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The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
Campaign update
Last updated 8 April 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. Note that some specific aspects of the procedure are not (as of 8 April 2018) available, but will likely be forthcoming shortly. 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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External media items

Below is a list of media items about the petition, which were released by various news agencies and organisations. This list is provided in the hope that it will be helpful, but none of these items are endorsed by the Campaign.

If you are interested in the formal apology given by the New Zealand House of Representatives on 6 July 2017, including raw video footage, please click here.

New Zealand Passes Law To Erase Historic Gay Convictions
Type: Community news release
Publisher: Gay Community News (Ireland)
Date: 5 April 2018

Homosexual convictions expungement Bill passed
Type: News
Publisher: NZ Newswire via Otago Daily Times
Date: 4 April 2018

Unanimous support for law change expunging historical homosexual offences
Type: News
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 4 April 2018

Historical homosexual offence expungement bill passed
Type: Press release
Publisher: New Zealand Law Society
Date: 4 April 2018

Beautiful decision to expunge homosexual crimes – congratulations NZ
Type: Opinion piece
Publisher: The Daily Blog
Date: 4 April 2018

Historical Homosexual Convictions Legislation Passes
Type: Community news release
Publisher: express Magazine
Date: 4 April 2018

New Zealand unanimously passes law to wipe historic gay sex convictions
Type: Community news release
Publisher: PinkNews
Date: 4 April 2018

MPs vote for historical homosexual convictions to be wiped
Type: News
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 3 April 2018

Historical homosexual convictions to be wiped
Type: News
Publisher: NewsHub
Date: 3 April 2018

Bill wipes historic homosexual convictions
Type: Press release
Publisher: New Zealand Government (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 3 April 2018

Homosexual convictions will be wiped
Type: News
Publisher: ESL News New Zealand
Date: 3 April 2018

Parliament passes law to wipe convictions for homosexual offences
Type: News
Publisher: Newstalk ZB
Date: 3 April 2018

New Zealand to wipe criminal records of people convicted of historical homosexual offences
Type: News
Publisher: The Independent (United Kingdom)
Date: 3 April 2018

Hallelujah Parliament to pass law allowing for wiping of convictions for engaging in homosexual behaviour
Type: Opinion piece
Publisher: The Standard
Date: 3 April 2018

Parliament votes to allow wiping of homosexual convictions with new law
Type: News
Publisher: Stuff.co.nz
Date: 3 April 2018

Unjust gay convictions one step closer to being wiped
Type: Press release
Publisher: New Zealand Government (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 27 March 2018

Men convicted for homosexual activity receive apology from government
Type: News
Notes: no audio
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 6 July 2017

Gay men to get apology for past convictions
Type: Audio item including interview
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 6 July 2017

Emotion as Parliament apologises to men convicted for homosexuality
Type: News
Note: contains video
Publisher: New Zealand Herald
Date: 6 July 2017

Green MP Marama Davidson speaks of the harrowing impact of homophobia on family
Type: News
Publisher: New Zealand Herald
Date: 6 July 2017

Apology to men convicted of historical homosexual offences
Type: Speech transcript
Publisher: Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 6 July 2017

Historic moment for NZ gay community
Type: Press release
Publisher: Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 6 July 2017

ACT welcomes expungement of homosexual convictions
Type: Press release
Publisher: ACT Party (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 6 July 2017

The moment Amy Adams apologises on behalf of Government for convicting gay men for homosexual acts
Type: News; Video item
Note: includes partial transcript
Publisher: TVNZ (TV1)
Date: 6 July 2017

Government apology to gay men convicted of homosexual acts today
Type: News; Video items
Publisher: TVNZ (TV1)
Date: 6 July 2017

Statement for Homosexual Convictions Apology
Type: Press release
Publisher: Rainbow Wellington (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 5 July 2017

Government to apologise for historical homosexual convictions
Type: News
Notes: no audio
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 5 July 2017

Parliament to formally apologise for homosexual convictions
Type: News
Publisher: Stuff.co.nz
Date: 5 July 2017

Government decided against formal pardon for pre-1986 homosexual offences
Type: News
Notes: contains video
Publisher: New Zealand Herald
Date: 28 June 2017

Bill to wipe historical homosexual convictions introduced
Type: Press release
Publisher: Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 28 June 2017

