Which stories got your clicks in 2012? From a âhomophobic homoâ, to a âpoor taste sausage adâ and a telling off for the Prime Minister, the top 20-11 stories have it all!
Hoffman-Tamm's body was found a fortnight after she went missing after leaving her home to visit a friend.
After being questioned about Hoffman-Tamm's disappearance Sloan led them to the well-hidden body on a forestry road near Murupara.
In a blatantly homophobic statement, it said "the support of Starbucks for homosexual marriage is no surprise, as the company has been putting pro-homosexual messages on its take-away cups since 2006. Starbucks claims in its mission statement to embrace diversity. It promotes gay pride events but refuses to support events celebrating heterosexual marriage."
It was the most heart-breaking and beautiful story this year âŚ a hospital bedside civil union between Etienne and Geoffrey/Nana in Wellington.
When the couple found out Geoffrey had little time left as his cancer had become too aggressive, Etienne said he and his âdarling manâ knew they wanted to get hitched.
They celebrated their bedside union with cello music, lashings of champagne, plus close friends and family who made the trip from across the country, and supportive staff â who even helped get a civil union licence much more quickly than the three days it usually takes.
The couple would have had a full-blown wedding had it been legal. âHe wanted to get a big dress,â he laughs. âWe watched sometimes the Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and heâd say âoh I love this dress I want this one my darlingâ.â
RIP Nana x
Collins had voted against the Civil Union legislation and the accompanying Relationships (Statutory References) Act, and questioned whether gay unions were a human rights issue at all.
But now, asked if she felt glbt people in New Zealand were generally getting "a fair go for all," Collins said: "There are some issues that need to be dealt with. Frankly it would be really nice if we could look at people as human beings rather than be always saying 'you can't do that because you're gay' or whatever."
He explained he doesn't enjoy the camp stereotype and he doesn't want to be judged as gay. Hewitson explains.
âHe also refuses to walk their two dogs around their Remuera neighbourhood because he doesn't want people to say: Look at those gay guys with those gay dogs. What sort of dogs are they? âOne is a Sydney silky crossed with a Maltese terrier. You couldn't get a gayer dog!'â the article stated.
âWant to see my sausage mate?â a man says in an ad for Franklin Country Meats, which played on Newstalk ZB. âIâve been waiting for you to come over to impress you with it,â he continues. ââIâve had it all wrapped up, ready and waiting.â
After a complaint, advertising authorities said while the advertisement âmay be in poor taste, the innuendo did not reach the threshold to breach the Advertising Codesâ and âit was unlikely to cause serious of widespread offenceâ.
Josh Preston and Kereti Kanawa are âTV husbandsâ in the bankâs commercial, showing them getting engaged and hitched alongside a range of situations from New Zealand life, from crucial rugby matches to Sir Edmund Hillary climbing.
âIt's nice to be part of something thatâs non-stereotypical and ground breaking. I think it sets a good example for other agencies looking to broaden their markets and do so authentically and engagingly,â Preston told us.
âWe're ready for the sequel,â Preston he added. âThe honeymoon will be in Paris.â
We shared the news as it was beginning to filter through the Auckland glbt community, where Strickland was well known for her work with whakawahine and takataapui people and became a New Zealand AIDS Foundation Life Member in 2010.
While Strickland, a transgender woman, was often a controversial and divisive figure, friend Phylesha Brown-Acton told us she hoped she would be remembered for her heart and not "what was speculated."
"She was the best person I had ever met and I am so heart-broken she is no longer here, I am in OZ with work and all I want right now is to be by her side," she said.
The 32-year-old who goes by âAndyâ narrowly beat suave Mr Gay Wellington Marcus Fenson to take out the competition, and won an all-expenses paid trip to represent New Zealand at Mr Gay World in South Africa in April (where he won!!!!!)
Derleth also won the public vote on Facebook, which made up 20 per cent of the score. The title was handed over by Mr Gay NZ 2011 Aaron Comis and special guest My Gay Canada Rob Goddard was on hand to award him the winnerâs blue sash.
âIf you return to the Big Gay Out for another photo op in a few months' time you will be saluted and respected as Prime Minister by generally openly proud and confident gay people. As your predecessors have also been. That's a given. But as a man who has clearly (but hopefully unintentionally) so easily bought into the homophobia of the street and the schoolyard you might hear more than a few hisses from amongst the colourful photo op-perfect crowd,â Bennie wrote.
Check back tomorrow for the top ten!