1954 in New Zealand
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|1954 in New Zealand|
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|1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1955 • 1956 • 1957|
- Estimated Population as of 31 December: 2,118,400
- Increase since 31 December 1953: 43,700 (2.11%)
- Males per 100 Females: 101.2
Regal and Vice Regal 
- 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 – Mathew 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 until November, followed by Jack Watts
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Thomas Clifton Webb from 19 September 1951 to 26 November 1954, followed by Thomas Lachlan MacDonald
Parliamentary opposition 
Main centre leaders 
- Mayor of Auckland – John Luxford from 1953–1956
- Mayor of Hamilton – Roderick Alastair MacDonald Braithwaite from 1953–1959
- 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
- 12 January: 50,000 people mass in Wellington as Elizabeth II attends the state opening of Parliament.
- 30 January: The Royal tour by Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh concludes at Bluff as they depart on the SS Gothic
- 23 June – Teenagers Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme are arrested for the murder of Parker's mother.
- 20 September – the Mazengarb Report on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents is presented to Parliament.
- 8 November – eighteen-year-old golf amateur Bob Charles causes a sensation by beating a top international field to win the New Zealand Golf Open
- 13 November – the National Party wins re-election at a general election
- Hastings becomes the first town in New Zealand to fluoridate its water supply.
Arts and literature 
See: 1954 in music
Appointments and awards 
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- 20 February: Yvette Williams breaks the world long jump record by jumping 20 feet 7½ inches (6.28 metres) at Gisborne.
- Edwin Rye wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:35:45 on 6 March in Hamilton, New Zealand.
- The 61st National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his third successive title).
Empire Games 
Horse racing 
Harness racing 
Thoroughbred racing 
Rugby union 
- The All Blacks played four Test Matches on a tour of Europe:
- 9 January, Lansdowne Road, Dublin: New Zealand 14 – 3 Ireland
- 30 January, Twickenham, London: New Zealand 5 – 0 England
- 13 February, Murrayfield, Edinburgh New Zealand 3 – 0 Scotland
- 27 February, Stade Colombes, Paris: New Zealand 0 – 3 France
- The national men's team undertook a 10-match tour of Australia, which included 3 internationals. They played one warm-up match prior to the tour.
- 31 July, Wellington: NZ 6 – 0 Wellington
- 3 August, Adelaide: NZ 3 – 2 South Australia
- 7 August, Adelaide: NZ 3 – 1 Australian XI
- 11 August, Melbourne: NZ 1 – 2 Victoria
- 14 August, Melbourne: NZ 2 – 1 Australia
- 18 August, Granville: NZ 0 – 3 Granville
- 21 August, Sydney: NZ 4 – 1 New South Wales Benge (2), Charlton, Olley
- 25 August, Brisbane: NZ 2 – 2 Queensland Smith, Steele
- 28 August, Brisbane: NZ 1 – 4 Australia'
- 29 August, Newcastle: NZ 1 – 1 Northern Districts Smith
- 4 September, Sydney: NZ 1 – 4 Australia
- 5 September, Bulli: NZ 4 – 4 South Coast
- The Chatham Cup is won by Onehunga who beat Western of Christchurch 1—0 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: North Shore United
- Bay of Plenty: Mangakino Utd
- Buller: Millerton Thistle
- Canterbury: Western
- Hawke's Bay: Hastings Wanderers
- Manawatu: Palmerston North United
- Nelson: Settlers
- Northland: Otangarei United
- Otago: Northern
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
- Southland: Brigadiers
- Taranaki: Old Boys
- Waikato: Huntly Thistle
- Wanganui: New Settlers
- Wellington: Stop Out
- 17 March: Peter Dunne, politician
- 30 April: Jane Campion, film director.
- 11 May: Murray Haszard, technology entrepreneur.
- 15 June: Larry Ross, motorcycle speedway rider.
- 17 June: Trevor Mallard, politician
- 5 July: John Wright, cricket player and coach
- 24 October: Tu Wyllie, politician
- 18 November: Evan Gray, cricketer
- 24 December: Graham Sligo, field hockey player
- 26 May: Frederick Doidge, former cabinet minister and New Zealand High Commissioner (London)
- 7 December: George William Smith, athlete, rugby union and league player.
- John Buckland Wright, engraver.
- Cyril Brownlie, rugby union player.
- Maurice Brownlie, rugby union player.
- Charles E. Major, politician.
- Arthur Stallworthy, politician.
See also 
- 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 1954 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1954
- 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
- NZHistory.net - includes video
- (Ministry of Health)
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Pick and Go Rugby Tests database
- 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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