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2008 in New Zealand


Contents

  • Incumbents 1
    • Regal and vice regal 1.1
    • Government 1.2
    • Party leaders 1.3
    • Main centre leaders 1.4
  • Events 2
    • January 2.1
    • February 2.2
    • March 2.3
    • April 2.4
    • May 2.5
    • June 2.6
    • July 2.7
    • August 2.8
    • September 2.9
    • October 2.10
    • November 2.11
    • December 2.12
    • Holidays and observances 2.13
  • Arts and literature 3
    • New books 3.1
    • Awards 3.2
    • Music 3.3
    • Performing arts 3.4
    • Television 3.5
  • Sport 4
    • Cricket 4.1
    • Horse racing 4.2
      • Harness racing 4.2.1
      • Thoroughbred racing 4.2.2
    • Netball 4.3
    • Motorsport 4.4
    • Olympic Games 4.5
    • Rugby league 4.6
    • Rugby union 4.7
    • Rowing 4.8
    • Shooting 4.9
    • Soccer 4.10
    • Tennis 4.11
  • Births 5
  • Deaths 6
    • January 6.1
    • February 6.2
    • March 6.3
    • April 6.4
    • May 6.5
    • June 6.6
    • July 6.7
    • August 6.8
    • September 6.9
    • October 6.10
    • November 6.11
    • December 6.12
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Incumbents

Regal and vice regal

Government

2008 was the third and last year of the 48th Parliament, which was dissolved on 3 October. A general election was held on 8 November to elect the 49th Parliament, which saw the Fifth National Government elected.

Party leaders

Main centre leaders

Events

January

February

March

April

  • 5 April – A huge propane explosion at a coolstore in Tamahere kills firefighter senior station officer Derek Lovell, and seriously injures seven others.[1]

May

June

  • 5 June – A newly redesigned flag for the Governor General of New Zealand is flown for the first time at Government House, Auckland.[3]

July

  • 1 July – Rail transport network is renationalised as KiwiRail
  • 11 July – Police Sergeant Derek Wootton (52) is struck and killed by a vehicle fleeing police, while laying road spikes at Titahi Bay.[4]

August

September

October

November

December

Holidays and observances

Arts and literature

New books

Awards

  • BEST BOOK Title: Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning
  • BEST COVER Winner: Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning
  • NON-ILLUSTRATED Winner: Dear to Me
  • ILLUSTRATED Winner: Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning
  • EDUCATIONAL Winner: Astronomy Aotearoa NCEA Level 1 by Robert Shaw ISBN 978-0-7339-9261-2[11]
  • CHILDREN’S Winner: The King’s Bubbles by Ruth Paul

Music

Performing arts

Television

  • The country's first Chinese television channel, CTV8 (Chinese Television 8) is launched in early October.

Sport

Cricket

  • New Zealand men's cricket team, the Black Caps plays three test matches against England and draws the series, each team having won a game

Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing

Netball

Motorsport

Olympic Games

Rugby league

Rugby union

Rowing

Shooting

  • Ballinger Belt – Brian Carter (Te Puke)[14]

Soccer

Tennis

Births

Deaths

January

  • 1 January – Joan Dingley, mycologist (born 1916)
  • 2 January – Lindsay Poole, botanist and forester (born 1908)
  • 4 January
  • 6 January – Charlie Steele, Jr., association football player (born 1930)
  • 10 January – Sir George Laking, diplomat (born 1912)
  • 11 January – Sir Edmund Hillary, mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist (born 1919)
  • 16 January – Hone Tūwhare, poet (born 1922)

February

March

April

  • 2 April – Sir Geoffrey Cox, newspaper and television journalist (born 1910)
  • 6 April – Tony Davies, rugby union player (born 1939)
  • 10 April – Greg Hough, association football player (born 1958)
  • 11 April – Fraser Colman, politician (born 1925)
  • 12 April – Dame Augusta Wallace, jurist, first woman District Court judge (born 1929)
  • 15 April – Mahinārangi Tocker singer–songwriter (born 1955)

May

June

July

August

  • 6 August – Ken Going, rugby union player (born 1942)
  • 9 August – Bob Cunis, cricket player and coach (born 1941)
  • 16 August – Rei Hamon, artist (born 1919)
  • 25 August – Hardwicke Knight, historian and photographer (born 1911)
  • 31 August – Victor Yates, rugby union and league player (born 1939)

September

  • 7 September – Sir Hamish Hay, politician, mayor of Christchurch (1974–89) (born 1927)
  • 8 September – Ron Guthrey, soldier, politician, mayor of Christchurch (1968–71) (born 1916)
  • 11 September – Sue Garden-Bachop, rugby union player, coach and administrator (born c.1961)
  • 13 September – Duncan Laing, swimming coach (born 1933)
  • 15 September – Arthur Stubbs, soldier, oldest New Zealand war veteran (born 1904)
  • 21 September – Al Hobman, professional wrestler (born 1925)
  • 25 September

October

  • 2 October – Rob Guest, actor and singer (born 1950)
  • 14 October – Dame Daphne Purves, educator (born 1908)
  • 15 October – Des Townson, yacht designer (born 1934)
  • 26 October – Neil Purvis, rugby union player (born 1953)
  • 29 October – John Darwin, statistician and public servant (born 1923)

November

  • 6 November – Kevin J. Sharpe, mathematician, theologian and archaeologist (born 1950)
  • 7 November – Hedley Howarth, cricketer (born 1943)
  • 8 November – Hugh Cook, science fiction writer (born 1956)
  • 27 November – Mike Minogue, politician (born 1923)
  • 29 November – Robert Wade, chess player (born 1921)

December

  • 6 December – Peter Wardle, plant ecologist (born 1931)
  • 13 December – John Drake, rugby union player (born 1959)
  • 24 December – Ian Ballinger, sports shooter (born 1925)

See also

For world events and topics in 2008 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2008

References


-- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p
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  12. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  13. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
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  15. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com

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