1982 in New Zealand

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1982 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1982 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,226,800[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1981: 32,300 (1.01%)
  • 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 1982 in art, 1982 in literature, Category:1982 books


New Zealand Music Awards

Winners are shown first and in boldface with nominees underneath.[5]

  • Album of the year: DD Smash – Cool Bananas
  • Single of the year: Prince Tui Teka - E Ipo
  • Top male vocalist: Dave Dobbyn (DD Smash)
    • Malcolm McNeill
    • Monte Video
  • Top female vocalist: Patsy Riggir
    • Suzanne Prentice
    • Trudi Green (The Neighbours)
  • Top group of the year: DD Smash
  • Most promising male vocalist: Dave Dobbyn (DD Smash)
  • Most promising female vocalist: Jodi Vaughan
  • Most promising group: Dance Exponents
  • Polynesian record of the year: Prince Tui Teka - E Ipo
  • Producer of the year: Ian Morris – Cool Bananas (DD Smash)
  • Engineer of the year: Paul Streekstra & Doug Rogers - Cool Bananas (DD Smash)
  • Sleeve design of the year: Wayne Robinson –Cool Bananas (DD Smash)
  • Outstanding contribution to music: Simon Grigg

See: 1982 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

  • FM Stereo transmissions were being tested. Radio Bay Of Plenty Limited, operating 1XX (previously 1240 am then 1242 am in 1978) also in Whakatane, ran the first of many short-term summer stations.
  • 1XX - FM 90.7 This station was the 1ST licensed FM Stereo Radio station in New Zealand. The station went to air at 4 pm on 5 January 1982 and went through to 31 January 1982 with the station on-air each day in two shifts: 4 pm - 8 pm & 8 pm - 12 am Midnight. Announcers: Chris Clarke,
  • Te Karere, a Māori language news program, is trialled.
  • Northern Television begins broadcasting morning television programs. [1]
  • Feltex Television Awards:

See: 1982 in New Zealand television, 1982 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1982 film awards, 1982 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1982 films



  • Trevor Wright wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:34 on 3 April in Whangarei.


Commonwealth Games

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
5 8 13 26

Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union


  • Ballinger Belt – John Hastie (Okawa)[9]



January to June

July to December


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. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  4. ^ Toledo Blade, 5 April 1982, page 4
  5. ^ "Awards 1981". Listing. NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  6. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b Lambert, M.; Palenski, R. (1985). 4th Air New Zealand Almanac. Moa Alamanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-91-0.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Jeremy Yates profile". Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008.
  12. ^ a b c d e Lambert, M & Palenski, R: The New Zealand Almanac, 1st edition, Moa Almanac Press, Wellington, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4

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