1979 in New Zealand

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1979 in New Zealand
Decades:

Population[edit]

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,163,900[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1978: -1,300 (-0.04%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.0

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government[edit]

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

  • 24 May – Labour MP Malcolm Douglas is removed from Parliament six months after the 1978 general election, after an electoral petition by National opponent Winston Peters is upheld over irregularities in the votes of the Hunua electorate. Peters subsequently replaces Douglas
  • 30 July – The carless days scheme is introduced, restricting private motor vehicles from driving on one day of the week.
  • 8 August – 1979 Abbotsford landslip: Sixty-nine homes in the Dunedin suburb of Abbotsford are left uninhabitable after 18 hectares (44 acres) of land slips 48 metres in 15 minutes.
  • 3 November – The Evening Star ceases publication. The Dunedin newspaper was founded in 1863.[5]
  • 28 November – Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashes in Mount Erebus, Antarctica, killing all 237 passengers and 20 crewmembers aboard.
  • Two years after its official opening, the new executive wing of Parliament House, known as the Beehive, is fully completed and occupied by the Government.[6]

Arts and literature[edit]

  • Nambassa beach festival, touring family roadshow. Whangamata Waihi Beach Mount Maunganui and Coromandel.
  • Nambassa three-day music, crafts and alternative lifestyle festival on Phil and Pat Hulses' 400-acre (1.6 km2) farm in Golden Valley, north of Waihi. Attendance 75,000 plus.
  • Summer '79, outdoor arts festival in the parks of Wellington - including the Botanical Gardens, the Newtown Zoo, the Town Belt and several suburban parks.

See 1979 in art, 1979 in literature, Category:1979 books

Music[edit]

New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR Street Talk – Street Talk
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR Th' Dudes – Be Mine Tonight
  • TOP MALE VOCALIST Rob Guest
  • TOP FEMALE VOCALIST Sharon O'Neill
  • TOP GROUP Th' Dudes
  • MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Jon Stevens
  • MOST PROMISING FEMALE VOCALIST Tina Cross
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP Street Talk
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Steve Robinson - This Heart This Song
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Gerry Smith – This Heart This Song
  • BEST COVER DESIGN Geoff Chunn, Peter Burt & Dale Wrightson – Just Drove Through Town

See: 1979 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

  • Feltex Television Awards:
    • Best Current Affairs: Dateline Monday
    • Best Documentary: Okarito
    • Best Drama: The Mad Dog Gang meets Rotten Fred and Ratsguts
    • Best Speciality: Spot On
    • Best Information: Fair Go
    • Best Actor: David McPhail in A Week of It
    • Best Actress: Barbara Ewing
    • Entertainer of the Year: David McPhail
    • Special Committee Award: Selwyn Toogood for pioneering work in Radio and Television

See: 1979 in New Zealand television, 1979 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand

Film[edit]

See: Category:1979 film awards, 1979 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1979 films

Appointments and awards[edit]

See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

  • Tony Good wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:18:47.3.

Chess[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Netball[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Births[edit]

Category:1979 births

Deaths[edit]

Category:1979 deaths

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to 1979 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons