2003 in New Zealand

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2003 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 2003 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 47th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was a coalition between Labour and the small Progressive party with United Future supporting supply votes.

Opposition leaders[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 11 February – Donna Awatere Huata is expelled from the caucus of political party ACT New Zealand. She remained in parliament.
  • 1 April - the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003 received Royal Assent
  • 24 April – New Zealand's population reaches the 4,000,000 mark, according to Statistics New Zealand's population clock.[2]
  • 9 June — Announcement by the Prime Minister of the provision of a Defence Force engineering group of up to 60 personnel to work on reconstruction tasks in southern Iraq and, as part of New Zealand’s continuing participation in Operation Enduring Freedom, of the intention to contribute to a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan. [3]
  • 30 June – Announcement that the North Island population reaches 3 million, North Shore City reaches 200,000 and Porirua City reaches 50,000
  • 5 July – 350 skiers and 70 staff were trapped in skifield facilities on Mount Ruapehu when a sudden storm closes the access road. All descend safely the next day.
  • August – The Refugee Status Appeals Authority declares that Ahmed Zaoui is a genuine asylum seeker. He is moved from a maximum security to medium security prison as a result.
  • 15 August – The Strongman Mine closes
  • 22 August - the 2003 Fiordland earthquake strikes, in a remote part of New Zealand.
  • 28 October – Don Brash becomes parliamentary leader of the National Party.
  • October – Australian company Toll Holdings completes a takeover bid for Tranz Rail
  • 18 November – the Supreme Court declares that Donna Awatere Huata has no right to her parliamentary seat.
  • Evangelical Christian based political party Destiny New Zealand formed.

Arts and literature[edit]


New Zealand Book Awards[edit]

  • Readers' Choice: Playing God Glenn Colquhoun
  • Non-fiction: Wine Atlas of New Zealand Michael Cooper
  • Fiction: The Shag Incident Stephanie Johnson
  • Poetry: Playing God Glenn Colquhoun
  • History: No idle rich: The Wealthy in Canterbury & Otago 1840-1914 Jim McAloon
  • Lifestyle and contemporary culture: Wine Atlas of New Zealand Michael Cooper
  • Biography: A sort of conscience: The Wakefields Philip Temple
  • Illustrative: Len Castle: Potter Nancy Pel and Len Castle
  • Reference & Anthology: Spirit in a strange land: A Selection of New Zealand spiritual verse edited by Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts and Mike Grimshaw
  • Environment* Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail Geoff Chapple

New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

A number of new categories were introduced this year: 'Highest Selling NZ Album', 'Highest Selling NZ Single', 'Best Pacific Island Album' (its predecessor 'Best Polynesian Album' last presented in 1997), and 'Best Roots Music Album'. 'Best R&B/ Hip Hop Album' was renamed 'Best Urban Album'. Two categories were retired 'Best Children's Album', and 'Best Compilation'. This year was also the first to feature a Lifetime Achievement Award.[4]

  • Album of the Year: The Datsuns – The Datsuns
    • Pacifier - Pacifier
    • Goldenhorse - Riverhead
    • Bic Runga - Beautiful Collision
    • Nesian Mystik - Polysaturated
  • Single of the Year: Goodshirt - Sophie
    • Che Fu - Misty Frequencies
    • Bic Runga - Get Some Sleep
    • Anika Moa - Falling in Love Again
    • Nesian Mystik - It's On
  • Top Group: The Datsuns – The Datsuns
    • Goodshirt - Sophie
    • Nesian Mystik - Polysaturated
  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year: The Datsuns – The Datsuns
    • Goldenhorse - Riverhead
    • Blindspott - Blindspott
  • Best Male Vocalist: Che Fu – Misty Frequencies
    • Jon Toogood- Pacifier (Pacifier)
    • Te Awanui Pine Reeder (Nesian Mystik) - For The People
  • Best Female Vocalist: Bic Runga – Beautiful Collision
    • Anika Moa - Falling in Love Again
    • Kirsten Morrell - Riverhead (Goldenhorse)
  • Best Solo Artist (new category): Bic Runga – Beautiful Collision
    • Anika Moa - Falling in Love Again
    • Carly Binding - Alright With Me
  • Best Urban Album: Nesian Mystik – Polysaturated
    • P Money - Big Things
    • Deceptikonz - Elimination
  • Best Folk Album: not awarded
  • Best Music Video: Joe Lonie - Sophie (Goodshirt)
    • Che Fu - Misty Frequencies
    • Chris Graham / Bic Runga - Something Good (Bic Runga)
  • Outstanding International Achievement: The Datsuns
  • Best Mana Reo Album: Ngahiwi Apanui – E Tau Nei
    • Hareruia Aperama - Waiata Of Bob Marley Vol 2
    • Adam Whauwhau - He Hua O Roto
  • Best Mana Maori Album: Upper Hutt Posse – Te Reo Maori Remixes
    • Soul Paua - Pohewa
    • Mahinarangi Tocker - Hei Ha
    • Brother J - Be Bop A Nui
  • Highest Selling NZ Album (new category): Bic Runga – Beautiful Collision
  • Highest Selling NZ Single (new category): Katchafire – Giddy Up
  • Producer of the Year: Bic Runga – Beautiful Collision
    • P Money - Big Things (P Money)
    • Geoffrey Maddock - Riverhead (Goldenhorse)
  • Engineer of the Year: Clint Murphy And Dave Rhodes – Blindspott
    • Jeremy Greor - Carbon (50HZ)
    • Barbara Griffin - Love Not War (Annie Crummer)
    • Simon Holloway & Shane Mason - K'Lee (K'Lee)
  • Best Dance Album: Salmonella Dub – Outside The Dubplates
    • Rhombus -Bass Player
    • Subware - Subware
  • Best Country Album: not awarded
  • Best Jazz Album: Kevin Clark – Once Upon A Song I Flew
    • Twinset - It's A Summer Feeling
    • Matt Penman - The Unquiet
  • Best Gospel Album: not awarded
  • Best Pacific Island Album (new category): Pacific Soul – Pacific Soul
    • Jamoa Jam - Tama Mai Le Pasifika
    • Lapi Mariner - Just Me
  • Best Roots Music Album (new category): Trinity Roots – True
    • Te Vaka - Nukukehe
    • Darren Watson - King Size
  • Best Classical Album: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Douglas Lilburn: The Three Symphonies
    • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra -Simon Boccanegra -Giuseppe V
    • New Zealand String Quartet - Beethoven Rasumovsky Quartet
  • Songwriter of the Year: Goodshirt - Sophie
    • Che Fu - Misty Frequencies
    • Nesian Mystik - It's On
  • Best Cover Design: Campbell Hooper-Johnson - 'Flock: The Best Of The Mutton Birds
    • Damian Alexander - Blindspott (Blindspott)
    • Spencer Levine - Trade Secrets (Dubious Brothers)
  • New Zealand Radio Programmer of the Year: Andi Dawkins - More FM Christchurch
    • Andrew Szusterman - Channel Z
    • John Budge - Classic Hits
    • Manu Taylor - Mai FM
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (new category): Dylan Taite

Performing arts[edit]


  • 3 October: TV4 is replaced by C4.



See: NZ Internet History



  • Todd Stevens wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:30:09 on 3 May in Rotorua, while Maree Turner claims her first in the women's championship (2:55:40).


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Motor racing[edit]


Rugby union[edit]

  • 11 October – Auckland defeat Canterbury to win the Ranfurly Shield, ending Canterbury's run of 23 defences.
  • 11 October – New Zealand beat Italy (70–7) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup
  • 17 October – New Zealand beat Canada (68–6) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup
  • 24 October – New Zealand beat Tonga (91–7) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup
  • 2 November – New Zealand beat Wales (53–37) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup, finishing top of pool D
  • 8 November – New Zealand beat South Africa (29–9) in the first quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup
  • 15 November – New Zealand lose to Australia (10–22) in the first semi-final of the Rugby World Cup
  • 20 November – Playoff: (Loser SF1 v Loser SF2) New Zealand beat France (40–13) to take 3rd place in the Rugby World Cup

Rugby league[edit]


  • Ballinger Belt –
    • Ian Shaw (United Kingdom)
    • Ross Geange (Masterton), fourth, top New Zealander[8]









See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Hon Dame Silvia Cartwright, PCNZM, DBE, QSO gg.govt.nz. Retrieved 10 April 2012
  2. ^ "New Zealand is home to 3 million people and 60 million sheep - Population Mythbusters". Statistics New Zealand. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Troop deployments abroad: parliamentary consent". New Zealand Parliament website. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. ^ "2003 New Zealand Music Awards". Web page. RIANZ. Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. ^ "New Zealand Trotting Cup (Group 1)". Harness Racing New Zealand. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Auckland Cup (Group 1)". Harness Racing New Zealand. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. ^ "New Zealand Free-For-All (Group 1)". Harness Racing New Zealand. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  8. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Chatham Cup Records". nzsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009.

External links[edit]

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