fakaleiti, akava’ine, māhū, vaka sa lewa lewa, rae rae, fiafifine, fakafifine, palopa, kathoey, hijra, baklâ, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, queer and questioning. More than 25,000 people watched the parade in Auckland. The prime minister got into the swing of festivities by dancing, taking selfies with admirers and bestowing hugs on members of the crowd. Prime Minister was also wildly popular.
“Ultimately this is a parade about diversity and inclusiveness. And I’m really proud of the work the team has done to make that real over the years and in our laws,” Jacinda Arden said to media. She noticed also that gay people in New Zealand still faced many challenges, including bullying, mental health problems and discrimination. „She sends a very clear message that New Zealand is leading the way around basic human rights and human rights for our rainbow community, and that it is time for the other countries to step up,” the producer of the parade, Shaughan Woodcock declared to media. A lesbian couple, Victoria and Sinead Envy, have become the first in New Zealand to get married in a pride parade, this year.