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2010 in New Zealand

2010 in New Zealand


Regal and vice-regal


2010 was the second full year of the 49th Parliament.

Other party leaders

Main centre leaders


The transfer case of Timothy O'Donnell at Bagram Airfield
Earthquake damage on Worcester Street, corner Manchester Street, Christchurch on 4 September 2010
  • 17–19 January: Prince William of Wales visits New Zealand, and represents The Queen officially for the first time by opening the new Supreme Court building in Wellington.[5]
  • 25 April: Three members of the air force are killed when their Iroquois helicopter crashes on the way to Wellington for Anzac day commemorations.[6]
  • 13 July: Two police officers are injured and police dog Gage is killed after being confronted by an armed offender during a routine drugs search in Phillipstown, Christchurch. Gage would later be posthumously awarded the PDSA Gold Medal after taking a fatal gunshot wound protecting his injured handler.
  • 4 August: Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell becomes the first New Zealand fatality of the War in Afghanistan after his convoy is attacked.[7]


  • 4 September: The 7.1 magnitude 2010 Canterbury earthquake causes widespread damage and several power outages, particularly in Christchurch.
  • 4 September: All nine passengers on board are killed in a Fletcher FU24 crash, the worst aircraft crash in New Zealand in 17 years.[8]
  • 17 September: MP and Corrections Minister David Garrett resigns from the ACT party caucus after revelations that in 1984 he obtained a false passport using details of a deceased child.[9]
  • 17–22 September: A "storm the size of Australia" passes to the south of New Zealand bringing snow, rain, gales, tornadoes and causing widespread damage – 72,000 homes lost power, and the roof of a stadium collapsed under a snow load in Invercargill and numerous roads are closed.[10][11]


  • 1 October: The largest reform in the tax system since the 1980s takes effect: GST is raised to 15%, company tax rates drop from 30% to 28%, and the top tax bracket falls from 38% to 33%.[12]
  • 5 October: Breakfast broadcaster Paul Henry is suspended by TVNZ after questioning if New Zealand's ethnic minority Governor-General Anand Satyanand, is a proper New Zealander.[13] On 7 October Henry is embroiled in further controversy as his mockery of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is declared "racist" and "unacceptable" and New Zealand's ambassador to India is summoned for a dressing down.[14] Henry resigns from TVNZ on 10 October.[15]
  • 9 October: Elections held for all of New Zealand's city, district and regional councils, and all District Health Boards.
  • 27 October: After crisis talks with Warner Bros executives, Prime Minister John Key announces the $670 million project to film The Hobbit will go ahead in New Zealand. Acting unions had threatened to boycott the movies, leading Warner Bros and New Line to consider taking the production elsewhere.[16]


Holidays and observances


New Zealander of the year

The inaugural awards take place.[19]

Arts and literature

New books


Performing arts






Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing




The 2010 World Rowing Championships were held at Lake Karapiro, near Hamilton, New Zealand between 29 October – 7 November.

Rugby league

Rugby Union


  • Ballinger Belt –
    • Jonathan Cload (United Kingdom)
    • Ross Geange (Otorohanga), second, top New Zealander[20]


At the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa, New Zealand finish third in their pool after achieving three draws: 1–1 vs Slovakia, 1-1 vs Italy and 0-0 vs Paraguay.



  • 25 September – Puccini, thoroughbred racehorse










  • 1 August – Eric Tindill, cricketer and rugby player (born 1910)
  • 11 August – Sir Ron Trotter, businessman (born 1927)
  • 14 August – O. E. Middleton, writer (born 1925)
  • 17 August – Koro Dewes, Ngāti Porou kaumātua and Māori language advocate (born 1930)
  • 24 August – Sir Graham Liggins, medical scientist (born 1926)
  • 28 August – Sir Patrick O'Dea, public servant (born 1918)





  • 14 December – Ruth Park, author (born 1917)
  • 15 December
    • Tom Newnham, political activist and educationalist (born 1926)
    • Sir Ross Jansen, local-body politician (born 1932)
  • 24 December – Richard Henry, kākāpō (born c.1930)
  • 28 December – Denis Dutton, philosophy academic (born 1944)
  • 31 December – Syd Ward, cricketer (born 1907)

See also


  1. ^ "Former Governors-General". New Zealand Government. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hamilton City Council". Elections 2010. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Wellington elects Celia Wade-Brown as its new mayor – with majority of 176 votes". Wellington Scoop. 13 October 2010. Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dunedin City Council – results". Elections NZ. Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Euan (16 January 2010). "Prince William: on Her Majesty's service". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Edward Gay (25 April 2010). "Three confirmed dead after helicopter crash". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "NZ soldier killed in Afghanistan named". New Zealand Herald. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Barratt, Joseph; Powley, Kathryn; Carroll, Joanne (4 September 2010). "Nine die as plane crashes in flames". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Bennett, Adam (17 September 2010). "David Garrett resigns as Act Party MP".  
  10. ^ AFP: N.Zealand on tornado watch amid storm 'the size of Australia'
  11. ^ Govt confirms stadium collapse inquiry
  12. ^ Daniels, Chris (20 May 2010). "Budget 2010: Income tax slashed, GST to 15 pc". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Paul Henry suspended". New Zealand Herald. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  14. ^ Ihaka, James; Trevett, Claire (7 October 2010). "TVNZ Paul Henry email". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Paul Henry resigns from TVNZ". New Zealand Herald. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Hobbit will be made in New Zealand, PM confirms". BBC News. 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Explosion at NZ coal mine, up to 30 unaccounted for". Reuters. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  18. ^ Cheng, Derek (21 November 2010). "Labour's Kris Faafoi wins Mana by-election". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "From streetkid to New Zealander of the Year". The Dominion Post. Fairfax New Zealand. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  20. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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