New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern at the 2018 Auckland Pride parade. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images) Conservation therapy survivors can now seek an apology or even financial compensation from practioners in New Zealand. The country’s Human Rights Commission launched a free and confidential dispute resolution service for those subjected to the dangerous and discredited practice on
JK Rowling attends the premiere of “Finding the Way Home” at Hudson Yards on 11 December 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) Organisers of a New Zealand book festival have dropped a Harry Potter quiz from the event over JK Rowling’s trans views, saying they want the festival to be a “welcoming
A gay couple in New Zealand have described being harassed and verbally abused for holding hands as they walked through central Auckland. New Zealand is often hailed as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly countries, but that’s not what Nicolás Di Julio and his boyfriend experienced on Good Friday (2 April). The couple were walking
Kylie Minogue (L) and RuPaul. (Getty/WOW) In today’s much-needed and truly welcomed distraction from the unrelenting chaos of the coronavirus and climate catastrophe, among many more ongoing or impending disasters, Kylie Minogue is appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race. At least, fans are convinced. Minogue, who invented humanity’s ability to listen to music, is currently isolating
Production begins this week for RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. (Instagram/ michellevisage) RuPaul’s Drag Race is officially going Down Under, and RuPaul and Michelle Visage have already been confirmed as judges. An Australian spin-off was first announced in August 2019, when ITV’s Australian production arm confirmed that it has secured the local rights for the show. Rumours
A teenager threatened to shoot students at Wellington High School in New Zealand (Envato Elements) A high school in Wellington, New Zealand, was put into lockdown after police said a teenager threatened to shoot students. Wellington High School was plunged into lockdown on Thursday morning (26 November) after a “credible threat” was made on social
Plans to decriminalise homosexuality in the Cook Islands have been kicked down the road yet again (Envato Elements) Plans to decriminalise homosexuality have been kicked down the road on the Cook Islands in a devastating blow to the local queer community. The region, which is self-governing but has a free association arrangement with New Zealand,
Joan Bellingham was training to be a nurse when she was admitted to a psychiatric ward for being a lesbian. (1 News) A New Zealand nurse who was repeatedly hospitalised for 12 years and given electroconvulsive therapy more than 200 times has said her fight for justice has been “almost as bad as the abuse”.