1950 in New Zealand
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
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Appointments and awards
- 6 Sport
- 7 Births
- 8 Deaths
- 9 References
- 10 See also
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,927,700
- Increase since 31 December 1949: 35,600 (1.88%)
- Males per 100 females: 100.7
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George VI
- Governor-General - Lieutenant-General The Lord Freyberg VC GCMG KCB KBE DSO
- Speaker of the House - Robert McKeen then Mathew Oram
- Prime Minister - Sidney Holland
- Deputy Prime Minister - Keith Holyoake
- Minister of Finance - Sidney Holland
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Frederick Doidge
- Attorney-General - Clifton Webb
- Leader of the Opposition - Peter Fraser (Labour) until his death on 5 August, then vacant until January 1951.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - John Allum
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Will Appleton then Robert Macalister
- Mayor of Christchurch - Ernest Andrews then Robert M. Macfarlane
- Mayor of Dunedin - Donald Cameron then Leonard Morton Wright
- 4 January: Start of the 4th British Empire Games in Auckland.
Arts and literature
See: 1950 in music
Appointments and awards
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- The 57th National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by P. Allerhand of Wellington (his second win).
- The Chatham Cup is won by Eden who beat Technical Old Boys 3—2 after extra time in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- 3 January: Robert Oliver, road and track cyclist
- 5 January: Matt Robson, politician
- 26 February: Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1999–2008
- 6 April: Muriel Newman, politician
- 29 April: Paul Holmes, radio and television broadcaster
- 24 May: Allison Durbin, singer
- 13 June: Pete Hodgson, politician
- 17 June: Lee Tamahori, film director
- 24 June: David Aspin, wrestler
- 1 August: John Britten, engineer and inventor
- 12 August: Ken Shirley, politician
- 26 September: Andy Haden, rugby player
- 9 November: Parekura Horomia, politician
- 10 December: Simon Owen, golfer
- 13 December: Ruth Richardson, politician
- (in Hungary): George Baloghy, painter
- David Benson-Pope, politician
- Godwin Bradbeer, painter
- Alan Duff, writer
- Stephen Franks, politician and political commentator
- David Henderson, businessman
- Greg McGee, screenwriter and playwright
- John McKinnon, diplomat and public servant
- Judith Mayhew, lawyer and academic
- Stephen Parke, physicist
- Kura Te Waru Rewiri, painter
- 14 July: Apirana Ngata, Māori politician and lawyer.
- 11 December: Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer.
- 12 December: Peter Fraser, 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
- William Twigg-Smith, painter.
- Impact of the War - NZ in the Korean War | NZHistory
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
For world events and topics in 1950 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1950