1987 in New Zealand
The following lists events that happened during 1987 in New Zealand.
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,342,100
- Increase since 31 December 1986: 28,600 (0.86%)
- Males per 100 Females: 97.9
Regal and viceregal
The 41st New Zealand Parliament, led by the Labour Party, concluded, and in the general election the party was re-elected in the 42nd New Zealand Parliament. The election also saw the elimination of the Democratic Party (formerly known as the Social Credit Party) from Parliament, leaving Labour and National as the only parties with representation.
Main centre leaders
Arts and literature
See 1987 in art, 1987 in literature, Category:1987 books
Winners are shown first with nominees underneath.
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR Herbs – Sensitive to a Smile
- SINGLE OF THE YEAR Dave Dobbyn – You Oughta Be in Love
- BEST MALE VOCALIST Dave Dobbyn
- Charles Tumahai (Herbs)
- Martin Phillips (The Chills)
- BEST FEMALE VOCALIST Shona Laing
- Betty-Anne Monga (Ardijah)
- Patsy Riggir
- BEST GROUP The Chills
- MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Al Hunter
- Wayne Elliot (Knightshade)
- David Parker (Rhythm Cage)
- MOST PROMISING FEMALE VOCALIST Moana Maniapoto Jackson Moana and the Moahunters
- Darlene Adair
- Kara Pewhairangi
- MOST PROMISING GROUP Bonga And Harwood
- INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT Neil Finn
- Dave Dobbyn
- The Chills
- Shona Laing
- Kiri Te Kanawa
- BEST VIDEO Matt Box Films – Sensitive to a Smile (Herbs)
- Kerry Brown/ Bruce Sheridan – Glad Im Not A Kennedy (Shona Laing)
- Paul Middleditch – The Game of Love (Tex Pistol)
- BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK Dave Dobbyn – Footrot Flats
- Various Artists – Queen City Rocker
- BEST PRODUCER Dave Dobbyn – Footrot Flats
- Billy Kristian – Sensitive to a Smile (Herbs)
- Ian Morris – The Game of Love (Tex Pistol)
- BEST ENGINEER Ian Morris – The Game of Love (Tex Pistol)
- Roland Morris / Nick Morgan – Ardijah
- Doug Rogers / Rhys Moody – Brand New Doll
- Tim Field – Out for the Count
- BEST JAZZ ALBUM Mike Nock / Frank Gibson, Jr. – 'Open Door'
- Brian Smith – Brian Smith
- The Umbrellas – The Umbrellas
- BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM Gillian Weir – Music to the Sun King
- NZ Symphony Orchestra – Music By Douglas Lilburn
- Margaret Neilson – Sea Changes
- BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Al Hunter – Neon Cowboy
- Jodi Vaughan – Straight From The Heart
- Patsy Riggir – Close To Thee
- BEST FOLK ALBUM Beverly Young – Bushes & Briar
- Phil Garland – Hunger in the Air
- Paul Mesters – Pacific Pilgrim
- BEST GOSPEL ALBUM Jules Riding – Heart Strings
- Patsy Riggir – Close To Thee
- Darlene Adair – Darlene Adair
- BEST POLYNESIAN ALBUM Herbs – E Papa – Jah Knows
- Kahurangi – Kahurangi
- Moana – Kua Makona
- BEST CAST ALBUM Stewart Macpherson – Pirates of Penzance
- Philip Norman – Love Off The Shelf
- Thomas Baker – The Conductor's Shoes
- BEST SONGWRITER Charles Tumahai/ Dilworth Karaka – Sensitive to a Smile (Herbs)
- Dave Dobbyn – You Oughta Be in Love
- Shona Laing – Glad Im Not A Kennedy
- BEST COVER Philip Trusttum – Songdance (Mike Herron)
- Peter Bennett – Elephunkin
- Reston Griffiths – Footrot Flats
See: 1987 in music
Radio and television
See: 1987 in New Zealand television, 1987 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, TV3 (New Zealand), Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- Auckland Radio 1ZB becomes Newstalk 1ZB creating the first Newstalk ZB station.
- 1ZM Auckland becomes Classic Hits 1251 creating the first Classic Hits station, other New Zealand radio stations do not take the Classic Hits branding until 1993/94.
See: Category:1987 film awards, 1987 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1987 films
See: NZ Internet History
- Peter Renner wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:15:32 on 22 November in Wiri, while Jillian Costley claims her first in the women's championship (2:39:33).
- 7 January: Michael McGlinchey, football player
- 27 January: Ben Te'o, rugby league player
- 28 January: Steven O'Dor, football player
- 13 February: Frank-Paul Nu'uausala, rugby league player
- 18 February: Maria Tutaia, netball player
- 22 February: Lesley Cantwell, race walker
- 3 March: Jacob Spoonley, football player
- 17 March: Krisnan Inu, rugby league player
- 18 March: Clarissa Eshuis, hockey player
- 20 March: David Richardson, actor
- 27 March: Victor Vito, rugby union player
- 7 April: Jaimee Kaire-Gataulu, actor
- 10 April: Hayley Westenra, soprano
- 11 April: Joseph Sullivan, rower Olympic gold medallist (2012 Summer Olympics 2012 London)
- 29 April: Tim Winitana, rugby league player
- 6 May: Katrina Grant, netball player
- 29 May: Issac Luke, rugby league player
- 7 June: Daniel Logan, actor
- 4 July: Chris James, football player
- 8 July: Alana Barber, race walker
- 22 July: Sam Bewley, racing cyclist
- 16 September: Rongo Brightwell, singer
- 2 October: Anita Punt, hockey player
- 7 October: Jeremy Brockie, football player
- 10 October: Colin Slade, rugby union player
- 30 November: Miguel Start, rugby league player
- 9 December: Polly Powrie, sailor, Olympic gold medallist (2012 Summer Olympics 2012 London)
- 14 December: Lauren Boyle, swimmer
- 23 December: Owen Franks, rugby union player All Black (2009–)
- 16 January Colin Scrimgeour, minister and broadcaster.
- 13 February: Curly Page, cricketer.
- 29 May: Bryan Todd, businessman (born 1902)
- 16 July: Harry Ayres, guide and mountaineer.
- 4 August: Cecil Burke, cricketer.
- 14 October: John Rangihau, academic and leader of Tuhoe iwi.
- 27 December: Rewi Alley, writer and member of the Communist Party of China.
- Alfred E. Allen, politician.
- Johnnie Hoskins, motorcycle speedway pioneer.
- Norman Jones, politician.
- Colin McCahon, artist.
- Dennis Rogers, mayor of Hamilton.
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