2004 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Jonathan Hunt (Labour)
- Prime Minister - Helen Clark (Labour)
- Deputy Prime Minister - Michael Cullen (Labour)
- Minister of Finance - Michael Cullen (Labour)
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Phil Goff (Labour)
- National - Don Brash (Leader of the Opposition)
- Greens - Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald
- Act - Richard Prebble to Rodney Hide
- New Zealand First - Winston Peters
- United Future - Peter Dunne
- Māori Party - Tariana Turia
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - John Banks to Dick Hubbard
- Mayor of Tauranga - Stuart Crosby
- Mayor of Hamilton - David Braithwaite to Michael Redman
- Mayor of Wellington - Kerry Prendergast
- Mayor of Christchurch - Garry Moore
- Mayor of Dunedin - Sukhi Turner to Peter Chin
- 27 January: National Party leader Don Brash delivers a speech at Orewa highly critical of the government's policy towards Māori.
- 8 April: New Zealand First party announces it would give its support to the government's foreshore legislation.
- 30 April: Tariana Turia announces she will vote against the Government's foreshore and seabed legislation.
- 5 May: A hikoi against the foreshore and seabed legislation arrives in Wellington.
- 7 May: The government's foreshore and seabed Bill passes its first vote in Parliament.
- 11 May: The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act is passed. The Act allows people who have not reoffended for seven years to not declare minor criminal convictions in most circumstances.
- 30 June: Statistics New Zealand estimates for this date put the Cities of Lower Hutt and Tauranga at over 100,000 residents for the first time and Waimakariri District at over 40,000
- 1 July: First sitting of the new Supreme Court.
- 10 July: Te Tai Hauauru by-election won by Tariana Turia for the new Māori Party.
- 15 July: 2004 Israel-New Zealand spy scandal: New Zealand imposes diplomatic sanctions against Israel after two Israeli citizens are convicted of passport fraud.
- 2 August: Around 7,500 Destiny Church members march on Parliament in black shirts to protest liberal social policies.
- 15 August: Tornado in Waitara. Two fatalities when a farmhouse is destroyed. 
- 19 August: Cereal maker Dick Hubbard announces he is running for the position of Mayor of Auckland.
- 6 October: Waikato Hospital doctors complete a 22-hour surgery to separate a pair of conjoined twins.
- 9 October: 2004 local body and health board elections completed, but not all of the counting; and some results need to wait for special votes. All three West Coast mayors unseated, along with several in more populous centres such as Auckland.
- 1 November: A reciprocal working holiday agreement between New Zealand and Belgium comes into effect.
- 18 November: Legislation passed vesting ownership of all land up to the high tide mark in New Zealand with the Crown.
- 29 November: The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act comes into force.
- 9 December: The Supreme Court of New Zealand granted Ahmed Zaoui bail. He will reside in the Dominican Friary in Auckland. He will have to report to the Police twice a week and must spent each night in the Friary.
- 9 December: The Civil Unions Act is passed. The Act establishes the new institution of civil union, available to same-sex and de facto couples.
- 10 December: Smoking is banned in workplaces or licensed premises.
Arts and literature
Montana Book Awards 2004
- Deutz Medal for Fiction - Slow Water by Annamarie Jagose
- Montana Medal for Non-fiction - The Trial of the Cannibal Dog by Anne Salmond
- Readers' Choice - Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King
- Poetry - Sing-song by Anne Kennedy
- History - The Trial of the Cannibal Dog by Anne Salmond
- Lifestyle and contemporary culture - Classic fly fishing in New Zealand Rivers by David Hallett and John Kent
- Biography - Mason by Rachael Barrowman
- Illustrative - Central by Arno Gasteiger
- Reference & Anthology - Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English
- Environment - Deep New Zealand: Blue Water, Black Abyss by Peter Batson
- A.W. Reed Award for Contribution to New Zealand Literature - Joy Cowley
New categories introduced were 'Best Rock Album', 'People's Choice Award' and 'Airplay Record of the Year'. 'New Zealand Radio Programmer of the Year' was retired.
