A gay Auckland couple has given up on its dream of being married in New York, after threats were apparently made against family members in Pakistan.
Emad Khan and Haseeb Meta were about to be announced as winners of radio station ZM's Same Sex in the City competition when Khan called in to reveal he and his partner could no longer take part.
"Haseeb and I and our loved ones have been put in a very awkward and bizarre situation and I think we're just going to stay put and just get married in New York another time probably."A shocked breakfast host Polly Gillespie questioned him further and he explained his family was unsafe and did not want to elaborate further for their sake.
"We have felt amazing, like, throughout this journey and it has been really awesome and we've really loved people who have voted for us and everything, it's been really amazing. But we've had a difficult night."Grant Kereama expressed absolute disbelief, but both hosts expressed understanding at the situation.
The couple has already overcome meeting and falling in love in a country where homosexuality is illegal, living apart as Meta cared for his terminally ill mother and moving to New Zealand together.
The runners-up Hayles Sherry and Tashie Mills from Wainuiomata will now be married in New York instead.
Friends of Khan and Meta are shocked and devastated at the situation after rallying to help them get enough public votes to live their dream. There has also been an outpouring of concern from ZM listeners.