Finally, a glimpse of justice for gay men with criminal convictions
Type: Opinion piece
Publisher: The Dominion Post
Date: 14 February 2017

Scheme to wipe homosexual offences "just and humane"
Type: Opinion piece
Publisher: The Press
Date: 13 February 2017

Process for quashing gay convictions may "retraumatise" men
Type: News; interview
Notes: no audio
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 10 February 2017

Government to quash historic gay sex convictions
Type: News; video item
Publisher: NewsHub / TV3
Date: 9 February 2017

Government moves to wipe historical homosexual convictions
Type: News
Notes: no audio
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 9 February 2017

NZ Government to quash historic gay sex convictions
Type: News
Notes: contains video
Publisher: New Zealand Herald
Date: 9 February 2017

New hope as law to pardon gay men's convictions moves ahead
Type: News
Publisher: Stuff.co.nz
Date: 9 February 2017

Government announces plans to wipe historical homosexual convictions
Type: News
Note: contains video
Publisher: Stuff.co.nz
Date: 9 February 2017

Government sorry for stigma of historical sex convictions as homosexual crimes are wiped
Type: Archived microblog feed
Publisher: Stuff.co.nz
Date: 9 February 2017

Government offers pardons to gay men convicted of homosexual acts
Type: News; Video item
Publisher: TVNZ (TV1)
Date: 9 February 2017

Labour welcomes move to quash convictions
Type: Press release
Publisher: New Zealand Labour Party (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 9 February 2017

Historical homosexual convictions eligible to be wiped
Type: Press release
Publisher: Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice (via Scoop.co.nz)
Date: 9 February 2017

NZ Government to consider erasing historic gay sex convictions
Type: News
Publisher: New Zealand Herald
Date: 15 December 2016

Homosexual convictions before law reform could be pardoned next year
Type: Video item
Publisher: TVNZ (TV1)
Date: 14 December 2016

Call for views on gay pardon petition
Type: News
Notes: no audio
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 28 August 2016

Pardons considered for men convicted of homosexual acts
Type: News; audio item
Publisher: NewstalkZB
Date: 25 August 2016

Editorial: Gays deserve an apology for decades of legal oppression
Type: Opinion piece
Publisher: Stuff.co.nz
Date: 11 July 2016

Commission celebrates 30 years of Homosexual Law Reform Act
Type: Press release
From: Human Rights Commission
Date: 8 July 2016

30th anniversay of homosexual law reform marked at Parliament
Type: Audio item
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 7 July 2016

Government to consider pardons for gay men
Type: Audio item
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 7 July 2016

Commission joins calls for pardons
Type: News
Publisher: New Zealand Herald
Date: 7 July 2016

Editorial on governments reaction to the petition
Type: Opinion piece
Publisher: Gay Express
Date: 7 July 2016

Raw video of petition being presented to Parliament
Type: Video item
Publisher: Parliament Video on Demand (inthehouse.co.nz)
Date: 6 July 2016

Wrongful convictions for being gay need to be overturned
Type: Press release
From: MP Kevin Hague
Date: 6 July 2016

Interview with campaign organiser
Type: Audio item
Publisher: Radio New Zealand
Date: 6 July 2016

Petition tabled in Parliament calling for a Government apology for convicted homosexuals
Type: News
Publisher: Stuff.co.nz
Date: 6 July 2016

Reversing homosexual sex convictions 'too difficult'
Type: News
Publisher: New Zealand Herald
Date: 6 July 2016

Thirty years on, campaign to pardon gay men convicted under restrictive laws continues
Type: Video item
Publisher: TVNZ (TV1)
Date: 6 July 2016

Petition to be Tabled in Parliament to Pardon Wrongful Homosexuality Convictions
Type: News
Publisher: Gay Express
Date: 6 July 2016

Petition to wipe homosexual convictions reaches Parliament
Type: Video item
Publisher: NewsHub / TV3
Date: 6 July 2016

Campaign to pardon convicted gay men
Type: News
Notes: no audio
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 2 Febuary 2015

Interview with campaign organiser
Type: Audio item
Publisher: Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Radio New Zealand)
Date: 2 February 2015

Pardon petition needs community action
Type: Community news release
Publisher: GayNZ.com
Date: 7 December 2014
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