2007 in New Zealand

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2007 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 2007 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal


2007 was the second full year since the election of the 48th Parliament. The government was a Labour-Progressive coalition with supply and confidence from United Future and New Zealand First in exchange for two ministerial spots outside Cabinet.

Non-Labour ministers

  • Jim Anderton (Progressives) – Minister of Agriculture (within Cabinet)
  • Peter Dunne (United Future), Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health (outside Cabinet)

Other party leaders


Main centre leaders



  • 3 January – The official Christmas-New Year holiday period ends with the lowest holiday road toll since 1981. Nine people died on the roads. (TV3)
  • 3 January – An extensive manhunt is launched for convicted murderer Graeme Burton, wanted for breaching parole.
  • 4 January – A large (approx 7000m2) Tegel Foods chicken processing plant in the Christchurch suburb of Sockburn is razed. Authorities rule out arson.
  • 6 January – Graeme Burton is recaptured in Wellington, after fatally shooting one man and wounding two others.
  • 12 January – New Line Cinema announces that it will never work with Peter Jackson again after Jackson's allegations of financial impropriety and breach of contract. (CNN)
  • 16 January – The Department of Conservation declares the South Island kōkako to be extinct. (NZ Herald)
  • 17 January – The lawyer for Algerian refugee and alleged security risk Ahmed Zaoui lodges a formal request to be reunited with his family with the Minister of Immigration.
  • 17 January – Sir Edmund Hillary returns to Antarctica to take part in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Scott Base.
  • 18 January – Officials in Auckland announce four cases of typhoid have been diagnosed in the South Auckland suburb of Clendon since mid-December.
  • 20 January – The chainsaw used to cut down the sole Monterey pine on One Tree Hill in 1994 is found for sale on auction site TradeMe.
  • 22 January – New Zealand stays resolute as the newly self-installed government of Fiji's military Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama threatens unspecified consequences if sanctions continue. (stuff.co.nz)
  • 23 January – Six-year-old Jayden Headley is handed into Hamilton police by his grandfather, after being missing for five months. (NZ Herald)


  • 5 February – Former National Party leader Don Brash's resignation from Parliament takes effect. (wikinews)
  • 5 February – Google removes a number of posts from a blog called CYFSWATCH NEW ZEALAND, at the behest of the government, who allege the blog invites users to 'name and shame' staff at the New Zealand Department of Child, Youth and Family Services. (wikinews)
  • 7 February – former Immigration Minister Tuariki Delamere appears in court to face allegations that he had devised a fraudulent scheme designed to help ineligible Chinese migrants immigrate to New Zealand. He is cleared of all charges on 2 March. (NZ Herald)
  • 9 February – Ahmed Zaoui's request to have his family join him in New Zealand is turned down by the Minister of Immigration. (stuff)
  • 10 February – A tour bus crashes near Tokoroa injuring several of the Korean tourists on board. (nz herald)
  • 13 February – Disgraced MP Taito Phillip Field is expelled from the Labour Party caucus after announcing in an interview that he will stand for election at the next general election, either with Labour or as an independent. (TV3)
  • 28 February – Parliament passes the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act, making spam originating from within New Zealand illegal. (wikinews)



  • 1 April – Severe flooding in Northland results in millions of dollars worth of damage. (NZ Herald)
  • 2 April – Auckland Hospital reveals that one of its patients is suffering from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, and that up to 43 of its patients could be at risk. (Yahoo/Newstalk ZB)[permanent dead link]
  • 3 April – the Bazley Report into police conduct is released, citing "disgraceful" conduct among policemen going back to 1979. The release of the report prompts a public apology from police commissioner Howard Broad. (stuffco.nz)[permanent dead link]




  • 1 July – Introduction of several government reforms, including 20 hours funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds and the Kiwisaver retirement savings scheme. (TVNZ)
  • 2 July – Corporal Willie Apiata of the SAS is awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery under fire in Afghanistan. This is the first time the VC has been awarded to a New Zealander since World War II. (NZ Herald)
  • 4 July – The first of a swarm of tornadoes hits New Plymouth. No injuries are reported, but the tornadoes have inflicted major structural damage to buildings in a 140 km radius, and on 6 July, a seven-day state of emergency is declared in Taranaki. (stuff.co.nz)[permanent dead link]
  • 11 July – Major storms cause flooding and cut off communities, leaving up to 50,000 people without power in Northland and the Coromandel Peninsula. (TV3)
  • 11 July – The Government greenlights oil and gas exploration worth over a billion dollars off in four areas off the Southland coast (stuff.co.nz)[permanent dead link]
  • 12 July – Two New Zealand oil workers kidnapped at gunpoint on 4 July in Nigeria's Niger Delta are released unharmed. (stuff.co.nz)[permanent dead link]
  • 12 July – Spotless dispute – an industrial dispute between contracting company Spotless and 800 of their employees



  • 13 October – Elections were held for all of New Zealand's city, district and regional councils, and all District Health Boards.
  • 15 October – Police conduct a series of raids across the country, charging 17 people with various firearms offences. They state that they are acting in response to an alleged paramilitary-style training camp in Te Urewera.
  • 31 October – Cabinet reshuffle prepares Helen Clark's Labour government for the coming election year.



