • A lesbian couple saboutage the "win a divource" promotion on the The Rock radio station (New Zealand). Link: Gay NZ

15 February 2012

  • Green MP Jan Logie makes her maiden speech in Parliament Logie describes herself as a "leftie, feminist lesbian"

16 February 2012

  • Sam Johnson wins Young New Zealander of the Year Johnson was the founder of the Student Volunteer Army that assisted during the Christchurch earthquake recovery

28 February 2012

  • Nicholas Nitro is convicted on a charge of receiving commercial sexual services from a person aged sixteen Nitro is the co-owner of the Closet cruise club in Christchurch
  • Sitaleki Koloamatangi is sentenced to 12 months in jail for attacking Trevor Kaukau Koloamatangi was charging with "injuring that, had death been caused, he would have been guilty of manslaughter". Kaukau was left severely brain damaged

3 March 2012

  • Sea of Love float honouring Carmen Rupe is part of the Sydney Mardi Gras, Australia

4 March 2012

12 April 2012

  • Flags are flown at half-mast in memory of Corporal Douglas Hughes Flags are flown at half-mast on the final day of his tangi. Hughes committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being questioned about a situation with a subordinate soldier. Link: MCH

19 April 2012

  • Johnny Croskery dies (Wellington). Croskery was a female impersonator, volunteer and activist. Link: Tapatoru

14 May 2012

20 May 2012

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

1 July 2012

  • The Topp Twins first ever museum exhibition opens at the Waikato Coalfields Museum in Huntly (New Zealand). The exhibition, called Six Strings and Politics, opened with a concert featuring the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and the Cultural Performance Group from Huntly College

7 July 2012

  • Hui Putahi is held at Tapu te Ranga Marae (Wellington). The hui runs from 7-10 July. Link: PrideNZ.com

29 August 2012

  • The first reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

14 October 2012

  • Media report that MP Kevin Hague has drafted a bill to enable gay adoption (New Zealand). Link: Stuff

30 November 2012

  • Former MP Katherine O'Regan apologies for not including transgender people in the anti-discrimination measures of the Human Rights Act 1993 (Wellington). Link: PrideNZ.com

28 February 2013

  • Coroner Gordon Matenga rules Corporal Douglas Hughes committed suicide (New Zealand). Link: Stuff

8 March 2013

  • Former Labour MP Geoff Braybrooke dies (Palmerston North). Braybrooke had campaigned tirelessly against homosexual law reform in the mid-1980s. Link: Stuff.co.nz

13 March 2013

  • The second reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

27 March 2013

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) debates the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (New Zealand). MP Jacinda Ardern notes that her great uncle was imprisoned in 1948 for three years as the result of his sexuality. Link: PrideNZ.com

29 March 2013

  • Former MP Warren Freer dies (New Zealand)

17 April 2013

  • The third reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill passes its third and final reading: 77 ayes / 44 noes. Link: PrideNZ.com

21 June 2013

11 August 2013

  • Police search for Phillip Edwards after a child is abducted. (Auckland). In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee. Link: Gay NZ

19 August 2013

  • The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 is enacted (New Zealand). Link: Wikipedia

22 August 2013

  • Actor Wentworth Miller comes out in an open letter protesting Russia's anti-gay laws. (United States of America). Miller is best know for his role in the tv series Prison Break. Link: Stuff

31 August 2013

  • A quiz night raises $1,500 for the new Body Positive office in Wellington. (Wellington). Link: Gay NZ
  • An event to honour Peter Taylor is held at St Matthew-in-the-City. (Auckland). Taylor, who has been unwell for a number of years, tells media that he will stop medical treatments after the event. Link: Gay NZ

3 September 2013

  • Coroner H Brandt Shortland finds a teenager bullied for being "feminine", committed suicide. (New Zealand). Marvin Te Maunga Te Kotahitanga Peihopa died on 5 April 2009. Link: Stuff
  • Phillip Edwards is arrested after a child was abducted in August and later found abandoned. (Auckland). In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee. Link: Gay NZ

