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The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
Last updated 8 April 2018
On 3 April 2018, the New Zealand House of Representatives voted unanimously
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
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
You can view the raw video of the proceedings in Parliament on YouTube.
- Speech: Hon Andrew Little (Labour)
- Speech: MP Chris Bishop (National)
- Speech: Hon Grant Robertson (Labour)
- Speech: Hon Maggie Barry (National)
- Speech: MP Darroch Ball (New Zealand First)
- Speech: MP Andrew Falloon (National)
- Speech: MP Jan Logie (Green)
- Speech: MP Matt King (National)
- Speech: Dr Duncan Webb (Labour)
- Speech: MP Jo Hayes (National)
- Speech: MP Raymond Huo (Labour)
- Speech: MP Andrew Bayly (National)
- Speech: MP Louisa Wall (Labour)
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