2112 signatures received.
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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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I support the aims of the petition?
The two requests of the campaign have been realised: a formal apology in Parliament, and that of having a process for men to have their historical homosexual convictions expunged. The second aim was achieved when Parliament passed legislation which created the legal basis for a process of expungement.

Therefore, the campaign is likely at its end. We extend our deepest thanks to everyone who supported the campaign.
What did the petition call for?
The petition was aimed at getting Parliament to work toward reconcilliation with the gay community. It called for two related actions: The petition only requested 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 apply to have my conviction expunged?
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. Note that some specific aspects of the procedure are not (as of 8 April 2018) available, but will likely be forthcoming shortly. You may also wish to review the text of the relevant Bill.
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 an expungement of their convictions?
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 at least 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). Other sources have suggested the number could be considerably higher, perhaps closer to 1000.

Not all of the eligible 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 an conviction expungement would still be living. The Campaign asked for a pardoning process to be available for those eligible men who are deceased, and such a process has been included in the final legislation.
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.