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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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Third Reading

On 3 April 2018, the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historial Homosexual Offences) Bill passed its Third Reading in the New Zealand House of Representatives. This followed the debate of the Bill in Committee on 28 March 2018.

The Third Reading is the last step in the House of Representatives before a Bill becomes and Act and passes into law. The final step is the Royal Assent, given by the Governor-General. The Royal Assent is very rarely denied. Details of the legislative process can be found here.

Thus, the Third Reading debate was an important step towards implementing a process for the expunging of historical homosexual offenses, as requested in the petition organised by the Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa.

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

You can view the raw video of the proceedings in Parliament on YouTube.

  1. Speech: Hon Andrew Little (Labour)
  2. Speech: MP Chris Bishop (National)
  3. Speech: Hon Grant Robertson (Labour)
  4. Speech: Hon Maggie Barry (National)
  5. Speech: MP Darroch Ball (New Zealand First)
  6. Speech: MP Andrew Falloon (National)
  7. Speech: MP Jan Logie (Green)
  8. Speech: MP Matt King (National)
  9. Speech: Dr Duncan Webb (Labour)
  10. Speech: MP Jo Hayes (National)
  11. Speech: MP Raymond Huo (Labour)
  12. Speech: MP Andrew Bayly (National)
  13. Speech: MP Louisa Wall (Labour)
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