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1989 in New Zealand

1989 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,369,800[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1988: 24,600 (0.74%)
  • Males per 100 Females: 97.1


Regal and viceregal


The 42nd New Zealand Parliament continued. The fourth Labour Party government was in power.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1989 in art, 1989 in literature, Category:1989 books


New Zealand Music Awards

Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.[7]

  • Album of the Year: Margaret Urlich–Safety in Numbers
    • Fan Club - Respect The Beat
    • The Front Lawn - Songs from The Front Lawn
  • Single of the Year: Margaret Urlich - "Escaping"
  • Best Male Vocalist: Tim Finn
  • Best Female Vocalist: Margaret Urlich
    • Moana Jackson
    • Aishah
  • Best Group: When The Cat's Away
    • The Warratahs
    • The Fan Club
  • Most Promising Male Vocalist: Paul Ubana Jones
    • Greg Johnson
    • Darren Watson
  • Most Promising Female Vocalist: Janet Roddick
    • Belinda Bradley
    • Julie Collier
  • Most Promising Group: The Front Lawn
  • International Achievement: The Front Lawn
    • Kiri Te Kanawa
    • Straitjacket Fits
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry: Tony Vercoe
  • Best Video: Paul Middleditch / Polly Walker / Debbie Watson - I Feel Love (Fan Club)
    • Warrick (Waka) Attewell - St Peter's Rendezvous (Barry Saunders)
    • Tony Johns - She's A Mod/ Mod RAP (Double J and Twice the T)
  • Best Film Soundtrack / Compilation: The Front Lawn - Songs From The Front Lawn
    • Rahda and the Brats -Kid in the Middle
    • Various - This Is The Moment
  • Best Producer: Ian Morris - Nobody Else
    • Mike Chunn - All Wrapped Up
    • Ross McDermott/Annie Crummer - Melting Pot (When The Cat's Away)
  • Best Engineer: Nigel Stone/ Tim Farrant - Everything Will Be Alright
    • DC Bell - Please Say Something
    • Nick Morgan - Melting Pot
  • Best Jazz Album: No Award
  • Best Classical Album: Stanley Friedman - The Lyric Trumpet
    • Various Artists - Bold is Brass
    • Michael Houston - Scriabin/ Chopin
  • Best Folk Album: Paul Ubana Jones - Paul Ubana Jones
    • Phil Powers - The Light of the Lions Eye
    • Phil Garland - Wind in the Tussock
  • Best Gospel Album: Stephen Bell-Booth–Shelter
    • Guy Wishart - Another Day in Paradise
    • Steve Apirana - Steve Apirana
  • Best Polynesian Album: Howard Morrison - Tukua Ahau
    • Moana & The Moa Hunters - Pupurutia
    • Black Katz Trust - Ko Wai Ka Hua
  • Best Songwriter: Barry Saunders - St Peters Rendezvous
    • Tim Finn - Parihaka
    • Don McGlashan / Harry Sinclair - Andy
  • Best Cover: Polly Walker / Debbie Watson - Safety in Numbers (Margaret Urlich)
    • Gavin Blake - Workshop
    • Anthony Donaldson/ Cadre Communications- The Hills Are Alive

See: 1989 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

  • 3 April: Paul Holmes makes his first broadcast.
  • 1 July: The Broadcasting Act 1989 removes restriction of broadcasting. The public broadcasting fee of NZ$110 per annum is established.
  • 1 July: The Dunedin station is reduced to the Natural History Unit.
  • 2 October: TV2 introduces morning television by starting at 6.30am 7 days a week.
  • 27 November: TV3 begins broadcasting.[8]

See: 1989 in New Zealand television, 1989 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television programmes, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1989 film awards, 1989 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1989 films

Appointments and awards

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



Horse racing

Harness racing


  • Ballinger Belt – Ken Meade (Petone)[11]




See also


  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. ^ Easton, Brian (23 February 2008). "Cheers to George Laking: 1912-2008".  
  5. ^ Garner, Theresa (9 April 1999). "Friendships born out of tragedy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Winder, Virginia (2003). "June Litman's Literary Legacy". Puke Ariki. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Awards 1989". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  11. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records,
  13. ^ Shane Archbold profile

External links

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  • NZ Internet History
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