1981 in New Zealand

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1981 in New Zealand
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The following lists events that happened during 1981 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,194,500[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1980: 18,100 (0.57%)
  • Males per 100 females: 98.7


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 39th New Zealand Parliament, led by the National Party, concluded, and in the general election the party was re-elected in the 40th New Zealand Parliament. Support for the government decreased, however, with the Labour Party receiving the largest portion of the popular vote.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

See 1981 in art, 1981 in literature, Category:1981 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

Winners are shown first and in boldface with nominees underneath.[6]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos - Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos
    • Dennis O'Brien - Still in the same Dream
    • Hammond Gamble - Hammond Gamble Band
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR: Coup D'État – Doctor, I Like Your Medicine
    • Blam Blam Blam - No Depression in New Zealand
    • Screaming Meemees - See Me Go
  • TOP MALE VOCALIST: Dave McArtney (Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos)
    • Deane Waretinei
    • Hammond Gamble
  • TOP FEMALE VOCALIST: Suzanne Prentice
    • Jenny Morris
    • Tina Cross
  • TOP GROUP: Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos - Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos
    • Newmatics
    • Coup DE'tat
    • Paul Schreider
    • David Hollis
    • Richard Eriwata
    • Celine Toner
    • Jenny Morris
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP: The Screaming Meemees
    • Blam Blam Blam
    • Pop Mechanix
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: Dave Hurley & Graham Myhre - Dave McArtney & the Pink Flamingos
    • Graham Myhre – Remember the Alamo
    • Gerry Smith – Still in the Same Dream
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Bruce Lynch - Dave McArtney and the Pink Flamingos
    • James Hall – Breaking in Another Day
    • James Hall – Still in the Same Dream
  • BEST COVER DESIGN: David Hollis – Caught Alive
    • Mark Clare – Broadcast O.R
    • Hal Chapman – Dave McArtney and the Pink Flamingos
  • SPECIAL AWARD: Fred Smith - Services to the Recording Industry (particularly with regard to Copyright)

See: 1981 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

See: 1981 in New Zealand television, 1981 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1981 film awards, 1981 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1981 films



  • Paul Ballinger wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:28 on 2 May in Rotorua, while Christine Munro claims her first title in the women's championship (2:56:04).



Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ a b c d e Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "The cash machine has been around for 50 years". Stuff (Fairfax Media). 27 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Awards 1981". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Palenski, R. and Lambert, M. The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. Moa Almanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  11. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Hayden ROulston profile