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.
16th November 2009
‘Homophobic’ Beenie Man concerts axed in Australia and New Zealand 13
11:41 AM — A string of concerts by Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man have been cancelled after organisers faced a wave of protest from gay rights groups. Big Day Out said his appearance would "mar" the festival for many people.
13th November 2009
New Zealand festival under pressure over homophobic reggae star Beenie Man 10
4:08 PM — Big Day Out, the New Zealand music festival, is under pressure to ban a Jamaican reggae artist from performing at the event. Beenie Man has a number of songs which mention killing gays and lesbians.
19th October 2009
New Zealand study finds half of gay and bi students have self-harmed 4
7:28 PM — A study of gay and bisexual teenagers in New Zealand has suggested that half of them have deliberately harmed themselves in the past year.
22nd September 2009
Over a third of New Zealanders say homosexuality is ‘morally wrong’ 22
4:28 PM — A small survey of New Zealand residents has found that 39 per cent believe homosexuality is morally wrong. The research was carried out by UMR, which conducted telephone interviews with 750 people.
20th August 2009
New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defence 8
1:32 PM — A bill to abolish the so-called 'gay panic defence' has passed its first reading in New Zealand's parliament. The Crimes Provocation Repeal Amendment Bill was unanimously passed on Tuesday night.
22nd June 2009
Gay New Zealand man beaten to death with banjo 8
1:20 PM — The trial of a Hungarian tourist who allegedly killed a 69-year-old gay man with a banjo has begun today in the Auckland High Court.
19th June 2009
Identity of New Zealand man who ‘deliberately infected partners with HIV’ revealed 9
3:18 PM — The identity of a New Zealand man accused of deliberately infecting his sexual partners with HIV has been revealed by a court.
27th May 2009
New Zealand survey finds gay teenagers at risk 13
1:22 PM — A survey of more than 9,000 students has found that gay teenagers are more likely than their straight peers to be affected by depression, suicide and self-harm.
8th April 2009
New Zealand comedian let off over joke about prime minister being a communist lesbian 8
12:23 PM — A comedian who made comments about former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark being a lesbian and a "bloody communist" has escaped censure after a broadcasting watchdog ruled he had not breached regulations.
10th November 2008
Labour lose New Zealand general election as Parliament gains new gay MPs 3
3:13 PM — Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand since 1999, has announced she is to step down as leader of the Labour party after defeat in a national election on Saturday.