1985 in New Zealand

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1985 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1985 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,303,100[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1984: 10,100 (0.31%)
  • Males per 100 Females: 98.2


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 41st New Zealand Parliament continued. The fourth Labour Party government was in power.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 4 February: Anti-nuclear policy leads to refusal of a visit by the American warship, the USS "Buchanan". Within days the United States cut military and intelligence ties with New Zealand and downgraded diplomatic relationships.[4]
  • First case of locally contracted AIDS is reported.
  • Waitangi Tribunal given power to hear grievances arising since 1840.
  • 4 March: New Zealand dollar floated.
  • 15 June: A by-election in Timaru after the death of Labour MP Basil Arthur is won by Maurice McTigue for National.
  • 10 July: two French secret agents blew up the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland, killing crewmember Fernando Pereira. The Rainbow Warrior had been preparing to sail to Moruroa Atoll in the SE Pacific, to protest French nuclear weapons testing there.
  • 20 November Archbishop Paul Reeves appointed Governor General.

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1985 in art, 1985 in literature, Category:1985 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.[5]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR Netherworld Dancing Toys - Painted Years
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR Netherworld Dancing Toys - For Today
    • The Mockers - Forever Tuesday Morning
    • Peking Man - Lift Your Head Up High
  • BEST MALE VOCALIST Andrew Fagan (The Mockers)
    • Malcolm Black (Netherworld Dancing Toys)
    • Pat Urlich (Peking Man)
  • BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Margaret Urlich
  • BEST GROUP Netherworld Dancing Toys
    • The Mockers
    • Peking Man
  • MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Mark Loveys (Satellite Spies)
    • Paul Eversden (Katango)
    • James Gaylyn (Rise)
    • Dianne Swann (Everything That Flies)
    • Betty Monga (IQU)
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP Satellite Spies - Destiny in Motion
    • Everything That Flies - Bleeding Hearts
    • Katango - Dial L for Love
    • DD Smash
    • Dalvanius Prime & The Patea Maori Club
  • BEST VIDEO Fane Flaws - Diamonds On China (The Narcs)
    • Debra Bustin - Krazy Legs (The Pelicans)
    • Roger Guise - I Like To Drive (Scotty & Co)
  • BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK Hammond Gamble / Beaver - Should I be good Should I Be Evil
    • Stephen McCurdy - Out in the Cold (Came A Hot Friday)
  • BEST PRODUCER Nigel Stone - For Today
    • Glyn Tucker Jnr- Forever Tuesday Morning (The Mockers)
    • Graeme Myhre - Lift Your Head Up High (Peking Man)
  • BEST ENGINEER Graeme Myhre - Lift Your Head Up High
    • Nigel Stone - For Today (Netherworld Dancing Toys)
    • Nigel Stone - Painted Years (Netherworld Dancing Toys)
  • BEST JAZZ ALBUM Jacqui Fitzgerald - The Masquerade Is Over
    • Martin Winch - Sahara
    • Alan Broadbent Trio - Song Of Home
  • BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM Tamas Vasmas – Brahms
    • Dolce Consort - Recorder Music
    • National Youth Choir - Peter Godfrey Conducts the National Youth Choir of NZ
  • BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Patsy Riggir - You Remind Me of a Love Song
    • Suzanne Prentice - I Wish I Was Waltzing With You
    • Richie Pickett & The Inlaws - Gone For Water
  • BEST FOLK ALBUM Alan Young - That’s No Way To Get Along
    • Martha Louise - The Sailor / Mixed Feelings
    • Mike Harding - Time on the Road
  • BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Jules Riding - On This Night
    • Gray Bartlett - Two Shades Of Gray
    • Wellington Salvation Army - Where Glory Dwelleth
  • BEST COVER Debra Bustin - Krazy Legs (The Pelicans)
    • Norman Te Whata & Emily Karaka - Long Ago (Herbs)
    • Paula Reid - State House Kid (Last Man Down)

See: 1985 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

See: 1985 in New Zealand television, 1985 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1985 film awards, 1985 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1985 films



  • John Campbell wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:53 on 27 October in Hamilton, while Carol Raven does the same in the women's championship (2:53:26).

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]


  • Ballinger Belt – Chester Burt (Ashhurst)[8]



Category:1985 births


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  4. ^ nzhistory.net.nz
  5. ^ "Awards 1985". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  6. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine