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.
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.
Maori Public Health boss Lance Norman told politicians today that 35 per cent of Maori still smoke, along with 25 per cent of Pasifika and 12-13 per cent of all other ethnicities.