2006 in New Zealand

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2006 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 2006 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 48th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was a coalition between Labour and the Progressives, with United Future and New Zealand First supporting supply votes. The leaders of the two support parties are ministers outside Cabinet.

Non-Labour ministers

Parliamentary leaders[edit]


Main centre leaders[edit]







  • 1 May: Troubles continue at TVNZ, with leaked emails from Craig Boyce to Ian Fraser, referring to the Parliamentary select committee as "the bastards are our enemy".[16]
  • 3 May: The New Zealand Government announces that it will require Telecom to unbundle the local loop to provide "access to fast, competitively priced broadband internet".
  • 13 May: The trawler Kotuku sinks in Foveaux Strait on the way back from muttonbirding. Of the nine people on board, including three generations of one family, only three survive. It is New Zealand's worst maritime disaster since the sinking of TEV Wahine.[17]
  • 15 May: After 40 days of climbing, New Zealander Mark Inglis became the first double amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
  • 16 May: Michael Ryan, a messenger for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is named as the government employee who leaked the information to Telecom that the government is planning to "unbundle the local loop".
  • 17 May: An attempt by the Green Party to repeal part of a controversial dog microchipping law was voted down 61-60.
  • 18 May: Finance Minister Michael Cullen delivers the 2006 Budget.
  • 24 May: The week-long festivities celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Māori Queen's coronation have ended.
  • 25 May: The three men acquitted of rape in the Louise Nicholas trial now face a new trial for alleged sexual offences against another woman in the mid-1980s.[3]


  • 3 June: The Green Party elects Russel Norman as its co-leader to replace Rod Donald.
  • 6 June: The trial of Tim Selwyn for sedition begins in Auckland. Selwyn is the first New Zealander in over 80 years to be charged with sedition.
  • 7 June: The Privy Council agrees to hear David Bain's appeal against his conviction for the murder of his family.
  • 8 June: Tim Selwyn is found guilty of sedition.
  • 8 June: New Zealand has won hosting rights for the 2010 World Rowing Championships, which will be held at Lake Karapiro.
  • 10 June: The family of Richard Seddon remember his death 100 years ago.
  • 10 June: A Yemeni man, linked to the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, has been deported from New Zealand. It is only the second time that section 72 of the Immigration Act has been used to deport someone. Its use requires the consent of the Governor-General, and there is no right of appeal.
  • 12 June: A blackout hits Auckland, lasting for several hours and affecting an estimated 700,000 people. The cause was found to be an earth wire which snapped off in high winds and fell across high-voltage transmission lines at a substation.
  • A severe storm lashed the country, bringing heavy snow to Otago and Canterbury Some isolated communities lose power for up to three weeks after the storm. Up to three feet of snow was recorded in inland Canterbury.
  • 15 June: A free-to-air digital television service called Freeview will be launched in 2007. All viewers will require a set-top box, and some will need a satellite dish.
  • 15 June: Junior doctors begin a five-day strike over working hours and conditions. Hospitals defer non-urgent surgery and outpatient treatments.
  • 16 June: The Varroa bee mite has been found near Stoke. The mite arrived in New Zealand in 2000 and has been confined to the North Island until now.
  • 18 June: The deaths of three-month-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui as a result of abuse injuries shocks the nation and dominates headlines for months.
  • 21 June: Working dogs have been exempted from the dog microchipping legislation currently before Parliament.
  • 27 June: Telecom announces it will voluntarily separate its business into two operating entities - Wholesale and Retail.[3]
  • 29 June: Development of the Kupe gas and oil field off the Taranaki coast will go ahead, with production beginning in 2009.[3]
  • 30 June: Tame Iti is sentenced to pay $300 and court costs for shooting the New Zealand Flag.


