2112 signatures received.
The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
Campaign update
On 6 July 2016, the petition was presented to Parliament by MP Kevin Hague. It was referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee, which sought public submissions on the issue.

At this stage, we are awaiting the report of the Select Committee.
Click here to learn more about the public submission process.
Should you wish to contact the Campaign to learn more, click here to view our contact details.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I support the aims of the petition?
On 6 July 2016, the petition was submitted to Parliament by MP Kevin Hague. While it is no longer possible to sign the petition, you can still assist formally by making a submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee; click here for details. Public submissions closed on 6 October 2016.
What does the petition call for?
The petition is aimed at getting Parliament to work toward reconcilliation with the gay community. It calls for two related actions: The petition only requests a pardon for men convicted of homosexual acts which are now legal. Convictions for homosexual acts with minors should remain on the books, and a pardon for those convictions is not requested by the petition. Only consensual acts should be pardoned.
How can I sign the petition?
The submission has been submitted to Parliament, and, therefore, it can no longer be signed. Many thanks to those who signed the petition and collected singatures.
How many people would be eligble for pardon?
Exact numbers are hard to come by, due to the classification system used to tally convictions. Information obtained through an Official Information Act request suggests the total is around 400. While obtaining this estimate, filters were applied to the data to try to remove convictions that we aren't asking for pardons on (see What does the petition call for?, above).

Not all of these 400 men would still be living. However, most of the convictions were handed down in the last decades before the 1986 reform, so it is likely that most of the men who would be eligble for pardon would still be living.
Is this campaign related to the one launched in the United Kingdom?
While on a similar subject matter, this campaign is not affliated with the similar one in the United Kingdom.

New Zealand has its own history with this issue, and it is important to recognise the differences therein, as well as the cultural differences found today.