1953 in New Zealand
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|1953 in New Zealand|
|Other years in New Zealand|
|1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1955 • 1956|
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Appointments and awards
- 6 Sport
- 7 Births
- 8 Deaths
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,074,700
- Increase since 31 December 1952: 50,100 (2.47%)
- Males per 100 females: 101.1
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State – Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, from 6 February 1952
- Governor-General – Lieutenant-General The Lord Norrie GCMG GCVO CB DSO MC, from 1952-1957
- Speaker of the House – Matthew Oram from 1950 to 1957
- Prime Minister – Sidney Holland from 13 December 1949 to 20 September 1957.
- Deputy Prime Minister – Keith Holyoake from 13 December 1949 to 20 September 1957.
- Minister of Finance – Sidney Holland
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Thomas Clifton Webb from 19 September 1951 to 26 November 1954
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – John Luxford from 1953–1956
- Mayor of Hamilton – Harold David Caro (from 1938 until his defeat in November) then Roderick Alastair MacDonald Braithwaite (until 1959)
- Mayor of Wellington – Robert Macalister from 1950–1956
- Mayor of Christchurch – Robert M. Macfarlane from 1938–1941 and again from 1950–1958
- Mayor of Dunedin – Leonard Morton Wright from 1950–1959
- 6 January: Godfrey Bowen sets a world sheep shearing record, shearing 456 sheep in nine hours.
- 10 January: The Social Credit Political League is formed from the earlier Social Credit Association.
- 29 May – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest, the first known time this has been done. Hillary is knighted the following day.
- 2 June – Elizabeth II crowned at Westminster Abbey in London
- 23 December – The newly crowned Elizabeth II arrives in New Zealand for a royal tour scheduled to last until 30 January 1954. It is estimated that three in four New Zealanders would make an effort to see her during the tour.
- 24 December – a major rail disaster occurs at Tangiwai in the central North Island when a steam locomotive plunges into the Whangaehu River, killing 151 passengers on board.
Arts and literature
Appointments and awards
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- The 60th National Chess Championship was held in Timaru, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his second title).
- The Chatham Cup is won by Eastern Suburbs (of Auckland) who beat Northern (of Dunedin) 4-3 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: Eastern Suburbs AFC
- Bay of Plenty: Mangakino Utd
- Canterbury: Western
- Hawke's Bay: Hastings Wanderers
- Manawatu: Palmerston North United
- Nelson: Woodbourne
- Northland: Otangarei United
- Otago: Northern AFC
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
- Southland: Brigadiers, Thistle (shared)
- Taranaki: City
- Waikato: Huntly Thistle
- Wairarapa: Carterton
- Wanganui: New Settlers
- Wellington: Wellington Marist
- 3 February: Steve Maharey, politician.
- 5 February: Deborah Coddington, journalist and politician.
- 17 February: Steve Millen, motor racing driver.
- 23 March: Denis Aberhart, cricket player and coach.
- 25 March: Paul Ballinger, long-distance runner
- 25 May: John Z. Robinson, artist, printmaker and jewelmaker.
- 14 June: Janet Mackey, politician.
- 22 June: Phil Goff, politician.
- 5 September: Murray Mexted, rugby player and commentator.
- 7 September: Marc Hunter, musician.
- 9 September: Edmond ("Sonny") Schmidt, bodybuilder.
- 12 September: Ramesh Patel, field hockey player.
- 6 November: Brian McKechnie, rugby player and cricketer.
- 19 December: Paul McEwan, cricketer.
- 29 July: Richard Pearse airplane pioneer (born 1877).
- 16 October: Humphrey O'Leary, 7th Chief Justice of New Zealand.
- 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
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Today in History | NZHistory
- Crusade: Social Credit's drive for power by Spiro Zavos (1981, INL Print, Lower Hutt) ISBN 0-86464-025-0
- 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.
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