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A survey of significant local and international news stories in 1985.
National stories include:
Waitangi Day celebrations and protests.
ANZUS nuclear ship ban.
Protests against mining in the Coromandel and the formation of the Ministry of the Environment.
Flooding in Thames and the Coromandel.
Fringe benefits tax.
Paul Reeves made Governor-General.
HIV/AIDS in New Zealand.
Protests against, and eventual cancellation of, All Blacks tour to South Africa.
Death of Sir Basil Arthur.
Mayday marches in New Zealand and industrial relations during the year.
Fads in 1985.
Social Credit changes to NZ Democratic Party.
Death of Joe Walding.
Notable firsts for New Zealand women.
Keri Hulme wins Booker Prize.
New Zealand Party.
Bombing of the “Rainbow Warrior”.
Police staff shortages.
National Party conference row.
Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Manukau Harbour.
Extradition of ex-MP John Kirk.
Alice Graham, an elderly traveller to the UK.
North Otago drought and problems facing farmers.
Controversial comments about Maori/Pakeha relations.
Homosexual Law Reform bill.
Plane crash on Tory Channel.
Jim McLay and leadership of National Party.
Tim Shadbolt, Waitemata’s unconventional Mayor.
End of Sir David Beattie’s term as Governor-General/
David Lange’s year as Prime Minister.