10 September 2013

  • A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington). The tour is organised by the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. Link: Gay Express
  • David Cunliffe stands down a campaign worker during his bid for the Labour Party leadership. (New Zealand). Jennie Michie is quoted as remarking earlier "It would be naive to imagine that there would be no resistance to a gay prime minister at this point". Link: Gay NZ

16 September 2013

  • Peter Taylor, a well known Auckland personality dies. (Auckland). Taylor died shortly after stopping treatments for long-term HIV and leishmaniasis infections. Links: GayNZ.com (1), GayNZ.com (2)

25 September 2013

  • Correction Minister Anne Tolley announces that transgender prisoners will be housed according to their legal sex. (New Zealand). At the time of the announcement there were nine transgender offenders in the prison system. Link: Stuff

27 September 2013

  • A national conference on HIV is held. (Auckland). The conference heard about the growing evidence of links between HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhoea and the HPV virus. Link: Gay NZ
  • Paul Findlay resigns as a board-member of youth group Q-topia. (Christchurch). A sexting conversation was publicized in the media allegedly between Findlay and a person identifying themselves as a fifteen-year-old. Links: NZ Herald, GayNZ

28 September 2013

30 September 2013

  • A public meeting is held to discuss safety on Karangahape Road. (Auckland). The meeting follows an increase in violence towards rainbow people in the Karangahape Road area. Link: K Road Community Safety

1 October 2013

  • Nathan Verhelst, a Belgium transsexual, dies through euthanasia Verhelst told media "None of these [gender reassignment] operations worked as desired ... I do not want to be a monster.". Link: Stuff
  • Solicitor General Mike Heron declines a request for a second Coronial Inquiry into the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes. (New Zealand). Hughes committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being questioned about a situation with a subordinate soldier. Link: Gay NZ

11 October 2013

  • The Beyond conference takes place (Wellington). The conference is organised by the Queer Avengers (Wellington) and aims to address the lived experiences of queer/trans people in relation to identity, race, disability, the media, healthcare, parenting, education and imprisonment (among others). Link: PrideNZ.com

17 October 2013

  • Geno Sisneros' complaint against the Anglican Church is dismissed by the Human Rights Tribunal. (Auckland). Sisneros complained that the Bishop of Auckland had prevented him from becoming a priest because of his sexuality. Link: Gay NZ

19 October 2013

  • The Government announces it will send a diplomat to watch over New Zealanders attending the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (New Zealand). Various Members of Parliament had requested the government help protect rainbow people at the games from discrimination and harassment. Link: Gay NZ

26 October 2013

  • Dramatist and performer Paul Jenden dies (Wellington). Jenden was a lyricist, writer and choreographer of numerous New Zealand productions. Links: GayNZ.com, Stuff

10 November 2013

  • The first Gay wedding expo takes place in New Zealand (Auckland). The expo at the Ellerslie Event Centre showcases over 150 wedding professionals. Link: Gay Wedding show

27 December 2013

  • Entrepreneur Tony Katavich dies (Auckland). Katavich created the Out! business empire with Brett Sheppard. Link: GayNZ.com

7 February 2014

  • Auckland Pride is held. (Auckland). Link: Gay NZ

19 February 2014

  • The second reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

6 April 2014

  • Dr Charles Farthing dies (China). Farthing was a pioneering doctor specialising in the early recognition and treatment of HIV/AIDS. He died while traveling in Hong Kong. Links: New Zealand Medical Journal, Wikipedia

9 April 2014

  • The third reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill passed its third reading unanimously. Link: PrideNZ.com

18 May 2014

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - Celebrating Age Centre), Wellington (2:30pm - Te Papa), Christchurch (6pm - NZAF Te Toka) and Invercargill (2:30pm - Knox Church). Link: Body Positive

12 June 2014

  • Writer and activist Pat Rosier dies (New Zealand). Link: LILAC

28 September 2014

  • Activist Porleen Simmonds dies (New Zealand). Link: LILAC

6 November 2014

  • Hui Takataapui takes place (Waikato region). The hui is held at Te Papa-o-Rotu Marae, Whatawhata. Link: PrideNZ.com

