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11 June 1976

1979

  • The Hecate Women's Health Collective opens (Wellington). The Collective is located at 6 Boulcott Street

4 September 1979

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)

1983

  • The first AIDS cases are reported in New Zealand (New Zealand). Link: UNAIDS

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

15 September 1983

1 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

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

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: Man with AIDS dies in Taranaki Base Hospital (Taranaki region). ref: TZP18581. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

August 1984

  • 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

28 September 1984

26 October 1984

  • Television: AIDS discussed by the Symposium on sexually transmitted diseases (New Zealand). ref: TZP15029. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 November 1984

  • Television: Patients at the Blood Transfusion Centre tested for AIDS antibody (Australia). ref: TZP115259. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

16 November 1984

  • 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

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

14 December 1984

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

12 February 1985

14 March 1985

  • 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

2 April 1985

  • Television news report: Auckland Blood Transfusion Centre evaluating new testing kits (Auckland). ref: TZP134241. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The media reports the Auckland Blood Transfusion Service is sampling AIDS testing kits (Auckland)

9 April 1985

  • Television news report: blood samples from haemophiliacs in Christchurch have been sent to Australia for AIDS testing (New Zealand). ref: TZP129143. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: haemophiliac man found out he has antibodies for the HDLU3 virus which has been linked to AIDS (Christchurch). ref: TZP129047. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 April 1985

  • 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: new government funding for AIDS research programme (New Zealand). ref: TZP17894. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The Government announces funding for a blood screening program to combat the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)

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

24 May 1985

  • 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
  • Television news report: Doctor David Cooper interviewed about AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP137344. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 June 1985

  • 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: The Department of Health wants to educate at risk groups about AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP13293. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

18 June 1985

  • 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

6 August 1985

  • The media reports blood testing kits are now available to test for AIDS (New Zealand)

9 September 1985

  • The media reports New Zealand's eleventh case of AIDS (New Zealand)

21 October 1985

  • Testing of all donated blood for AIDS antibodies begins (New Zealand)

11 April 1987

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

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

31 October 1994

21 October 1995

  • 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

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

21 September 1996

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

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

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

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

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

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

28 February 2020

  • The first case of COVID-19 is confirmed in New Zealand (New Zealand). Link: RNZ

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

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

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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