So we've seen probably one of the quickest voluntary political leadership changes since I don't know when. In NZ? In the world? I don't know. But I'm not aware of another political (or any) leader give a week's notice.
Trust John Key. He's such an arrogant wanker. Only he could say, "I'm bored. I'm over it. I'm off to Hawai'i next week. Sort it."
Michael Stevens writes on GayNZ.com that Pride "is designed to be celebratory, fun, and inclusive. It’s not built for anger and protest." This in response to last year's No Pride In Prisons protest at the parade, against the treatment of transgender prisoners, in which one protester's arm was broken by parade security.
So, Pride is about including people, but only if they're nice and fun and happy. For people who aren't, Michael suggests a separate space — sounding kind of like a time out or detention for naughty queers. He'd even come and watch.