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Liberal Senator Ben Small resigns over potential dual nationality

Liberal Senator Ben Small resigns over potential dual nationality

Liberal Senator Ben Small has resigned from the Australian Parliament after he realised he was in breach of Section 44 of the constitution. The Western Australian senator was unaware that he qualified to apply for dual New Zealand citizenship. Small is up for re-election and is placed third of the Liberal ticket behind Senators Michaelia […]

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Hermitude emerge for the new year with new single ‘St Claire’

Hermitude emerge for the new year with new single ‘St Claire’

This week ARIA-chart topping duo, Luke Dubber (Dubs) and Angus Stuart (El Gusto) aka Hermitude return with their new single, St Claire. Born from a writing trip to New Zealand’s southern coastal city, Dunedin, and later recorded in their Blue Mountains-based hometown of Blackheath, St Claire marks a visceral re-energising and musical homecoming for the pair, […]

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Trans athletes Laurel Hubbard and Quinn make Olympic history

Trans athletes Laurel Hubbard and Quinn make Olympic history

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has made history as one of the first transgender athletes at the Olympics. Hubbard’s quest for Olympic gold has come to a sudden end though, she failed on all three of her snatch lifts, eliminating her before the clean and jerk round. As she did not have a successful lift in the […]

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New Zealand introduces ‘conversion therapy’ legislation

New Zealand introduces ‘conversion therapy’ legislation

New Zealand’s government has introduced legislation into the state’s parliament that will band conversion practices across the nation. The bill is aimed at ending practices that try to convince people that their sexuality or gender identity can be changed via counselling or other sometimes torturous practices. “Those who have experienced conversion practices talk about ongoing […]

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New Zealand commits to introducing laws to ban conversion therapy

New Zealand commits to introducing laws to ban conversion therapy

New Zealand has committed to bringing in legislation that will outlaw conversion therapy and other practices that aim to suppress a person’s sexuality or gender identity. Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern had previously voiced a commitment to brining in the laws, but now the government has set a timeline for bringing in the legislation. The Greens […]

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Jacinda Ardern re-elected, NZ Parliament breaks LGBTQ+ record

Jacinda Ardern re-elected, NZ Parliament breaks LGBTQ+ record

New Zealand Labour has returned to government across the Tasman Sea, massively increasing their number of seats in Wellington. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will return with 64 seats in the Lower House, up 18 from the last election in 2017. New Zealand Greens, Māori Party and ACT New Zealand also won seats from the Conservatives […]

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Jacinda Ardern promises conversion therapy ban if re-elected

Jacinda Ardern promises conversion therapy ban if re-elected

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pledged to ban the practice of LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy if her government is re-elected for another term when Kiwis head to the polls on 17th October. In an interview with New Zealand publication Express the Prime Minister shared how the queer film Latter Days had a left a lasting impression on […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1986 New Zealand decriminalises homosexuality

In 1986 New Zealand decriminalised homosexuality On this day in 1986 New Zealand passed the Homosexual Law Reform Act that decriminalized homosexuality removing British colonial laws. The country had adopted English laws in in 1840 which made homosexual acts punishable by death. In 1893 the laws were broadened so that even consensual sexual activity between […]

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New Zealand child care centre reveals staff member’s HIV status

New Zealand child care centre reveals staff member’s HIV status

A child care centre in New Zealand is in the spotlight after it revealed an employees HIV status to parents before terminating the employee. Gayle Jonker was diagnosed with HIV in 2011, and until now she’d found employers were happy for her to talk to parents about her status if they became aware that she […]

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New Zealand to leave gender and sexuality out of 2018 Census

New Zealand to leave gender and sexuality out of 2018 Census

The New Zealand government has decided that questions of sex, sexuality, and gender will be left out of the 2018 census following 2016 and 2017 data collected having been ruled invalid on “statistical grounds”. Statistics Minister James Shaw explained the decision last Monday to The AM. “The problem is that people put down different answers, […]

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