New Zealand History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 343

Historic Event

1989-08-08 New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange resigns after 5 years on a no confidence issue

  • 1989-09-19 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)
  • 1989-12-21 New Zealand is the first country to set a formal inflation target (0-2%) for how much prices should rise each year. Similar targets are subsequently adopted by most developed countries.
  • 1990-01-24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1990-02-23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat

Black Tot Day

1990-02-27 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy

  • 1990-06-29 World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed in New Zealand
  • 1991-02-02 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
  • 1991-04-06 145th Grand National: In Canadian distillery Seagram's final year of race sponsorship, New Zealand-bred chestnut gelding Seagram wins, ridden by Nigel Hawke
  • 1991-05-29 Musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1991-06-09 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Albus wins his only career major title by 3 strokes from New Zealander Bob Charles, Charles Coody and Dave Hill
  • 1991-10-01 New Zealand's Resource Management Act 1991 commences.
  • 1993-08-10 Earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand
  • 1994-04-26 1st day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote

Sports History

1994-06-28 Jonah Lomu becomes the youngest-ever All Black at 19 yrs 45 days playing rugby for New Zealand against France in Christchurch

Sports History

1995-02-13 West Indies beat NZ by innings & 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55

Sports History

1995-05-13 Team New Zealand beats Team Dennis Conner 5-0 to win the America's Cup for the first time

  • 1995-06-04 New Zealand creates world record score for a Rugby Union international in thrashing Japan, 145-17 in the World Cup in Bloomfontein, RSA; Marc Ellis 6 tries, Simon Culhane 20 conversions
  • 1995-06-18 All Black Jonah Lomu scores the try of the Rugby World Cup, running over Mike Catt in New Zealand's 45-29 defeat of England
  • 1995-06-24 3rd Rugby World Cup, Ellis Park, Johannesburg: Springboks fly-half Joel Stransky lands the winning drop goal in extra time as South Africa beats New Zealand, 15-12
  • 1995-11-26 New Zealand score 8-348 in 49 overs v India in Nagpur ODI
  • 1996-03-11 Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • 1996-08-10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 29-18 in Cape Town to win the inaugural Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • 1997-03-03 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
  • 1997-04-07 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard New Zealand bred Lord Gyllene wins at 14/1 by 25 lengths; race postponed 2 days because of IRA bomb threat
  • 1997-08-16 New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0
  • 1998-05-30 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: In an all-NZ final, Andrew Mehrtens lands 2 penalties & 2 conversions as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Blues, 20-13; Crusaders' first title
  • 1999-08-14 New Zealand win their 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series as South Africa edges Australia, 10-9 in Cape Town; All Blacks' only defeat comes in final round dead rubber, 28-7 against Wallabies in Sydney

Election of Interest

1999-11-27 New Zealand's Labour Party defeats the National-led government after 9 years in power, Helen Clark becomes the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history

  • 2000-01-01 Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium

Sports History

2000-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Prada Challenge by 0.48s for a 5-0 series sweep; NZ only the 2nd country in 150 years to successfully defend the Cup

  • 2000-07-15 World record Rugby attendance of 108,874 see New Zealand beat Australia, 39-35 in Tri Nations match at Stadium Australia, Sydney; 5 tries each with Andrew Mehrtens' goal kicking (6) the difference
  • 2000-11-25 12th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 40-12
  • 2001-07-29 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal County Down: Australian Ian Stanley wins in a playoff with Bob Charles of New Zealand
  • 2001-09-01 Australian Rugby Union team gives all-conquering captain John Eales perfect send off in his final international with a famous last minute, 29-26 win over New Zealand in Sydney; Wallabies retain Tri Nations Series
  • 2002-03-24 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Unheralded New Zealander Craig Perks chips-in twice on the final 3 holes for his only PGA Tour career win, 2 strokes ahead of Stephen Ames
  • 2002-08-10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 30-23 in Durban to win their fourth Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks score 4 tries to 2
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Swiss yacht Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 0.44s to sweep series, 5-0; Alinghi's Russell Coutts wins last 14 America's Cup races he's competed in as skipper; most in history
  • 2003-08-16 New Zealand beats Australia, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 5th Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks have undefeated 4-0 record and regain Bledisloe Cup from Wallabies

Film Premiere

2003-12-01 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Shrek the Sheep

2004-04-28 Shrek the sheep from Tarras, Central Otago, New Zealand, is finally shorn live on TV after 6 years avoidance; the fleece weighed 27 kg (60 lb)

  • 2004-06-12 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries
  • 2004-08-26 Hamish Carter of New Zealand wins the men's gold medal ahead of teammate Bevan Docherty, whilst Kate Allen of Austria takes out the women's Triathlon at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004-11-11 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.
  • 2004-11-27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
  • 2005-04-29 New Zealand's first civil union takes place

US Golf Open

2005-06-19 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst CC: Michael Campbell of New Zealand holds off a charging Tiger Woods to clinch his only major title by 2 shots

  • 2005-09-03 After beating South Africa the previous weekend, New Zealand clinch their 6th Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 34-24 win over Australia in Auckland; All Blacks winger Doug Howlett crosses for 3 tries
  • 2006-04-06 NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
  • 2006-05-16 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand
  • 2006-08-04 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in 23 August

Sports History

2006-08-26 New Zealand retain Tri Nations Rugby Series with 45-26 win over South Africa in Pretoria; All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 4 conversions

Historic Event

2006-11-11 New Zealand war memorial monument unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army

  • 2007-07-03 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain
  • 2007-07-21 New Zealand beats Australia, 26-12 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 3rd consecutive Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter lands 7 penalties for the All Blacks
  • 2007-09-30 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China: Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr score as Germany beats Brazil, 2-0
  • 2007-10-15 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country
  • 2008-05-25 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon of New Zealand wins ahead of Vítor Meira and Marco Andretti; 19th winner from pole and first victor from NZ
  • 2008-08-16 New Zealand rowers Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell successfully defend their 2004 Olympic title in the women's double sculls by beating Germany by 0.01 seconds at the Beijing Games
  • 2008-09-13 New Zealand beats Australia, 28-24 in Brisbane to clinch their 4th straight Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter scores a try and lands 4 conversions for the All Blacks

Election of Interest

2008-11-08 John Key leads the National Party to victory in New Zealand's general election, defeating nine year Prime Minister Helen Clark and her Labour-led coalition government

  • 2008-11-22 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20
  • 2009-03-14 Canterbury winger Hazem El Masri becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 33rd minute penalty in Bulldogs' 34-12 win over Manly at ANZ Stadium, Sydney takes him to 2,178; Andrew Johns, 2,176
  • 2009-04-17 Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark becomes the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first woman to lead the organization
  • 2009-07-15 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami
  • 2009-09-12 South Africa claims 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series with 32-29 win over defending champions New Zealand in Hamilton; Steyn bros dominate with the boot; Morné kicks 2 penalties, 2 conversions & dropped goal; François, 3 penalties
  • 2010-08-21 New Zealand clinch their 10th Tri Nations Rugby Series with one match remaining, scoring 2 tries in the last 3 minutes to beat South Africa, 29–22 in the first-ever Test at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg
  • 2010-09-04 Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.
  • 2010-11-19 New Zealand suffers its worst mining disaster since 1914 when the first of four explosions occurs at the Pike River Mine; 29 people are killed
  • 2011-02-22 An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
  • 2011-06-13 Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by another strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3
  • 2011-08-27 Australia claims final Tri Nations Rugby Series with 25-20 win over New Zealand in Brisbane; Argentina's Pumas join competition the following year; series rebranded The Rugby Championship
  • 2011-10-23 7th Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Tournament favourites New Zealand edge France, 8-7; crowd 61,079
  • 2012-01-07 Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11
  • 2012-08-06 Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century

Golf Tournament

2012-08-26 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the 1st amateur winner since 1969 by winning the Canadian Women's Open by 3 strokes from Inbee Park

