June 1975: Who was PIE’s ‘Man in New Zealand?’

In May/June 1975 Keith Hose took over as Chairman of PIE. Two of PIE’s co-founders from the Scottish Minorities Group, Ian Campbell Dunn and Michael Hanson, ostensibly handed the reins over to Hose, a recent graduate.

The third co-founder is as yet unknown. [For further info, or just more questions: Who was the 3rd SMG co-founder of PIE? ]

 

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“PIE’s Man in New Zealand has sent us some information regarding the Crime Amendment Bill which seeks to allow homosexual acts between consenting adults from the age of 20. A proposed amendment to the Bill is to be made by Dr C A Wall, MP for Porirua. He seeks to introduce a punishment of up to 2 years in jail for anyone who claims to a person under the age of 20 that homosexual behaviour is normal. Yes, you have read that last sentence correctly. It is to be hoped that reason will prevail in the NZ parliament and the amendment which would have the 1984-type effect of muzzling not only individuals, but libraries, newspapers, social scientists etc etc will be defeated by any number of votes to one.”

The Dorian Society became established in New Zealand the year Antony Grey took over as Secretary to Albany Trust and through contact with Grey was transformed from a social club into a politically active organisation campaigning for law reform

“The Dorian Society (1962–88) was the first New Zealand organisation for homosexual men. It was primarily a social club and avoided political action. In 1963 it took the first steps towards law reform by forming a legal subcommittee that collected books and other resources. It also provided legal advice to its members. By 1967 it sought advice from the English Homosexual Law Reform Society and Albany Trust on the legislative changes occurring there. This led to a New Zealand society dedicated to law reform. Its first project was a petition, signed by 75 prominent citizens, presented to (and rejected by) Parliament in 1968.” [http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/homosexual-law-reform/setting-the-scene ]

While the Albany Trust had support from the Anglican Bishops of Woolwich (Dr John Robinson) and  Stepney (Father Trevor Huddleston) as well as Canon Eric James (later HM Chaplain to the Queen), Jack Goodwin the secretary of NZ HLRS was successful in securing the support of Eric Gowing, the Anglican Bishop of Auckland. [http://benloveshomosexualreform.weebly.com/key-groups-and-individuals.html ]

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