21st August 2012
New Zealand’s Minister of Justice comes out in support of marriage equality and other LGBT rights 20
11:02 AM — The New Zealand Minister of Justice, who previously voted against the country's civil union legislation, has now come out in favour of marriage equality, same-sex couples adopting and legal recognition of gender identity for trans people.
20th August 2012
Australian Greens concerned over too-early vote on marriage equality bill 11
10:09 AM — The Australian Green Party have voiced their concerns over the government attempting to bring an early vote on the marriage equality bill in an attempt to clear it off the political agenda.
16th August 2012
Public debate about marriage equality to be held among Pacific communities in New Zealand 17
11:32 AM — Pacific leaders in Auckland, New Zealand say it is necessary for their communities to hold a public debate on the country's marriage equality bill to quell fears that it will cause conflict with Pacific churches and undermine "traditional values".
3rd August 2012
US band Train speak out about anti-gay website’s use of song 12
5:12 PM — San Francisco band, Train, are “upset” that their song “Marry Me” was used on a New Zealand website set up in opposition gay marriage.
1st August 2012
New Zealand: Equal marriage bill ‘likely to pass first reading’ 19
1:30 PM — A member's bill selected for a vote in the New Zealand parliament reportedly has enough support from MPs to pass its first reading.
30th July 2012
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
10th July 2012
Polynesia: Anglican Church to take view on gay weddings in 2014 5
10:23 AM — The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has indicated that a decision will not be made on the issue of marriage rights for gay couples until 2014.
11th May 2012
New Zealand prime minister ‘not opposed’ to marriage for gay couples 20
12:40 PM — New Zealand's prime minister has said he is 'not personally opposed' to allowing gay couples to marry, but added that it was not part of the government's legislative programme.
4th May 2012
New Zealand: ‘Gay times are over’ billboard provokes anger 22
12:12 PM — A billboard apparently directed at the first openly lesbian mayor in New Zealand with the slogan 'The gay times are over' has provoked anger from councillors.
5th April 2012
EA ‘harassed’ over gay video game characters 132
12:35 PM — Following the introduction of gay characters in recent game series, video game manufacturer EA says it has been inundated with anti-gay letters.
12th December 2011
Anti-gay US politician’s ‘secret life’ as sperm donor to lesbian couples 26
4:44 PM — An American politician who has campaigned against gay marriage has been accused of having a "secret life" as a sperm donor to lesbian couples. Bill Johnson, a 2009 conservative Christian candidate for governor of Alabama, has spent the last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, helping relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.
14th October 2011
New Zealand Labour will allow gay couples to adopt 21
7:21 PM — New Zealand's Labour Party says it will push for gay couples to be allowed to adopt. It will modernise the law "to ensure the widest pool of suitable adults is lawfully available to provide care to children in need".
7th March 2011
New Zealand sees high number of gay/bisexual HIV diagnoses 12
3:16 PM — New Zealand has seen an alarming number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV last year. According to the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago, 90 of the 149 new infections diagnosed last year were found in men who have sex with men.
28th February 2011
Website blaming gays for Christchurch quake shut down 23
9:19 PM — A website that blamed the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, on gay people, has been shut down by its Utah-based web hosting provider, BlueHost. It follows complaints from the readers of PinkNews.co.uk and other LGBT media.
24th February 2011
Christian website blames Christchurch Quake on gays 92
12:13 PM — Members of the LGBT community in New Zealand have denounced a US-based Christian website for blaming the Christchurch earthquake on vengeance from God because of the "amoral" behaviour of gays and lesbians.
11th January 2011
New Zealand McDonald’s lifts ban on some gay websites 1
10:52 AM — McDonald's says it has begun lifting the blocks on some gay websites in its New Zealand restaurants. The fast food giant was criticised by gay website GayNZ.com for blocking non-sexually explicit gay websites on its customer wifi network.
15th December 2010
Video: New Zealand airline pulls ‘anti-gay’ scene from safety film 31
5:00 PM — A New Zealand airline has ditched a scene from a safety video after complaints that it was anti-gay. Air New Zealand's inflight safety video features a flight full of rugby fans and some members of the All-Blacks national team.
31st August 2010
‘Ex-Gay’ organisation denied charitable status in New Zealand 10
2:58 PM — The New Zealand branch of an international "ex-gay" organisation which claims to offer "freedom from homosexuality" has been denied charitable status by the country's Charitable Commission.
2nd February 2010
New chick for lesbian albatrosses 8
11:23 AM — A pair of lesbian royal albatrosses in New Zealand have welcomed their first chick into the world. The couple, who live at Royal Albatross Colony on South Island, are not unique, but it is particularly unusual for lesbian albatrosses to successfully incubate an egg.
25th January 2010
Gym owner apologises for ‘soy makes kids gay’ email 21
12:43 PM — The owner of a New Zealand gym franchise has apologised after including an article on soy turning children gay in his email newsletter.