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Guilford/Guildford NZ Directories - 1990

 

1987 Edgecumbe earthquake

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1985
  • Anti-nuclear policy leads to refusal of a visit by the American warship, the USS Buchanan.
  • July: Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior bombed and sunk by French DGSE agents in Auckland harbour.
  • Mar: New Zealand dollar floated.
  • First case of locally contracted AIDS is reported.
  • Waitangi Tribunal given power to hear grievances arising since 1840.
  • Nov: Archbishop Paul Reeves appointed Governor General.
    • 1986
    • Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 passed.
    • Royal Commission reports in favour of an MMP electoral system (Mixed Member Proportional) .
    • Jim Bolger becomes National Party leader.
    • Soviet cruise ship, the Mikhail Lermontov, sinks in Marlborough Sounds.
    • Goods and Services Tax introduced.
    • First visit to New Zealand by the Pope.
    • The Constitution Act ends the right of the British Parliament to pass laws for New Zealand.
    • Royal Commission into Broadcasting and Related Communications reports
      • 1987
      • Share prices plummet by 59 percent in four months.
      • Māori Language Act making Māori an official language passed.
      • Anti-nuclear legislation enacted.
      • First Lotto draw.
      • New Zealand's first heart transplant is performed.
      • New Zealand wins Rugby World Cup.
      • Significant earthquake in the Bay of Plenty.
      • Aug: General election, Labour re-elected.
        • 1988
        • Number of unemployed exceeds 100,000.
        • Bastion Point land returned to Māori ownership.
        • Combined Council of Trade Unions formed. Royal Commission on Social Policy issues April Report.
        • Gibbs Report on hospital services and Picot Report on education published.
        • State Sector Act passed.
        • Cyclone Bola strikes northern North Island.
        • Electrification of the central section of the North Island Main Trunk railway completed.
        • New Zealand Post closes 432 post offices.
        • Fisheries quota package announced for Māori iwi.
        • 1989
        • Prime Minister David Lange suggests formal withdrawal from ANZUS.
        • Jim Anderton founds NewLabour Party.
        • Lange resigns and Geoffrey Palmer becomes Prime Minister.
        • First annual balance of payments surplus since 1973.
        • Reserve Bank Act sets bank's role as one of maintaining price stability.
        • First school board elections under Tomorrow's Schools reforms.
        • First elections under revised local government structure.
        • Sunday trading begins. Third TV channel begins
        • The final Remnants of Capital Punishment are abolished
        • 1990
        • New Zealand celebrates its sesquicentennial.
        • Māori leaders inaugurate National Congress of Tribes.
        • Dame Catherine Tizard becomes first woman Governor-General.
        • Geoffrey Palmer resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Mike Moore.
        • One and two cent coins are no longer legal tender.
        • Commonwealth Games held in Auckland.
        • Telecom sold for $4.25 billion.
        • Pay Television Network Sky TV began broadcasting.
        • Big earthquake in Hawke's Bay.
        • Oct: New Zealand general election, 1990: National Party's landslide victory. Jim Bolger becomes Prime Minister.
        • 1314 November: David Gray kills thirteen at Aramoana before police shoot him dead. 
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