Back in the day: When NZ's homosexual law reform caused uproar across the nation

It was a movement that sparked a bitter public debate across this country - the fight to decriminalise homosexuality.

Anti-reformers and activists clashed in town halls, on the streets and even in parliament.

The fight to decriminalise homosexuality was a movement that sparked a bitter public debate in NZ. Source: 1 NEWS

ONE News has revisited scenes from one of New Zealand's most of controversial law reforms back in the mid-1980s.

In 1986, a town hall debate on homosexual law reform erupting into chaos.

Labour MP Fran Wilde's bill to decriminalise sexual offences between men caused a stir.

Ms Wilde said there were even death threats made.

Kiwi man Bill Logan was part of the gay task force, lobbying politicians to support the bill.

"These people were saying that we don't have a right to exist and when you say that people don't have a right to exist, it's pretty reasonable that they got real angry about that," he said.

"I think most people got that."

One New Zealand politician at the time, Norman Jones, was determined to throw the bill out.

The Invercargill MP rallied anti-reformers with a petition ceremony, that some critics likened to the Nuremberg rallies of Nazi Germany.