  • 2012-09-03 New Zealand announces withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan
  • 2012-10-06 New Zealand wins inaugural Rugby Championship with a 32-16 win over South Africa in Johannesburg; undefeated All Blacks score 4 tries to 1 with Dan Carter booting 3 conversions, a penalty & dropped goal
  • 2012-11-28 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" 1st of the Hobbit film series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2013-04-17 Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand
  • 2013-08-25 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko successfully defends her title by 5 shots from Karine Icher
  • 2013-09-15 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 2 strokes over New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko; first time event has major title status
  • 2013-09-25 Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup
  • 2013-10-05 New Zealand beats South Africa, 38-27 in Johannesburg to retain the Rugby Championship with an undefeated record; All Black flanker Liam Messam crosses for 2 tries
  • 2013-11-30 14th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 34-2
  • 2014-08-02 Super Rugby Final, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: NSW Waratahs win their first SR title in a nail-biting 33-32 home effort against New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders
  • 2014-09-20 New Zealand's National Government wins a 3rd term in the elections despite allegations of corruption and revelations about state surveillance
  • 2014-09-27 New Zealand's All Blacks scores 4 tries to beat Argentina, 34-13 in La Plata and claim their 3rd straight Rugby Championship; All Blacks first five eighth Beauden Barrett kicks 6 from 6
  • 2014-10-16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • 2014-11-05 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key rules out sending troops to fight against Islamic State, but claims there are 40 New Zealanders on 'terror watchlist'
  • 2014-11-08 Protests across New Zealand against the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations
  • 2015-01-31 17 year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world
  • 2015-08-08 Australia clinches first Rugby Championship with 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney; All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw equals Irishman Brian O'Driscoll's record for most capped international player (141)
  • 2015-08-23 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Vancouver GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins in a playoff with Stacy Lewis for her third success in the event
  • 2015-09-13 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins by 6 from Lexi Thompson to become youngest major winner, 18yrs, 142 days
  • 2015-10-31 8th Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham, London: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 2 conversions as New Zealand defeats Australia, 34-17
  • 2015-11-23 Lydia Ko (18) of New Zealand wins women's LPGA Player of the Year and retains the Race to the CME Globe title worth $1 million
  • 2016-04-03 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins by 1 from Charley Hull & Chun In-gee for her second major title

Laureus Awards

2016-04-18 Laureus World Sports Awards, Palais am Funkturm, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Sernea Williams; Team: New Zealand Men's National Rugby Union team

  • 2016-06-12 Women's PGA Championship, Sahalee CC: 18-year old Canadian Brooke Henderson wins her first major title on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff with top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 342

  • 1964-06-12 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964-10-01 Jonathan Sarfati, New Zealand chess player, scientist, and author (FIDE Master), born in Ararat, Australia
  • 1965-05-26 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1965-09-12 Joe Schmidt, New Zealand rugby union coach (Leinster; Ireland: 6 Nations C'ship 2014, 15, 18; Grand Slam 2018; Triple Crown 2018), born in Kawakawa, New Zealand
  • 1966-02-03 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2020)
  • 1966-02-03 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-06-30 Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor (Guy de Lusignan-Kingdom of Heaven), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1966-08-13 Glenn Donald Hamilton, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1966-12-13 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef, born in Napier, New Zealand (d. 2014)
  • 1967-03-30 Julie Richardson, New Zealand tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-04-27 Erik Thomson, Scottish-New Zealand actor (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1967-05-23 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-05-31 Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television personality (The Amazing Race), born in Lincoln, New Zealand
  • 1967-08-30 Barbara Kendall, New Zealand mistral sailor (Olympic gold 1992, silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-18 Gary John Anderson, New Zealand track and road cyclist (Olympics 1996-bronze), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-21 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Keith UrbanKeith Urban (55 years old)

1967-10-26 New Zealand-Australian Grammy, CMA, and ARIA Award-winning country music singer-songwriter ("Somebody Like You"; "The Fighter"), and television personality (American Idol; The Voice Australia), born in Whangarei, New Zealand

  • 1967-10-30 Brenda Catherine Lawson, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1968-02-29 Gareth Farr, New Zealand percussionist, and composer (From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs; Chemin des Dames), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless (54 years old)

