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Homosexual Law Reform in New Zealand

Using a rich combination of archival material and personal reflection, 20 Years Out! explores the passionate arguments for and against the 1986 Homosexual Law Reform Bill.

Produced by Gareth Watkins

Material for this feature was primarily sourced from the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand with additional material drawn from Sound Archives / Ngā Taonga Kōrero and other private collections.


Public meeting (1985).
Public meeting (1985).


Bill Dillon – It is as a shield and not a sword (1′34″)
(23 October 1985) [Parliamentary broadcast]

John Banks – Part Two of this Bill is the worst part (2′07″)
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(9 April 1986) [Parliamentary broadcast]

Lesbian reaction to the loss of Part Two (2′28″)
(20 April 1986) [Lesbian Programme – Access Radio Wellington]