1990 in New Zealand
New Zealand celebrated its sesquicentennial, 150 years since the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi.
In the general election in October, National was elected in a landside victory.
- 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: 3,410,400
- Increase since 31 December 1989: 40,600 (1.20%)
- Males per 100 females: 97.3
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
- Governor-General - Paul Reeves followed by Catherine Tizard'
- Speaker of the House - Kerry Burke then Robin Gray
- Prime Minister - Geoffrey Palmer then Mike Moore then Jim Bolger
- Deputy Prime Minister - Helen Clark then Don McKinnon
- Minister of Finance - David Caygill then Ruth Richardson
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Russell Marshall then Mike Moore then Don McKinnon
- Leader of the Opposition - Jim Bolger (National), until 2 November, then Mike Moore (Labour) .
- NewLabour Party - Jim Anderton (after 2 November General election)
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Catherine Tizard then Les Mills
- Mayor of Hamilton - Margaret Evans
- Mayor of Wellington - James Belich
- Mayor of Christchurch - Vicki Buck
- Mayor of Dunedin - Richard Walls
- Telecom sold for $ 4.25 billion.
- New Zealand Bill of Rights Act passed
- The Tongariro National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its natural values.
- Creation of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site
- The Royal New Zealand Navy tanker Endeavour and the frigates Wellington and Waikato were deployed to Bougainville as a neutral venue for peace talks between the government of Papua New Guinea and secessionist leaders of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army.
- New Zealand ratifies the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
- New Zealand and the Netherlands signed a reciprocal Social Security Agreement in October 1990, which came into effect in 1992.
- Banning of wood chip exports.
- Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is formed.
- Establishment of the Forest Heritage Fund (later renamed "Nature Heritage Fund").
- Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Award established
- Penny Jamieson, Anglican Bishop of Dunedin, was ordained the first women Diocesan bishop in the world.
- 1–16 February: Her Majesty Elizabeth II of New Zealand visits.
- 3 February: Commonwealth Games are officially closed by Elizabeth II in Auckland, with New Zealand winning 58 medals,
- 6 February: New Zealand celebrates its sesquicentennial.
- 30 April: One and two cent coins are withdrawn from legal tender.
- 1 July: Tariffs were eliminated between Australia and New Zealand under the Closer Economic Relations agreement. This was five years ahead of schedule
- 1 October: The Health Research Council of New Zealand is formed.
- 27 October - New Zealand general election returns National with record number of seats - 67; Labour 29, NewLabour 1
- 27 October: Referendum to increase Parliamentary term from three to four years defeated: 30.7% For, 69.3% Against.
- 2 November:Jim Bolger becomes Prime Minister.
- 2 November: Don McKinnon becomes Deputy Prime Minister
- 2 November: Ruth Richardson became the first woman Minister of Finance.
- 13 November: David Gray, an Aramoana resident, began a 22-hour shooting spree that left 13 people and Gray dead.
- Government announces $ 1.275 Billion worth of social welfare cuts.
- 12 December: Dame Catherine Tizard becomes first woman Governor-General of New Zealand.
Arts and literature
Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.
- Album of the Year: The Chills – Submarine Bells
- Brian Smith - Moonlight Sax
- Straitjacket Fits - Melt
- Single of the Year: The Chills – Heavenly Pop Hit
- Margaret Urlich - Number One
- Ngaire - To Sir With Love
- Top Male Vocalist: Barry Saunders
- John Grenell
- Barry Saunders
- Top Female Vocalist: Margaret Urlich
- Patsy Riggir
- Top Group: The Chills
- Straitjacket Fits
- Fan Club
- Most Promising Male Vocalist: Guy Wishart
- Alan Galloway
- John Kempt
- Most Promising Female Vocalist: Merenia
- Caroline Easther
- Most Promising Group: Strawpeople
- Merenia & Where's Billy
- International Achievement: Fan Club
- The Chills
- Margaret Urlich
- Best Video: Niki Caro - Bad Note for a Heart (Straitjacket Fits)
- Paul Middleditch - One Good Reason (Strawpeople)
- Lance Kelliher - Don’t Let Me Fall Alone (The Fan Club)
- Best Producer: Ian Morris - Heartbroke
- Carl Doy - Moonlight Sax (Brian Smith)
- Murray Grindlay - Welcome To Our World
- Best Engineer: Strawpeople – Hemisphere
- Ian Morris - Heartbroke (Rikki Morris)
- Murray Grindlay - Welcome To Our World
- Best Jazz Album: No Award
- Best Classical Album: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa / Nszo — Kiri's Homecoming
- Dame Malvina Major - Malvina Major
- Kiri Te Kanawa/NZSO - Kiri at Aotea
- Best Country Album: The Warratahs - Wild Card
- John Grenell - Welcome To Our World
- Bartlett/ Duggan/ Vaughn - Together Again
- Best Folk Album: Rua — Commonwealth Suite
- Martha Louise - Changing Tides
- Iain Mitchell/Paul Yielder - Every Man And His Dog
- Best Gospel Album: Cecily Phio — Light in the Darkness
- Sound Ministry - Lead Me to the Rock
- Scripture in Song - We Will Triumph
- Best Polynesian Album: Herbs – Homegrown
- National Maori Choir - Stand Tall
- Te Mokai - Totara Tree
- Best Songwriter: Martin Phillips — Heavenly Pop Hit (The Chills)
- Shayne Carter - Bad Note for a Heart (Straitjacket fits)
- Barry Saunders - Wild Card
- Best Cover: John Collie – Melt (Straitjacket Fits)
- Steve Garden/ Giles Molloy/ Kim Wesney - State of the Harp
- Marc Mateo/ John Pitcairn - Hole
- Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry: Murdoch Riley
Radio and television
- 1 January: Avalon becomes a separate limited liability company.
