Tāwhiritia ngā ahi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa e mātou.

Let us (mātou) fan (tāwhiritia) the fires of the Pacific (ngā ahi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa), 

Let us (mātou) bid welcome (tāwhiritia) the fires of the Pacific (ngā ahi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa).

'Proud' is hosted ILGA Oceania between 29-31 August 2018 in Samoa, with the AGM for ILGA Oceania to be held on the 1st of September 2018.

The aim of the conference is to re-ignite the fires of the LGBTI community on issues of Human Rights and Health in the states of Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Melanesia and the Micronesian Islands. Themes in this conference may include Discrimination and Equality, Homophobia in Sport, Torture, Violence and Abuse, Freedom of Speech, Assembly and Association, Gender Identity and Expression, HIV, Access to Health and Medical Care, Well being, Culture, Migration, and refugees.  Additional themes are welcome.

Wellington has a proud history of community partnership, celebration and affirmation of LGBTI rights which the organisers helped showcase.

Key instruments which was referenced during the Conference included:

  • The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 2006.
  • Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 – 2016 is the 30th anniversary of this Act in New Zealand.
  • The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of partnership between the indigenous people of Aotearoa and the Crown. 2015 was the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.