In 1987, a group of "masseuses" working out of massage parlours and houses, joined joined forces with street workers, to form the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective.Says a founding member:
"We met on beaches, sat round pub tables, huddled in doorways, and spoke on the telephone to unseen, like minded, sex workers throughout the country. Sex workers were on the move. People started to talk about us as if we were a force to be reckoned with. This is really when we realised we were becoming an organisation."
(See more about New Zealand history on the NZPC timeline.)