1981 in New Zealand

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1981 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1981 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,194,500[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1980: 18,100 (0.57%)
  • Males per 100 females: 98.7


Regal and viceregal


The 39th New Zealand Parliament, led by the National Party, concluded, and in the general election the party was re-elected in the 40th New Zealand Parliament. Support for the government decreased, however, with the Labour Party receiving the largest portion of the popular vote.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1981 in art, 1981 in literature, Category:1981 books


New Zealand Music Awards

Winners are shown first and in boldface with nominees underneath.[6]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos - Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos
    • Dennis O'Brien - Still in the same Dream
    • Hammond Gamble - Hammond Gamble Band
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR: Coup D'État – Doctor, I Like Your Medicine
    • Blam Blam Blam - No Depression in New Zealand
    • Screaming Meemees - See Me Go
  • TOP MALE VOCALIST: Dave McArtney (Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos)
    • Deane Waretinei
    • Hammond Gamble
  • TOP FEMALE VOCALIST: Suzanne Prentice
    • Jenny Morris
    • Tina Cross
  • TOP GROUP: Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos - Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos
    • Newmatics
    • Coup DE'tat
    • Paul Schreider
    • David Hollis
    • Richard Eriwata
    • Celine Toner
    • Jenny Morris
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP: The Screaming Meemees
    • Blam Blam Blam
    • Pop Mechanix
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: Dave Hurley & Graham Myhre - Dave McArtney & the Pink Flamingos
    • Graham Myhre – Remember the Alamo
    • Gerry Smith – Still in the Same Dream
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Bruce Lynch - Dave McArtney and the Pink Flamingos
    • James Hall – Breaking in Another Day
    • James Hall – Still in the Same Dream
  • BEST COVER DESIGN: David Hollis – Caught Alive
    • Mark Clare – Broadcast O.R
    • Hal Chapman – Dave McArtney and the Pink Flamingos
  • SPECIAL AWARD: Fred Smith - Services to the Recording Industry (particularly with regard to Copyright)

See: 1981 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

See: 1981 in New Zealand television, 1981 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1981 film awards, 1981 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1981 films



  • Paul Ballinger wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:17:28 on 2 May in Rotorua, while Christine Munro claims her first title in the women's championship (2:56:04).



Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union





See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ a b c d e Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  5. ^ "The cash machine has been around for 50 years". Stuff (Fairfax Media). 27 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Awards 1981". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Palenski, R. and Lambert, M. The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. Moa Almanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  11. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Hayden ROulston profile". Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2008.
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