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The New Zealand All Blacks are famous for the All Black strip – emblazoned with the silver fern. But they have shown their true colours in a recently released video showing the players wearing specially designed ‘rainbow’ jerseys. The All Blacks, along with female counterparts the Black Ferns, are shown in the clip entering a …

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has suffered what is likely a career-ending elbow injury at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The New Zealand athlete was reportedly leading with a lift of 120kg in her 90kg-plus class on Monday, but injured her arm after attempting to lift 132kg and was forced to withdraw. Hubbard said …

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New Zealand’s parliament has voted unanimously to pass legislation allowing men with historical gay convictions to have them expunged from their criminal records. The country decriminalised homosexuality in 1986, but convictions for consensual gay sex offences still remain on many men’s criminal records, potentially affecting their employment and travel. On Tuesday night MPs passed a …

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A New Zealand mother was left “shocked and confused” after she was told her late son’s blood and organ tissue couldn’t be donated because he was gay. Cherie Eteveneaux had hoped to donate part of her 24-year-old son Corey’s tissue, such as heart valves and corneas, to help others after Corey (pictured) sustained severe injuries …

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New Zealand LGBTIQ rights activists have called on the New Zealand government to reconsider compensation for men whose lives were “wrecked” by their historical gay sex convictions. Last year, former justice minister Amy Adams apologised to the gay men who were convicted for engaging in consensual sex prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1986. …

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Trans-Tasman rivalry is nothing new… but New Zealand has fought back to ensure transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard can lift gold at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Weightlifting New Zealand has shunned claims by its Australian counterpart that Kiwi weightlifter Hubbard should be banned from the Games. Garry Marshall, president of Olympic Weightlifting …

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New Zealand’s Statistics Minister James Shaw has blamed “silly answers” for the removal of LGBTI data from the country’s upcoming census. Last week, Statistics New Zealand announced the questions around sex and gender diversity and sexuality would be left out of the 2018 census, prompting frustration from the country’s LGBTI community. Mr Shaw said the …

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The thousands of Australian same-sex couples who have tied the knot overseas will automatically be recognised as married under Australian law when the same-sex marriage bill comes into effect. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s amendment bill, currently before the parliament, will scrap the Marriage Act’s ban on recognition of same-sex unions solemnised overseas. The Equality Campaign …

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A former New Zealand MP has been unwittingly launched to prominence in Japan after a brilliant speech he gave on marriage equality in 2013 suddenly went viral in the country. New Zealand passed marriage equality legislation that year, and MP Maurice Williamson told colleagues at the time: “All we are doing with this [same-sex marriage …

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Warning: confronting content A New Zealand pastor who has repeatedly called for the death penalty for gay people has said he’s moved to Brisbane to start a new church. Logan Robertson founded Auckland’s independent Westcity Bible Baptist Church in 2014, which reportedly only has a congregation of 42 members. Robertson was investigated by New Zealand …

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