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1985 in New Zealand

1985 in New Zealand


  • Population 1
  • Incumbents 2
    • Regal and viceregal 2.1
    • Government 2.2
    • Parliamentary opposition 2.3
    • Main centre leaders 2.4
  • Events 3
  • Arts and literature 4
    • Music 4.1
      • New Zealand Music Awards 4.1.1
    • Performing arts 4.2
    • Radio and television 4.3
    • Films 4.4
  • Appointments and awards 5
  • Sport 6
    • Athletics 6.1
    • Horse racing 6.2
      • Harness racing 6.2.1
    • Shooting 6.3
    • Soccer 6.4
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • References 9
  • See also 10


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,303,100[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1984: 10,100 (0.31%)
  • Males per 100 Females: 98.2


Regal and viceregal


The 41st New Zealand Parliament continued. The fourth Labour Party government was in power.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • 4 February: Anti-nuclear policy leads to refusal of a visit by the American warship, the USS "Buchanan". Within days the United States cut military and intelligence ties with New Zealand and downgraded diplomatic relationships.[4]
  • First case of locally-contracted AIDS is reported.
  • Waitangi Tribunal given power to hear grievances arising since 1840.

Arts and literature

See 1985 in art, 1985 in literature, Category:1985 books


New Zealand Music Awards

Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.[5]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR Netherworld Dancing Toys - Painted Years
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR Netherworld Dancing Toys - For Today
    • The Mockers - Forever Tuesday Morning
    • Peking Man - Lift Your Head Up High
  • BEST MALE VOCALIST Andrew Fagan (The Mockers)
    • Malcolm Black (Netherworld Dancing Toys)
    • Pat Urlich (Peking Man)
  • BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Margaret Urlich
  • BEST GROUP Netherworld Dancing Toys
    • The Mockers
    • Peking Man
  • MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Mark Loveys (Satellite Spies)
    • Paul Eversden (Katango)
    • James Gaylyn (Rise)
    • Dianne Swann (Everything That Flies)
    • Betty Monga (IQU)
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP Satellite Spies - Destiny in Motion
    • Everything That Flies - Bleeding Hearts
    • Katango - Dial L for Love
    • DD Smash
    • Dalvanius Prime & The Patea Maori Club
  • BEST VIDEO Fane Flaws - Diamonds On China (The Narcs)
    • Debra Bustin - Krazy Legs (The Pelicans)
    • Roger Guise - I Like To Drive (Scotty & Co)
  • BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK Hammond Gamble / Beaver - Should I be good Should I Be Evil
    • Stephen McCurdy - Out in the Cold (Came A Hot Friday)
  • BEST PRODUCER Nigel Stone - For Today
    • Glyn Tucker Jnr- Forever Tuesday Morning (The Mockers)
    • Graeme Myhre - Lift Your Head Up High (Peking Man)
  • BEST ENGINEER Graeme Myhre - Lift Your Head Up High
    • Nigel Stone - For Today (Netherworld Dancing Toys)
    • Nigel Stone - Painted Years (Netherworld Dancing Toys)
  • BEST JAZZ ALBUM Jacqui Fitzgerald - The Masquerade Is Over
    • Martin Winch - Sahara
    • Alan Broadbent Trio - Song Of Home
  • BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM Tamas Vasmas – Brahms
    • Dolce Consort - Recorder Music
    • National Youth Choir - Peter Godfrey Conducts the National Youth Choir of NZ
  • BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Patsy Riggir - You Remind Me of a Love Song
    • Suzanne Prentice - I Wish I Was Waltzing With You
    • Richie Pickett & The Inlaws - Gone For Water
  • BEST FOLK ALBUM Alan Young - That’s No Way To Get Along
    • Martha Louise - The Sailor / Mixed Feelings
    • Mike Harding - Time on the Road
  • BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Jules Riding - On This Night
    • Gray Bartlett - Two Shades Of Gray
    • Wellington Salvation Army - Where Glory Dwelleth
  • BEST COVER Debra Bustin - Krazy Legs (The Pelicans)
    • Norman Te Whata & Emily Karaka - Long Ago (Herbs)
    • Paula Reid - State House Kid (Last Man Down)

See: 1985 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

  • The Broadcasting Tribunal awards the rights to broadcast a third channel to TV3.
  • Julian Mounter is appointed the TVNZ Director-General.
  • The Auckland Television Centre in Victoria Street, Auckland begins construction. [1]
  • 1 June: TV ONE holds a three and a half-hour special show to celebrate 25 years of New Zealand television.

See: 1985 in New Zealand television, 1985 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: Category:1985 film awards, 1985 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1985 films

Appointments and awards

See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand



  • John Campbell wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:53 on 27 October in Hamilton, while Carol Raven does the same in the women's championship (2:53:26).

Horse racing

Harness racing


  • Ballinger Belt – Chester Burt (Ashhurst)[8]



Category:1985 births



  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Awards 1985". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  6. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  8. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records,

See also

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