2007 in New Zealand

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2007 in New Zealand
Decades:

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government[edit]

2007 was the second full year since the election of the 48th Parliament. The government was a Labour-Progressive coalition with supply and confidence from United Future and New Zealand First in exchange for two ministerial spots outside Cabinet.

Non-Labour ministers

  • Jim Anderton (Progressives) - Minister of Agriculture (within Cabinet)
  • Peter Dunne (United Future), Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health (outside Cabinet)

Other party leaders[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 3 January - The official Christmas-New Year holiday period ends with the lowest holiday road toll since 1981. Nine people died on the roads. (TV3)
  • 3 January - An extensive manhunt is launched for convicted murderer Graeme Burton, wanted for breaching parole.
  • 4 January - A large (approx 7000m²) Tegel Foods chicken processing plant in the Christchurch suburb of Sockburn is razed. Authorities rule out arson.
  • 6 January - Graeme Burton is recaptured in Wellington, after fatally shooting one man and wounding two others.
  • 12 January - New Line Cinema announces that it will never work with Peter Jackson again after Jackson's allegations of financial impropriety and breach of contract. (CNN)
  • 16 January - The Department of Conservation declares the South Island Kōkako to be extinct. (NZ Herald)
  • 17 January - The lawyer for Algerian refugee and alleged security risk Ahmed Zaoui lodges a formal request to be reunited with his family with the Minister of Immigration.
  • 17 January - Sir Edmund Hillary returns to Antarctica to take part in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Scott Base.
  • 18 January - Officials in Auckland announce four cases of typhoid have been diagnosed in the South Auckland suburb of Clendon since mid-December.
  • 20 January - The chainsaw used to cut down the sole Monterey pine on One Tree Hill in 1994 is found for sale on auction site TradeMe.
  • 22 January - New Zealand stays resolute as the newly self-installed government of Fiji's military Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama threatens unspecified consequences if sanctions continue. (stuff.co.nz)
  • 23 January - Six year old Jayden Headley is handed into Hamilton police by his grandfather, after being missing for five months. (NZ Herald)

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 1 April - Severe flooding in Northland results in millions of dollars worth of damage. (NZ Herald)
  • 2 April - Auckland Hospital reveals that one of its patients is suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and that up to 43 of its patients could be at risk. (Yahoo/Newstalk ZB)
  • 3 April - the Bazley Report into police conduct is released, citing "disgraceful" conduct among policemen going back to 1979. The release of the report prompts a public apology from police commissioner Howard Broad. (stuffco.nz)

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

October[edit]

  • 13 October: Elections were held for all of New Zealand's city, district and regional councils, and all District Health Boards.
  • 15 October: Police conduct a series of raids across the country, charging 17 people with various firearms offences. They state that they are acting in response to an alleged paramilitary-style training camp in the Uruweras.
  • 31 October: Cabinet reshuffle prepares Helen Clark's Labour government for the coming election year.

November[edit]

December[edit]

Holidays and observances[edit]

Media, arts and literature[edit]

Music[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Television[edit]

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Film[edit]

Internet[edit]

Sport[edit]

Cricket[edit]

see also 2007 in cricket

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Netball[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

see also Rugby league in New Zealand and Rugby league in 2007

Rugby union[edit]

Rowing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

  • Ballinger Belt –
    • Mark Buchanan (Australia)
    • Bill Tabor (Karori), second, top New Zealander[7]

Soccer[edit]

Tennis[edit]

  • 6 January: Top seed Jelena Janković wins the ASB Classic women's pro tournament held in Auckland, beating Vera Zvonareva (5th seed) 7-6 (11-9) 5-7 6-3 in the final.
  • 13 January: Third seed David Ferrer of Spain wins the Heineken Open men's pro tournament held in Auckland, after he defeated top seed and compatriot Tommy Robredo 6-4 6-2

