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Timeline: Arts

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


  • 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

22 October 1973

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


  • 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

September 1976

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

12 September 1978

5 September 1979


  • The play Blood of the Lamb by Bruce Mason premieres (Christchurch). The play focuses on a lesbian couple with child

9 June 1980

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

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

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)

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 September 1982

22 April 1983

  • The Topp Twins perform at Circa Theatre (Wellington)

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

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

10 November 1983

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

12 April 1985

  • Television: interview with rock group Queen before their Auckland concert (Auckland). ref: TZP448217. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

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

25 August 1991

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


  • 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
  • Aphrodisia by choreographer Michael Parmenter premieres at the HERO Festival (Auckland)


  • 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

February 1995

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

26 May 1995

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

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:

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:, Wikipedia, City Gallery


  • Growing up gay : New Zealand men tell their stories by James Allan is published

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


  • Emerging tribe: gay culture in New Zealand in the 1990s by Nigel Gearing is published (New Zealand)


  • Vanity fierce by Graeme Aitken is published (New Zealand)

9 April 1998

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


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


  • Laurie Guy's thesis Worlds in Collision: The Gay Debate in New Zealand 1960-86


  • Sucking feijoas by Jeff Buchanan is published


  • The Penguin book of gay Australian writing by Graeme Aitken is published


  • Gender and women's studies. Queer sexualities, histories and politics is published by Victoria University of Wellington


  • From Freyberg : a novel by Bill Edginton is published


  • Outlines: lesbian and gay histories of Aotearoa is published by Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand

12 April 2007

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

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


  • Teddy by Number 8 Films is released

April 2009

  • Bud by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington

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

12 November 2009

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


  • Communication by Number 8 Films is released
  • Men Alone, Men Together by Mark Beehre is published


  • The Colonel's Outing by Number 8 Films is released

12 March 2011

  • Queen of the Whole Universe (a slightly queer beauty pageant) takes place at the Opera House (Wellington). Link: Scoop

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

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

16 June 2017

  • 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

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:

26 July 2020

  • The web series Rūrangi has its world premiere (Auckland). The premiere takes place at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Link: Rūrangi