2013 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Sport
- 4 Births
- 5 Deaths
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Regal and vice-regal
- Head of State – Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
- Governor-General – The Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO
2013 is the second 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.
- Speaker of the House – Lockwood Smith to 31 January, then David Carter
- Prime Minister – John Key
- Deputy Prime Minister – Bill English
- Leader of the House – Gerry Brownlee
- Minister of Finance – Bill English
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Murray McCully
Other Party leaders
- Labour – David Shearer to 15 September then David Cunliffe
- Green – Russel Norman and Metiria Turei
- New Zealand First – Winston Peters
- Māori Party – Pita Sharples to 13 July then Te Ururoa Flavell, and Tariana Turia
Main centre leaders
Local elections for all city and district councils will be held on 12 October.
- Mayor of Auckland – Len Brown
- Mayor of Tauranga – Stuart Crosby
- Mayor of Hamilton – Julie Hardaker
- Mayor of Wellington – Celia Wade-Brown
- Mayor of Christchurch – Bob Parker to 12 October, then Lianne Dalziel
- Mayor of Dunedin – Dave Cull
- 1 February – Callaghan Innovation, a new Crown Entity, is launched to replace Industrial Research Limited and parts of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
- 5 March – The 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings is held, a replacement for the 2011 Census which was cancelled after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
- 20 March – Popular breakfast spread Marmite returns to supermarket shelves, albeit still in limited supply, ending "Marmageddon". The sole production line had stopped in November 2011 due to earthquake damage at the Christchurch factory, which resulted in stocks running out in March 2012.
- Police celebrate the second-equal lowest Easter road toll on record - three - second only to 2012's zero.
- The Akaroa Marine Reserve is approved by the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith, 17 years after it was initially proposed.
- 17 April – The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill passes its third reading, with New Zealand becoming the thirteenth country worldwide to pass laws legalising same-sex marriage.
- 28 April – The South Island completes digital television transition when analogue television signals are switched off at 2:00 am.
- 20 May – A morning peak commuter train derails on the approach to Wellington Railway Station, puncturing a hole in a carriage's floor in the process. Four people are injured and thousands of commuters are stranded as the line into the city is blocked.
- 20–21 June – Wellington is hit by a storm, described to be the worst since the 1968 Wahine storm, with winds reaching 200 km/h. Thousands of homes lose power and part of the Hutt Valley rail line is washed out, causing severe congestion on roads for a week while it is repaired.
- 29 June – Meka Whaitiri wins the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election, replacing the late Parekura Horomia.
- 21 July – A series of earthquakes in Cook Strait, the largest of them 6.5 MW, affect Wellington and the upper South Island.
- 16 August – A 6.6 MW earthquake strikes under Lake Grassmere, Marlborough, affecting Wellington and the upper South Island.
- 19 August – The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill came into force, same-sex couples were legally able to marry from this day.
- 22 August – David Shearer announces his resignation as leader of the Labour Party, fearing he no longer had the full confidence of his caucus.
- 15 September – David Cunliffe is elected leader of the Labour Party.
- 29 September – The Lower North Island and East Cape will complete digital television transition when it switches off analogue television signals at 3:00 am.
- 12 October – Elections held for all local councils, regional councils and district health boards.
- 1 December – The Upper North Island becomes the last region to complete digital television transition bringing to an end 53 years of analogue television broadcasts in New Zealand.
- 11 December – New Zealand's population reaches the 4,500,000 mark, according to Statistics New Zealand estimates.
Future and predicted events
- The Waitawa Regional Park is set to open.
Holidays and observances
- 6 February - Waitangi Day
- 25 April - Anzac Day
- 3 June - Queen's Birthday Monday
- 28 October - Labour Day
- 10 May – Taufaʻahau Manumataongo, son of Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala and Princess Sinaitakala Fakafanua of Tonga
- 1 January – Lory Blanchard, rugby league player and coach (born 1924)
- 10 January – Robert Fenton, politician (born 1923)
- 25 January – Lloyd Phillips, film producer (born 1949)
- 1 February – Paul Holmes, radio and television broadcaster (born 1950)
- 5 February – Tom McGuigan, politician (born 1921)
- 16 February – Les McNichol, rugby league player (born 1932)
- 18 February
- 24 February – Ralph Hotere, artist (born 1931)
- 25 February – Phillip Leishman, broadcaster (born 1951)
- 28 February – Mosese Fotuaika, rugby league player (born 1992)
- 1 March – Sammy Guillen, cricketer (born 1924)
- 2 March – Bryce Rope, rugby union coach (born 1923)
- 3 March – Johnny Hanks, boxer (born 1934)
- 9 March – Geoff Braybrooke, politician (born 1935)
- 18 March – Robin Williams, mathematician (born 1919)
- 20 March – George Lowe, mountaineer, last surviving member of 1953 Everest expedition (born 1924)
- 21 March – Sir Ewan Jamieson, armed forces chief (born 1930)
- 24 March – Barbara Anderson, author (born 1926)
- 29 March – Warren Freer, politician (born 1920)
- 30 March – Eric Hertz, businessman (born 1954)
- 15 April – Dave McArtney, rock guitarist (born 1951)
- 25 April – Eion Scarrow, gardening expert, television presenter, author (born 1931)
- 26 April
- 28 April – Bernie Wood, sports historian and rugby league administrator (born 1939)
- 29 April
- 15 May – Darrell Tryon, linguist (born 1942)
- 16 May – Maurice Marshall, athlete (born 1927)
- 21 May – Sir Robert Chambers, jurist (born 1953)
- 2 June – Bruce Cathie, UFO author and theorist (born 1930)
- 4 June – Samani Pulepule, Samoan religious leader (born 1923)
- 7 June – Lesley Cantwell, racewalker (born 1987)
- 17 June – Michael Baigent, author (born 1948)
- 18 June – Hugh Burry, rugby union player, doctor (born 1930)
- 21 June – Dame Barbara Goodman, politician (born 1932)
- 1 July – Maureen Waaka, politician, beauty pageant contestant (born c.1943)
- 25 July – Barnaby Jack, computer security expert (born 1977)
- 1 August – John Blumsky, broadcaster and journalist (born 1928)
- 2 August – Pixie Williams, singer (born 1928)
- 7 August – Pat Sheahan, rugby union player, publican (born 1927)
- 10 September – Mel Cooke, rugby league player (born 1934)
- 11 September – Albert Jones, amateur astronomer (born 1920)
- 21 October – Karl Sim, artist and art forger (born 1923)
- 23 October – Ted Thorne, naval officer (born 1923)
- 25 October – Ron Ackland, rugby league player and coach (born 1934)
- 6 November – Peter Fatialofa, rugby union player and coach (born 1959)
- 11 November – William Fyfe, geologist (born 1927)
- 20 December – Barbara Heslop, immunologist (born 1925)
- 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
- Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. Governor-General of New Zealand. Retrieved 8 June 2012
- "Callaghan Innovation". Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. 1 February 2013.
- "2013 Census". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Three die on roads over Easter". 3 News NZ. April 2, 2013.
- Davison, Isaac (14 March 2013). "Gay bill bolts over hurdle". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "When is my area going digital?". Going Digital. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Wellington trains stopped after derailment". Fairfax NZ News. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Labour leader David Shearer steps down". The New Zealand Herald. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "2013 Local Elections FAQs". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- Manning, Brendan; Tait, Morgan (12 December 2013). "NZ population growth: Baby makes 4.5 million". The New Zealand Herald (Auckland). Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
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