- 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
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.
Main centre leaders
Arts and literature
See 1984 in art, 1984 in literature, Category:1984 books
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
- 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
- OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY Eldred Stebbing - (For his Lifelong Contribution to the Recording Arts in New Zealand)
- MOST POPULAR SONG The Narcs - You Took Me Heart and Soul
See: 1984 in music
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
See: Category:1984 film awards, 1984 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1984 films
Appointments and awards
See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand
- 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).
- 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.