1989 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Appointments and awards
- 6 Sport
- 7 Births
- 8 Deaths
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,369,800
- Increase since 31 December 1988: 24,600 (0.74%)
- Males per 100 Females: 97.1
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Kerry Burke
- Prime Minister - David Lange then Geoffrey Palmer
- Deputy Prime Minister - Geoffrey Palmer then Helen Clark
- Minister of Finance - Roger Douglas then David Caygill
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Russell Marshall
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Catherine Tizard
- Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen then Margaret Evans
- Mayor of Wellington - James Belich
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay then Vicki Buck
- Mayor of Dunedin - Cliff Skeggs then Richard Walls
- First annual balance of payments surplus since 1973.
- The Reserve Bank Act sets the role of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as maintaining price stability.
- The Tomorrow's Schools reforms shift substantial financial and administrative responsibilities for managing schools to elected boards of trustees.
- Local Government elections under a revised structure.
- Mäori Fisheries Act passed.
- The Sale of Liquor Act passed.
- April: Swedish tourists Urban Höglin and Heidi Paakkonen disappear while backpacking in the Coromandel, leading to the largest land-based search undertaken in New Zealand.
- 25 April: David Lange suggests New Zealand should withdraw from the ANZUS council.
- 29 April: The Taranaki Herald publishes its last issue. The newspaper had published since 1852, and was New Zealand's oldest newspaper from 1935.
- 1 May: Jim Anderton forms the NewLabour Party.
- 7 August: David Lange resigns as Prime Minister of New Zealand and is replaced by Geoffrey Palmer.
- 26 November: TV3 begins broadcasting.
- 10 December: Sunday trading begins.
Arts and literature
Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.
- Album of the Year: Margaret Urlich–Safety in Numbers
- Fan Club - Respect The Beat
- The Front Lawn - Songs from The Front Lawn
- Single of the Year: Margaret Urlich - Escaping
- Fan Club - I Feel Love
- Double J and Twice the T/ Ray Columbus - She's A Mod
- Best Male Vocalist: Tim Finn
- Best Female Vocalist: Margaret Urlich
- Moana Jackson
- Best Group: When The Cat's Away
- The Warratahs
- The Fan Club
- Most Promising Male Vocalist: Paul Ubana Jones
- Greg Johnson
- Darren Watson
- Most Promising Female Vocalist: Janet Roddick
- Belinda Bradley
- Julie Collier
- Most Promising Group: The Front Lawn
- Double J and Twice the T
- Upper Hutt Posse
- International Achievement: The Front Lawn
- Kiri Te Kanawa
- Straitjacket Fits
- Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry: Tony Vercoe
- Best Video: Paul Middleditch / Polly Walker / Debbie Watson - I Feel Love (Fan Club)
- Warrick (Waka) Attewell - St Peter's Rendezvous (Barry Saunders)
- Tony Johns - She's A Mod/ Mod RAP (Double J and Twice the T)
- Best Film Soundtrack / Compilation: The Front Lawn - Songs From The Front Lawn
- Rahda and the Brats -Kid in the Middle
- Various - This Is The Moment
- Best Producer: Ian Morris - Nobody Else
- Mike Chunn - All Wrapped Up
- Ross McDermott/Annie Crummer - Melting Pot (When The Cat's Away)
- Best Engineer: Nigel Stone/ Tim Farrant - Everything Will Be Alright
- DC Bell - Please Say Something
- Nick Morgan - Melting Pot
- Best Jazz Album: No Award
- Best Classical Album: Stanley Friedman - The Lyric Trumpet
- Various Artists - Bold is Brass
- Michael Houston - Scriabin/ Chopin
- Best Folk Album: Paul Ubana Jones - Paul Ubana Jones
- Phil Powers - The Light of the Lions Eye
- Phil Garland - Wind in the Tussock
- Best Gospel Album: Stephen Bell-Booth–Shelter
- Guy Wishart - Another Day in Paradise
- Steve Apirana - Steve Apirana
- Best Polynesian Album: Howard Morrison - Tukua Ahau
- Moana & The Moa Hunters - Pupurutia
- Black Katz Trust - Ko Wai Ka Hua
- Best Songwriter: Barry Saunders - St Peters Rendezvous
- Tim Finn - Parihaka
- Don McGlashan / Harry Sinclair - Andy
- Best Cover: Polly Walker / Debbie Watson - Safety in Numbers (Margaret Urlich)
- Gavin Blake - Workshop
- Anthony Donaldson/ Cadre Communications- The Hills Are Alive
See: 1989 in music
Radio and television
- 3 April: Paul Holmes makes his first broadcast.
- 1 July: The Broadcasting Act 1989 removes restriction of broadcasting. The public broadcasting fee of NZ$110 per annum is established.
- 1 July: The Dunedin station is reduced to the Natural History Unit.
- 2 October: TV2 introduces morning television by starting at 6.30am 7 days a week.
- 27 November: TV3 begins broadcasting. 
See: 1989 in New Zealand television, 1989 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television programmes, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
See: NZ Internet History
Appointments and awards
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- Paul Ballinger wins his fourth national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:18:21 on 29 April in Rotorua, while Bernardine Portenski claims her first in the women's championship (2:46:02).
- 8 January – Aaron Cruden, rugby union player
- 2 February – Shane Archbold, professional cyclist.
- 8 February – Zac Guildford, rugby union player
- 14 February – Sam Johnson, activist, founder of the Student Volunteer Army
- 16 February – Phillipa Gray, Paralympic track cyclist
- 11 March – Tom Taylor, rugby union player
- 14 March – Katie Glynn, hockey player
- 3 April – Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, netball player
- 19 April – Lauren Ellis, track cyclist
- 26 April – Lucy Talbot, hockey player
- 8 May – Hayley Palmer, swimmer
- 9 May – Shane Van Gisbergen, motor raving driver
- 23 June – Lisa Carrington, flatwater canoer, Olympic gold medalist (2012 London)
- 9 July – Ella Gunson, hockey player
- 25 July – Blair Tuke, sailor, Olympic silver medallist (2012 London)
- 27 July – Penelope Marshall, swimmer
- 31 July – Charlotte Harrison, hockey player
- 11 August – Eddie Dawkins, track cyclist
- 13 August – Greg Draper, footballer
- 21 August – Natasha Hind, swimmer
- 15 September – Chetan Ramlu, musician
- 24 September – Cathryn Finlayson, hockey player
- 20 November – Abby Erceg, footballer
- 7 December – Ria Percival, footballer
- 15 December
- 2 February: Arnold Nordmeyer, Leader of the Opposition from 1963 to 1965
- 5 May: Sister Mary Leo, music teacher
- 4 June: Vernon Cracknell, politician, leader (1963–1970) of Social Credit
- 14 August: Dove-Myer Robinson, long-serving mayor of Auckland
- 4 September: Ronald Syme, historian
- 14 September: Eddie McLeod, cricketer
- 15 September: Harry Cave, cricketer
- 7 October: Keith Elliott, soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross
- 26 October: Andrew Roberts, cricketer
- Harry Highet, engineer, designer of the "P" class yacht
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Easton, Brian (23 February 2008). "Cheers to George Laking: 1912-2008". New Zealand Listener 212 (3537). Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
- Garner, Theresa (9 April 1999). "Friendships born out of tragedy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- Winder, Virginia (2003). "June Litman's Literary Legacy". Puke Ariki. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
- "Awards 1989". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- Shane Archbold profile
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