1986 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 References
- 9 See also
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,313,500
- Increase since 31/12/1985: 10,400 (0.31%)
- Males per 100 Females: 97.9
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Gerard Wall
- Prime Minister - David Lange
- Deputy Prime Minister - Geoffrey Palmer
- Minister of Finance - Roger Douglas
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - David Lange
- Chief Justice — Sir Ronald Davison
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Catherine Tizard
- Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen
- Mayor of Wellington - Ian Lawrence then Jim Belich
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
- Mayor of Dunedin - Cliff Skeggs
- 16 February – Mikhail Lermontov sinks in the Marlborough Sounds.
- 26 March – Jim Bolger replaces Jim McLay as leader of the National Party.
- 21 June – The Wanganui Herald publishes its last issue. The paper started in 1865 as The Evening Herald.
- 9 July – Parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, 49 votes to 44; the law comes into effect on 8 August.
- 1 October – GST is introduced at a rate of 10%.
- 22 November – Pope John Paul II visits New Zealand for two days.
- December – The Royal Commission on the Electoral System produces a report recommending the adoption of a mixed member proportional electoral system.
- 13 December – The Constitution Act is passed, ending the right of the British Parliament to pass laws on behalf of New Zealand.
- 16 December – Māori loan affair raised by Winston Peters in Parliament.
Arts and literature
Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR Peking Man - Peking Man
- The Verlaines - Halleujah
- Patsy Riggir - Patsy Riggir Country
- SINGLE OF THE YEAR Peking Man - "Room That Echoes"
- Ardijah - Give Me Your Number
- Patea Maori Club featuring Dalvanius - E Papa
- BEST MALE VOCALIST Pat Urlich
- Malcolm McNeill
- Sonny Day
- BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Margaret Urlich
- Betty Monga
- Annie Crummer
- BEST GROUP Peking Man
- The Patea Maori Group
- Satellite Spies
- MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Tex Pistol
- Simon Alexandra
- Lyonel Grant
- MOST PROMISING FEMALE VOCALIST Tania Rowles
- Ainsley Day
- Liz Diamond
- MOST PROMISING GROUP Ardijah
- Chrome Safari
- Wentworth Brewster & Co
- INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT Herbs
- The Chills
- Michael Roy Croft
- BEST VIDEO Kerry Brown - As The Sun Goes Down (Everything that Flies)
- Stuart Dryborough - Good Luck To You
- Fetus Productions/MEC - Flicker
- BEST PRODUCER Bruce Lynch - Peking Man
- Ryan Monga/ Dave McArtney/ Trevor Reekie - Give Me Your Number (Ardijah)
- Glyn Tucker - I Wish I'd Asked - (Satellite Spies)
- BEST ENGINEER Graeme Myhre - Peking Man
- Ian Morris - Ballad Of Buskin Bob
- Paul Streekstra/Graham Myhre - Give Me Your Number
- Graham Myhre - Drive Baby Drive
- BEST JAZZ ALBUM Phil Broadhurst Trio–Iris
- John Niland - Inside
- Alan Broadbent Trio - Further Down The Road
- BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM NZ Symphony Orchestra - A Song Of Islands
- Besser & Prosser - Dark Wind/Spring Rain
- Eugene & Nicolai Albulescu - Rhapsody
- Mina Foley / Michael Gifford - Mina Foley / Michael Gifford
- BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Patsy Riggir - Patsy Riggir Country
- Suzanne Prentice - In Concert
- Michael Roy Croft - Slow Burnin'
- BEST FOLK ALBUM Various Artists - Send The Boats Away
- Chris and Lyn Thompson - Together
- Boys Of Spirit NZ Trust - Sea Shanties
- BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Samoan Congregational Christian Church Choir - Matou Te Fia Sauna
- Paul and Colleen Trenwith and Friends - Brand New Day
- Ray Watson - Asaph -Throne Of Love
- BEST POLYNESIAN ALBUM The Five Stars - Flower Of Samoa
- O Savali A Keriso - E Le Mavae Le Alofa
- Mahia Blackmore - Little Tui
- BEST SONG OF THE YEAR Dave Dobbyn - Slice Of Heaven
- Ryan Monga - Give Me Your Number
- Dance Exponents - Caroline Skies
- BEST COVER Phil O'Reilly - Peking Man
- Ngila Dickson - As the Sun Goes Down
- Paula & Graham Reid - This Sporting Life
See: 1986 in music
Radio and television
- The State Owned Enterprises Act requires all State-owned enterprises, including Television New Zealand, to operate as commercially successful businesses. 
See: 1986 in New Zealand television, 1986 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
- John Campbell wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:15:19 on 1 June in Christchurch, while Sharon Higgins claims her first in the women's championship (2:45:44).
- New Zealand achieve historic test series wins over Australia and England.
Their 1-0 victory over Alan Border's Australians in February/March 1986 was their first series win over Australia at home with a 5 wicket win in the third test at Eden Park. This followed on from their 2-1 series win in Australia in November/December 1985, where Richard Hadlee took a record 33 wickets in three tests.
In June/July 1986 New Zealand achieved their first test series win in England, 1-0, winning the second test at Trent Bridge.
- Ballinger Belt –
- Mark Buchanan (Australia)
- Chester Burt (Ashhurst), second, top New Zealander
- The Chatham Cup is won by North Shore United who beat Mount Maunganui 4—2 on aggregate in the two-legged final.
- 2 January: Nathan Cohen, rower, Olympic gold medallist (2012 London)
- 15 January: Isaia Toeava, rugby player.
- 29 January: Steven Broad, singer.
- 12 February: Ashwath Sundarasen, actor.
- 13 February: Hamish Bond, rower, Olympic gold medallist (2012 London)
- 17 February: Steven Old, soccer player.
- 4 March: Manu Vatuvei, rugby player.
- 5 March: Sean Eathorne, cricketer.
- 5 March: Joel Watson, figure skater.
- 17 March (in South Africa): Corney Swanepoel, swimmer.
- 4 April: Richard Petherick, field hockey player.
- 20 April: Cameron Duncan, director and screenwriter (d. 2003)
- 21 April (in Australia): Ryan Kersten, basketballer.
- 5 May: Cole Tinkler, soccer player.
- 6 May: Tanerau Latimer, rugby player
- 15 May: Jo Aleh, sailor, Olympic gold medallist (2012 London)
- 4 September: Michael Murphy, singer.
- 16 September: Willie Lonsdale, cricketer.
- 24 September: Todd Astle, cricketer.
- 30 September: Martin Guptill, cricketer.
- 7 October: Amy Satterthwaite, cricketer.
- 14 October: Teresa Bergman, singer.
- 25 January: Dennis Smith, cricketer.
- 24 April: Garnet Hercules Mackley, businessman and politician.
- 16 May: Joe Bootham, painter.
- 19 May: Leonard Trent, RNZAF pilot and Victoria Cross winner.
- 27 June: George Nepia, rugby player.
- 10 August: Don McRae, cricketer and soccer player.
- 11 August: Peter Mahon, Queen's Counsel, judge.
- 25 September: Geoff Alley, rugby player, National Librarian.
- 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.
- "Early New Zealand Newspapers". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2008.
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- "Awards 1986". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "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.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.