1987 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,342,100
- Increase since 31 December 1986: 28,600 (0.86%)
- Males per 100 Females: 97.9
Regal and viceregal
The 41st New Zealand Parliament, led by the Labour Party, concluded, and in the general election the party was re-elected in the 42nd New Zealand Parliament. The election also saw the elimination of the Democratic Party (formerly known as the Social Credit Party) from Parliament, leaving Labour and National as the only parties with representation.
- Speaker of the House - Gerard Wall then Kerry Burke
- Prime Minister - David Lange
- Deputy Prime Minister - Geoffrey Palmer
- Minister of Finance - Roger Douglas
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - David Lange then Russell Marshall
- Chief Justice — Sir Ronald Davison
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Catherine Tizard
- Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen
- Mayor of Wellington - Jim Belich
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
- Mayor of Dunedin - Cliff Skeggs
- January, February: Māori loan affair continues.
- 2 March: Edgecumbe earthquake in the Bay of Plenty.
- 22 May–20 June: Inaugural Rugby World Cup hosted by both New Zealand and Australia, and won by New Zealand.
- June: The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act is passed.
- 19 June: 6-year old Teresa Cormack murdered.
- July: The Māori Language Act makes Māori an official language.
- 1 August: The first Lotto draw.
- 15 August: The 1987 election is held.
- 20 October: The New Zealand stock market crashes following Black Monday on Wall Street. Share prices fell by 59 percent over four months.
- December: New Zealand's first heart transplant takes place at Greenlane Hospital, for Brian Lindsay.
Arts and literature
Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR Herbs – Sensitive to a Smile
- SINGLE OF THE YEAR Dave Dobbyn - You Oughta Be in Love
- Shona Laing - Glad I'm Not A Kennedy
- The Chills - Leather Jacket
- BEST MALE VOCALIST Dave Dobbyn
- Charles Tumahai (Herbs)
- Martin Phillips (The Chills)
- BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Shona Laing
- Betty-Anne Monga (Ardijah)
- Patsy Riggir
- BEST GROUP The Chills
- MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Al Hunter
- Wayne Elliot (Knightshade)
- David Parker (Rhythm Cage)
- MOST PROMISING FEMALE VOCALIST Moana Maniapoto Jackson Moana and the Moahunters
- Darlene Adair
- Kara Pewhairangi
- MOST PROMISING GROUP Bonga And Harwood
- Rhythm Cage
- INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT Neil Finn
- Dave Dobbyn
- The Chills
- Shona Laing
- Kiri Te Kanawa
- BEST VIDEO Matt Box Films - Sensitive to a Smile (Herbs)
- Kerry Brown/ Bruce Sheridan - Glad Im Not A Kennedy (Shona Laing)
- Paul Middleditch - The Game Of Love (Tex Pistol)
- BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK Dave Dobbyn - Footrot Flats
- Various Artists - Queen City Rocker
- BEST PRODUCER Dave Dobbyn - Footrot Flats
- Billy Kristian - Sensitive to a Smile (Herbs)
- Ian Morris - The Game Of Love (Tex Pistol)
- BEST ENGINEER Ian Morris - The Game Of Love (Tex Pistol)
- Roland Morris / Nick Morgan - Ardijah
- Doug Rogers / Rhys Moody - Brand New Doll
- Tim Field - Out for the Count
- BEST JAZZ ALBUM Mike Nock / Frank Gibson, Jr. - 'Open Door'
- Brian Smith - Brian Smith
- The Umbrellas - The Umbrellas
- BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM Gillian Weir - Music to the Sun King
- NZ Symphony Orchestra - Music By Douglas Lilburn
- Margaret Neilson - Sea Changes
- BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Al Hunter - Neon Cowboy
- Jodi Vaughan - Straight From The Heart
- Patsy Riggir - Close To Thee
- BEST FOLK ALBUM Beverly Young - Bushes & Briar
- Phil Garland - Hunger in the Air
- Paul Mesters - Pacific Pilgrim
- BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Jules Riding - Heart Strings
- Patsy Riggir - Close To Thee
- Darlene Adair - Darlene Adair
- BEST POLYNESIAN ALBUM Herbs - E Papa - Jah Knows
- Kahurangi - Kahurangi
- Moana - Kua Makona
- BEST CAST ALBUM Stewart Macpherson - Pirates Of Penzance
- Philip Norman - Love Off The Shelf
- Thomas Baker - The Conductor's Shoes
- BEST SONGWRITER Charles Tumahai/ Dilworth Karaka - Sensitive to a Smile (Herbs)
- Dave Dobbyn - You Oughta Be in Love
- Shona Laing - Glad Im Not A Kennedy
- BEST COVER Philip Trusttum – Songdance (Mike Herron)
- Peter Bennett - Elephunkin
- Reston Griffiths - Footrot Flats
See: 1987 in music
Radio and television
See: 1987 in New Zealand television, 1987 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
- Auckland Radio 1ZB becomes Newstalk 1ZB creating the very first Newstalk ZB station.
- 1ZM Auckland becomes Classic Hits 1251 creating the very first Classic Hits station, other New Zealand radio stations do not take the Classic Hits branding until 1993/94.
See: NZ Internet History
- The All Blacks win the inaugural Rugby World Cup.
- Peter Renner wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:15:32 on 22 November in Wiri, while Jillian Costley claims her first in the women's championship (2:39:33).
- New Zealand Trotting Cup: Lightning Blue
- The Auckland Trotting Cup was run twice in 1987 as it was being rescheduled from January back to December.
- January (2700m): Master Mood
- December (3200m): Luxury Liner
- The Chatham Cup is won by Gisborne City who beat Christchurch United 7-3 on aggregate in a two-leg final.
- 7 January – Michael McGlinchey, football player.
- 27 January – Ben Te'o, rugby league player.
- 28 January (in Melbourne) – Steven O'Dor, football player.
- 18 February – Maria Tutaia, netball player.
- 22 February – Lesley Cantwell, race walker
- 3 March – Jacob Spoonley, football player.
- 17 March (in Apia, Samoa) – Krisnan Inu, rugby league player.
- 18 March – Clarissa Eshuis, hockey player.
- 20 March – David Richardson, actor.
- 27 March – Victor Vito, rugby union player.
- 7 April – Jaimee Kaire-Gataulu, actor.
- 10 April – Hayley Westenra, soprano.
- 11 April – Joseph Sullivan, rower, Olympic gold medallist (2012 London)
- 29 April – Tim Winitana, rugby league player.
- 6 May – Katrina Grant, netball player.
- 14 May – Tim Schaeffers, football player.
- 29 May – Issac Luke, rugby league player.
- 7 June – Daniel Logan, actor.
- 4 July – Chris James, football player.
- 8 July – Alana Barber, race walker.
- 22 July – Sam Bewley, racing cyclist.
- 16 September – Rongo Brightwell, singer.
- 2 October – Anita Punt, hockey player.
- 7 October – Jeremy Brockie, football player.
- 10 October – Colin Slade, rugby union player
- 30 November – Miguel Start, rugby league player.
- 9 December – Polly Powrie, sailor, Olympic gold medallist (2012 London)
- 14 December – Lauren Boyle, swimmer.
- 23 December – Owen Franks, rugby union player, All Black (2009–)
- 16 January Colin Scrimgeour, minister and broadcaster.
- 13 February: Curly Page, cricketer.
- 29 May: Bryan Todd, businessman (born 1902)
- 4 August: Cecil Burke, cricketer.
- 14 October: John Rangihau, academic and leader of Tuhoe iwi.
- 27 December: Rewi Alley, writer and member of the Communist Party of China.
- Alfred E. Allen, politician.
- Johnnie Hoskins, motorcycle speedway pioneer.
- Norman Jones, politician.
- Colin McCahon, artist.
- Dennis Rogers, mayor of Hamilton.
- 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.
- "Awards 1987". Listing. NZ Music Awards. 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.
- Davidson, Allan K. "Scrimgeour, Colin Graham". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
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