  • 2 July: The Intellectual Property Office has turned down an application by Ngāti Toa to trademark Ka Mate, the haka used by the All Blacks.[3]
  • 3 July: Police Minister Annette King and Police Commissioner Howard Broad both deny that New Zealand Police have quotas for speeding tickets after a memo about such quotas is leaked.[3]
  • 4 July:An Italian Fiat advert draws criticism from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for having women perform the haka.[18]
  • 10 July: Labour List MP Jim Sutton announces he is leaving politics on 1 August 2006. He will be replaced by the next member of the Labour Party list, Charles Chauvel.[3]
  • 11 July: Te Atairangi Kaahu, the Māori Queen, is taken to Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit after a possible heart attack and kidney failure.[15]
  • 18 July: Tim Selwyn is sentenced to 2 months imprisonment for sedition in Auckland. He is also sentenced to a further 15 months for other offenses.[3]
  • 18 July: Former Cabinet Minister Taito Phillip Field is cleared of any conflict of interest by an inquiry into allegations he had used his position for material gain, but his judgement was criticised.[15]
  • 25 July: The Overlander rail passenger service will be withdrawn at the end of September, thus ending the last passenger service operating between Auckland and Wellington.[3]
  • 31 July: New smaller and lighter coins are introduced in denominations of 10c, 20c, and 50c.






  • 4 December: The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill, is introduced to update copyright laws due to the development and adoption of new technologies.
  • 16 December: Three children are killed when a cliff collapses on them at a riverside picnic ground in the Manawatu region.
  • 16 December: Nine experienced New Zealand fire-fighters are injured, one seriously, as they fought Bushfires in Victoria, Australia.[28]
  • 22 December: The Government announces changes to the regulations governing the sale of consumer fireworks. Sales will now be restricted to 3 (previously 10) days of the year - 3–5 November and the age limit for purchase has been raised from 16 to 18.[3]
  • 28 December - The contentious Wellington Inner city bypass opens[29]
  • 31 December: The 2006 road toll provisionally stands at 387, the lowest figure since 1963[30]
  • See also Current events in Oceania

Arts and literature[edit]


Performing arts[edit]






  • Dale Warrender wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:43 on 29 October in Auckland, while Tracey Clissold claims her second as well in the women's championship (2:50:47).


Commonwealth Games[edit]

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
6 12 13 31


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Mountain biking[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

  • New Zealand sends 18 competitors across five sports, its largest ever team to a Winter Olympics.
 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
0 0 0 0

Paralympic Games[edit]

  • New Zealand sends a team of two competitors in one sport.
 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
0 0 0 0

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • New Zealand (All Blacks) retained the Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup. Only losing one match to South Africa.
  • North Harbour wins the Ranfurly Shield from Canterbury 21-17 at Jade Stadium
  • The All Blacks convincingly won all four tests in their end-of-season tour of England, France and Wales.


  • Mahé Drysdale defends his gold medal at the World Championships in August


  • Ballinger Belt – Brian Carter (Te Puke)[34]










  • 2 June – Kitione Lave, boxer (born 1934)
  • 4 June – Vic Belsham, rugby league player and referee (born c.1925)
  • 11 June – Neroli Fairhall, archer, first paraplegic to compete in the Olympic Games (born 1944)
  • 12 June – Nicky Barr, rugby union player and World War II flying ace (born 1915)
  • 13 June – Barry Thompson, rugby union player (born 1947)
  • 15 June – Herb Pearson, cricketer (born 1910)





  • 8 October – Mark Porter, motor racing driver (born 1974)
  • 14 October – Peter Munz, philosopher and historian (born 1921)



  • 6 December – John Feeney, documentary film director (born 1922)
  • 8 December – Jim McCormick, rugby union player (born 1923)
  • 10 December – Willow Macky, songwriter (born 1921)
  • 22 December – Winifred Lawrence, swimmer (born 1920)
  • 23 December – Graham May, weightlifter (born c.1952)
  • 29 December – Tom Lynch, rugby union and rugby league player (born 1927)

Births to deaths[edit]

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

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