7 May 2015

  • Composer Jack Body receives the Icon Award - the Arts Foundation of New Zealand's highest honour (Wellington). The ceremony takes place at Mary Potter Hospice. Body dies three days later after a long battle with cancer. Links: SOUNZ, Wikipedia

10 May 2015

  • Composer Jack Body dies (Wellington). Link: Wikipedia

17 May 2015

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - University of Waikato Chapel), Wellington (12pm - Te Papa), Christchurch (6pm - Richmond Neighbourhood Cottage) and Invercargill (2pm - Knox Church). Link: Body Positive

3 October 2015

22 January 2016

  • Trans Prisoner Day of Action is marked (Wellington). Link: Indy Media

17 February 2016

  • Ferdinand Ambach is released from prison and immediately deported to Hungary (Auckland region). Ambach, a tourist to New Zealand, was found guilty in 2009 of the manslaughter of Auckland pensioner Ronald Brown. Originally charged with murder, Ambach successfully used the provocation (gay panic) defence, claiming Brown had made an unwanted homosexual advance. Link: Stuff

11 March 2016

  • The first ever intersex workshop is held in New Zealand (Wellington). Link: PrideNZ.com

22 April 2016

  • Shift hui takes place (Wellington). The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT and is for young people of diverse sexualities, sexes and genders. The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay. Link: PrideNZ.com

15 May 2016

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - Lady Goodfellow Chapel) and Wellington (4pm - Tararua Tramping Club). Link: Body Positive

6 July 2016

  • The rainbow flag is flown for the first time at Parliament (Wellington). The rainbow flag is flown for the first time on the forecourt of Parliament to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform

14 February 2017

  • The children's fairy tale book Promised Land is published (New Zealand). The book is co-authored by Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris. Link: PrideNZ.com

15 May 2017

  • Vicki Letele dies (Auckland). 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. Link: GayNZ

17 May 2017

  • Chelsea 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
  • The rainbow flag is flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington). 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)

20 May 2017

  • The Topp Twins exhibtion shows at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North). The exhibition, curated by Sian Torrington, runs from 20 May - 29 October 2017

21 May 2017

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City (Auckland). This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at Tararua Tramping Club (Wellington). This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand. Link: PrideNZ

23 May 2017

  • Butch: a photographic exploration by Rachel Hoskin exhibits at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North). The exhibition runs from 23 May - 18 June 2017

29 May 2017

  • Data 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. Link: RNZ

31 May 2017

  • GayNZ.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. Link: PrideNZ.com

2 June 2017

  • Dr David Lim is found guilty of stupefying and indecently assaulting patients (Hastings). Link: Stuff

7 June 2017

  • PPTA calls for gender-neutral uniforms and toilets be introduced into schools (New Zealand). The Taranaki Daily News reports that in its latest voluntary guidelines, the Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) calls for gender-neutral uniforms and toilets be introduced into schools. Link: Stuff.co.nz

16 June 2017

  • LGBTI rainbow advocate Aaron Fleming receives a Blake Leader Award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust (Wellington). The award was presented to Fleming by the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington. Link: Stuff
  • Mika X is confirmed as The Opportunities Party (TOP) candidate for the Auckland Central Electorate (Auckland). TOP was founded by philanthropist Gareth Morgan in November 2016. Link: Scoop
  • Purple Onion - a dance work inspired by the drag venue - is performed by Le Moana at the Hannah Playhouse (Wellington). The dance work had two performances - Friday and Saturday night at 9.30pm. Link: Stuff

20 June 2017

  • Athlete Blake Skjellerup says leading sporting bodies still aren't doing enough to counteract homophobia (New Zealand). Stuff reports Skjellerup saying "I still think within the professional sporting environment in New Zealand there is a fear by administration and athletes to step outside of the status quo, and to go against what has always been done, or in this case, not be done.". Link: Stuff

30 June 2017

  • Germany's Bundestag votes to legalize same-sex marriage The Bill is passed 393-226, with 4 abstentions and 7 absentees. Link: Wikipedia

