1982 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,226,800
- Increase since 31 December 1981: 32,300 (1.01%)
- Males per 100 females: 98.6
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Richard Harrison
- Prime Minister - Robert Muldoon
- Deputy Prime Minister - Duncan MacIntyre
- Minister of Finance - Robert Muldoon
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Warren Cooper
- Leader of the Opposition - Bill Rowling (Labour) until 3 February, then David Lange.
- Social Credit Party - Bruce Beetham
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Colin Kay
- Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen
- Mayor of Wellington - Michael Fowler
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
- Mayor of Dunedin - Cliff Skeggs
- The first Kohanga reo kindergarten, Pukeatua, opens at Wainuiomata. Within 12 years there were more than 800 nationwide.
- Social Credit forms an agreement with National to back the Clyde Dam (a Think Big project) in exchange for policy concessions.
- The Clutha Development (Clyde Dam) Empowerment Act was passed, overriding the High Court and Planning Tribunal.
- The proposed aluminium smelter at Aramoana was cancelled.
- The Social Credit Political League changes its name to the Social Credit Party.
- New Zealand provided assistance to the British during the Falklands War, primarily by taking over routine patrol duties elsewhere to free up British military resources.
- The Warehouse opens its first store, in Takapuna.
- January: The third Sweetwaters Music Festival is held near Pukekawa.
- 3 February: David Lange succeeds Bill Rowling as Leader of the Opposition.
- 4 April: New Zealand breaks diplomatic relations with Argentina over the Falklands Crisis.
- 22 June: Robert Muldoon announces a 12-month wage and price freeze. The freeze actually lasts almost two years.
- 14 September: Samoans who take up permanent residence in New Zealand are entitled to New Zealand citizenship from this date.
- November: Mark Inglis and Philip Doole are stuck in an ice cave on Aoraki/Mount Cook for 14 days.
- 18 November: a suicide bomb attack was made against a facility housing the main computer database of the New Zealand Police in Wanganui by a "punk rock" anarchist named Neil Roberts. He was the only person killed, and the computer system was undamaged, see Terrorism in New Zealand.
- 14 December: Robert Muldoon signs a "Heads of Agreement" with Australia to allow the Closer Economic Relations agreement to come into force at the beginning of 1983.
Arts and literature
- William Sewell wins the Robert Burns Fellowship
Winners are shown first and in boldface with nominees underneath.
- 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
- The Narcs
- 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
Radio and television
- 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. 
- Feltex Television Awards:
- Best Information: Country Calendar
- Best Documentary: Landmarks
- Best News and Current Affairs: Close Up
- Best Entertainment: Gliding On
- Best Drama: Under the Mountain
- Best Speciality: Kaleidoscope
- Best Children's: Wild Track
- Best New Talent: Olly Ohlson in After School
- Best Actress: Susan Wilson in Mortimer's Patch and Gliding On
- Best Actor: Bruce Allpress in Jocko
- Steve Hosgood Award for Allied Craft: Robert Brown, cameraman
- Best Television Entertainer: David McPhail and Jon Gadsby
- Special Award: Ian Watkins for Service to the Industry
- Best Script: Cry Wolf from Open File
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
- Trevor Wright wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:34 on 3 April in Whangarei.
- Inaugural season of the NZ National Basketball League, won by Auckland.
- Australia tours and play 3 tests. These are won 2-1 by New Zealand, who win back the Bledisloe Cup
- Lion National Provincial Championship:
- Division 1: Auckland
- Division 2 (North): Taranaki
- Division 2 (south): Southland
- The North vs South match is played in Wanganui and is won 22-12 by South.
- Ballinger Belt – John Hastie (Okawa)
- The All Whites reach the Football World Cup Finals in Barcelona, but lose all three games.
- New Zealand National Soccer League won by Mount Wellington
- The Chatham Cup is won by Mount Wellington who beat Miramar Rangers 1—0 after extra time in the final.
January to June
- 6 January – Roy Asotasi, rugby league player.
- 12 January – Tony Lochhead, football (soccer) player.
- 17 January – Tim Weston, cricketer.
- 30 January – Shontayne Hape, rugby league player.
- 1 February – Sam Tuitupou, rugby union player.
- 5 March – Daniel Carter, rugby union player.
- 6 March – Jimmy Cowan, rugby union player.
- 20 March – Rory Fallon, football (soccer) player.
- 22 March – Chris Smylie, rugby player.
- 24 March – James Napier, actor.
- 4 April – Andrea Hewitt, athlete.
- 19 April – Sitiveni Sivivatu, rugby union and sevens player.
- 3 May – Casey Laulala, rugby union player.
- 6 May – Eric Murray, rower, Olympic gold medallist (2012 London)
- 13 May – Mika Vukona, basketball player.
- 16 May – Jonathan Duncan, swimmer.
- 21 May – Ma'a Nonu, rugby union player.
- 22 June – Stu Mills, cricketer.
July to December
- 1 July – James Pritchett, football (soccer) player.
- 4 July – Jeff Lima, rugby league player.
- 6 July – Jeremy Yates, cyclist.
- 15 July – Neemia Tialata, rugby union player.
- 17 July – Eve van Grafhorst.
- 24 July – Anna Paquin, actress.
- 4 August – Juliette Haigh, rower, Olympic bronze medallist (2012 London)
- 15 August – Jason Eaton, rugby union player.
- 30 August – Russell Ward, skeleton racer.
- 7 September – Krystal Forgesson, field hockey player.
- 16 September – Lizzy Igasan, field hockey defender.
- 29 September – Joline Henry, netball player.
- 11 October – Cameron Knowles, football (soccer) player.
- 17 November - Hollie Smith, singer-songwriter.
- 18 February: Dame Ngaio Marsh writer and director.
- 1 March: Frank Gill, Air Commodore, politician.
- 1 March: Frank Sargeson, writer.
- 24 May: William Sheat, politician.
- 4 March (in London): Dorothy Eden, novelist.
- 29 April: Ray Boord, politician.
- 10 June: Richard Edward Baker, silviculturalist and conservationist.
- 12 June: Sir Valdemar Skellerup, industrialist.
- 13 June: John A. Lee politician and writer.
- 15 July: Don Beard, cricketer.
- 2 September: Alfred Hulme, Victoria Cross winner.
- 19 September: Ted Badcock, cricketer.
- 1 November (in Canada): Eric Arthur, architect.
- 22 November: Jean Batten aviator.
- 2 December: Sir Robert Macfarlane, politician.
- 18 December: Raymond Emery, 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
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Toledo Blade, 5 April 1982, page 4
- "Awards 1981". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Lambert, M.; Palenski, R. (1985). 4th Air New Zealand Almanac. Moa Alamanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-91-0.
- "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- Jeremy Yates profile
- Lambert, M & Palenski, R: The New Zealand Almanac, 1st edition, Moa Almanac Press, Wellington, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
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