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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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Second Reading

On 27 March 2018, the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historial Homosexual Offences) Bill passed its Second Reading in the New Zealand House of Representatives. The Second Reading of the Bill was one of the first steps taken by the Sixth Labour Government; the First Reading and formal apology took place under the Fifth National Government.

The Second Reading 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 Second Reading can be found here.
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