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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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Barnaby Joyce refers concerns about his citizenship to the High Court

Barnaby Joyce refers concerns about his citizenship to the High Court

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has told parliament he will ask the High Court to consider whether or not is he is eligible to remain in parliament because he it potentially a New Zealand citizen. Making a statement to parliament Joyce said he would be remaining in his roles as Minister for […]

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Aldous Harding: A different kind of party

Aldous Harding: A different kind of party

Aldous Harding’s self titled debut album was a music critics favourite. A collection of haunting and tragic folk songs that told epic tales. Now the Kiwi singer is ready to release her second album, the surprisingly titled Party. For her sophomore record Hannah Harding, who performs under the moniker Aldous, headed to Bristol to work […]

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New Zealand to remove historic gay convictions

New Zealand to remove historic gay convictions

New Zealand will follow the United Kingdom and several Australian states by removing historical convictions for gay offences. Apologising to people who had been convicted, New Zealand’s Justice minister Amy Adams said people convicted of indecency, sodomy or providing a place for homosexual acts would have their criminal records wiped. The government has ruled out any […]

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ANZ launch ‘Hold Tight’ campaign to support LGBTI acceptance

ANZ launch ‘Hold Tight’ campaign to support LGBTI acceptance

The ANZ bank has continued to show their support for LGBTI people, launching a new advertising campaign that highlights that many LGBTI people still wouldn’t feel comfortable holding hands in public. The financial services provider commissioned research on the topic and presents its findings ahead of Auckland and Wellington Pride festivals. The research shows New […]

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New Zealand pastor blames homosexuality for earthquakes

High profile New Zealand church leader Brian Tamaki delivered a sermon on Sunday, blaming same-sex marriage and homosexuality for natural disasters. The leader of New Zealand’s Destiny Church gave the sermon just hours before an earthquake shook the country’s South Island. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred around 95 km from the major city of Christchurch, […]

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