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Timeline: Palmerston North

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,

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:, LAGANZ

23 December 2006

  • Stanley Waipouri is killed (Palmerston North). Link:

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

8 March 2013

  • Former Labour MP Geoff Braybrooke dies (Palmerston North). Braybrooke had campaigned tirelessly against homosexual law reform in the mid-1980s. Link:

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