4 July 2017

  • Sportsperson Cory McLennan reveals to the NZ Herald that he almost gave up on the sport due to fears about coming out as gay (New Zealand). Aged 19, McLeannan was the youngest person to sail solo from Port Taranaki, New Zealand to Mooloolaba, Australia. He came out in 2015. In 2017 he launched the Rainbow Racing project to promote a message of acceptance and inclusiveness. Link: NZ Herald

5 July 2017

  • Creative New Zealand announces writer Paul Diamond is the latest recipient of the Berlin Writers Residency (New Zealand). Diamond will spend up to 11 months in Berlin researching and writing a book about former Whanganui mayor, Charles Mackay, who was killed in Berlin in 1929 while working as a journalist. Link: Creative New Zealand

6 July 2017

  • Parliament apologies for the hurt and stigma caused by the historic criminalisation of consensual homosexual activity (New Zealand). During the first reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill, Justice Minister Amy Adams read the following apology "Today we are putting on the record that this house deeply regrets the hurt and stigma suffered by the many hundreds of New Zealand men who were turned into criminals by a law that was profoundly wrong, and for that, we are sorry.". Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
  • The first reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill unanimously passes its first reading. Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz

9 July 2017

  • In a radio interview National MP Chester Borrows says he has changed his mind on same-sex marriage (New Zealand). The departing Member of Parliament talks about how, after voting against Marriage Equality, now supports it. As celebrant he has married a gay couple. Link: RNZ

12 July 2017

  • Alison Mau is announced as a finalist in the Women of Influence awards (New Zealand). Established in 2012, the awards are run by Fairfax Media. Link: Stuff

18 July 2017

  • Johnny Lumsden admits in court to endangering the health of three men by criminal nuisance (Christchurch). After lying about his HIV status, Lumsden has unprotected sex with three men he met through social media. Link: Stuff

23 July 2017

  • Auckland Pastor Logan Robertson calls for gay people to be shot (Auckland). During a sermon at the Westcity Bible Bapist Church, Past Robertson states he isn't against homosexuals getting married "as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss...that's what should happen". Excerpts of the video sermon are then uploaded to Youtube. Links: NZ Herald, PrideNZ

18 August 2017

  • Dr David Lim is sentenced to five years in prison for indecently assaulting five male patients (New Zealand). Dr Lim was sentenced in the Napier District Court
  • Police say Pastor Logan Robertson committed no criminal offence with his hate speech (Auckland). In a sermon on 23 July, Robertson from the WestCity Bible Baptist Church in Avondale said "I'm not against [homosexuals] getting married as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss...that's what should happen". Police issued a statement to Newshub stating "no criminal offence has been committed". Link: Newshub
  • The National Day of Silence is held (New Zealand). The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools. Link: Day of Silence

23 September 2017

  • The General Election sees at least seven rainbow politicians in Parliament (New Zealand). Louisa Wall, Grant Robertson, Meka Whaitiri, Tamati Coffee and Kiritapu Allan (Labour Party); Jan Logie (Green Party) and Chris Finlayson (National Party). Link: Gay Express

25 September 2017

  • A same-sex couple are denied a church wedding by St Peter's Anglican Church (New Zealand). The Anglican Church denies Alexandra Saunders and Sara Rimmer the right to marry at St Peter's in Paekakariki. The churches nationwide position is to "uphold Christian marriage as a union of a man and a woman". Priests are not allowed to officiate same-sex marriages. Link: Stuff

12 October 2017

  • The immigration and protection tribunal grants residency to a trans woman on exceptional humanitarian grounds (Auckland). The tribunal decides she is safer to remain in New Zealand rather than having to return to the United Kingdom where she has suffered years of persecution. Link: Guardian

28 October 2017

  • Aunty Danas Op Shop opens (Wellington). The shop is located in the community centre at 128 Abel Smith Street. The shop raises funds for the national takataapui, transgender, and intersex organisation Gender Minorities Aotearoa. Link: Aunty Danas

20 November 2017

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated around New Zealand (New Zealand)

