2008 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Regal and vice regal
2008 was the third and last year of the 48th Parliament, which was dissolved on 3 October. A general election was held on 8 November to elect the 49th Parliament, which saw the Fifth National Government elected.
- Speaker of the House – Margaret Wilson then Lockwood Smith
- Prime Minister – Helen Clark to 19 November, then John Key
- Deputy Prime Minister – Michael Cullen to 19 November, then Bill English
- Minister of Finance – Michael Cullen to 19 November, then Bill English
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Winston Peters to 29 August, then Helen Clark (acting) to 19 November, then Murray McCully
- Labour – Helen Clark to 11 November, then Phil Goff
- National – John Key
- Progressive – Jim Anderton
- New Zealand First – Winston Peters
- United Future – Peter Dunne
- Act – Rodney Hide
- Greens – Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russel Norman
- Māori Party – Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – John Banks
- Mayor of Tauranga – Stuart Crosby
- Mayor of Hamilton – Bob Simcock
- Mayor of Wellington – Kerry Prendergast
- Mayor of Christchurch – Bob Parker
- Mayor of Dunedin – Peter Chin
- 5 April – A huge propane explosion at a coolstore in Tamahere kills firefighter senior station officer Derek Lovell, and seriously injures seven others.
- 5 June – A newly redesigned flag for the Governor General of New Zealand is flown for the first time at Government House, Auckland.
- 1 July – Rail transport network is renationalised as KiwiRail
- 11 July – Police Sergeant Derek Wootton (52) is struck and killed by a vehicle fleeing police, while laying road spikes at Titahi Bay.
- 1 August – Crown entities Land Transport New Zealand and Transit New Zealand merge to form the NZ Transport Agency
- 16 August – Dunedin Public Hospital is put in lockdown for a week after approximately 170 staff and patients fall ill to a norovirus outbreak, resulting in 2,300 appointments and procedures being delayed.
- 5 September – Fonterra advise Prime Minister Helen Clark of the 2008 baby milk scandal.
- 7 September – The Taputeranga Marine Reserve is opened.
- 11 September – Undercover police Sergeant Don Wilkinson (47) is fatally shot in Mangere, after being discovered attempting to secretly fix a tracking device to a car.
- 8 November – John Key and the New Zealand National Party win the General Election. John Key is able to form a Government and in Helen Clark's speech she resigns as leader of the New Zealand Labour Party
- 9 November – Michael Cullen resigns as deputy leader of the Labour Party.
- 19 November – John Key is sworn in as Prime Minister
- 27 November – 2008 Air New Zealand A320 test flight crash. Air New Zealand A320 Airbus crashes into the Mediterranean during a test flight, killing five New Zealand and two German air crew.
Holidays and observances
- 6 February – Waitangi Day
- 21 March – Good Friday
- 23 March – Easter Sunday
- 24 March – Easter Monday
- 25 April – Anzac Day
- 2 June – Queen's Birthday
- 5 June – Matariki
- 27 October – Labour Day
Arts and literature
- Brower, Ann (August 2008). Who Owns the High Country? The controversial story of tenure review in New Zealand. New Zealand: Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing. ISBN 978-1-877333-78-1.
- BEST BOOK Title: Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning
- BEST COVER Winner: Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning
- NON-ILLUSTRATED Winner: Dear to Me
- ILLUSTRATED Winner: Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning
- CHILDREN’S Winner: The King’s Bubbles by Ruth Paul
- May - New Zealand Music Month
- 3 September: Technical Awards for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
- 8 October: Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
- The country's first Chinese television channel, CTV8 (Chinese Television 8) is launched in early October.
- New Zealand men's cricket team, the Black Caps plays three test matches against England and draws the series, each team having won a game
- The ANZ Netball Championship begins in April 2008.
- The New Zealand Kiwis won the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
- The New Zealand Warriors finished 8th in the National Rugby League and in the playoffs made it through to the Semi Finals, beating minor premiers the Melbourne Storm in the progress.
- The inaugural season of the new Bartercard Premiership saw Auckland defeat Canterbury 38-10 in the grand final.
- Ballinger Belt – Brian Carter (Te Puke)
- 30 October – 16 November – New Zealand hosts the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Matches are held in Albany, Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington.
- The Chatham Cup is won by East Coast Bays AFC who beat Dunedin Technical 1—0 in the final.
