2008 in New Zealand

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2008 in New Zealand
Decades:

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and vice regal[edit]

Government[edit]

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.

Party leaders[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 5 April – A huge propane explosion at a coolstore in Tamahere kills firefighter senior station officer Derek Lovell, and seriously injures seven others.[1]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 5 June – A newly redesigned flag for the Governor General of New Zealand is flown for the first time at Government House, Auckland.[3]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Holidays and observances[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

New books[edit]

  • 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. 

Awards[edit]

  • 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

Music[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The country's first Chinese television channel, CTV8 (Chinese Television 8) is launched in early October.

Sport[edit]

Cricket[edit]

  • 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

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Netball[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Rowing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

  • Ballinger Belt – Brian Carter (Te Puke)[14]

Soccer[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 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)

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 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)

September[edit]

  • 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

October[edit]

  • 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)

November[edit]

  • 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)

December[edit]

  • 6 December – Peter Wardle, plant ecologist (born 1931)
  • 13 December – John Drake, rugby union player (born 1959)
  • 24 December – Ian Ballinger, sports shooter (born 1925)

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 2008 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ihaka, James (23 September 2008). "Coolstore fire report calls for overhaul". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "New marine reserve off the Taranaki coast". http://www.beehive.govt.nz/. New Zealand Government. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Governor-General’s new flag". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Full police funeral for Wootton". TVNZ. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Schofield, Edith (22 August 2008). "Dunedin Hospital to lift lockdown". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 25 August 2008. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Opening of Taputeranga Marine Reserve". http://www.beehive.govt.nz/. New Zealand Government. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Milne, Rebecca (14 September 2008). "Single shot among many killed officer". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Cullen resigns after election defeat". New Zealand Herald. 9 November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Airbus A320 crashes into sea off France". CNN. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Astronomy Aotearoa". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  12. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  13. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  14. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com

External links[edit]

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