- 5 February: The Auckland Television Centre is opened by Elizabeth II.
- May: TV3 goes into receivership but continues broadcasting.
- May: Sky Television launches with three channels.
- May: CTV takes over TVNZ's Christchurch assets. 
See: 1990 in New Zealand television, 1990 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
Once Were Warriors published.
- New Zealand sent...athletes to the 1990 Commonwealth Games, held in Auckland. New Zealand won 17 Gold, 14 Silver and 27 Bronze.
- Tom Birnie wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:33 on 3 March in New Plymouth, while Jillian Costley claims her third in the women's championship (2:36:43).
- State Championship, won by Auckland.
- Auckland Cup: Miss Stanima
- Ranfurly Shield
- Retained by Auckland.
- Auckland beat King Country 58-3 in Auckland.
- Auckland beat Poverty Bay 42-3 in Gisborne.
- Auckland beat Southland 78-7 in Auckland.
- Auckland beat Otago 45-9 in Auckland
- Auckland beat North Auckland 41-21 in Auckland
- Auckland beat North Harbour 18-9 in Auckland
- Auckland beat Canterbury 33-30 in Auckland
- 16 June: The All Blacks beat Scotland 31 - 16 at Carisbrook.
- 23 June: The All Blacks beat Scotland 21 - 18 at Eden Park.
- 21 July: The All Blacks beat Australia 21 - 6 at Lancaster Park.
- 4 August: The All Blacks beat Australia 21-18 at Eden Park.
- 18 August: The All Blacks lose to Australia 9 - 21 at Athletic Park.
- 3 November:The All Blacks beat France 24-3 at Stade de la Beaujoire.
- 10 November: The All Blacks beat France 30-12 at Parc des Princes.
- Retained by Auckland.
- Ballinger Belt – Alistair "Sandy" Marshall (Kaituna/Blenheim)
- The Chatham Cup is won by Mount Wellington who beat Christchurch United 3—3 (4-2 on penalties) in the final.
- New Zealand National Soccer League: Waitakere City
- The inaugural Winfield Provincial Championship was held between regional representative teams. The winner was Canterbury, who beat Auckland 2-1 (after extra time) in the final.
- 3 January – Monikura Tikinau, rugby league player
- 4 January
- 5 January – Larissa Harrison, netball player
- 10 January – Dion Prewster, basketball player
- 11 January – Vaughn Scott, taekwondo practitioner
- 12 January – Neccrom Areaiiti, rugby league player
- 13 January
- 14 January – Tom Scully, road and track cyclist
- 15 January – Kane Morgan, rugby league player
- 16 January
- 17 January – Cameron Leslie, Paralympic swimmer
- 18 January – Taioalo Vaivai, rugby league player
- 20 January – Wang Puchen, chess player
- 22 January
- 24 January – James Fuller, cricketer
- 25 January – Liam Coltman, rugby union player
- 29 January – Kalifa Faifai Loa, rugby league player
- 3 February – Martin Taupau, rugby league player
- 7 February – Elias Shadrock, netball player
- 11 February – Joe Tomane, rugby union player
- 13 February – Dan Hooker, mixed martial artist
- 19 February – Kosta Barbarouses, association footballer
- 20 February
- 24 February – Morna Nielsen, cricketer
- 27 February – Elijah Taylor, rugby league player
- 1 March – Julianna Naoupu, netball player
- 3 March – Nardia Roselli, netball player
- 8 March – Gemma Dudley, track cyclist
- 9 March
- 11 March – Aroha Savage, rugby union player
- 13 March – Josh Bloxham, basketball player
- 15 March – Rebecca Torr, snowboarder
- 16 March – Moira de Villiers, judoka
- 17 March – Billy Guyton, rugby union player
- 19 March – Fraser Colson, cricketer
- 22 March – Angus Ta'avao, rugby union player
- 24 March – Keisha Castle-Hughes, actor
- 26 March – Uini Atonio, rugby union player
- 27 March
- 31 March – Tommy Smith, association footballer
- 1 April – Alecz Day, cricketer
- 2 April – Drury Low, rugby league player
- 7 April
- 10 April
- 13 April – Shane Pumipi, rugby league player
- 14 April – Sean Polwart, rugby union player
- 16 April – Kane Barrett, rugby union player
- 19 April – Benny Tipene, singer-songwriter
- 24 April – Amaka Gessler, swimmer
- 26 April
- 2 May – Gemma Flynn, field hockey player
- 3 May
- 9 May – Daniel Bell, swimmer
- 14 May – William Lloyd, rugby union player
- 16 May – Renee Leota, association footballer
- 17 May
- 18 May – Jossi Wells, freestyle skier
- 23 May – Pippa Hayward, field hockey player
- 28 May – Gillies Kaka, rugby union player
- 30 May – Nigel Ah Wong, rugby union player
- 31 May – Tyler Bleyendaal, rugby union player
- 1 June – Frances Mackay, cricketer
- 5 June – Amber Bellringer, netball player
- 6 June
- 8 June – Todd Barclay, politician
- 15 June John Gatfield, swimmer
- 21 June – Nafe Seluini, rugby league player
- 22 June – Abigail Guthrie, tennis player
- 26 June – Jake Gleeson, association footballer
- 29 June – Te Rina Keenan, discus thrower
- 2 July
- 5 July – Tom Marshall, rugby union player
- 6 July – Willis Halaholo, rugby union player
- 9 July - Earl Bamber, motor racing driver
- 12 July – Simon Berghan, rugby union player
- 13 July – Kieran Foran, rugby league player
- 16 July – Bureta Faraimo, rugby league player
- 18 July – Gerard Beale, rugby league player
- 20 July
- 24 July – Danny Lee, golfer
- 25 July – Ellen Halpenny, netball player
- 30 July
- 31 July – Orinoco Faamausili-Banse, swimmer
- 4 August – Betsy Hassett, association footballer
- 5 August – Anurag Verma, cricketer
- 6 August
- 7 August – Julian Savea, rugby union player
- 8 August – Kane Williamson, cricketer
- 9 August
- 11 August – Tom Franklin, rugby union player
- 15 August – Tawera Kerr-Barlow, rugby union player
- 16 August – Matt Duffie, rugby union and rugby league player
- 17 August – Charlie Ngatai, rugby union player
- 20 August – Anna Green, association footballer
- 1 September
- 3 September – Paul Snow-Hansen, sailor
- 6 September
- 7 September
- 9 September – Shaun Johnson, rugby league player
- 12 September – Anna Peterson, cricketer
- 16 September – Emily Collins, road cyclist
- 17 September
- 21 September – Sam Kasiano, rugby league player
- 23 September – Lea Tahuhu, cricketer
- 24 September
- 25 September – Genevieve Behrent, rower
- 27 September – Finn Tearney, tennis player
- 28 September – Doug Bracewell, cricketer
- 1 October – Finn Lowery, water polo player
- 7 October – Popsy, Thoroughbred racehorse
- 12 October – Shannon Francois, netball player
- 14 October – Brooke Millar, water polo player
- 15 October – Harry Boam, cricketer
- 17 October
- 18 October – Anthony Gelling, rugby league player
- 21 October – Kierran Tuhi, trampolinist
- 23 October – Stan Walker, recording artist, actor, television personality
- 24 October – Tipene Friday, cricketer and basketball player
- 28 October
- 29 October – Craig Millar, rugby union player
- 2 November – Kane Radford, swimmer
- 4 November – Zane Tetevano, rugby league player
- 5 November – George Moala, rugby union player
- 8 November – Sacha Jones, tennis player
- 11 November
- 12 November – Simon Evans, motor racing driver
- 17 November – Doriemus, Thoroughbred racehorse
- 18 November – Jackie Thomas, singer
- 19 November
- 21 November
- 22 November – Jason Saunders, sailor
- 26 November – Aaron Gate, track cyclist
- 28 November
- 2 December – Glen Fisiiahi, rugby union and rugby league player
- 3 December – Mark Ioane, rugby league player
- 4 December – Blade Thomson, rugby union player
- 5 December – Curtis Rapley, rower
- 11 December – Elizabeth Milne, association footballer
- 13 December – Corey Anderson, cricketer
- 15 December
- 17 December – Leon Mckay, snowboarder
- 20 December – Robert Whittaker, mixed martial artist
- 22 December – Jason Christie, cyclist
- 26 December – Telusa Veainu, rugby union player
- 27 December – Priyani Puketapu, beauty pageant contestant
- 31 December – Marlon Williams, singer-songwriter
Exact date unknown
- 7 January – Esther James, fashion model (born 1900)
- 20 January – Freda Cook, social and peace campaigner (born 1896)
- 22 January – William Stodart, rower (born 1904)
- 7 February – Tony Fomison, artist (born 1939)
- 12 February – Hilcote Pitts-Brown, politician (born 1905)
- 27 February – Torchy Atkinson, horticultural scientist, science administrator (born 1909)
- 6 March
- 8 March – Donald Cameron, cricketer (born 1908)
- 11 March – Francis Ward, rugby union player (born 1900)
- 31 March – Bill Murray, police officer, unionist (born 1896)
- 8 April – Zamazaan, Thoroughbred racehorse (foaled 1965)
- 11 April – Leonard Leary, lawyer, writer (born 1891)
- 14 April – Doris Lusk, artist, potter (born 1916)
- 23 April – Alan Robilliard, rugby union player (born 1903)
- 26 April – Arthur Knight, rugby union player (born 1906)
- 4 May – Jack Lewin, union leader, public servant (born 1915)
- 7 May – Ashley Lawrence, conductor (born 1934)
- 10 May – Hilda Buck, cricketer (born 1914)
- 14 May – Ruth Mason, botanist (born 1913)
- 27 May – Clarrie Heard, swimmer (born 1906)
- 31 May – Hamilton Walker, engineer and inventor (born 1903)
- 3 June – Phil Gard, rugby union player (born 1947)
- 9 June – John Holland, athlete (born 1926)
- 11 June – Joan Stevens, English literature academic (born 1908)
- 14 June – Adrian Hayter, soldier, sailor, Antarctic leader, author (born 1914)
- 15 June – Eruera Manuera, Ngāti Awa leader (born 1895)
- 19 June – Isobel Andrews, writer (born 1905)
- 20 June – Lois Suckling, optician, family planning reformer (born 1893)
- 1 July – Clifford Hunter, politician (born 1900)
- 3 July – Vic Olsson, rower (born 1903)
- 4 July – Ces Devine, harness racing driver (born 1915)
- 9 July – Jack Sullivan, rugby union player, coach and administrator (born 1915)
- 24 July – Marcel Stanley, philatelist (born 1918)
- 6 August – Frank Waters, politician (born 1907)
- 8 August – Bill Gallagher, inventor, businessman (born 1911)
- 16 August – Pat O'Connor, professional wrestler (born 1924)
- 4 September
- 23 September – Bill Broughton, jockey (born 1913)
- 28 September – Dan Davin, author (born 1913)
- 2 October – Eric Giles, cricketer (born 1939)
- 3 October – Esmond de Beer, literary editor, collector, philanthropist (born 1895)
- 9 October – John Holland, Anglican bishop (born 1912)
- 10 October – Nitama Paewai, rugby union player and administrator, doctor, politician (born 1920)
- 12 October – John O'Brien, politician (born 1925)
- 9 November – Harry Evans, exploration geologist (born 1912)
- 13 November – Stewart Guthrie, police officer (born 1948)
- 15 November – Oswald Denison, rower (born 1905)
- 18 November – Murray Ashby, rower (born 1931)
- 22 November – James Barron, cricketer (born 1900)
- 25 November – Ernest Duncan, mathematician (born 1916)
- 27 November – Joan Wood, educationalist and music teacher (born 1909)
- 14 December – Sam Cusack, community character (born 1919)
- 17 December – Frank Hutchison, cricketer (born 1897)
- 18 December – Greta Stevenson, mycologist (born 1911)
- 24 December – Alex O'Shea, farming leader (born 1902)
- 25 December
Exact date unknown
- Bruce Campbell, lawyer, politician, jurist (born 1916)
- 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
- "Former Governors-General". New Zealand Government. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- "Awards 1990". Listing. NZ Music Awards. 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
- Winfield Provincial Championship
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