- 18 September – Silent Achiever, thoroughbred racehorse
- 23 September – Zurella, thoroughbred racehorse
- 1 January – Joan Dingley, mycologist (born 1916)
- 2 January – Lindsay Poole, botanist and forester (born 1908)
- 4 January
- 6 January – Charlie Steele, Jr., association football player (born 1930)
- 10 January – Sir George Laking, diplomat (born 1912)
- 11 January – Sir Edmund Hillary, mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist (born 1919)
- 16 January – Hone Tūwhare, poet (born 1922)
- 12 February – Ron Chippindale, pilot, air accident investigator (born 1933)
- 14 February – June Schoch, athlete (born 1926)
- 16 February – K. Radway Allen, fisheries biologist (born 1911)
- 19 February – Barry Barclay, filmmaker (born 1944)
- 13 March – Tessa Birnie, concert pianist (born 1934)
- 18 March – Ruth Dallas, poet and children's author (born 1919)
- 21 March – Merv Wallace, cricketer (born 1916)
- 2 April – Sir Geoffrey Cox, newspaper and television journalist (born 1910)
- 6 April – Tony Davies, rugby union player (born 1939)
- 10 April – Greg Hough, association football player (born 1958)
- 11 April – Fraser Colman, politician (born 1925)
- 12 April – Dame Augusta Wallace, jurist, first woman District Court judge (born 1929)
- 15 April – Mahinārangi Tocker singer–songwriter (born 1955)
- 4 May – Colin Murdoch, pharmacist, veterinarian and inventor (born 1929)
- 8 May – William L. Holland, Pacific affairs academic (born 1907)
- 9 May – Nahega Molifai Silimaka, Niuean community leader (born 1908)
- 1 June – Doug Zohrab, diplomat (born 1917)
- 4 June – John Armitt, wrestler (born 1925)
- 5 June
- 24 June
- 17 July – Sir Graham Speight, jurist (born 1921)
- 25 July – Walter Metcalf, physical chemistry academic (born 1918)
- 31 July – Falani Aukuso, Tokelauan public servant
- 6 August – Ken Going, rugby union player (born 1942)
- 9 August – Bob Cunis, cricket player and coach (born 1941)
- 16 August – Rei Hamon, artist (born 1919)
- 25 August – Hardwicke Knight, historian and photographer (born 1911)
- 31 August – Victor Yates, rugby union and league player (born 1939)
- 7 September – Sir Hamish Hay, politician, mayor of Christchurch (1974–89) (born 1927)
- 8 September – Ron Guthrey, soldier, politician, mayor of Christchurch (1968–71) (born 1916)
- 11 September – Sue Garden-Bachop, rugby union player, coach and administrator (born c.1961)
- 13 September – Duncan Laing, swimming coach (born 1933)
- 15 September – Arthur Stubbs, soldier, oldest New Zealand war veteran (born 1904)
- 21 September – Al Hobman, professional wrestler (born 1925)
- 25 September
- 2 October – Rob Guest, actor and singer (born 1950)
- 14 October – Dame Daphne Purves, educator (born 1908)
- 15 October – Des Townson, yacht designer (born 1934)
- 29 October – John Darwin, statistician and public servant (born 1923)
- 6 November – Kevin J. Sharpe, mathematician, theologian and archaeologist (born 1950)
- 7 November – Hedley Howarth, cricketer (born 1943)
- 8 November – Hugh Cook, science fiction writer (born 1956)
- 27 November – Mike Minogue, politician (born 1923)
- 29 November – Robert Wade, chess player (born 1921)
- 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
For world events and topics in 2008 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2008
- Ihaka, James (23 September 2008). "Coolstore fire report calls for overhaul". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
- "New marine reserve off the Taranaki coast". http://www.beehive.govt.nz/. New Zealand Government. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "The Governor-General’s new flag". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
- "Full police funeral for Wootton". TVNZ. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
- Schofield, Edith (22 August 2008). "Dunedin Hospital to lift lockdown". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- Yardley, Jim (15 September 2008). "Chinese Baby Formula Scandal Widens as 2nd Death Is Announced". New York Times. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
- "Opening of Taputeranga Marine Reserve". http://www.beehive.govt.nz/. New Zealand Government. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- Milne, Rebecca (14 September 2008). "Single shot among many killed officer". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
- "Cullen resigns after election defeat". New Zealand Herald. 9 November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
- "Airbus A320 crashes into sea off France". CNN. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
- "Astronomy Aotearoa". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
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