1979 in New Zealand

1979 in New Zealand


* Estimated Population as of 31 December: 3,163,900 http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/24107FC8-E7B5-4CF2-B17C-15E31CCA7D05/0/HistoricalPop.xls]
* Increase since 31/12/1978: -1,300 (-0.04%)
* Males per 100 Females: 99.0


Regal and Vice Regal

*Head of State - Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
*Governor-General - The Rt Hon. Sir Keith Holyoake KG GCMG CH QSO. [Statistics New Zealand: "New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990". ISSN 0078-0170 page 52]


*Speaker of the House - Richard Harrison. Lambert & Palenski: "The New Zealand Almanac", 1982. ISBN 0908570554]
*Prime Minister - Robert Muldoon
*Deputy Prime Minister - Brian Talboys.
*Minister of Finance - Robert Muldoon.
*Minister of Foreign Affairs - Brian Talboys.
*Attorney-General - Jim McLay.

Parliamentary opposition

* Leader of the Opposition - Bill Rowling (Labour). [Cite web|url=http://www.elections.org.nz/democracy/leaders-opposition.html|title=Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition|accessdate=2008-04-06]
*Social Credit Party - Bruce Beetham

Main centre leaders

*Mayor of Auckland - Dove-Myer Robinson
*Mayor of Hamilton - Ross Jansen
*Mayor of Wellington - Michael Fowler
*Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
*Mayor of Dunedin - Clifford George (Cliff) Skeggs


*30 July: The Carless days scheme is introduced.
*3 November The "Evening Star" ceases publication. The Dunedin newspaper was founded in 1863. [cite web|url=http://www.alliedpress.co.nz/history.php|title=Allied Press History|publisher=Allied Press]
*28 November: Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashes in Antarctica, killing all 237 passengers and 20 crewmembers aboard.
* The Government occupies the new executive wing of Parliament House, known as the Beehive. [ [http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/HstBldgs/History/Resources/3/6/e/36e40376aa2842e6bcce0a4557ebf2bc.htm New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline ] ]

Arts and literature

*Michael A Noonan wins the Robert Burns Fellowship.

* Nambassa beach festival, touring family roadshow. Whangamata Waihi Beach Mount Maunganui and Coromandel.
* Nambassa three day music, crafts and alternative lifestyle festival on Phil and Pat Hulses' convert|400|acre|km2|sing=on farm in Golden Valley, north of Waihi. Attendance 75,000 plus.
* Summer '79, outdoor arts festival in the parks of Wellington - including the Botanical Gardens, the Newtown Zoo, the Town Belt and several suburban parks.

See 1979 in art, 1979 in literature,


New Zealand Music Awards

*ALBUM OF THE YEAR Street Talk – Street Talk
*SINGLE OF THE YEAR Th’ Dudes – Be Mine Tonight
*TOP GROUP Th’ Dudes
*PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Steve Robinson - This Heart This Song
*ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Gerry Smith – This Heart This Song
*BEST COVER DESIGN Geoff Chunn, Peter Burt & Dale Wrightson – Just Drove Through Town

See: 1979 in music

Radio and Television

*Feltex Television Awards:
**Best Current Affairs: "Dateline Monday"
**Best Documentary: "Okarito"
**Best Drama: "The Mad Dog Gang meets Rotten Fred and Ratsguts"
**Best Speciality: "Spot On"
**Best Information: "Fair Go"
**Best Actor: David McPhail in "A Week of It"
**Best Actress: Barbara Ewing
**Entertainer of the Year: David McPhail
**Special Committee Award: Selwyn Toogood for pioneering work in Radio and Television

See: 1979 in New Zealand television, 1979 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, , , Public broadcasting in New Zealand


*Middle Age Spread
*Sons for the Return Home

See: , 1979 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand,

Appointments and awards

See: New Zealand Order of Merit , Order of New Zealand
*Archbishop of New Zealand
*Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia , see appointments to Diocese


:See: 1979 in sports , , Summer Olympic Games (See and Winter Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games (Check name).
*Rugby: , Super 14, Rugby Union World Cup, National Provincial Championship , , Bledisloe Cup , Tri Nations Series , Ranfurly Shield
*Cricket: Various Tours, New Zealand cricket team , Chappell-Hadlee Trophy , Cricket World Cup
*Gold: New Zealand Open , Check in overseas tourniments.
*Horse racing: See , list winners.
*Rugby league New Zealand Warriors , Bartercard Cup , New Zealand national rugby league team , Rugby League World Cup


* Tony Good wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:18:47.3.


* A New Zealand team consisting of Larry Ross, Mitch Shirra, Ivan Mauger and Bruce Cribb win the motorcycle Speedway World Team Cup held at White City Stadium in London.


Silver Ferns , National Bank Cup ,
* 5th Netball World Championships held in Trinidad and Tobago. Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago all tied for first place.


* New Zealand National Soccer League won by Mt. Wellington AFC
* Chatham Cup won by North Shore United


* 27 January: Daniel Vettori, cricketer
* 1 February: Peter Fulton, cricketer
* 15 February: Hamish and James Marshall, cricketers
* 15 March: Kyle Mills, cricketer
* 20 March: Keven Mealamu, rugby union player
* 26 March: Ben Blair, rugby union player
* 12 May (In Nadi, Fiji): Amasio Valence, rugby sevens player
* 15 May (in Samoa): Chris Masoe, rugby union player.
* 8 June: Adine Wilson, netball player.
* 2 July: Michael Papps, cricketer.
* 30 July: Louise Corcoran, skeleton racer.
* 3 October: Rodney So'oialo, rugby union player
* 14 November: Carl Hayman, rugby union player
* 20 November: Maree Bowden, netball player
* 3 December: Daniel Bedingfield, pop singer

* Pete Wheeler, artist.


* October: Marty Johnstone, drug trafficker ('Mr Asia')
* November: Peter Mulgrew, Mountaineer (died in Mt Erebus disaster)


ee also

*List of years in New Zealand
*Timeline of New Zealand history
*History of New Zealand
*Military history of New Zealand
*Timeline of environmental history of New Zealand
*Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica

"For world events and topics in 1979 not specifically related to New Zealand see": 1979

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