Politics

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 […]

Stephen Berry ACT Party – Pharmac’s anti-HIV drug subsidy is an own goal for LGBT

Stephen Berry ACT Party – Pharmac’s anti-HIV drug subsidy is an own goal for LGBT

Stephen Berry writing in The Spinoff asks with Truvada costing $900 a month, should Pharmac be subsidising it when generics are available for just $1 a day? Berry’s key points are: It is expensive – $900 a month versus generic PrEP at a cost of $1 a day ( NZAF suggest import cost of $50 […]

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 […]

Rainbow Crossing planned for Wellington

Rainbow Crossing planned for Wellington

Justin Lester, Mayor of Wellington City, announced on the eve of the Wellington Pride Parade a Rainbow Crossing will be installed later this year in Wellington City. This Rainbow Crossing, which will be installed on Cuba/Dixon Streets is something Wellington City Council have been working on for a while and has strong community support. Stuff: […]

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 […]

Christchurch Council to Fly Pride Flag – 15 to 25 March 2018

Christchurch Council to Fly Pride Flag – 15 to 25 March 2018

Members of the Christchurch Pride Committee came to council this morning to present what activities and events that will be taking place over Pride Week 15th – 25th March 2018 The committee asked for the Pride Flag to be flown over the time and we have agreed to do that. Website: chchpride.co.nz

Christchurch Pride – Inclusion of Sex on Site Venue

Christchurch Pride – Inclusion of Sex on Site Venue

Christchurch Pride have confirmed that some people find the inclusion of a sex on site venue during pride week as an issue. They have put a post on facebook to explain this inclusion which has prompted some interesting discussion on the issues of sexuality and gender. Their post is below and the comments on it […]

Rainbow organisations question government election promises

Rainbow organisations question government election promises

Nine of New Zealand’s leading rainbow organisations have written to various ministers of the new government about the campaign promises made to the rainbow community, asking to see action and prioritisation of rainbow community issues. After an election campaign which featured many historic commitments, rainbow organisations around the country have sent letters to Minister of […]


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