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Gareth Watkins looks back at the final month year’s past and how December’s significant events have impacted and shaped our LGBTQ+ community. 17 December 1913 English poet Rupert Brooke arrived in Auckland aboard the ship RMS Niagara. He was only in New Zealand for a couple of weeks before departing for...
Historian Gareth Watkins searches Aotearoa’s significant queer dates from November’s past to see how this month has shaped our community. 21 November 1957 Historian Gavin McLean was born in Oamaru. As a youngster, McLean found sanctuary around the local harbour, fishing and contemplating the history of the waterfront. It developed into...
Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at significant October dates that have had a lasting impact on our rainbow communities. 8 October 1968 A petition calling for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting males aged 21 and over was presented in Parliament.  The petition, organised by the New Zealand Homosexual Law...
Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at significant September dates that impacted Aotearoa New Zealand’s rainbow communities. 28 September 1921 This year marks the centenary of the birth of Bruce Mason - one of New Zealand’s most significant playwrights. Mason wrote over thirty plays, with The Pohutukawa Tree and End of the...
Historian Gareth Watkins reflects on the events of August’s gone by and explores the impact they have had on Aotearoa’s rainbow community. 29 August 1946 Trail-blazer Dana de Milo was born in Auckland. Soon after running away from home at the age of thirteen, de Milo had a chance meeting...
The United States Library of Congress has selected the pridenz.com website for preservation in the Library of Congress Web Archive. “It’s wonderful to have such a prestigious international library recognise the significance of LGBTI rainbow experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand” says PrideNZ.com founder Gareth Watkins.  “It is a richly deserved tribute...
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in New Zealand.  Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at the lead-up to the bill’s passing and how key New Zealanders have reflected on it since. The legislation was introduced in March 1985 as a private member’s...
Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at the June dates that shaped Aotearoa’s queer community forever. 29 June 1944 Author and media personality David Hartnell was born in Auckland. In the 1960s he moved to Sydney, becoming Australia’s first male in-store makeup artist. He then moved to the United States where he...

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