- Album of the Year: Scribe (rapper) - The Crusader
- Single of the Year: Scribe – Stand Up
- Best Group: Dimmer (band) - You've Got To Hear The Music
- Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Brooke Fraser - What To Do With Daylight
- Best Male Solo Artist: Scribe – The Crusader
- Best Female Solo Artist: Brooke Fraser - What To Do With Daylight
- Highest Selling Nz Album: Hayley Westenra - Pure
- Highest Selling Nz Single: Ben Lummis - They Can't Take That Away
- Songwriter of the Year: Scribe, P-Money, Con Psy & Savage (rapper) - Not Many : The Remix!
- Best Music Video: Chris Graham - Stand Up (Scribe)
- Best Rock Album (new category): Dimmer - You've Got To Hear The Music
- Best Urban/Hip Hop Album: Scribe – The Crusader
- Best Dance/Electronica Album: Salmonella Dub - One Drop East
- Best Maori Album: Ruia - Hawaiki
- Best Pacific Music Album: Te Vaka - Tutuki
- Best Jazz Album: The Rodger Fox Big Band - A Rare Connection
- Best Classical Album: John Psathas - Psathas : Fragments
- Best Gospel / Christian Album: Magnify - In Wonder
- International Achievement: Hayley Westenra
- People's Choice Award (new category): Scribe
- Best Producer: P-Money - The Crusader (Scribe)
- Best Engineer: Chris Van De Geer - Passenger – (Carly Binding)
- Best Album Cover: Ben Sciascia - Postage (Supergroove)
- Airplay Record of the Year (new category): Goldenhorse - Maybe Tomorrow
- Best Country Music Album: Donna Dean - Money
- Best Country Music Song: Donna Dean – Work It Out
- Best Folk Album: Brendyn Montgomery And Mike Considine - Mountain Air
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Shaun Joyce
- 28 March: Māori Television commences.
- 22 September: Animated series bro'Town premieres on TV3.
- The Insider's Guide To Happiness
- 29 February: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins all 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated.
- In My Father's Den
- Kaikohe Demolition
See: NZ Internet History
- Dale Warrender wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:23:40 on 1 May in Rotorua, while Nyla Carroll claims her second in the women's championship (2:46:44).
- The National Basketball League was won by the Auckland Stars who beat the Nelson Giants 80-68 in the final.
- The Women's National Basketball League was won by the Canterbury Wildcats who beat the Nelson Sparks 68-58 in the final.
- The State Championship for 2003-04 was won by the Wellington Firebirds.
- In December Australia and New Zealand played a series of 3 one-day matches in Australia for the inaugural Chappell–Hadlee Trophy. After winning one game each, the decider was washed out by rain, so the trophy was shared.
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- Bartercard Cup won by the Mt Albert Lions
- June - July: 2004 Philips International Series: The All Blacks beat England 36-3, England 36-12, Argentina 41-7 and Pacific Islanders rugby union team 41-26.
- 17 July: The All Blacks beat Australia 16-7 at Westpac Stadium as part of the 2004 Tri Nations Series
- 24 July: The All Blacks beat South Africa 23-21 at Jade Stadium as part of the 2004 Tri Nations Series
- 7 August: The All Blacks lose 18-23 to Australia at Telstra Stadium as part of the 2004 Tri Nations Series
- 14 August: The All Blacks lose 26-40 to South Africa at Ellis Park Stadium as part of the 2004 Tri Nations Series
- 15 August: Bay of Plenty beat Auckland 33-28 to take the Ranfurly Shield
- 5 September: Canterbury beat Bay of Plenty 33-26 to take the Ranfurly Shield
- 13 November: The All Blacks beat Italy 59-10 at Stadio Flaminio as part of the 2004 All Black Tour of Europe
- 20 November: The All Blacks beat Wales 26-25 at Millennium Stadium as part of the 2004 All Black Tour of Europe
- 27 November: The All Blacks beat France 45-6 at Stade de France as part of the 2004 All Black Tour of Europe
- 4 December: The All Blacks beat The Barbarians 47-9 at Twickenham as part of the 2004 All Black Tour of Europe
- Ballinger Belt –
- Edd Newman (United States)
- John Whiteman (Upper Hutt), second, top New Zealander
- The Chatham Cup is won by Miramar Rangers who beat Waitakere City F.C. 1—0 in the final after extra time.