20 January 2018

  • So'oalo To'oto'oali'i Roger Stanley dies (Samoa). Stanley was the founder and President of the Samoa Fa'afafine Association. Links: Express, Samoa Observer

2 February 2018

  • The Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland). The festival runs until the 18 February. Link: Auckland Pride Festival

11 February 2018

  • Zena Campbell dies (Wellington). Campbell is found in a car in Aro Valley. Her partner was subsequently accused of murder, but the judge dismissed the charge on the day the High Court trial was due to start (12 February 2019). A pathologist said the death was "likely due to methadone and alcohol toxicity, or neck compression or some combination of the two.". Link: Stuff

12 February 2018

  • Dana de Milo dies (Wellington). Link: Facebook

17 February 2018

  • The Prime Minister marches for the first time in the Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland). Featuring more than 50 entries the parade will "march for peace, love and unity at a time of escalating global unrest, when human rights are increasingly under attack all over the world." The parade begins at 7.30pm at the north end of Ponsonby Road, near the Tole Street intersection, before progressing south along Ponsonby Road, and ending just past Western Park. Although former Prime Minister's Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley had attended previous parades, Jacinda Ardern was the first to march in one. Link: Auckland Pride Festival

24 February 2018

  • The Wellington Pride Festival Tu Whakahihi e Te Whanganui-a-Tara takes place (Wellington). The festival begins with Out in the Park and runs until 10 March. Links: Wellington Pride Festival, PrideNZ.com

9 March 2018

  • Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announces a Rainbow Crossing on Cuba/Dixon Streets as part of a new rainbow precinct (Wellington). The pedestrian crossing is due to be unveiled in the middle of 2018. Links: PrideNZ.com, Stuff

10 March 2018

  • The Wellington International Pride Parade takes place (Wellington). The parade begins at 7pm in Tennyson Street, moves into Cambridge Terrace, then through Courtenay Place until turning at Taranaki Street towards the waterfront. Link: PrideNZ.com

20 March 2018

  • A vigil is held for Zena Campbell who died on 11 February 2018 (Wellington). The vigil was organised by Bella Simpson and held in Civic Square. Link: PrideNZ.com
  • The outside of the Michael Fowler Centre is lit in blue, pink and white lights in memory of Zena Campbell (Wellington). Wellington Mayor Justin Lester wrote on his Facebook page "We're standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder with the pride and trans community.". Link: PrideNZ

26 March 2018

  • The Topp Twins: an exhibition for New Zealand is launched at the National Library (Wellington). The exhibition runs from the 27 March 2018 - 22 September 2018. Link: PrideNZ.com

27 March 2018

  • The second reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill unanimously passes its second reading. Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz

28 March 2018

  • The Committee of the whole House (Parliament) considers the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill (New Zealand). The Bill is reported back to the House without amendment. The report is then unanimously adopted. Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz

31 March 2018

  • International Transgender Day of Visibility is held (New Zealand). Link: Wikipedia

3 April 2018

  • The third reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill unanimously passes its third reading. Link: Parliament.nz

8 April 2018

  • The Dunedin Pride 2018 Hui Taurima Kahukura, Otepoti takes place (Dunedin). The festival is organised by *Q-Squared Trust, a new charitable organisation with a vision to "create an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQIA communities in Dunedin and surrounding areas."

9 April 2018

  • Award-winning hairdresser Derek Elvy dies (Wellington). Link: Stuff

10 April 2018

  • Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle says Israel Folau should have "put a positive spin on that same message" (Australia). Folua had earlier stated that homosexuals would go to "HELL" unless they "repent their sins". Link: ABC
  • The Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Act 2018 is enacted (New Zealand). Links: Parliament.nz, Ministry of Justice

20 April 2018

  • Shift hui takes place (Wellington region). The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT for "young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics". It takes place at Horouta Marae in Porirua. Link: InsideOUT

2 May 2018

  • Former MP Katherine O'Regan dies (Waikato region). 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. Link: Stuff

17 May 2018

  • The 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.". Link: Human Rights Commission
  • The transgender, bisexual, intersex and rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (Wellington). 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 2018

