1951 in New Zealand
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.
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
A census was held in 1951.
|Usually resident population||967,647
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,970,500
- Increase since 31 December 1950: 42,800 (2.22%)
- Males per 100 females: 100.9
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George VI
- Governor-General - Lieutenant-General The Lord Freyberg VC GCMG KCB KBE DSO
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.
- Speaker of the House - Mathew Oram
- Prime Minister - Sidney Holland
- Deputy Prime Minister - Keith Holyoake
- Minister of Finance - Sidney Holland
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Frederick Doidge then Clifton Webb
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - John Allum
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Robert Macalister
- Mayor of Christchurch - Robert M. Macfarlane
- Mayor of Dunedin - Leonard Morton Wright
- The Official Secrets Act is passed.
- 15 February: The start of the "1951 Waterfront dispute" a massive labor strike lasting for 151 days.
- 1 September: Signing of the ANZUS treaty.
Arts and literature
See: 1951 in music
Radio and television
- Experimental television broadcasts had been allowed from 1951 (as long as they included nothing that could be classed as 'entertainment'). 
- George Bromley wins his fourth national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:48:16 on 3 March in Wellington.
- The 58th National Chess Championship was held in Christchurch, and was won by D.I. Lynch of Hastings.
- The 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand is conducted
- 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).
- The New Zealand national soccer team played 9 matches, 6 of them internationals:
- 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.
- Provincial league champions:
- 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
- 8 January: Garry Moore, mayor of Christchurch.
- 24 January Dianne Macaskill, former Chief Archivist of Archives New Zealand
- 21 February: John Parker, cricketer.
- 6 March: Maurice Williamson, politician, cabinet minister
- 29 March: Geoff Howarth, cricketer.
- 22 June: Todd Hunter, musician.
- 3 July: Richard Hadlee, cricketer.
- 21 July: (in Fiji) Bernie Fraser, rugby player.
- 14 August: Vern Hanaray, road cyclist.
- 14 September: Karen Plummer, cricketer.
- 20 September: Stephen Boock, cricketer.
- 11 October: Randal Dobbs, marketing entrepreneur.
- 27 October: Rick Barker, politician.
- 16 November: Andy Dalton, rugby player.
- 21 November: Joe Karam, rugby union and rugby league player, lobbyist.
- 8 December: Paul Brydon, road and track cyclist.
- 9 December: Tuariki Delamere, politician.
- Christopher 'Marty' Johnstone, drug trafficker ('Mr Asia')
- Paul Swain, politician
- Stephen Tindall, business leader
- Maurice Williamson, politician
- 9 January: William "Massa" Johnston, rugby and rugby league player.
- 4 November: Oscar Natzka, opera singer.
- 1 December: Te Rangi Hīroa, Māori leader (born 1877)
- Charles Tilleard Natusch, architect
- 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
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- "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
- List of New Zealand national soccer matches
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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