2004 in New Zealand

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2004 in New Zealand
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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 confidence and supply votes.

Opposition leaders[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]



  • 27 January: National Party leader Don Brash delivers a speech at Orewa highly critical of the government's policy towards Māori.
  • 8 April: New Zealand First party announces it would give its support to the government's foreshore legislation.
  • 30 April: Tariana Turia announces she will vote against the Government's foreshore and seabed legislation.
  • 5 May: A hikoi against the foreshore and seabed legislation arrives in Wellington.
  • 7 May: The government's foreshore and seabed Bill passes its first vote in Parliament.
  • 11 May: The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act is passed. The Act allows people who have not reoffended for seven years to not declare minor criminal convictions in most circumstances.
  • 30 June: Statistics New Zealand estimates for this date put the Cities of Lower Hutt and Tauranga at over 100,000 residents for the first time and Waimakariri District at over 40,000
  • 1 July: First sitting of the new Supreme Court.
  • 10 July: Te Tai Hauauru by-election won by Tariana Turia for the new Māori Party.
  • 15 July: 2004 Israel–New Zealand passport scandal: New Zealand imposes diplomatic sanctions against Israel after two Israeli citizens are convicted of passport fraud.
  • 2 August: Around 7,500 Destiny Church members march on Parliament in black shirts to protest liberal social policies.
  • 15 August: Tornado in Waitara. Two fatalities when a farmhouse is destroyed. [1]
  • 19 August: Cereal maker Dick Hubbard announces he is running for the position of Mayor of Auckland.
  • 6 October: Waikato Hospital doctors complete a 22-hour surgery to separate a pair of conjoined twins.
  • 9 October: 2004 local body and health board elections completed, but not all of the counting; and some results need to wait for special votes. All three West Coast mayors unseated, along with several in more populous centres such as Auckland.
  • 1 November: A reciprocal working holiday agreement between New Zealand and Belgium comes into effect.[2]
  • 18 November: Legislation passed vesting ownership of all land up to the high tide mark in New Zealand with the Crown.
  • 29 November: The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act comes into force.
  • 9 December: The Supreme Court of New Zealand granted Ahmed Zaoui bail. He will reside in the Dominican Friary in Auckland. He will have to report to the Police twice a week and must spent each night in the Friary.
  • 9 December: The Civil Unions Act is passed. The Act establishes the new institution of civil union, available to same-sex and de facto couples.
  • 10 December: Smoking is banned in workplaces or licensed premises.

Arts and literature[edit]


Montana Book Awards 2004[edit]

  • Deutz Medal for Fiction - Slow Water by Annamarie Jagose
  • Montana Medal for Non-fiction - The Trial of the Cannibal Dog by Anne Salmond
  • Readers' Choice - Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King
  • Poetry - Sing-song by Anne Kennedy
  • History - The Trial of the Cannibal Dog by Anne Salmond
  • Lifestyle and contemporary culture - Classic fly fishing in New Zealand Rivers by David Hallett and John Kent
  • Biography - Mason by Rachael Barrowman
  • Illustrative - Central by Arno Gasteiger
  • Reference & Anthology - Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English
  • Environment - Deep New Zealand: Blue Water, Black Abyss by Peter Batson
  • A.W. Reed Award for Contribution to New Zealand Literature - Joy Cowley


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

New categories introduced were 'Best Rock Album', 'People's Choice Award' and 'Airplay Record of the Year'. 'New Zealand Radio Programmer of the Year' was retired.[3]

  • Album of the Year: Scribe (rapper) - The Crusader
  • Single of the Year: Scribe – Stand Up
  • Best Group: Dimmer (band) - You've Got To Hear The Music
  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Brooke Fraser - What To Do With Daylight
  • Best Male Solo Artist: Scribe – The Crusader
  • Best Female Solo Artist: Brooke Fraser - What To Do With Daylight
  • Highest Selling Nz Album: Hayley Westenra - Pure
  • Highest Selling Nz Single: Ben Lummis - They Can't Take That Away
  • Songwriter of the Year: Scribe, P-Money, Con Psy & Savage (rapper) - Not Many : The Remix!
  • Best Music Video: Chris Graham - Stand Up (Scribe)
  • Best Rock Album (new category): Dimmer - You've Got To Hear The Music
  • Best Urban/Hip Hop Album: Scribe – The Crusader
  • Best Dance/Electronica Album: Salmonella Dub - One Drop East
  • Best Maori Album: Ruia - Hawaiki
  • Best Pacific Music Album: Te Vaka - Tutuki
  • Best Jazz Album: The Rodger Fox Big Band - A Rare Connection
  • Best Classical Album: John Psathas - Psathas : Fragments
  • Best Gospel / Christian Album: Magnify - In Wonder
  • International Achievement: Hayley Westenra
  • People's Choice Award (new category): Scribe
  • Best Producer: P-Money - The Crusader (Scribe)
  • Best Engineer: Chris Van De Geer - Passenger – (Carly Binding)
  • Best Album Cover: Ben Sciascia - Postage (Supergroove)
  • Airplay Record of the Year (new category): Goldenhorse - Maybe Tomorrow
  • Best Country Music Album: Donna Dean - Money
  • Best Country Music Song: Donna Dean – Work It Out
  • Best Folk Album: Brendyn Montgomery And Mike Considine - Mountain Air
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Shaun Joyce

Performing arts[edit]




See: NZ Internet History



  • Dale Warrender wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:23:40 on 1 May in Rotorua, while Nyla Carroll claims her second in the women's championship (2:46:44).



Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]


  • Ballinger Belt –
    • Edd Newman (United States)
    • John Whiteman (Upper Hutt), second, top New Zealander[6]








  • 6 April – Joan Monahan (née Hastings), swimmer, botanist and schoolteacher (born 1925)
  • 16 April – John Caselberg, writer and poet (born 1927)



  • 5 June – Jack Foster, athlete (born 1932)
  • 24 June
    • Pat Kelly, trade union leader (born 1929)
    • Ron Sharp, farmer, inventor of the herringbone milking shed (born 1919)[8]
  • 25 June – Morton Coutts, inventor, brewer (born 1904)




  • 1 September – Sir Alan Stewart, university administrator (born 1917)
  • 2 September – Alan Preston, association football player and cricketer (born 1932)
  • 11 September – Ruth Symons, cricketer (born 1913)
  • 20 September – Pat Hanly, painter (born 1932)
  • 29 September – David Jackson, boxer (born 1955)




  • 8 December – Noel Mills, rower (born 1944)
  • 11 December – Arthur Lydiard, athlete, athletics coach (born 1917)
  • 17 December – Ray Dowker, cricketer and association football player (born 1919)
  • 29 December – Liddy Holloway, actor and television scriptwriter (born 1947)

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 2004 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2004


  1. ^ The Hon Dame Silvia Cartwright, PCNZM, DBE, QSO gg.govt.nz. Retrieved 30 April 2012
  2. ^ nzembassy.com
  3. ^ "2004 New Zealand Music Awards". Web page. RIANZ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  5. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Pickmere, Arnold (17 July 2004). "Obituary: Ronald John Sharp". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 April 2014.