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The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
Campaign update
Last updated 27 September 2018
On 3 April 2018, the New Zealand House of Representatives voted unanimously to accept the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historial Homosexual Offences) Bill at its Third Reading. This means there is now a legal basis for a process to expunge convictions for consensual historical homosexual acts. This follows the formal apology of the House of Representatives on 6 July 2017.

If you wish to apply to have your convictions expunged, or you wish to represent someone else in the expungement process, we suggest that you read the following resources published by the Ministry of Justice. The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa is deeply grateful to all who have helped to reach this stage. Essentially, all requests by the Campaign have been granted by the Government; this means that the Campaign is likely at an end. However, we still welcome your contacting us.
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Formal apology

On 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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