Yachting[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 4 February
    • John Head, teacher and disarmament campaigner (born 1927)
    • Gerald Loft, Roman Catholic bishop (born 1933)
  • 5 February – Leo T. McCarthy, politician and businessman (born 1930)
  • 6 February
  • 7 February - Alan MacDiarmid, chemist, Nobel Laureate (born 1927)
  • 22 February – Harold Tyrie, track and field athlete and coach (born 1915)

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 2 April – Jeannie Ferris, politician (born 1941)
  • 10 April – Florence Finch, supercententarian, New Zealand longevity record holder (born 1893)
  • 13 April
    • Don Selwyn, actor and film director (born 1935)
    • Dame Marie Clay, educational literacy researcher (born 1926)
  • 15 April – Ted Meuli, cricketer (born 1926)
  • 16 April – Frank Bateson, astronomer (born 1909)
  • 26 April – Harry Lapwood, soldier and politician (born 1915)
  • 29 April
    • George, Jack Russell terrier (born c.1997)
    • Dick Motz, cricketer (born 1940)

May[edit]

  • 2 May
    • Brad McGann, film director and screenwriter (born 1964)
    • Henare te Ua, radio broadcaster and oral historian (born 1933)
  • 8 May – David Farquhar, composer and music academic (born 1928)
  • 13 May – Kate Webb, journalist (born 1943)
  • 15 May – Brian Nordgren, rugby league player (born 1925)
  • 19 May – Dean Eyre, politician and diplomat (born 1914)
  • 20 May – Dame Jean Herbison, educationalist (born 1923)
  • 25 May – Arwon, thoroughbred racehorse (foaled 1973)
  • 27 May – Jack Kerr, cricket player and administrator (born 1910)
  • 29 May – Folole Muliaga, schoolteacher (born c.1963)

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 7 August – Sir Angus Tait, electronics innovator and businessman (born 1919)
  • 13 August – Sir Robertson Stewart, industrialist (born 1913)
  • 15 August – Geoffrey Orbell, rediscoverer of the takahē (born 1908)
  • 20 August – Chas Poynter, politician, mayor of Wanganui (1986–2004) (born 1939)
  • 28 August – Nikola Nobilo, winemaker (born 1913)
  • 29 August – Sir James Fletcher, industrialist (born 1914)

September[edit]

  • 1 September – Sir Roy McKenzie, standardbred horse breeder and trainer, philanthropist (born 1922)
  • 3 September – Syd Jackson, Māori activist and trade unionist (born 1939)
  • 8 September – Graham Condon, athlete, politician and disability advocate (born 1949)
  • 13 September – Whakahuihui Vercoe, Bishop of Aotearoa and Archbishop of New Zealand (born 1928)
  • 19 September – Neil Morrison, politician (born 1938)
  • 25 September – Colin Webster-Watson, sculptor and poet (born 1926)
  • 30 September – Cyril Eastlake, rugby league player (born 1930)

October[edit]

  • 3 October – John Buxton, rugby union player (born 1933)
  • 18 October – Joe Sellwood, Australian rules football player (born 1911)
  • 24 October – Ian Middleton, novelist (born 1928)
  • 25 October – Johnny Dodd, rugby league player (born 1928)
  • 28 October – Stuart Sidey, politician, mayor of Dunedin (1959–65) (born 1908)

November[edit]

  • 9 November – Dennis List, poet, editor and novelist (born 1946)
  • 17 November – Meg Campbell, poet (born 1937)
  • 21 November – Noel McGregor, cricketer (born 1931)
  • 23 November – Pat Walsh, rugby union player and selector (born 1936)

December[edit]

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 2007 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Governors-General". New Zealand Government. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Charges upgraded after Undie 500 riots". New Zealand Herald. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2008. 
  3. ^ Ihaka, James (22 October 2008). "Medals return to emotional welcome". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Twose, Helen (10 August 2007). "Telecom's great unbundling exercise finally gets under way". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  5. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  6. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  7. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com

External links[edit]

Media related to 2007 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons