1954 in New Zealand

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1954 in New Zealand
Decades:

Population[edit]

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,118,400[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1953: 43,700 (2.11%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.2

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government[edit]

The 30th New Zealand Parliament expired this year. The National Party was elected to a third term in office under Sidney Holland on 13 November.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1954 in art, 1954 in literature, Category:1954 books

Music[edit]

See: 1954 in music

Radio[edit]

See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand

Film[edit]

See: Category:1954 film awards, 1954 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1954 films

Appointments and awards[edit]

See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

20 February: Yvette Williams breaks the world long jump record by jumping 20 feet 7½ inches (6.28 metres) at Gisborne.[7]
Edwin Rye wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:35:45 on 6 March in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Chess[edit]

  • The 61st National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his third successive title).[8]

Empire Games[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • The All Blacks played four Test Matches on a tour of Europe:[11]
    • 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

Soccer[edit]

  • 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.[12]
    • 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.[13]
  • Provincial league champions:[14]
    • 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

Births[edit]

Category:1954 births

Deaths[edit]

Category:1954 deaths

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 1954 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1954

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to 1954 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons