1998 in New Zealand

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1998 in New Zealand


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 45th New Zealand Parliament continued, with the Fourth National Government in power.

Opposition leaders[edit]

See: Category:Parliament of New Zealand, New Zealand elections

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 2 May – By-election in Taranaki-King Country after the former Prime Minister Jim Bolger resigned. Shane Ardern retained the seat for National.
  • 14 August – Prime Minister Jenny Shipley sacks Winston Peters from Cabinet after a dispute over the privatisation of Wellington International Airport. Peters subsequently cancels New Zealand First's coalition agreement with National.
  • New Zealand appoints a resident ambassador to Argentina and establishes an embassy in Buenos Aires.[2]

Arts and literature[edit]

  • Michael King wins the Robert Burns Fellowship.
  • Montana New Zealand Book Awards:
    • Montana Medal: Harry Orsman (ed.), Dictionary of New Zealand English
    • Deutz Medal: Maurice Gee, Live Bodies
    • Reader's Choice: Malcolm McKinnon(ed.), New Zealand Historical Atlas
    • First Book Awards
      • Fiction: Catherine Chidgey, In a fishbone church
      • Poetry: Kapka Kassabova, All Roads Lead to the Sea
      • Non-Fiction: Genevieve Noser, Olives: The new passion

See 1998 in art, 1998 in literature, Category:1998 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.[3][4] were:

  • Album of the Year: Bic Runga - Drive
    • Salmonella Dub - Calming of the Drunken Monkey
    • Rob Guest - Standing Ovation
    • The Stereobus - Stereobus
    • Greg Johnson - Chinese Whispers
  • Single of the Year: Bic Runga - Sway
    • Shihad - Home Again
    • The Feelers - Pressure Man
    • Darcy Clay - Jesus I Was Evil
    • Moizna - Just Another Day
  • Best Male Vocalist: Jon Toogood – (Shihad)
    • Greg Johnson (Greg Johnson Set)
    • Booga Beazley (Head Like A Hole)
  • Best Female Vocalist: Bic Runga
    • Sulata
    • Annie Crummer
  • Best Group: Shihad
    • The Mutton Birds
    • Dam Native
  • Most Promising Male Vocalist: Darcy Clay
    • Dave Yetton (The Stereobus)
    • James Reid (The Feelers)
  • Most Promising Female Vocalist: Alesha Siosiua (Miozna)
    • Maisey Rika (St Josephs Maori Girls College)
    • Jordan Reyne
  • Most Promising Group: Moizna
    • The Feelers
    • The Stereobus
  • International Achievement: OMC
    • The Mutton Birds
    • Garageland
  • Best Video: Mark Hurley - Home Again (Shihad)
    • Joe Lonie - Pressure Man (The Feelers)
    • Wayne Conway - Suddenly Strange (Bic Runga)
  • Best Producer: Malcolm Welsford - Pressure Man (The Feelers)
    • Chris Sinclair - Kia Koe (Sulata)
    • Debbie Harwood & Stephen Small - So This Is Love
  • Best Engineer: Simon Sheridan - Sway (Bic Runga)
    • Chris Sinclair - Kia Koe (Sulata)
    • Malcolm Welsford - Pressure Man (The Feelers)
  • Best Jazz Album: the New Loungehead - Came a Weird Way
    • Trip to the Moon - Jazz Hop
    • Sustenance - Food For Thought
  • Best Classical Album: Daniel Poynton - You Hit Him, He Cry Out
    • Alexander Ivashkin - Shostakovich Cello Concertos
    • Keith Lewis And NZ Chamber Orchestra - Opera Kings Gods And Mortals
  • Best Country Album: Kylie Harris - Fancy
  • Best Folk Album: Paul Ubana Jones - Blessings and Burdens
    • T&D Bigger Band - Hillingdon
    • AJ Bell - Ragwort Touch
  • Best Gospel Album: Parachute Band - You Alone
  • Best Mana Maori Album: Te Matapihi – Te Matapihi
    • Maori Volcanics - Kia Ora
    • Dam Native - Kaupapa Drvien Rhymes Uplifted
  • Best Mana Reo Album: St Josephs Maori Girls College - E Hine
    • The Willie Matthews Quartet - A Treasury Of Maori Songs
    • Nga Kura O Hananah - Nga Kura O Hananah
  • Best Children's Album: Kids TV - Sing Something Simple
    • Tessa Grigg & Brian Ringrose - Where Are You Going Colin
    • Jules Riding - Kids Time With Jules Riding
  • Best Songwriter: Bic Runga - Sway
    • Greg Johnson - Liberty
    • Jordan Luck - Change Your Mind
  • Best Cover: Wayne Conway - Drive (Bic Runga)
    • Crispin Schuberth - Came A Weird Way (The New Loungehead)
    • A Penman & Ross (Finnart) - Calming of the Drunken Monkey (Salmonella Dub)
  • New Zealand Radio Programmer Award: John Diver - Channel Z (Wellington)
    • Melanie Wise - Q92FM (Queenstown)
    • Kaye Glamuzina - National Radio

See: 1998 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

See: 1998 in New Zealand television, 1998 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1998 film awards, 1998 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1998 films


See: NZ Internet History

Appointments and awards[edit]

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




  • the NBL was won by the Nelson Giants

Commonwealth Games[edit]


Various Tours, New Zealand cricket team

  • The Shell Trophy for 1998-99 was won by Canterbury, with Northern Districts runners-up.


New Zealand Open Category:New Zealand golfers

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]


Olympic Games[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

  • 24 April, New Zealand defeated Australia 22-16
  • 9 October, New Zealand lost to Australia 12-30
  • 31 October, New Zealand defeated Great Britain 22-16
  • 7 November, New Zealand defeated Great Britain 36-16
  • 14 November, New Zealand drew with Great Britain 23-all

Rugby union[edit]

Category:Rugby union in New Zealand,


Births in 1998[edit]

Deaths in 1998[edit]

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 1998 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1998


  1. ^ The Rt Hon Sir Michael Hardie Boys, GNZM, GCMG, QSO gg.govt.nz. Retrieved 10 April 2012
  2. ^ "New Zealand and Argentina". NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Awards 1998". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "1998 New Zealand Music Awards". Web page. RIANZ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  6. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  7. ^ NRL 1998 Competition Ladder
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com