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1984 in New Zealand

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See also:  Other events of 1984 Timeline of New Zealand history

Population

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,293,000
  • Increase since 31 December 1983: 28,200 (0.86%)
  • Males per 100 Females: 98.3
  • Regal and viceregal

  • Head of State - Elizabeth II
  • Governor-General - The Hon Sir David Beattie GCMG GCVO QSO QC.
  • Government

    The 40th New Zealand Parliament, led by the National Party, concluded, and in the general election the Labour Party was elected in the 41st New Zealand Parliament.

    Contents

  • Speaker of the House - Richard Harrison then Basil Arthur
  • Prime Minister - Robert Muldoon then David Lange
  • Deputy Prime Minister - Duncan MacIntyre then Jim McLay then Geoffrey Palmer
  • Minister of Finance - Robert Muldoon then Roger Douglas
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs - Warren Cooper then David Lange
  • Parliamentary opposition

  • Leader of the Opposition - David Lange (Labour) until 26 July, then Robert Muldoon (National) until 29 November, then Jim McLay.
  • Social Credit Party - Bruce Beetham until 26 July, then not represented in Parliament.
  • Main centre leaders

  • Mayor of Auckland - Catherine Tizard
  • Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen
  • Mayor of Wellington - Ian Lawrence
  • Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
  • Mayor of Dunedin - Cliff Skeggs
  • Events

  • 27 January – A state of emergency is declared in Southland as record rainfall causes flooding which forces the evacuation of 4000 people and leaves damage totalling $55 million.
  • 6 February – Te Hikoi ki Waitangi march disrupts Waitangi Day celebrations.
  • 27 March – A suitcase bomb explodes at the Wellington Trades Hall, killing the caretaker, Ernie Abbott. No arrest has been made, see Terrorism in New Zealand.
  • 24 June – New Zealand's first IVF-conceived baby, Amelia Bell, is born at Auckland's National Women's Hospital.
  • 14 July – New Zealand general election, 1984: The Labour Party, led by David Lange, wins 56 of the 95 seats in the House of Representatives. The Fourth Labour Government is formed, ending 9 years of National rule.
  • 18 July – Government devalues New Zealand dollar by 20 percent. See New Zealand constitutional crisis, 1984.
  • 20 August – New Zealand reestablishes diplomatic relations with Argentina at a consular level.
  • Unknown dates

  • New Zealand signs the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
  • Auckland's population exceeds that of the South Island.
  • The fifth Sweetwaters Music Festival is held in South Auckland.
  • Arts and literature

  • Brian Turner wins the Robert Burns Fellowship.
  • See 1984 in art, 1984 in literature, Category:1984 books

    New Zealand Music Awards

    Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR Dance Exponents - Prayers be Answered
  • The Mockers - Swear It's True
  • Patsy Riggir - You'll Never Take The Country Out Of Me
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR The Narcs - You Took Me Heart and Soul
  • Patea Maori Club and Dalvanius Prime - Aku Raukura
  • Dance Exponents - I'll Say Goodbye (Even Though I'm Blue)
  • TOP MALE VOCALIST Jordan Luck (Dance Exponents)
  • Andy Dickson (The Narcs)
  • Andrew Fagan (The Mockers)
  • TOP FEMALE VOCALIST Patsy Riggir
  • Jodi Vaughan
  • Suzanne Prentice
  • TOP GROUP Dance Exponents
  • The Mockers
  • Patea Maori Club and Dalvanius Prime
  • MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Martin Phillips (The Chills)
  • Ross McKenzie (The Idles)
  • Wayne Gillespie
  • MOST PROMISING FEMALE VOCALIST Meryl Yvonne
  • Janice Lampen
  • Sharon Dubont
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP The Chills
  • Jive Bombers
  • You're A Movie
  • BEST JAZZ ALBUM Brian Smith Quartet - Southern Excursio
  • Ken Avery/ Darktown Strutters - Jazz The Way It Used to Be
  • Rodger Fox - Something Juicy
  • BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Patsy Riggir - You'll Never Take the Country Out Of Me
  • Suzanne Prentice - So Precious To Me
  • Jodi Vaughn - Rodeo Eyes
  • BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM NZSO & Others – Music By Larry Pruden
  • Michael Houston - Michael Houston
  • Schola Musica - NZ Music For Strings
  • BEST POLYNESIAN ALBUM Patea Maori Club & Dalvanius Prime - Aku Raukura
  • The Five Stars - Musika Malie (Good Music)
  • Rosalio - Samoan Serenade
  • BEST FOLK ALBUM Phil Garland - Springtime in the Mountains
  • Michael Warmuth - Hammered Duclimer
  • Wayne Gillespie - Wayward Son
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Dave MCartney - You Took Me Heart & Soul
  • Glyn Tucker Jnr / Trevor Reekie - Swear It's True
  • Glyn Tucker Jnr / Trevor Reekie - You Fascinate
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Graham Myhre - You Took Me Heart & Soul
  • Graham Myhre/ Gyn Tucker Jnr - Caught in the Act
  • Glyn Tucker Jnr - You Fascinate
  • BEST COVER DESIGN Joe Wylie - Aku Raukura (Patea Maori Club)
  • Murray Vincent - Music By Larry Purden
  • Mike Hutton - Vocal at the Local
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO Bruce Morrison - I'm in Heaven
  • William Keddell - Elephunk in My Soup
  • Tom Parkinson - I'll Say Goodbye (Even Though I'm Blue) (Dance Exponents)
  • BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK Jenny Mcleod - The Silent One
  • Mike Nock - Strata
  • John Charles/ Dave Fraser - Constance
  • INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT Tim Finn
  • Dragon (band)
  • Split Enz
  • OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY Eldred Stebbing - (For his Lifelong Contribution to the Recording Arts in New Zealand)
  • Jacqui Fitzgerald
  • Peter Blake & TVNZ
  • MOST POPULAR SONG The Narcs - You Took Me Heart and Soul
  • See: 1984 in music

    Performing arts

  • Benny Award presented by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand to John Maybury Senior.
  • Radio and television

    See: 1984 in New Zealand television, 1984 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand

    Film

  • Came a Hot Friday
  • Constance
  • Other Halves
  • The Silent One
  • Vigil
  • The Bounty
  • See: Category:1984 film awards, 1984 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1984 films

    Athletics

  • Barry Thompson wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:03 on 25 March in Wanganui, while Mary Belsey does the same in the women's championship (2:41:39).
  • Basketball

  • NBL won by Wellington.
  • Harness racing

  • New Zealand Trotting Cup: Camelot
  • Auckland Trotting Cup: Enterprise
  • Olympic games

  • New Zealand at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • New Zealand at the 1984 Winter Olympics
  • Shooting

  • Ballinger Belt – Peter Cromwell (Cheltenham)
  • Soccer

  • New Zealand National Soccer League won by Gisborne City
  • The Chatham Cup is won by Manurewa who beat Gisborne City 2—1 in the final.
  • Births

  • 27 January: Vince Mellars, rugby league player.
  • 14 February: Jared Wrennall, musician.
  • 17 February: Timothy Gudsell, cyclist.
  • 21 February: Andrew Ellis, rugby union player.
  • 25 February: Paul Vodanovich, soccer player.
  • 8 March: Ross Taylor, cricketer.
  • 16 March: Hosea Gear, rugby union player.
  • 25 March: Liam Messam, rugby union and rugby sevens player.
  • 2 April: Meryl Cassie, actor.
  • 6 April: Stacey Carr, field hockey player.
  • 20 April: Fraser Anderson, rugby league player.
  • 28 May: Beth Allen, actor.
  • 2 June: Jack Afamasaga, rugby league player.
  • 6 June: Antonia Prebble, actor.
  • 7 June: Jennyfer Jewell, actor.
  • 20 June: Jarrod Smith, soccer player.
  • 27 June: Emma Lahana, actor.
  • 28 June: Evarn Tuimavave, rugby league player.
  • 14 July: Fleur Saville, actor.
  • 6 August: Jesse Ryder, cricketer.
  • 12 September: Ben Townley, motocrosser.
  • 6 October: Valerie Adams, athlete, Olympic gold medallist (2008 Beijing and 2012 London)
  • 23 November: Jerome Ropati, rugby league player.
  • 14 December: Keshia Paulse, singer.
  • Vicki Lin, television proesenter.
  • Deaths

  • 6 March: Ian Cromb, cricketer
  • 20 March: Robin Tait, discus thrower
  • 28 April: Sylvia Ashton-Warner, writer and educator
  • 13 June: Ken Armstrong, soccer player
  • 15 June: Tom Heeney, boxer
  • 26 November: Eliot V. Elliott, trade unionist
  • Dean Goffin, composer
  • Lois White, painter
  • Guthrie Wilson, novelist and teacher (in Sydney)
  • References

    1984 in New Zealand Wikipedia


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