2003 in New Zealand

2003 in New Zealand
2003 in New Zealand:
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Regal and Vice Regal


The 47th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was a coalition between Labour and the small Progressive party with United Future supporting supply votes.

Opposition Leaders

Main centre leaders


  • 11 February: Donna Awatere Huata is expelled from tha caucus of political party ACT New Zealand. She remains in parliament.
  • 30 June: Announcement that the North Island population reaches 3 million, North Shore City reaches 200,000 and Porirua City reaches 50,000
  • 5 July: 350 skiers and 70 staff were trapped in skifield facilities on Mount Ruapehu when a sudden storm closes the access road. All descend safely the next day.
  • August: The Refugee Status Appeals Authority declares that Ahmed Zaoui is a genuine asylum seeker. He is moved from a maximum security to medium security prison as a result.
  • 15 August: The Strongman Mine closes
  • 28 October: Don Brash becomes parliamentary leader of the National Party.
  • October: Australian company Toll Holdings completes a takeover bid for Tranz Rail
  • 18 November: the Supreme Court declares that Donna Awatere Huata has no right to her parliamentary seat.
  • Evangelical Christian based political party Destiny New Zealand formed.

Arts and literature

New Books


New Zealand Book Awards

  • Readers' Choice: Playing God Glenn Colquhoun
  • Non-fiction: Wine Atlas of New Zealand Michael Cooper
  • Fiction: The Shag Incident Stephanie Johnson
  • Poetry: Playing God Glenn Colquhoun
  • History: No idle rich: The Wealthy in Canterbury & Otago 1840-1914 Jim McAloon
  • Lifestyle and contemporary culture: Wine Atlas of New Zealand Michael Cooper
  • Biography: A sort of conscience: The Wakefields Philip Temple
  • Illustrative: Len Castle: Potter Nancy Pel and Len Castle
  • Reference & Anthology: Spirit in a strange land: A Selection of New Zealand spiritual verse edited by Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts and Mike Grimshaw
  • Environment* Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail Geoff Chapple



  • 3 October: TV4 is replaced by C4.


  • Kombi Nation
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Whale Rider
  • 17 December: World premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in Wellington


See: NZ Internet History



  • Todd Stevens wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:30:09 on 3 May in Rotorua, while Maree Turner claims her first in the women's championship (2:55:40).


  • The NBL won by the Wellington Saints who beat the Waikato Titans 97-88 in the final.
  • The Women's NBL was won by the Wellington Swish who beat the Waikato Lady Titans 86-82 in the final

Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing

Motor Racing


Rugby union

  • 11 October: Auckland defeat Canterbury to win the Ranfurly Shield, ending Canterbury's run of 23 defences.
  • 11 October: New Zealand - Italy (70 - 7) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup
  • 17 October: New Zealand beat Canada (68 - 6) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup
  • 24 October: New Zealand beat Tonga (91 - 7) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup
  • 2 November: New Zealand beat Wales (53 - 37) in pool D of the Rugby World Cup, finishing top of pool D
  • 8 November: New Zealand beat South Africa (29 - 9) in the first Quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup
  • 15 November: New Zealand lose to Australia (10 - 22) in the first semi-final of the Rugby World Cup
  • 20 November: Playoff: (Loser SF1 - Loser SF2) New Zealand beat France (40 - 13) to take 3rd place in the Rugby World Cup

Rugby league





See also


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