Petition of Wiremu Demchick and 2,111 others

Press release

Chair of the Justice and Electoral Committee

For immediate release 26 August 2016 

Petition of Wiremu Demchick and 2,111 others

Have your say on the petition of Wiremu Demchick and 2,111 others, which is being looked at by Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee.

The petition requests:

“That in the matter of those who were convicted of consensual homosexual acts prior to the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986, the House, (a) promptly issue an official apology to those convicted, and (b) pass legislation which sets out a process for reversing the convictions of those convicted, both living and deceased, in a manner which upholds the mana and dignity of those convicted.”

The Justice and Electoral Committee is now accepting public submissions on the petition. Committee chairperson, Jacqui Dean, said that “This petition addresses a very important part of New Zealand’s history and we’re looking forward to reading all the submissions.”

Submissions to the Justice and Electoral Committee are due by midnight on 6 October 2016.

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What happens next?

For more information contact:

Jacqui Dean (Chairperson)
Justice and Electoral Committee
(04) 817 6670

OR

Charlotte Yeabsley (Clerk of Committee)
(04) 817 9079 or Charlotte.Yeabsley@parliament.govt.nz