1945 in New Zealand

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1945 in New Zealand
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A census was held in 1945. This was a year earlier than the established pattern, to make up for the lack of a census in 1941 due to World War II.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 830,385
Overseas Visitors 2,451 768 3,222
Total 832,908 869,421 1,702,329
  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,727,800 [1]
  • Increase since previous 31/12/1944: 51,500 (3.07%)
  • Males per 100 females: 98.1
  • Large increase is due to demobilisation of New Zealanders from military service overseas.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 27th New Zealand Parliament continued, with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


1945; Air Vice Marshal Leonard M. Isitt, representing New Zealand, accepts the Japanese surrender
  • 2 May: New Zealand 2nd Division accepts surrender of the German Army in Trieste.

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1945 in art, 1945 in literature, Category:1945 books


See: 1945 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1945 film awards, 1945 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1945 films



National Champions (Postal Shoot) [4]


  • Lionel Fox wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:54:09.2 in Wellington.


  • The 52nd National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by R.G. Wade of Wellington (his 2nd win).[5]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Western of Christchurch who beat Wellington Marist 4—3 in the final.[8]
  • Provincial league champions: [9]
    • Auckland: Philomel
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: RNZAF
    • Otago: Mosgiel
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Taranaki: Old Boys
    • Waikato: Rotowaro
    • Wanganui: No competition
    • Wellington: Wellington Marist



Category:1945 deaths

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 1945 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1945


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
  9. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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