1982 in New Zealand

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1982 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,226,800[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1981: 32,300 (1.01%)
  • Males per 100 females: 98.6

Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 40th New Zealand Parliament continued. The third National Party government was in power.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

See 1982 in art, 1982 in literature, Category:1982 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

Winners are shown first and in boldface with nominees underneath.[5]

  • Album of the year: DD Smash – Cool Bananas
  • Single of the year: Prince Tui Teka - E Ipo
  • Top male vocalist: Dave Dobbyn (DD Smash)
    • Malcolm McNeill
    • Monte Video
  • Top female vocalist: Patsy Riggir
    • Suzanne Prentice
    • Trudi Green (The Neighbours)
  • Top group of the year: DD Smash
  • Most promising male vocalist: Dave Dobbyn (DD Smash)
  • Most promising female vocalist: Jodi Vaughan
  • Most promising group: Dance Exponents
  • Polynesian record of the year: Prince Tui Teka - E Ipo
  • Producer of the year: Ian Morris – Cool Bananas (DD Smash)
  • Engineer of the year: Paul Streekstra & Doug Rogers - Cool Bananas (DD Smash)
  • Sleeve design of the year: Wayne Robinson –Cool Bananas (DD Smash)
  • Outstanding contribution to music: Simon Grigg

See: 1982 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

  • FM Stereo transmissions were being tested. Radio Bay Of Plenty Limited, operating 1XX (previously 1240 am then 1242 am in 1978) also in Whakatane, ran the first of many short-term summer stations.
  • 1XX - FM 90.7 This station was the 1ST licensed FM Stereo Radio station in New Zealand. The station went to air at 4 pm on 5 January 1982 and went through to 31 January 1982 with the station on-air each day in two shifts: 4 pm - 8 pm & 8 pm - 12 am Midnight. Announcers: Chris Clarke,
  • Te Karere, a Māori language news program, is trialled.
  • Northern Television begins broadcasting morning television programs. [1]
  • Feltex Television Awards:

See: 1982 in New Zealand television, 1982 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1982 film awards, 1982 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1982 films



  • Trevor Wright wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:34 on 3 April in Whangarei.


Commonwealth Games[edit]

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
5 8 13 26

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]


  • Ballinger Belt – John Hastie (Okawa)[9]



January to June[edit]

July to December[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. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Toledo Blade, 5 April 1982, page 4
  5. ^ "Awards 1981". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  6. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  8. ^ a b Lambert, M.; Palenski, R. (1985). 4th Air New Zealand Almanac. Moa Alamanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-91-0. 
  9. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
  11. ^ Jeremy Yates profile
  12. ^ a b c d e Lambert, M & Palenski, R: The New Zealand Almanac, 1st edition, Moa Almanac Press, Wellington, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4

External links[edit]

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