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1988 in New Zealand

1988 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,345,200[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1987: 3,100 (0.09%)
  • Males per 100 Females: 97.3


Regal and viceregal


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

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • The number of unemployed reaches 100,000.
  • The Federation of Labour and Combined State Unions merge to form the Council of Trade Unions.
  • New Zealand Post closed 432 post offices.
  • Fisheries quota package announced for Mäori iwi.
  • The Hokitika Guardian and Star ceases publication.[4]
  • 6 February: Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi are suspended.
  • 7 March: Cyclone Bola strikes the East Coast of the North Island
  • 30 March: The State Sector Act is passed to reform the Public Service.
  • April: The Royal Commission on Social Policy issues its report.
  • 5 April: Gibbs Report ("Unshackling the Hospitals") released.
  • May: Picot Report on educational administration released.
  • June: The electrification of the North Island Main Trunk Railway between Hamilton and Palmerston North is completed.
  • 1 July: The Government announces the return of Bastion Point to its Ngāti Whātua owners.
  • 1 July: Commercial TV goes 7 days a week, except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day.

Arts and literature

See 1988 in art, 1988 in literature, Category:1988 books


New Zealand Music Awards

Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.[5]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR Dave Dobbyn - Loyal
    • Shona Laing - South
    • The Warratahs - Only game in Town
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR Holidaymakers–Sweet Lovers
    • Dave Dobyyn - Love You Like I Should
    • Tex Pistol / Rikki Morris - Nobody Else
    • Herbs
    • Barry Saunders
    • Aishah
    • Annie Crummer
  • BEST GROUP Herbs
    • The Chills
    • The Warratahs
    • Rikki Morris
    • Thom Nepia
    • Tracey Birnie
    • Helen Mulholland
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP Holidaymakers
    • Straightjacket Fits
    • The Tunnellers
    • The Chills
    • Shona Laing
  • BEST VIDEO Fane Flaws - Sweet Lovers (Holidaymakers)
    • Janine Morell - Haere Mai
    • Paul Middleditch - Nobody Else
  • BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK Dalvanius Prime / Dave Hurley - Poi E
    • Dalvanius / Ginane / Smith - Ngati
  • BEST PRODUCER Nigel Stone–Holidaymakers (Holidaymakers)
    • Tex Pistol - Nobody Else
    • Stephen McCurdy/ Shona Laing/ Graeme Myhre - South
  • BEST ENGINEER Nigel Stone–Holidaymakers (Holidaymakers)
    • Rhys Moody - Brazier'
    • Rhys Moody/ Doug Rogers - Sensation
  • BEST JAZZ ALBUM Beaver - Live at Ronnie Scott's
    • Frank Gibsons Jazz Mobile - Spreading The Word
    • Sustenance - Sustenance 3
  • BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM NZ Symphony Orchestra - Prodigal Country
    • NZ Symphony Orchestra - War and Peace/ Jack Winters Dream
  • BEST FOLK ALBUM Mike Harding - From The Edge
    • Wayne Gillespie - Hearts For
    • David Hollis - With Love
  • BEST COUNTRY ALBUM The Warratahs - Only Game in Town
    • Patsy Riggir - The Best OF (Plus Four)
    • Al Hunter - Jealous Guy
  • BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Derek Lind - Strange Logic
    • Barry McGuire - Sailing Free
    • Stephen Bell Booth - Timeless
  • BEST POLYNESIAN ALBUM Patea Maori Club - Poi E
    • Kahurangi - Magically Maori
    • Dalvanius Prime/ Patea Maori/ Moana/ Dave Dobbyn Guinney[6]/ Kara Pewhairangi - Ngoi Ngoi
  • BEST SONGWRITER Rikki Morris - Nobody Else
    • Hona/ Lundon/ Cassells - Listen
    • Dave Dobbyn - Love You Like I Should
  • BEST COVER Lesley Maclean - Pagan in a Pagan Land
    • John Collie - Bird Dog
    • Susan Pryor - You Don’t Need Me

See: 1988 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

See: 1988 in New Zealand television, 1988 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:1988 film awards, 1988 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1988 films


See: NZ Internet History

Appointments and awards

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



  • Paul Ballinger wins his third national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:16:05 on 30 April in Rotorua, while Jillian Costley claims her second in the women's championship (2:39:20).

Horse racing

Harness racing

Olympic games


  • Ballinger Belt – John Whiteman (Upper Hutt)[9]




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. ^ "West Coast Times". National Library of New Zealand. 
  5. ^ "Awards 1988". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Poi E. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  9. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Chatham Cup records,

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