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Auckland Pride board gets backing of its members

Newshub logoNewshub 6/12/2018 Jamie Ensor

Roughly 1200 people attended an Auckland Pride meeting that saw its board supported after the threat of a vote of no confidence on Thursday evening.

It comes after the board controversially decided to ban police from marching in uniform at next year's pride parade.

The vote was 325 to 273.

A hui will reportedly be held on the 18th of December to decide what will happen next with Pride.

The special general meeting was held in central Auckland after its call to ban uniformed police led to multiple organisations announcing they would boycott the event.

For the vote to go ahead, 25 percent of the Auckland Pride membership needed to attend the meeting. Photos posted on Twitter showed large lines queuing outside the venue.

Newshub understands that about 1200 people attended the event at Newton Methodist Church. Some people held up signs and banners as members entered the church.

It was proposed that Mark von Dadelszen, of Hawke's Bay law firm Bannister and von Dadelszen, chair the meeting to ensure independent governance.

A majority vote had to be received for the no confidence to be confirmed.

The Auckland Pride Parade will take place on February 16 next year in Ponsonby. Since the decision to ban uniformed police, organisations including the New Zealand Defence Force, the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust, SkyCity, BNZ and Vodafone have pulled out.

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