The embattled Auckland Pride Board has been spared and survived a vote of no confidence, and a ban on police uniforms has been given a mandate.
The votes were 273 in favour of a no confidence vote, but more than 325 voted against that motion.
It came after a packed Special General Meeting called by people who were unhappy at the board’s decision to ban uniformed police from next year’s Pride Parade.
The meeting was called after several days of deep division in the LGBTI+ community, with opinions sharply split.
The Pride Board’s fate rested on those voting at the meeting.
Throughout the evening people spoke passionately both for and against the decision, and the motion to signal no confidence in the Board.
Some spoke of their strong disapproval of the Police, arguing the force still today badly and unfairly treats members of the community.
Others in turn said the Pride Parade should be an inclusive event that welcomes everyone.
Media were not allowed to record the proceedings, in a decision reached by a majority vote of attendees.
Several corporate supporters had vowed not to take part in next year’s parade unless the decision to block uniformed police was reversed.
The Defence Force also said it wouldn’t take part, while some traditional funders of the parade pulled their money.
The meeting was delayed while the huge number of attendees made their way into the Pitt Street Methodist Church.
Board chairperson Cissy Rock said immediately after the Board was committed to working with all of its members, and it was looking at calling further community meetings.’
By Kim Baker Wilson