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 2017 by the National Goverment Justice Minster, Amy Adams and then Andrew Little, Labour Government Justice Minister continued the process.

Little in parliament said.

“I would like to apologise again to all the men and members of the Rainbow Community who have been affected by the prejudice, stigma and other negative effects caused by convictions for historical homosexual offences.

“This Bill sends a clear signal that discrimination against gay people is no longer acceptable and that we are committed to putting right, wrongs from the past.”