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LGBTI Rights in New Zealand


ADDED ON: 01/06/2021

Pacific leaders applauded in NZ’s New Year’s Honours list

NZ’s New Year’s Honours list has recognised the immense achievements of Pacific leaders after a challenging year. Thirteen Pacific leaders working across a diverse range of industries were honoured in this year’s…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2020

New Zealand, Britain ease rules on blood donations by gay men

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New Zealand and Britain became on Monday the latest countries to ease rules on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, as supply concerns caused by COVID-19…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2020

New Zealand School Locked Down Over ‘Credible Threat’ To LGBT+ Student Community

New Zealand’s openly gay Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson has shown his support on social media toward a school in the Nation’s Capital that has been sent into lockdown following a “credible…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2020

HIV tests to be dispensed through vending machines, in first for NZ

In a first for New Zealand, at home self-administered HIV testing kits will be available for free through 'smart’ vending machines. The machines are a new innovation by the New Zealand AIDS…

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ADDED ON: 11/03/2020

New Zealand’s Ardern taps LGBT, Maori MPs for trailblazing cabinet

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled what she called an "incredibly diverse" cabinet Monday that includes New Zealand's first openly gay deputy prime minister and a foreign minister with a Maori facial tattoo.…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2020

New Zealand’s new deputy leader first gay man to hold role

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's new Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will be the country's first openly gay man to hold the role and is among a team of top…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2020

NEW ZEALAND BEATS UK, ELECTS ‘GAYEST’ PARLIAMENT

The big story out of the New Zealand elections is – yes, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s landslide win, but also that the country will get the gayest Parliament in the world. Eleven…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2020

Jacinda Ardern pledges gay conversion therapy ban if re-elected

Jacinda Ardern's Labour party has committed to banning gay conversion therapy if re-elected in New Zealand's 17 October election. In an interview with Express magazine, the 40-year-old Labour leader said she was…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2020

Cook Islands defers decision on decriminalising gay sex

As a child, Sonya Apa Temata was surrounded by unconditional love. The human rights advocate’s mother, Tuakana Apa Temata, was her number one supporter: “Her acceptance of my sexual orientation and that…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2020

Cooks Islands rainbow community lobbies for constitutional rights

The Cook Islands LGBT+ association is citing the country's Constitution as it seeks to stop laws discriminating against gay men. Section 64 of the Constitution protected people against discrimination, and guaranteed freedom…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2020

New Zealand: Young queer and trans people face growing housing barriers

RainbowYOUTH homelessness support worker Therese Go says they have seen an increase in referrals from social workers, nurses and school counsellors who are concerned the young Aucklanders they are working with are…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2020

New Zealand adds gender-neutral title for voters ahead of polls

New Zealand authorities have added the gender neutral title Mx for voters who do not identify as male or female, seeking to boost LGBT+ participation in next month’s election. Nearly 1,000 people…

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