Legal Issues

Petition: Ban Gay Conversion Therapy in New Zealand

Petition: Ban Gay Conversion Therapy in New Zealand

Sign the Petition now calling for a ban on gay conversion thearpy. Often called gay conversion therapy, it’s illegal in some parts of the world, but not in New Zealand. “Therapy” is being offered to “cure” people who find themselves attracted to the same sex, where their attraction is contrary to their own religious beliefs. […]

Evolve Education Fires HIV Positive Women

Evolve Education Fires HIV Positive Women

Evolve Education, an early childhood education company, told parents of children the daycare manager was HIV-positive to dispel any “fear” they might have over possible “danger” to their children. Evolve Education chief executive Mike Finlay was reported as saying this was so the parents were “fully informed of the absolute situation and, if anything, the […]

Anglican Church Approves Possibility of Marriage Blessing

Anglican Church Approves Possibility of Marriage Blessing

The Anglican Church at their recent General Synod Te Hinota Whanui approved Motion 29 which opens the door slightly to recognising same-sex couples. The ruling means same-sex couples still can’t get married in an Anglican church, but they can now get a post-wedding blessing. However, that’s only if the bishop and diocese allow it – […]

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 […]

Stuff: Father’s moving tribute to murdered Zena Campbell

Stuff: Father’s moving tribute to murdered Zena Campbell

Chris Campbell, the father of Zena Campbell, thanked the crowd and gave a moving tribute to his daughter at the vigil at Civic Square on Tuesday night reported Stuff. About 100 people attended Tuesday’s vigil for Zena. The event opened with a karakia by takatāpui group Tīwhanawhana. A moment of silence was observed for Zena, […]

Justice Committee: Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill

Justice Committee: Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill

The Justice Committee has reported on the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill & Petition 2014/69 of Wiremu Demchick and 2,111 others. Compensation was noted as a point of difference from submissions received. The Justice Committee recommended that no compensation be paid as per Section 22 of the bill with the […]

Man charged in relation to death of Zena Campbell

Man charged in relation to death of Zena Campbell

Wellington Police have arrested and charged a 30-year-old Lower Hutt man with murder in relation to the death of Zena Campbell. Zena’s body was found in a vehicle in Aro Valley, Wellington at around 1.00pm on Sunday 11 February. The alleged offender was known to Zena. Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee from the Wellington Area […]

Pardon Me Alan Turing – 1 to 4 March 2018 – Bats Theatre Wellington

Pardon Me Alan Turing – 1 to 4 March 2018 – Bats Theatre Wellington

On the 6th July in New Zealand and 31st January 2017 in the UK, gay men were posthumously pardoned under a new law, but is it that easy? Is this what these men deserve? An eccentric Alan Turing, flamboyant Oscar Wilde and their modern day prince, meet across the centuries to ask those very questions. […]

Police launch one-of-a-kind Rainbow police car for Pride Parade

Police launch one-of-a-kind Rainbow police car for Pride Parade

New Zealand Police have launched a specially designed one-of-a-kind Rainbow police car for this year’s Pride Parade and the associated Pride festival week events. The Rainbow car has been created to mark NZ Police’s commitment to diversity and to acknowledge the important relationship between Police and New Zealand’s Rainbow community. Police Commissioner Mike Bush says […]


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