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The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
Campaign update
Last updated 8 August 2017
On 6 July 2017, the New Zealand House of Representatives formally apologised for the past convictions of men for consensual homosexual acts. This is an important step towards reconciliation, and one of the remedies requested by the petition organised by the Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa.

Click here to learn more about the apology and watch the raw footage of the proceedings in Parliament.

At this stage, a Bill to put in place a process for issuing pardons to men unjustly convicted has been referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. Public submissions are currently being accepted regarding the Bill. The submission process will be open until Friday 18 August 2017.

Click here to learn more about the submission process.
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Formal apology

Only 6 July 2017, the New Zealand House of Representatives formally apologised for the past convictions of men for consensual homosexual activity. This formality included speeches made by various Members of Parliament (representing almost all political parties in The House), and a motion to formally apologise. At the same time, a motion was past to read the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historial Homosexual Offences) Bill for the first time.

The apology was one of the two remedies requested by the petition organised by the Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa. The First Reading is an important step towards implementing the other remedy. You can read the full text of the petition here.

An (uncorrected) transcript of all of the speeches can be found here.

You can view the raw video of the proceedings in Parliament here, on YouTube. The entire video takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to run.

You can also skip to a specific part of the proceedings by selecting a piece of the outline, below. The speeches are either 5 or 10 minutes, depending on whether the speech was part of a "split call" or not.
  1. Speech: Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice (National)
  2. Acknowledgement Waiata
  3. Speech: MP Grant Robertson (Labour)
  4. Speech: MP Paul Foster-Bell (National)
  5. Speech: Hon Annette King (Labour)
  6. Speech: MP Sarah Dowie (National)
  7. Speech: MP Jan Logie (Green)
  8. Speech: MP Denis O'Rourke (New Zealand First)
  9. Speech: MP Jono Naylor (National)
  10. Speech: MP Marama Davidson (Green)
  11. Speech: MP Marama Fox (Māori)
  12. Speech: MP Chris Bishop (National)
  13. Speech: MP Louisa Wall (Labour)
  14. The Motion is Put to Read the Bill a First Time
  15. The House Apologises
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