1950 in New Zealand

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1950 in New Zealand
Decades:

New Zealand entered into the Korean War - a total of 4,700 New Zealanders served in Korea. New Zealand also was involved in the Malayan Emergency.

The New Zealand Legislative Council was abolished, see Suicide squad.

The 1950 British Empire Games was held in Auckland.

Wool prices boomed, tripling during the year, due to U.S. stockpiling as a reaction to the Korean war. This was offset somewhat by increases in the prices of other (imported) commodities, but began the biggest economic boom of the 20th century in New Zealand.[1]

Population[edit]

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,927,700[2]
  • Increase since 31 December 1949: 35,600 (1.88%)
  • Males per 100 females: 100.7

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government[edit]

The 29th New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the newly elected National government under Sidney Holland of the National Party.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1950 in art, 1950 in literature, Category:1950 books

Music[edit]

See: 1950 in music

Radio[edit]

See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand

Film[edit]

See: Category:1950 film awards, 1950 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1950 films

Appointments and awards[edit]

See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Chess[edit]

  • The 57th National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by P. Allerhand of Wellington (his second win).[5]

Cricket[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

The British and Irish Lions, captained by Karl Mullen, toured the country, losing three tests to the All Blacks and drawing one.

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

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team

Soccer[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 1950 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1950