Parliament has just dedicated a select committee room to mark the contribution made to New Zealand by gay people.
A well intentioned gesture, I'm sure, but will it actually help the cause of gay rights/equality?
I am sure up and down Ponsonby Road and in Grey Lynn the champagne corks will be popping at such recognition.
'Oh,' everyone will be saying, 'we will just have to vote Liarbour now.'
Thing is, now that the Civil Union Bill has passed, the 'gay community,' if such a thing exists, no longer has an incentive to back Liarbour.
The Civil Union Bill would have happened under a National-led government anyway, I was told recently.
The gay people I know are quite happy carrying on with their lives with little fuss. Special attention and treatment is not asked for or required. They want to be left alone and treated like anyone else, be judged on what they do, who they are, not who they sleep with.
Some will probably feel embarassed at such a measure of government tokenism, which will probably stir up a reaction from the 'rednecks' out there.
So will such a Rainbow Room advance the cause of gay people, or indeed, the Liarbour Party? Probably not. The well-intentioned move will probably backfire, highlighting how politically correct and how out of touch with everyone Liarbour has become in recent years.