1988 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: 3,345,200
- Increase since 31 December 1987: 3,100 (0.09%)
- Males per 100 Females: 97.3
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Kerry Burke
- Prime Minister - David Lange
- Deputy Prime Minister - Geoffrey Palmer
- Minister of Finance - Roger Douglas
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Russell Marshall
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Catherine Tizard
- Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen
- Mayor of Wellington - James Belich
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
- Mayor of Dunedin - Cliff Skeggs
- The number of unemployed reaches 100,000.
- The Federation of Labour and Combined State Unions merge to form the Council of Trade Unions.
- New Zealand Post closed 432 post offices.
- Fisheries quota package announced for Mäori iwi.
- The Hokitika Guardian and Star ceases publication.
- 6 February: Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi are suspended.
- 7 March: Cyclone Bola strikes the East Coast of the North Island
- 30 March: The State Sector Act is passed to reform the Public Service.
- April: The Royal Commission on Social Policy issues its report.
- 5 April: Gibbs Report ("Unshackling the Hospitals") released.
- May: Picot Report on educational administration released.
- June: The electrification of the North Island Main Trunk Railway between Hamilton and Palmerston North is completed.
- 1 July: The Government announces the return of Bastion Point to its Ngāti Whātua owners.
- 1 July: Commercial TV goes 7 days a week, except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day.
Arts and literature
Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR Dave Dobbyn - Loyal
- Shona Laing - South
- The Warratahs - Only game in Town
- SINGLE OF THE YEAR Holidaymakers–Sweet Lovers
- Dave Dobyyn - Love You Like I Should
- Tex Pistol / Rikki Morris - Nobody Else
- BEST MALE VOCALIST Dave Dobbyn
- Barry Saunders
- BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Shona Laing
- Annie Crummer
- BEST GROUP Herbs
- The Chills
- The Warratahs
- MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Peter Marshall
- Rikki Morris
- Thom Nepia
- MOST PROMISING FEMALE VOCALIST Mara Finau
- Tracey Birnie
- Helen Mulholland
- MOST PROMISING GROUP Holidaymakers
- Straightjacket Fits
- The Tunnellers
- INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT Neil Finn
- The Chills
- Shona Laing
- BEST VIDEO Fane Flaws - Sweet Lovers (Holidaymakers)
- Janine Morell - Haere Mai
- Paul Middleditch - Nobody Else
- BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK Dalvanius Prime / Dave Hurley - Poi E
- Dalvanius / Ginane / Smith - Ngati
- BEST PRODUCER Nigel Stone–Holidaymakers (Holidaymakers)
- Tex Pistol - Nobody Else
- Stephen McCurdy/ Shona Laing/ Graeme Myhre - South
- BEST ENGINEER Nigel Stone–Holidaymakers (Holidaymakers)
- Rhys Moody - Brazier'
- Rhys Moody/ Doug Rogers - Sensation
- BEST JAZZ ALBUM Beaver - Live at Ronnie Scott's
- Frank Gibsons Jazz Mobile - Spreading The Word
- Sustenance - Sustenance 3
- BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM NZ Symphony Orchestra - Prodigal Country
- NZ Symphony Orchestra - War and Peace/ Jack Winters Dream
- BEST FOLK ALBUM Mike Harding - From The Edge
- Wayne Gillespie - Hearts For
- David Hollis - With Love
- BEST COUNTRY ALBUM The Warratahs - Only Game in Town
- Patsy Riggir - The Best OF (Plus Four)
- Al Hunter - Jealous Guy
- BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Derek Lind - Strange Logic
- Barry McGuire - Sailing Free
- Stephen Bell Booth - Timeless
- BEST POLYNESIAN ALBUM Patea Maori Club - Poi E
- Kahurangi - Magically Maori
- Dalvanius Prime/ Patea Maori/ Moana/ Dave
DobbynGuinney/ Kara Pewhairangi - Ngoi Ngoi
- BEST SONGWRITER Rikki Morris - Nobody Else
- Hona/ Lundon/ Cassells - Listen
- Dave Dobbyn - Love You Like I Should
- BEST COVER Lesley Maclean - Pagan in a Pagan Land
- John Collie - Bird Dog
- Susan Pryor - You Don’t Need Me
See: 1988 in music
Radio and television
- 1 December: The Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand is split into Radio New Zealand and Television New Zealand. The Avalon studio becomes a separate subsidiary of TVNZ. 
See: 1988 in New Zealand television, 1988 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
See: NZ Internet History
- Paul Ballinger wins his third national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:16:05 on 30 April in Rotorua, while Jillian Costley claims her second in the women's championship (2:39:20).
- Ballinger Belt – John Whiteman (Upper Hutt)
- The Chatham Cup is won by Waikato United who beat Christchurch United on the basis of away goals (2-2 and 1-1 in a two-leg final).
- 8 February – Mathieu Wilson, figure skater.
- 23 February – Ashley Cooper, singer.
- 6 March (in Croatia) – Marina Erakovic, tennis player.
- 10 March – Josh Hoffman, rugby league player
- 24 March – Matt Todd, rugby union player
- 5 April – Quade Cooper, rugby union player
- 16 April – Simon Child, hockey player.
- 6 June – Israel Dagg, rugby union player
- 28 June (in Australia) – Alana Millington, hockey player
- 3 July – Winston Reid, footballer
- 10 July – Sarah Walker, BMX rider, Olympic silver medallist (2012 London)
- 11 July – Paula Griffin, netball player.
- 31 July – Brackin Karauria-Henry, rugby union player.
- 18 August – Michael Boxall, footballer
- 23 September – Ryan Crotty, rugby union player
- 10 October – Rose McIver, actress
- 12 October – Sam Whitelock, rugby union player
- 11 December – Tim Southee, cricketer
- 11 January: Arthur Collins, rugby player.
- 24 May: Tom Burtt, cricketer.
- 1 June: Ricky May, musician.
- 4 August: Brian Brake, photographer.
- 28 August: Paul Whitelaw, cricketer.
- 30 August: Jack Marshall, 28th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
- 11 September: Bernard Holman, artist.
- 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.
- "West Coast Times". National Library of New Zealand.
- "Awards 1988". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "About Us". Poi E. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
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