20 May 2018

  • International 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. Link: PrideNZ.com

4 June 2018

  • Jacquie Grant becomes an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) (West Coast region). Grant was awarded the honour for services to the community. She had earlier received the MNZM in 1997. Link: Stuff.co.nz
  • The Topp Twins are appointed Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand). The honours for Jools and Lynda Topp were announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Link: Stuff.co.nz

8 June 2018

  • New Zealand's first rainbow crossing is launched in Queenstown (New Zealand). The crossing on Beach Street was opened by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult. It is a joint initiative between Winter Pride (formerly Gay Ski Week QT) and Fluid. Link: Otago Daily Times

6 July 2018

  • Australian police charge Pastor Logan Robertson after allegedly harassing worshippers at two Brisbane mosques (Australia). Robertson faces deportation back to New Zealand. In July 2017 the Pastor called for gay people to be shot through the head. Link: RNZ

23 July 2018

  • UniQ Victoria pride week takes place (Wellington)

8 September 2018

  • Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at Q Theatre (Auckland). Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand. Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc

9 September 2018

  • Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at the Embassy Theatre (Wellington). Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand. Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc

10 October 2018

  • Wellington's rainbow crossing is launched (Wellington). The crossing on lower Cuba Street is New Zealand's second rainbow crossing (the first being in Queenstown). Link: Stuff.co.nz

16 October 2018

  • Media report that the government has lifted the cap on gender affirming surgeries (New Zealand). Up until this point, the State had only funded 3 male-to-female surgeries and 1 female-to-male every two years. From June 2018 the old cap became the new minimum number of surgeries every two years. Links: Newsroom, Guardian

22 October 2018

  • Kevin Baker, a.k.a. Buffy of Buffy and Bimbo fame, dies (Napier). Link: Dunstalls

2 November 2018

  • Activist Amanda Ashley dies (New Zealand). Ashley established the Rodney Area Rainbow LGBTQ+ group, campaigned nationally for an end to gay conversion therapy and started a petition which called for KiwiSaver funds to be made available for surgeries that were not publicly funded, such as gender confirmation surgeries. Links: Stuff.co.nz, Facebook

8 November 2018

  • The first Government and Partners Rainbow Conference is held (Auckland). Co-organiser Theresa Peters said that "the audience is mostly staff and government agencies. The Rainbow community will be presenting to us; it's about how we review our practices and policies to do better for Rainbow communities."

9 November 2018

  • The Board of Auckland Pride confirm their position that the New Zealand Police will not be marching in uniform in the 2019 Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland). The Board said that community feedback "indicated that whilst there is goodwill towards the NZ Police, as an institution they do not currently meet the degree of safety and awareness of intersectionality required by our rainbow communities.". Link: Auckland Pride

14 November 2018

  • Choreographer and dancer Douglas Wright dies (Auckland). Link: Stuff.co.nz

19 December 2018

  • The Auckland Pride Board announces that it is working towards a grassroots-led Pride Parade (Auckland). The Board said that "with a more community-based funding model, we have the challenge and opportunity to be creative on what the actual proceeding will look like.". Link: Auckland Pride

1 February 2019

  • Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland). The festival runs from 1-17 February. Link: Auckland Pride

9 February 2019

  • The first #ourmarch attracts an estimated 3,000 people (Auckland). The #ourmarch grassroots event replaced the Auckland Pride Parade which had been held annually since 2013. The march followed the "graduation route", from Albert Park, up Queen Street to Myers Park. Link: Gay Express

10 February 2019

  • The 20th Big Gay Out takes place at Coyle Park (Auckland). MP Tamati Coffey announced at the event that he and his partner Tim Smith are expecting their first baby in July. Links: Stuff.co.nz (1), Stuff.co.nz (2)

12 February 2019

  • A judge dismisses the murder charge against the partner of Zena Campbell (Wellington). Campbell's body was found in a car in Aro Valley on 11 February 2018. Her partner was subsequently accused of murder, but the judge dismissed the charge on the day the High Court trial was due to start. A pathologist said the death was "likely due to methadone and alcohol toxicity, or neck compression or some combination of the two.". Link: Stuff.co.nz

18 February 2019

25 February 2019

  • Minister for Internal Affairs Tracey Martin defers the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Bill (New Zealand). The Minister wanted to give people more opportunities to submit on the proposed changes as well as seek clarification on legal issues relating to gender self-identification. Link: NZ Herald

8 March 2019

  • Wellington Pride Festival takes place (Wellington). The festival runs from the 8 March - 24 March. To date, it is the largest Pride festival the city has seen with 128 events. Links: PrideNZ.com, Wellington Pride Festival

9 March 2019

  • The first Whanganui Pride March is held (Whanganui). The march went from by the market, along the river bank, over Dublin St Bridge, through Kowhai Park, over the City Bridge to the market. Link: Facebook

15 March 2019

  • The Christchurch mosque massacres take place (Christchurch). 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. Link: Wikipedia

16 March 2019

  • Out in the Park and the Pride Hikoi are cancelled following the Christchurch mosque massacres (Wellington). The Wellington International Pride Parade is also postponed indefinitely. Link: NZ Herald

17 March 2019

  • A Pride church service takes place at St Andrews on the Terrace (Wellington). Rev Dr Susan Jones reflects on Pride and the Christchurch massacre. The service happens less than 48-hours after the massacre of 51 people at two Christchurch mosques. Link: PrideNZ.com

18 March 2019

  • The Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (New Zealand). The flags are flown to mark the beginning of the ILGA World Conference 2019. They are flown at half-mast, along with New Zealand's national flag, in memory of those killed in the Christchurch mosque massacres. Links: Wikimedia (1), Wikimedia (2), MCH
  • The ILGA World Conference takes place (Wellington). The conference marks the 40th anniversary of ILGA, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. This is the first time the World Conference is held in Oceania. Link: IGLA conference
  • The Lesbian Community Radio Programme changes its name to the acronym QUILTED BANANAS (Wellington). The acronym stands for "Queer, Intersectional, Intersex, Lesbian, Takataapui, Trans, Enby (non-binary), Diverse ... Bisexual, Asexual, and Nanas (because a lot of us also identify as nanas). As a metaphor, the name QUILTED BANANAS is about celebrating all the slippery overlaps these communities can have, and how finding your identity within them can be as messy - but also as fun - as trying to quilt with bananas.". Link: Facebook

31 March 2019

  • Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters expresses concern at Brunei's intention to fully implement Sharia law (New Zealand). In a press release he said "New Zealand opposes any kind of discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation. We are also deeply concerned at the use of punishments that are cruel, inhuman or degrading." The laws would allow for the stoning and whipping to death of any citizens that were proved to be gay. Link: Beehive.co.nz

7 April 2019

  • Historian Gavin McLean dies (Wellington)

11 May 2019

  • The Wellington International Pride Parade takes place (Wellington). The parade was originally meant to take place on 16 March 2019, but after the Christchurch terror attacks on the 15th March, it was moved to 11 May. Links: PrideNZ, WIPP

17 May 2019

  • The annual anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day and International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) are marked throughout the country (New Zealand)
  • The NZ AIDS Foundation rails against Israel Folau with the #unfolau social media campaign (New Zealand). The campaign coincides with the annual Pink Shirt Day and IDAHOBIT. The NZAF says on social media "Homophobic comments have real, harmful effects on us. If you support the rainbow community, share this and #UnFolau anyone who thinks homophobia is free speech. Anyone who wants to share their beliefs otherwise, there is a certain bigot we can think of that might care to listen. Your comments will be deleted as we will #UnFolau you." The campaign met with mixed reaction, with some users describing it as bullying itself. Link: Facebook

19 May 2019

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services take place (New Zealand). Services are held at St Matthews in the City (Auckland), Lady Goodfellow Chapel (Hamilton) and at the Tararua Tramping Clubrooms (Wellington). The theme for this year is: reduce stigma, ensure access, increase resources, promote involvement. Link: Facebook