Holidays and observances

Media, arts and literature


Performing arts


List of years in New Zealand television
  • 30 January – Bill Ralston quits his post as head of News and Current Affairs at TVNZ, having presided over a slide in the 6 pm bulletin's ratings and revenues. (stuff)
  • 13 April – Television New Zealand announces a round of job cuts, with at least 140 staff being made redundant; the worst hit area being its news division. (TV3)
  • 2 May – The Freeview digital broadcasting platform is officially switched on. (One News)
  • 29 May – TV personality Suzanne Paul and her partner Stefano Olivieri win the third series of Dancing with the Stars.





see also 2007 in cricket

Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing



Rugby league

see also Rugby league in New Zealand and Rugby league in 2007

Rugby union


  • 22–24 June – the second of three legs of the Rowing World Cup is held in Amsterdam. New Zealand rowers win three gold and three silver medals. (NZ Herald)


  • Ballinger Belt –
    • Mark Buchanan (Australia)
    • Bill Tabor (Karori), second, top New Zealander[7]



  • 6 January: Top seed Jelena Janković wins the ASB Classic women's pro tournament held in Auckland, beating Vera Zvonareva (5th seed) 7-6 (11–9) 5–7 6-3 in the final.
  • 13 January: Third seed David Ferrer of Spain wins the Heineken Open men's pro tournament held in Auckland, after he defeated top seed and compatriot Tommy Robredo 6-4 6-2






  • 4 February
    • John Head, teacher and disarmament campaigner (born 1927)
    • Gerald Loft, Roman Catholic bishop (born 1933)
  • 5 February – Leo T. McCarthy, politician and businessman (born 1930)
  • 6 February
  • 7 February – Alan MacDiarmid, chemist, Nobel Laureate (born 1927)
  • 22 February – Harold Tyrie, track and field athlete and coach (born 1915)


  • 7 March – Graham Botting, cricketer (born 1915)
  • 13 March – John McMillan, economic theorist and applied microeconomist (born 1951)
  • 23 March – Super Impose, thoroughbred racehorse (foaled 1984)
  • 26 March – Mary Mitchell, athlete (born 1912)
  • 27 March – Nancy Adams, botanist, botanical artist and museum curator (born 1926)


  • 2 April – Jeannie Ferris, politician (born 1941)
  • 10 April – Florence Finch, supercentenarian, New Zealand longevity record holder (born 1893)
  • 13 April
    • Don Selwyn, actor and film director (born 1935)
    • Dame Marie Clay, educational literacy researcher (born 1926)
  • 15 April – Ted Meuli, cricketer (born 1926)
  • 16 April – Frank Bateson, astronomer (born 1909)
  • 26 April – Harry Lapwood, soldier and politician (born 1915)
  • 29 April
    • George, Jack Russell terrier (born c.1997)
    • Dick Motz, cricketer (born 1940)


  • 2 May
    • Brad McGann, film director and screenwriter (born 1964)
    • Henare te Ua, radio broadcaster and oral historian (born 1933)
  • 8 May – David Farquhar, composer and music academic (born 1928)
  • 13 May – Kate Webb, journalist (born 1943)
  • 15 May – Brian Nordgren, rugby league player (born 1925)
  • 19 May – Dean Eyre, politician and diplomat (born 1914)
  • 20 May – Dame Jean Herbison, educationalist (born 1923)
  • 25 May – Arwon, thoroughbred racehorse (foaled 1973)
  • 27 May – Jack Kerr, cricket player and administrator (born 1910)
  • 29 May – Folole Muliaga, schoolteacher (born c.1963)




  • 7 August – Sir Angus Tait, electronics innovator and businessman (born 1919)
  • 13 August – Sir Robertson Stewart, industrialist (born 1913)
  • 15 August – Geoffrey Orbell, rediscoverer of the takahē (born 1908)
  • 20 August – Chas Poynter, politician, mayor of Wanganui (1986–2004) (born 1939)
  • 28 August – Nikola Nobilo, winemaker (born 1913)
  • 29 August – Sir James Fletcher, industrialist (born 1914)


  • 1 September – Sir Roy McKenzie, standardbred horse breeder and trainer, philanthropist (born 1922)
  • 3 September – Syd Jackson, Māori activist and trade unionist (born 1939)
  • 8 September – Graham Condon, athlete, politician and disability advocate (born 1949)
  • 13 September – Whakahuihui Vercoe, Bishop of Aotearoa and Archbishop of New Zealand (born 1928)
  • 19 September – Neil Morrison, politician (born 1938)
  • 25 September – Colin Webster-Watson, sculptor and poet (born 1926)
  • 30 September – Cyril Eastlake, rugby league player (born 1930)


  • 3 October – John Buxton, rugby union player (born 1933)
  • 18 October – Joe Sellwood, Australian rules football player (born 1911)
  • 24 October – Ian Middleton, novelist (born 1928)
  • 25 October – Johnny Dodd, rugby league player (born 1928)
  • 28 October – Stuart Sidey, politician, mayor of Dunedin (1959–65) (born 1908)


  • 2 November – Malcolm Harrison, clothing designer, textile artist (born 1941)
  • 9 November – Dennis List, poet, editor and novelist (born 1946)
  • 17 November – Meg Campbell, poet (born 1937)
  • 21 November – Noel McGregor, cricketer (born 1931)
  • 23 November – Pat Walsh, rugby union player and selector (born 1936)


See also

For world events and topics in 2007 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2007


  1. ^ "Former Governors-General". New Zealand Government. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Charges upgraded after Undie 500 riots". The New Zealand Herald. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  3. ^ Ihaka, James (22 October 2008). "Medals return to emotional welcome". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  4. ^ Twose, Helen (10 August 2007). "Telecom's great unbundling exercise finally gets under way". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 September 2008.
  5. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  6. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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