1951 in New Zealand

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1951 in New Zealand
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The year was dominated by the 1951 New Zealand waterfront dispute.

New Zealand entered a mutual defence pact with the United States and Australia - ANZUS.

Population[edit]

A census was held in 1951.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 967,647
(50.1%)
962,835
(49.9%)
1,930,482
Overseas Visitors 6,297 2,661 8,958
Total 973,968 965,505 1,939,473
  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,970,500[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1950: 42,800 (2.22%)
  • Males per 100 females: 100.9

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government[edit]

The 29th New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the National government under Sidney Holland. The general election saw the governing National Party re-elected with a twenty-seat margin, a substantial improvement on the twelve-seat margin it previously held.

The New Zealand Legislative Council voted itself out of existence, making New Zealand a unicameral democracy.[3]

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

  • 1 September: Signing of the ANZUS treaty.

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1951 in art, 1951 in literature, Category:1951 books

Music[edit]

See: 1951 in music

Radio and television[edit]

  • Experimental television broadcasts had been allowed from 1951 (as long as they included nothing that could be classed as 'entertainment'). [1]

See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand

Film[edit]

See: Category:1951 film awards, 1951 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1951 films

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Chess[edit]

  • The 58th National Chess Championship was held in Christchurch, and was won by D.I. Lynch of Hastings.[5]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • Bledisloe Cup: New Zealand beat Australia in all three tests, winning back the cup.
  • Ranfurly Shield: North Auckland defended the shield against Bay of Plenty (16-12) and Thames Valley (19-6) before losing it to Waikato (3-6). Waikato then defended successfully against Auckland (14-6), Bay of Plenty (32-10), Taranaki (21-12) and Wanganui (14-0).

Soccer[edit]

  • The New Zealand national soccer team played 9 matches, 6 of them internationals:[8]
    • 11 August, Wellington: NZ 3 - 1 Victoria (Australia)
    • 10 September, Auckland: NZ 2 - 0 Auckland
    • 15 September, Suva: NZ 6 - 1 Suva
    • 19 September, Nouméa: NZ 0 - 2 New Caledonia
    • 22 September, Nouméa: NZ 6 - 4 New Caledonia
    • 24 September, Nouméa: NZ 0 - 2 New Caledonia
    • 30 September, Nouméa: NZ 3 - 1 New Caledonia
    • 4 October, Nouméa: NZ 9 - 0 New Hebrides
    • 7 October, Suva: NZ 6 - 4 Fiji
  • The Chatham Cup is won by Eastern Suburbs of Auckland who beat Northern of Dunedin 5— 1in the final.[9]
  • Provincial league champions:[10]
    • Auckland: Eastern Suburbs AFC
    • Buller: Millerton Thistle
    • Canterbury: Technical OB
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Manawatu: St Andrews
    • Nelson: Thistle
    • Northland: Kamo Swifts
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Thistle
    • South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
    • Southland: Brigadiers
    • Taranaki: Old Boys
    • Waikato: Claudelands Rovers, Rotowaro (shared)
    • Wanganui: Technical College Old Boys
    • Wellington: Seatoun AFC
    • West Coast: Runanga

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to 1951 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons