1980 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,176,400
- Increase since 31 December 1979: 12,500 (0.40%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.2
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - Elizabeth II
- Governor-General - The Rt Hon Sir Keith Holyoake KG GCMG CH QSO, followed by The Hon Sir David Beattie GCMG GCVO QSO QC.
- Speaker of the House - Richard Harrison.
- Prime Minister - Robert Muldoon
- Deputy Prime Minister - Brian Talboys.
- Minister of Finance - Robert Muldoon.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Brian Talboys.
- Attorney-General - Jim McLay.
An attempt by high-ranking ministers Derek Quigley, Jim McLay, and Jim Bolger to replace Muldoon as prime minister (known as the "colonels' coup") with the deputy prime minister Talboys collapsed as a result of Talboys' unwillingness to actively campaign against Muldoon.
Three by-elections occurred.
- In East Coast Bays, the sitting National MP Frank Gill resigned to take up the post of New Zealand's ambassador to the United States. The seat was won by Gary Knapp for the Social Credit Party.
- In Northern Maori the MP Matiu Rata, who had left Labour the year before, resigned and recontested the seat for Mana Motuhake. The seat was won by the Labour Party candidate Bruce Gregory.
- In Onehunga a by-election was called after the death of Labour MP Frank Rogers. The seat was won again for the Labour Party by Fred Gerbic.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Dove-Myer Robinson then Colin Kay
- Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen
- Mayor of Wellington - Michael Fowler
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
- Mayor of Dunedin - Clifford George (Cliff) Skeggs
- A strike at Kinleith Mill lasted for 80 days, and broke the government's wage and price freeze.
- Saturday trading was partially legalised.
- The first Sweetwaters Music Festival was held near Ngaruawahia.
- The carless days scheme finished.
Arts and literature
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR Sharon O'Neill - Sharon O'Neill
- SINGLE OF THE YEAR Jon Stevens – Montego Bay
- TOP MALE VOCALIST Jon Stevens
- TOP FEMALE VOCALIST Sharon O'Neill
- TOP GROUP The Crocodiles
- MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Jon Stevens
- MOST PROMISING GROUP Crocodiles
- PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Dave MaCrae & Kevin Oliff – Pacific Eardrum (Pacific Eardrum)
- ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Tony Burns - Pacific Eardrum (Pacific Eardrum)
- BEST COVER Peter Burt – Pacific Eardrum (Pacific Eardrum)
- OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Terence O’Neill-Joyce
See: 1980 in music
Radio and television
- Television One and South Pacific Television are merged into Television New Zealand.
- The national newsroom is moved from Avalon in Lower Hutt to Auckland. 
- Feltex Television Awards:
- Best Information: Country Calendar
- Best Documentary: From the Ocean to the Sky
- Best Drama: Children of Fire Mountain
- Best Speciality: 1979 SPT International Track Series
- Best Children's: Spot On
- Best Script: Episode five of Children of Fire Mountain
- Best Actor: Terence Cooper in Children of Fire Mountain
- Best Actress: Ginette McDonald as Sandra Allenby in It's Your Child
- Best Television Entertainer: David McPhail
See: 1980 in New Zealand television, 1980 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- Don Greig wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:08 on 15 March in Christchurch, while the first women's championship is won by Beverley Shingles in 2:44:48.
- The 87th New Zealand Chess Championship is held in Upper Hutt. There is a three-way tie between Ewen McGowen Green, Ortvin Sarapu, and Vernon A. Small.
- New Zealand at the 1980 Summer Olympics Only four of the 98 competitors originally selected went from New Zealand because of the Western boycott.
- New Zealand at the 1980 Winter Olympics
- In the 1980 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia in June / July Australia won two of the three tests, retaining the Bledisloe Cup
- 23 July: The All Blacks beat Fiji 30—6 at ANZ National Stadium
- 13 September: The All Blacks beat Fiji 33—0 at Eden Park
- 8 October—1 November: All Blacks tour of North America and Wales
- Auckland defend the Ranfurly Shield against five challengers (Horowhenua 37—3, King Country 29—3, Poverty Bay 19—12, Southland 25—3, and Otago 43—13) before losing to Waikato 3—7. Waikato then beat Thames Valley 16—7 and Taranaki 15—0 to retain the shield at the end of the season.
- National Provincial Championship winners:
- Division 1: Manawatu.
- Division 2 North: Waikato
- Division 2 South: Mid Canterbury
- The North vs South match is played in Palmerston North and is won 13-9 by North.
- New Zealand National Soccer League won by Mount Wellington
- The Chatham Cup is won by Mount Wellington who beat Dunedin City 2—0 in the final.
- New Zealand was unplaced in the Oceania Cup tournament held in New Caledonia
- 15 January: Jason Cayless, rugby league player.
- 31 January: Sam Harris, rugby league and rugby union player.
- 2 February: Kyle Pontifex, hockey player.
- 10 February: Riki Flutey, rugby union player.
- 21 February: Clinton Toopi, rugby league player.
- 4 March: Scott Hamilton, rugby union player.
- 6 March: Gareth Fleming, musician.
- 9 March: Trent Croad, Australian rules footballer.
- 14 April: Jeremy Smith, rugby league player.
- 15 April: Willie Mason, rugby league player.
- 16 April: David Hall, rugby union player.
- 22 April: Clarke Dermody, rugby union player.
- 25 April: Phillip Burrows, hockey player.
- 25 April: Bruce Martin, cricketer.
- 7 May: Jeetan Patel, cricketer.
- 8 May: Steven Ferguson, canoer and swimmer.
- 10 May: Brad Carter, musician.
- 13 May: Ken Uprichard, archer.
- 21 May: Anika Moa, singer/songwriter.
- 24 May: William Trubridge, free-diver.
- 30 May: Henry Fa'afili, rugby league player.
- 16 June: Henry Perenara, rugby league player.
- 7 July: Benjamin Mitchell, actor.
- 22 July: Scott Dixon, racing car driver.
- 31 July (in Samoa): Mils Muliaina, rugby union player.
- 10 August: Pua Magasiva, actor.
- 12 August: Blair Hopping, hockey player.
- 14 August: Nick Evans, rugby union player.
- 31 August: Hayden Shaw, hockey player.
- 1 September: Ryan Archibald, hockey player.
- 4 September: Lucie Silvas, singer/songwriter.
- 9 September: David Fa'alogo, rugby player.
- 12 September: Clifford Manua, rugby player.
- 23 September: Shannon Paku, rugby player.
- 25 September: Luc Mullinder, Canadian Football player.
- 10 October: Tasesa Lavea, rugby union and rugby league player.
- 29 October: Kaine Robertson, rugby player.
- 4 November: Jerry Collins, rugby player.
- 7 November: James Franklin, cricketer.
- 8 November: Brent Webb, rugby player.
- 23 November: Kirk Penney, basketball player.
- 25 November: Michael Wilson, soccer player.
- 29 November: Aaron Mauger, rugby player.
- 5 December: Heath Blackgrove, cyclist.
- 17 December: Tim Youngson, musician.
- 24 December: Andrew Barron, football (soccer) player.
- 31 December: Richie McCaw, rugby player.
- Mike Mayhew, artist.
- Ben Goodger, lead developer of the Firefox web browser.
- 8 January: Logan Sloane, politician.
- 12 April: Clark McConachy, snooker and billiards player.
- 15 May: Len Lye, sculptor, artist, writer and film-maker.
- 14 July:Norman Shelton, politician.
- 2 August: Verdun Scott, cricketer.
- 9 August: Denis Glover, poet and publisher.
- 28 November: Air Commodore Keith Caldwell MC DFC, WWI flying ace.
- 28 November: Bernard Fergusson, Baron Ballantrae, Governor-General.
- 5 December: Don Taylor, cricketer.
- 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
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Bledisloe Cup history
- Palenski, R. and Lambert, M. The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. Moa Almanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- Heath Blackgrove profile
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