2012 in New Zealand

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2012 in New Zealand
Decades:

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and vice-regal[edit]

Government[edit]

2012 is the first full year of the 50th Parliament, which first sat on 20 December 2011 and will dissolve on 17 December 2014 if not dissolved prior. The Fifth National Government, first elected in 2008, continues.

Other Party leaders[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • 2 March – It is announced that the 131-year-old landmark ChristChurch Cathedral will be demolished as a result of damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.[8]
  • 19 March – "Marmageddon": It is announced by manufacturer Sanitarium that the sole production line of the popular breakfast spread Marmite, of which New Zealanders eat 640 tonnes annually, had stopped in November due to earthquake damage at the Papanui, Christchurch factory, and the company's own stocks had run out. It would be February 2013 before production resumed.[9]
  • 25 March – The largest changes to the nation's road rules in 35 years sees two rules regarding priority at intersections change, including the unique left-turn verses right-turn rule.[10]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • 24 May – Finance Minister Bill English delivers the 2012 government budget, described for the second consecutive year as a "zero" budget. The National government aims to record a $197m surplus in 2014/15, down from $1300m in the 2011 budget.[12][13]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 3 July – A magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes off the Taranaki coast and is widely felt across the country. Only minor damage is reported to have occurred as a result of the earthquake.
  • 27 July–12 August – 184 New Zealand athletes in sixteen sports compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, achieving six gold, two silver and five bronze medals, including the nation's 100th Olympic medal.

August[edit]

  • 6 August – Mount Tongariro in the central North Island erupts, spreading volcanic ash across the area and as far east as Hawke's Bay.[14]
  • 30 August – Members of Parliament votes on three options for the national legal drinking age – the existing 18 years, 20 years, or an 18 on-licence/20 off-licence split. After the 18/20 split was eliminated in the first round of voting, Parliament votes in the second round to keep the age at 18 years, with 68 votes in favour to 53.[15][16]
  • The payroll of 110,000 teachers and support staff in state and state-integrated schools is switched to the new Novopay system. The error-ridden system would ultimately cause thousands of pay errors, resulting in staff being overpaid, underpaid, or not paid at all, continuing into 2013.

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 6 December – A tornado hits the suburb of Hobsonville in northwestern Auckland, causing widespread damage and killing three people.[19]

Holidays and observances[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

New Books[edit]

Awards[edit]

Music[edit]

Performing Arts[edit]

Television[edit]

  • C4 to be renamed FOUR

Films[edit]

Internet[edit]

Sport[edit]

Events[edit]

Shooting[edit]

  • Ballinger Belt – Brian Carter (Te Puke)[21]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • 15 January – Ben Hana, aka "Blanket Man", vagrant (born 1957)
  • 30 January – Mary Yandall, singer (born c.1949)

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 1 July – Alister McLellan, mathematician and physicist (born 1919)
  • 18 July – Aston Greathead, painter (born 1921)
  • 21 July – Vida Stout, limnographer and academic administrator (born 1930)
  • 23 July – Margaret Mahy, children's author (born 1936)
  • 28 July – Colin Horsley, classical pianist and music teacher (born 1920)
  • 30 July – Jonathan Hardy, actor, screenwriter and movie director (born 1940)

August[edit]

  • 6 August – Gregor Yeates, soil zoologist and ecologist (born 1944)
  • 11 August – Roger Sandall, anthropologist (born 1933)
  • 29 August – Jeremy Pope, lawyer and activist (born 1938)
  • 30 August – Bill Kini, boxer, Commonwealth Games gold medallist (1966) (born 1937)

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. Governor-General of New Zealand. Retrieved 8 June 2012
  2. ^ "11 dead in hot air balloon tragedy". The New Zealand Herald. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills 11 in New Zealand". Fox News. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Kirsty Johnston; Karla Akuhata; Angela Cuming; Michael Daly (10 January 2012). "Split Rena Sinking". Waikato Times (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Kirsty Johnston; Paloma Migone (20 January 2012). "NZ residents on piracy charges denied bail". Fairfax Media (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Williams, David (9 February 2012). "Company claims CTV building report 'inadequate'". Fairfax Media (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Whiteman, Hilary (21 February 2012). "Christchurch marks quake anniversary". CNN. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Gates, Charlie; Moore, Christopher (2 March 2012). "Christ Church Cathedral to be demolished". The Press (Christchurch). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Marmite shortage spurs 'Marmageddon' fears". The New Zealand Herald. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "New give way rules introduced today". Television New Zealand. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nelson-Tasman council merger voted down". Television New Zealand. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "'Zero' 2012 Budget aims for surplus". The New Zealand Herald. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Migone, Paloma; Levy, Danya (24 May 2012). "Budget 2012: English's nickel and dime Budget". Fairfax Media (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tongariro eruption: 1km ash radius". The New Zealand Herald. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Hartevelt, John (31 August 2012). "Status quo: Drinking age stays at 18". Fairfax Media (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Alcohol Reform Bill – In Committee". New Zealand Parliament. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "When is my area going digital?". Going Digital. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Prince Charles and Camilla to visit NZ on jubilee tour". Television New Zealand. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Three dead after Auckland storm and tornadoes". The New Zealand Herald. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "IOC withdraws gold medal from shot put athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk". International Olympics Committee. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

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