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1983 in New Zealand

1983 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,264,800[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1982: 38,000 (1.18%)
  • Males per 100 females: 98.6


Regal and viceregal


The 40th New Zealand Parliament continued. The third National Party government was in power.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1983 in art, 1983 in literature, Category:1983 books


New Zealand Music Awards

Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.[5]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR DD Smash - Deep in the Heart Of Taxes
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR DD Smash - Outlook For Thursday
    • Monte Video - Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang
    • Coconut Rough - Sierra Leone
  • TOP MALE VOCALIST Dave Dobbyn (DD Smash)
    • Malcolm McNeill
    • Monte Video
  • TOP FEMALE VOCALIST Suzanne Prentice
    • Trudi Green
    • Patsy
    • Herbs
    • The Narcs
  • MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Andrew Mclennan (Coconut Rough)
    • Dick Driver (Hip Singles)
    • Gary Smith (The Body Electric)
    • Rhonda Jones
    • Bronwyn Jones (Precious)
    • Hip Singles
    • The Body Electric
  • BEST POLYNESIAN ALBUM The Radars - Chulu Chululu
    • Patea Maori Club (featuring Dalvanius) - Poi E
    • Kaiwhaiki Cultural Club - The Valley Of Voices Vol 2
    • Schtung - The Scarecrow
    • John Charles - Utu
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO Andrew Shaw - Outlook For Thursday (DD Smash)
    • Greg Rood - Sierra Leone (Coconut Rough)
    • Mark Ackerman, Craig Howard - Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang (Monte Video)
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Dave Marett - Sierra Leone (Coconut Rough)
    • Graeme Myhre - Live: Deep in the Heart Of Taxes (DD Smash)
    • Paul Streekstra - Outlook For Thursday (DD Samsh)
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Dave Marett - Sierra Leone (Coconut Rough)
    • Dave Dobbyn - Outlook For Thursday (DD Smash)
    • Monte Video/ Bruce Lynch - Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang (Monte Video)
  • MOST POPULAR SONG Patsy Riggir - Beautiful Lady
  • BEST COVER DESIGN Simon & Suzy Clark - Daring Feats
    • Matthew Aitken - The Tin Syndrome
    • Van Heusen/ O'Neill-Joyce - Space Case Two
  • CLASSICAL RECORD OF THE YEAR Louise Malloy – Louise
    • Kiri Te Kanawa/ National Youth Choir of New Zealand - Royal Occasion
    • Schools Polyphonics of Wellington - Tenebrae Responsorie 1585
  • JAZZ RECORD OF THE YEAR Rodger Fox Big Band - Heavy Company
    • Space Case - Space Case Two
    • Phil Broadhurst - Sustenance
  • COUNTRY RECORD OF THE YEAR Suzanne Prentice - When I Dream
    • Patsy Riggir - Are You Alone
    • Brendan Duggan - Hands on the Wheel

See: 1983 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

  • Feltex Television Awards:
    • Best Television Entertainer: Howard Morrison
    • Best Actor: Michael on Gliding On
    • Best Actress: Sarah Peirse on A Woman of Good Character
    • Best Drama: Gliding On
    • Best New Talent: Heath Lees on Opus and Kaleidoscope
    • Best Entertainment: McPhail and Gadsby
    • Best Documentary: Wild South - Black Robin
    • Best Information: Country Calendar
    • Best Speciality: Kaleidoscope
    • Best News and Current Affairs: Close Up
    • Best Script: Protesters
    • Steve Hosgood Award for Allied Craft: Errol Samuelson, film sound operator on National History Programmes

See: 1983 in New Zealand television, 1983 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1983 film awards, 1983 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1983 films

Appointments and awards

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



  • Graham Macky wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:21:22 in Mosgiel, while Val Lindsay does the same in the women's championship (3:11:35).


  • NBL won by Auckland


  • World Series Cup, New Zealand finished first in the preliminary stages of this annual triangular one-day competition in Australia, which in 1982/83 received unprecedented interest and record television audiences. England missed out on a finals berth, with Australia coming qualifying second.

New Zealand's star allrounder, Richard Hadlee, tore a hamstring on the eve of the lucrative and much anticipated finals series with Australia and was forced out of the side. A demoralised New Zealand were then well beaten by the rejuvenated Australians, 2-0. Lance Cairns hit his memorable 6 sixes in front of 71, 000 in the second final at the MCG.

Glenn Turner made his long-awaited international comeback in this series after six years of self-imposed exile from the New Zealand team due to a financial disagreement with the NZCC.

In February, New Zealand whitewashed England 3-0 in the Rothmans Cup one-day series in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, witnessed by sell-out crowds. Sri Lanka was then convincingly beaten in both the test and one-day series at home to cap off a memorable summer of cricket.

In July history was made when the Geoff Howarth-led side won their first test match against England in England, with a five wicket victory in the second test at Headingley in Leeds. However, they lost the four match series 1-3. Prior to this series, New Zealand played in the 1983 World Cup. In a tough group with both England and Pakistan, New Zealand narrowly missed out on a semi-final place at the World Cup for the first time, after being successful in the two prior tournaments in 1975 and 1979. Glenn Turner retired from international cricket after New Zealand's exit.

Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing

Kiwi wins a memorable 1983 Melbourne Cup at Flemington in a last-to-first finish in the home straight.



  • Ballinger Belt – Rex Chilcott (Clevedon)[8]



January to June

July to December


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. ^ Kirsa Jensen at
  5. ^ "Awards 1983". 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,

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