1990 in New Zealand
New Zealand celebrated its sesquicentennial, 150 years since the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi.
In the general election in October, National was elected in a landside victory.
- 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: 3,410,400
- Increase since 31 December 1989: 40,600 (1.20%)
- Males per 100 females: 97.3
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
- Governor-General - The Rt Rev & Hon Sir Paul Reeves, GCMG, GCVO, QSO followed by The Hon Dame Catherine Anne Tizard, GCMG, GCVO, DBE, QSO
- Speaker of the House - Kerry Burke then Robin Gray
- Prime Minister - Geoffrey Palmer then Mike Moore then Jim Bolger
- Deputy Prime Minister - Helen Clark then Don McKinnon
- Minister of Finance - David Caygill then Ruth Richardson
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Russell Marshall then Mike Moore then Don McKinnon
- Leader of the Opposition - Jim Bolger (National), until 2 November, then Mike Moore (Labour) .
- NewLabour Party - Jim Anderton (after 2 November General election)
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Catherine Tizard then Les Mills
- Mayor of Hamilton - Margaret Evans
- Mayor of Wellington - James Belich
- Mayor of Christchurch - Vicki Buck
- Mayor of Dunedin - Richard Walls
- Telecom sold for $ 4.25 billion.
- New Zealand Bill of Rights Act passed
- The Tongariro National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its natural values.
- Creation of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site
- The Royal New Zealand Navy tanker Endeavour and the frigates Wellington and Waikato were deployed to Bougainville as a neutral venue for peace talks between the government of Papua New Guinea and secessionist leaders of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army.
- New Zealand ratifies the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
- New Zealand and the Netherlands signed a reciprocal Social Security Agreement in October 1990, which came into effect in 1992.
- Banning of wood chip exports.
- Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is formed.
- Establishment of the Forest Heritage Fund (later renamed "Nature Heritage Fund").
- Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Award established
- 1–16 February: Her Majesty Elizabeth II of New Zealand visits.
- 3 February: Commonwealth Games are officially closed by Elizabeth II in Auckland, with New Zealand winning 58 medals,
- 6 February: New Zealand celebrates its sesquicentennial.
- 30 April: One and two cent coins are withdrawn from legal tender.
- 1 July: Tariffs were eliminated between Australia and New Zealand under the Closer Economic Relations agreement. This was five years ahead of schedule
- 1 October: The Health Research Council of New Zealand is formed.
- 27 October - New Zealand general election returns National with record number of seats - 67; Labour 29, NewLabour 1
- 27 October: Referendum to increase Parliamentary term from three to four years defeated: 30.7% For, 69.3% Against.
- 2 November:Jim Bolger becomes Prime Minister.
- 2 November: Don McKinnon becomes Deputy Prime Minister
- 2 November: Ruth Richardson became the first woman Minister of Finance.
- 13 November: David Gray, an Aramoana resident, began a 22-hour shooting spree that left 13 people and Gray dead.
- Government announces $ 1.275 Billion worth of social welfare cuts.
- 12 December: Dame Catherine Tizard becomes first woman Governor-General of New Zealand.
Arts and literature
Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.
- Album of the Year: The Chills – Submarine Bells
- Brian Smith - Moonlight Sax
- Straitjacket Fits - Melt
- Single of the Year: The Chills – Heavenly Pop Hit
- Margaret Urlich - Number One
- Ngaire - To Sir With Love
- Top Male Vocalist: Barry Saunders
- John Grenell
- Barry Saunders
- Top Female Vocalist: Margaret Urlich
- Patsy Riggir
- Top Group: The Chills
- Straitjacket Fits
- Fan Club
- Most Promising Male Vocalist: Guy Wishart
- Alan Galloway
- John Kempt
- Most Promising Female Vocalist: Merenia
- Caroline Easther
- Most Promising Group: Strawpeople
- Merenia & Where's Billy
- International Achievement: Fan Club
- The Chills
- Margaret Urlich
- Best Video: Niki Caro - Bad Note for a Heart (Straitjacket Fits)
- Paul Middleditch - One Good Reason (Strawpeople)
- Lance Kelliher - Don’t Let Me Fall Alone (The Fan Club)
- Best Producer: Ian Morris - Heartbroke
- Carl Doy - Moonlight Sax (Brian Smith)
- Murray Grindlay - Welcome To Our World
- Best Engineer: Strawpeople – Hemisphere
- Ian Morris - Heartbroke (Rikki Morris)
- Murray Grindlay - Welcome To Our World
- Best Jazz Album: No Award
- Best Classical Album: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa / Nszo — Kiri's Homecoming
- Dame Malvina Major - Malvina Major
- Kiri Te Kanawa/NZSO - Kiri at Aotea
- Best Country Album: The Warratahs - Wild Card
- John Grenell - Welcome To Our World
- Bartlett/ Duggan/ Vaughn - Together Again
- Best Folk Album: Rua — Commonwealth Suite
- Martha Louise - Changing Tides
- Iain Mitchell/Paul Yielder - Every Man And His Dog
- Best Gospel Album: Cecily Phio — Light in the Darkness
- Sound Ministry - Lead Me to the Rock
- Scripture in Song - We Will Triumph
- Best Polynesian Album: Herbs – Homegrown
- National Maori Choir - Stand Tall
- Te Mokai - Totara Tree
- Best Songwriter: Martin Phillips — Heavenly Pop Hit (The Chills)
- Shayne Carter - Bad Note for a Heart (Straitjacket fits)
- Barry Saunders - Wild Card
- Best Cover: John Collie – Melt (Straitjacket Fits)
- Steve Garden/ Giles Molloy/ Kim Wesney - State of the Harp
- Marc Mateo/ John Pitcairn - Hole
- Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry: Murdoch Riley
Radio and television
- 1 January: Avalon becomes a separate limited liability company.
- 5 February: The Auckland Television Centre is opened by Elizabeth II.
- May: TV3 goes into receivership but continues broadcasting.
- May: Sky Television launches with three channels.
- May: CTV takes over TVNZ's Christchurch assets. 
See: 1990 in New Zealand television, 1990 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
Once Were Warriors published.
Appointments and awards
- New Zealand sent...athletes to the 1990 Commonwealth Games, held in Auckland. New Zealand won 17 Gold, 14 Silver and 27 Bronze.
- Tom Birnie wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:33 on 3 March in New Plymouth, while Jillian Costley claims her third in the women's championship (2:36:43).
- State Championship, won by Auckland.
New Zealand Open championship, held at the, was won by
- Auckland Cup: Miss Stanima
- Ranfurly Shield
- Retained by Auckland.
- Auckland beat King Country 58-3 in Auckland.
- Auckland beat Poverty Bay 42-3 in Gisborne.
- Auckland beat Southland 78-7 in Auckland.
- Auckland beat Otago 45-9 in Auckland
- Auckland beat North Auckland 41-21 in Auckland
- Auckland beat North Harbour 18-9 in Auckland
- Auckland beat Canterbury 33-30 in Auckland
- 16 June: The All Blacks beat Scotland 31 - 16 at Carisbrook.
- 23 June: The All Blacks beat Scotland 21 - 18 at Eden Park.
- 21 July: The All Blacks beat Australia 21 - 6 at Lancaster Park.
- 4 August: The All Blacks beat Australia 21-18 at Eden Park.
- 18 August: The All Blacks lose to Australia 9 - 21 at Athletic Park.
- 3 November:The All Blacks beat France 24-3 at Stade de la Beaujoire.
- 10 November: The All Blacks beat France 30-12 at Parc des Princes.
- Retained by Auckland.
- The Chatham Cup is won by Mount Wellington who beat Christchurch United 3—3 (4-2 on penalties) in the final.
- New Zealand National Soccer League: Waitakere City
- The inaugural Winfield Provincial Championship was held between regional representative teams. The winner was Canterbury, who beat Auckland 2-1 (after extra time) in the final.
- 4 January – Augustine Pulu, rugby union player
- 13 January – Teneale Hatton, flatwater canoeist
- 16 January – Jason Hicks, footballer
- 17 January – Cameron Leslie, Paralympic swimmer
- 22 January – Dean Whare, rugby league player
- 25 January – Liam Coltman, rugby union player
- 3 February – Martin Taupau, rugby league player
- 7 February – Elias Shadrock, netballer
- 19 February – Kosta Barbarouses, footballer
- 27 February – Elijah Taylor, rugby league player
- 1 March – Julianna Naoupu, netballer
- 9 March – Joel Everson, rugby union player
- 13 March – Josh Bloxham, basketballer
- 15 March – Rebecca Torr, snowboarder
- 22 March – Angus Ta'avao, rugby union player
- 24 March – Keisha Castle-Hughes, actress
- 27 March – Kimbra Johnson, recording artist
- 31 March (in England) – Tommy Smith, footballer
- 7 April – George Bennett, road cyclist
- 19 April – Benny Tipene, singer-songwriter
- 24 April – Amaka Gessler, swimmer
- 26 April – Terri-Amber Carlson, footballer
- 2 May – Gemma Flynn, hockey player
- 9 May – Daniel Bell, swimmer
- 16 May – Renee Leota, footballer
- 18 May – Jossi Wells, freestyle skier
- 6 June
- 22 June – Abigail Guthrie, tennis player
- 26 June – Jake Gleeson, footballer
- 2 July – Bill Tupou, rugby league player
- 5 July – Tom Marshall, rugby union player
- 13 July – Kieran Foran, rugby league player
- 18 July – Gerard Beale, rugby league player
- 24 July (in South Korea) – Danny Lee, golfer
- 25 July – Ellen Halpenny, netball player
- 4 August – Betsy Hassett, footballer
- 6 August – Nick Wilson, hockey player
- 7 August – Julian Savea, rugby union player
- 8 August – Kane Williamson, cricketer
- 9 August
- 15 August – Tawera Kerr-Barlow, rugby union player
- 16 August – Matt Duffie, rugby league player
- 17 August – Charlie Ngatai, rugby union player
- 20 August – Anna Green, footballer
- 6 September – Andrew Cox, ice hockey player
- 9 September – Shaun Johnson, rugby league player
- 16 September – Emily Collins, road cyclist
- 17 September
- 21 September – Sam Kasiano, rugby league player
- 28 September – Doug Bracewell, cricketer
- 12 October – Shannon Francois, netballer
- 23 October – Stan Walker, recording artist
- 5 November – George Moala, rugby union player
- 8 November – Sacha Jones, tennis player
- 11 November – Merissa Smith, footballer
- 19 November – Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, rugby union player
- 26 November
- 2 December – Glen Fisiiahi, rugby league player
- 11 December – Elizabeth Milne, footballer
- 13 December – Corey Anderson, cricketer
- 27 December – Priyani Puketapu, beauty queen
- 7 January: Esther James, fashion model
- March: Joan Faulkner-Blake, broadcaster
- 16 August: Pat O'Connor, professional wrestler
- 5 September: Ernest Duncan, mathematician
- Brett Austin, swimmer
- 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
- "Former Governors-General". New Zealand Government. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- "Awards 1990". 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
- Winfield Provincial Championship
- Esther James at DNZB
- Pat O'Connor at DNZB
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