30 May 2019

  • Minister of Finance Grant Robert delivers the Budget which includes $3 million dollars for gender affirmation surgeries (New Zealand). The Government commits $750,000 every year for the next four years for the surgeries. Link: Facebook

1 June 2019

  • Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki apologies to the rainbow community (Auckland region). The apology happens during the Love is Greater Than Hate event at Destiny's Stand! Conference. Media report Bishop Tamaki as saying "It has never been my intent to cause hurt or harm." Referring to the Enough is Enough march in 2004, Tamaki said that if he had another chance "we'd do some things differently.". Link: Stuff

28 February 2020

  • The first case of COVID-19 is confirmed in New Zealand (New Zealand). Link: RNZ

20 March 2020

  • Sex-on-site venue Checkmate closes due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Wellington). The venue re-opens on 22 June 2020

9 April 2020

  • Former Vice Squad Detective Trevor Morley dies (Wellington). Link: PrideNZ.com

12 May 2020

  • Restaurateur Leo Molloy's interview on Newstalk ZB sparks a complaint to the Human Rights Commission (New Zealand). Reacting to Molloy's comments, complainant Benjamin Blackwell gave his opinion to Stuff "I get as a bar owner this is probably a stressful time for him, but to use your business and personal platform to channel that anger and frustration by singling out the gay community – when there is no proof of a correlation between the spread of Covid-19 and the LGBT community - is homophobic. Pure and simple.". Link: Stuff

17 May 2020

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held online (New Zealand). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical gatherings are cancelled and memorial services and messages are placed online. Link: Body Positive
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is marked (New Zealand)

1 June 2020

  • Georgina Beyer becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) (New Zealand). Beyer was awarded the honour for "services to LGBTIQA+ Rights". Links: Stuff.co.nz, Honours list

22 June 2020

  • Sex-on-site venue Checkmate re-opens (Wellington). The venue had closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but re-opened after New Zealand returned to Alert Level 1

26 July 2020

  • The web series Rūrangi has its world premiere (Auckland). The premiere takes place at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Link: Rūrangi

21 August 2020

  • The annual National Day of Silence takes place around the country (New Zealand). The event is a day of action in which students vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools. Link: Day of Silence

24 August 2020

  • The first ever National Schools Pride Week takes place (New Zealand). The theme is "Celebrating Pride in every school." The week is co-ordinated by InsideOut. Link: School Pride

14 December 2020

  • The NZ Blood Service relaxes restrictions on blood donation (New Zealand). The period for deferral for gay men is reduced from 12-months to 3-months. The same change also applies to sex workers who want to donate blood. Link: NZ Blood Service

1 January 2021

  • Vicki-Anne Heikell is awarded a Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand). Heikell is awarded the honour for services to heritage preservation and Maori. Link: New Year Honours
  • Victor Rodger is awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand). Rodger is awarded the honour for services to theatre and Pacific arts. Link: New Year Honours

3 February 2021

  • Auckland Pride takes place (Auckland). The festival runs from 3-28 February. Link: Auckland Pride

7 February 2021

  • Paparoa Pride Parade takes place (Northland region). The parade starts at 5pm from the Thirsty Tui Hotel. Link: Facebook

27 February 2021

  • Whanganui Pride takes place (Whanganui). The festival runs from 27 February - 6 March 2021. Link: Pride Whanganui

19 April 2021

  • New Zealand's border opens for the first time in over a year (New Zealand). For the first time in over a year, New Zealand's border was opened in a two-way quarantine travel bubble with Australia

17 May 2021

  • Rainbow community flags are flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington). This year, for the first time ever, five flags are flown: the Transgender, Rainbow, Progress Pride, Bisexual and Intersex flags. They're flown to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia. This is the first time the Progress Pride flag is flown. Unlike Gilbert Baker's Rainbow flag, the Progress Pride flag is copyrighted by its creator Daniel Quasar

20 June 2021

  • Abuse in Care inquiry hears children at Lake Alice were subjected to ECT treatment (Rangitikei region). TVNZ One News reports that children at the Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital in the 1970s were subjected to electroconvulsive therapy if they displayed signs of homosexuality
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