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Wiping Historical Homosexual Convictions – Application Details

Wiping Historical Homosexual Convictions – Application Details

While consensual sex between men aged 16 and over has been legal in New Zealand since 1986, men with historical homosexual convictions can face ongoing stigma and prejudice. The Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Act 2018 came into force on 10 April 2018. It sets up a scheme to expunge (wipe) […]

Law Change Expunging Historical Homosexual Offences Passes With Unanimous Support

Law Change Expunging Historical Homosexual Offences Passes With Unanimous Support

Parliament has changed the law so New Zealand men with historical homosexual convictions can have them wiped from their criminal records. Consensual sex between men aged 16 and over was decriminalised in 1986, but convictions for offences before that time remained on record and could appear in criminal history checks. The bill was introduced in […]

Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History by Peter Wells

Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History by Peter Wells

When writer and historian Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongst his elderly mother’s effects, he realised that he had the means of retracing the history of a not-untypical family swept out to New Zealand during the great nineteenth-century human diaspora from Britain. His family experienced the war against Te Kooti, the Boer […]

International Women’s Day & #Suffrage125 – Social Media Posts

International Women’s Day & #Suffrage125 – Social Media Posts

Some highlights from Social Media on International Women’s Day and the celebration of 125 years since women were granted the right to vote – #Suffrage125 It’s #InternationalWomensDay! Today we’re remembering trailblazing NZ women, like NZ’s 1st woman MP, Elizabeth Reid McCombs #Suffrage125 #HeTohu https://t.co/snXWvNvqZw — Archives New Zealand (@ArchivesNZ) March 7, 2018 Happy International Women’s […]

100 Men Film

100 Men fast-tracks through 40 years of gay history via a countdown of filmmaker Paul Oremland’s most memorable shags. This isn’t just a blow-by-blow account of past glories; instead, Paul uses a personal lens to explore the key moments that have defined the contemporary gay experience. The significance of the men on Paul’s list varies, […]


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