2004 in New Zealand

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2004 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal


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

Opposition leaders

Main centre leaders



  • 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. [1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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 Zealand Music Awards

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.[3]

  • 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

Performing arts




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).



Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing

Olympic Games

Rugby league

Rugby union


  • Ballinger Belt –
    • Edd Newman (United States)
    • John Whiteman (Upper Hutt), second, top New Zealander[6]








  • 6 April – Joan Monahan (née Hastings), swimmer, botanist and schoolteacher (born 1925)
  • 16 April – John Caselberg, writer and poet (born 1927)



  • 5 June – Jack Foster, athlete (born 1932)
  • 24 June
    • Pat Kelly, trade union leader (born 1929)
    • Ron Sharp, farmer, inventor of the herringbone milking shed (born 1919)[8]
  • 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)



  • 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)




  • 8 December – Noel Mills, rower (born 1944)
  • 11 December – Arthur Lydiard, athlete, athletics coach (born 1917)
  • 17 December – Ray Dowker, cricketer and association football player (born 1919)
  • 29 December – Liddy Holloway, actor and television scriptwriter (born 1947)

See also

For world events and topics in 2004 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 2004


  1. The Hon Dame Silvia Cartwright, PCNZM, DBE, QSO gg.govt.nz. Retrieved 30 April 2012
  2. nzembassy.com
  3. "2004 New Zealand Music Awards". Web page. RIANZ. Retrieved 28 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  5. Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  6. "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
  8. Pickmere, Arnold (17 July 2004). "Obituary: Ronald John Sharp". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>