1968-03-29 New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1968-06-21 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1968-08-14 Glenn Leroy McLeay, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1969-01-05 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • 1969-01-19 Andrew Murray Stone, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-02-23 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer (US Open 2005), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1969-03-19 Scott Alexander Brownlee, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1969-04-03 Reid Hayston, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1969-04-27 Brett Steven, New Zealand tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-09-06 Doug Pirini, New Zealand decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-11-20 Richard Dickson Reid, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-07-19 Rhona Susan Robertson, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970-07-22 Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
  • 1970-11-09 Chantal Brunner, long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1970-12-30 Gus Nketia, 100m sprint (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-02-15 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-05-13 Hamish Pepper, New Zealand laser single handed sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-07-06 Owen Lance Bill Hughes, New Zealand kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1971-07-18 Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress
  • 1971-08-18 Jonathan David Winter, New Zealand 100m backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1971-11-08 Anna Simcic, New Zealand backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1972-01-07 Aaron John Mcintosh, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-03-29 Paul Michael Kent, New Zealand athlete, breastroker (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-06-07 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
  • 1972-10-19 Glen Anthony Mitchell, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1972-10-27 John Steel, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-12-16 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress
  • 1972-12-20 Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand 5000m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1973-01-05 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-02-12 Brendon Mark Cameron, New Zealand 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Otorohanga, New Zealand
  • 1973-04-08 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, New Zealand 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-10-15 Susannah Kate Pryde, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-11-16 Brendan Laney, New Zealand rugby player, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1973-12-28 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974-01-10 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor & musician (Flight of the Conchords - "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)"), born in Masterton, New Zealand
  • 1974-01-17 Sharon Marie Ferris, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Scarborough, Canada
  • 1974-10-08 Martin Henderson, New Zealand actor (Grey's Anatomy), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974-10-09 Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor (Shortland Street), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974-10-23 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1975-01-02 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (50 caps; captain 2002-03; Canterbury Crusaders), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975-01-05 Kylie Bax, New Zealand model, born in Thames, New Zealand
  • 1975-01-22 Lee Maxwell Francis Vertongen, New Zealand cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1975-02-13 Mark Gerald Keddell, New Zealand 200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975-03-02 Daryl Gibson, New Zealand rugby union centre (19 caps; Canterbury Crusaders) and coach (NSW Waratahs), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
  • 1975-04-21 Danyon Loader, New Zealand 200m and 400m swimmer (2 Olympic gold medals 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1975-05-02 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Jonah LomuJonah Lomu (1975-2015)

1975-05-12 New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1975-05-26 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1975-08-09 Mathew James Coad, New Zealand 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi (47 years old)

1975-08-16 New Zealand film director (Boy, Thor: Ragnarok), born in Raukokore, New Zealand

  • 1976-02-12 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand
  • 1976-03-14 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, New Zealand 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1976-05-24 Catherine Cox, Australian netballer, born in Whangarei, New Zealand
  • 1976-06-29 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician and comedian (Flight of the Conchords - "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)"), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1976-09-10 Greg Henderson, New Zealand track cyclist (World C'ship gold scratch race 2004), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976-11-12 Scott Mark Cameron, NZ 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976-12-03 Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union halfback (57 caps; Highlanders, Chiefs, Toulouse), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1977-01-22 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union flanker (8 caps; Chiefs) and coach (Ulster, La Rochelle), born in Henderson, New Zealand
  • 1977-09-12 2 Chainz [Tauheed Epps], American rapper, born in College Park, Georgia
  • 1977-10-07 Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress, born in Kaitaia, New Zealand
  • 1977-10-18 Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • 1977-11-13 Chanel Cole [Whalley], New Zealand-born Australian singer (Spook), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1977-11-28 Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978-03-18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-07-06 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1978-07-12 Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress
  • 1978-09-05 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1978-09-21 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1978-10-23 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer, born in Otorohanga, New Zealand
  • 1978-11-17 Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress
  • 1979-03-04 Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
  • 1979-03-20 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1979-09-26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer, born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • 1979-11-20 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (15 caps, Silver Ferns), born in Clyde, New Zealand
  • 1979-12-03 Daniel Bedingfield, English-New Zealand pop singer-songwriter ("Gotta Get Thru This"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1980-02-18 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1980-02-29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league centre (22 Tests; Auckland Warriors, Leeds Rhinos), born in Stratford, New Zealand
  • 1980-03-14 Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1980-05-23 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1980-07-22 Scott Dixon, New Zealand auto racer (IndyCar Drivers' champion 2003, 08, 13, 15, 18), born in Brisbane, Australia

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern (42 years old)

1980-07-26 Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017-present), born in Hamilton, New Zealand


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