Society

Proud to be a Rainbow Nation

New Zealand has a reputation as a forward-thinking, tolerant country with progressive views, and has been rated as a world-leader in LGBTQI+ rights. 

New Zealand has a lot to be proud about. We are an inclusive society that earned the reputation as the ‘social laboratory of the world’. This is supported by historical and present-day legislative changes and global rankings, and showcases the values that New Zealand is proud of: caring for people and place.

New Zealand is Proud Together

New Zealand is known as a liberal nation. We were the first country in the world to give women the vote, the first country that had an openly transgender politician and a country that now holds the title of the most rainbow Parliament in the world, where 10% of our MPs are openly gay, lesbian or transgender.

Our Human Rights Act means people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their gender or sexuality. New Zealand has recognised same-sex civil unions since 2004 and legalised same-sex marriage in 2013, the first country in Pacific-Oceania to do so. Adoption by same-sex couples was also legalised in 2013. New Zealand’s military ranks number one in the LGBT Military Index. This is due to concerted efforts for the integration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members in armed forces.

What’s Next?

New Zealand is known for being a progressive nation that recognises the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive society. Auckland has been rated alongside Toronto, San Francisco and London as one of the top gay-friendly cities in the world, with a remarkable pride festival. 

So, if you want to see humanity at its best… we know a place.