- 8 October – C'est La Guerre, thoroughbred racehorse
- 3 November - Auckland Reactor, standardbred racehorse
- 11 January – Sir Peter Elworthy, farmer, farming leader, businessman (born 1935)
- 19 January – Murray Watkinson, rower (born 1939)
- 21 January – Jock Newall, association football player (born 1917)
- 25 January – Sonny Schmidt, bodybuilder (born 1953)
- 29 January – Janet Frame, writer (born 1924)
- 11 February – June Westbury, politician (born 1921)
- 14 February – Jock Butterfield, rugby league player (born 1932)
- 16 February – Don Cleverley, cricketer (born 1909)
- 17 February – Sir Peter Quilliam, jurist (born 1920)
- 21 February – Norval Morris, lawyer, criminologist, novelist (born 1923)
- 26 February – Roger Mirams, filmmaker (born 1918)
- 29 February – Graham Gordon, doctor (born 1927)
- 1 March – John Lithgow, politician (born 1933)
- 3 March – Susan Moller Okin, feminist political philosopher (born 1946)
- 4 March – Arthur Kinsella, politician (born 1918)
- 5 March – Martin Emond, cartoon illustrator and painter (born 1969)
- 8 March – Frank Mooney, cricketer (born 1921)
- 17 March – Sir William Pickering, rocket scientist (born 1910)
- 19 March – Chris Timms, sailor (born 1947)
- 30 March – Michael King, historian and biographer (born 1945)
- 6 April – Joan Monahan (née Hastings), swimmer, botanist and schoolteacher (born 1925)
- 16 April – John Caselberg, writer and poet (born 1927)
- 3 May – Rahera Windsor, founding member and kuia of Ngāti Rānana (born 1925)
- 15 May – Hector Wilson, rugby union player (born 1924)
- 17 May – Ken Mudford, motorcycle racer (born 1923)
- 19 May
- 21 May – Frank McMullen, rugby union player and referee (born 1933)
- 22 May – Wayne Kimber, politician (born 1949)
- 5 June – Jack Foster, athlete (born 1932)
- 24 June
- 25 June – Morton Coutts, inventor, brewer (born 1904)
- 5 July – Robert Burchfield, lexicographer (born 1923)
- 11 July – Sir Terry McLean, sports journalist and writer (born 1913)
- 22 July – Paul Clarkin, polo player (born 1950)
- 28 July – Dame Janet Paul, publisher, painter and art historian (born 1919)
- 14 August
- 23 August – Trevor Blake, cricketer (born 1937)
- 25 August – Roger Broughton, cricketer (born 1958)
- 26 August – Bill Marsters, Cook Islands religious leader (born 1923)
- 1 September – Sir Alan Stewart, university administrator (born 1917)
- 2 September – Alan Preston, association football player and cricketer (born 1932)
- 11 September – Ruth Symons, cricketer (born 1913)
- 20 September – Pat Hanly, painter (born 1932)
- 29 September – David Jackson, boxer (born 1955)
- 5 October – Maurice Wilkins, physicist and molecular biologist (born 1916)
- 10 October – Maurice Shadbolt, writer and playwright (born 1932)
- 23 October – George Silk, photojournalist (born 1916)
- 1 November – Barry Brown, boxer (born 1931)
- 7 November – Eddie Charlton, snooker and billiards player (born 1929)
- 8 November – Frank Houston, religious leader (born 1922)
- 12 November – Jim Eyles, archaeologist (born 1926)
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
For world events and topics in 2004 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2004
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- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
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