1959 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1959 New Zealand rugby league season was the 52nd season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand toured Australia, losing the series 1-2. The team was coached by Travers Hardwick and included; Gary Phillips, Reese Griffiths, Cyril Eastlake, George P Turner, Neville Denton, George Menzies, Keith Roberts, Henry Maxwell, Jock Butterfield, captain Cliff Johnson, Trevor Kilkelly, Ron Ackland, Rex Percy, Brian Campbell, Joe Ratima and Mel Cooke.
The Auckland Rugby League's champion Western Districts defeated the New South Wales Rugby League's St. George Dragons 8-7 at Carlaw Park in September. The Dragons had previously been undefeated during the season. The Dragons defeated the Ellerslie Eagles 11-10.
Northern Union Cup
Western United won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy and Rukutai Shield. Western United defeated Richmond 15-0 in the Fox Memorial final. Ellerslie won the Roope Rooster and Stormont Shield.
Auckland hosted a week-long club tournament to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Western United won the title, defeating Papanui (Canterbury) 39-14. Other competitors were Wellington Marist and Huntly South (Waikato). One week later Western United defeated the St. George Dragons 8-7.
Under the Auckland Rugby League's "district scheme", which lasted until 1963, Otahuhu, Papakura and Papatoetoe combined to form "Southern Districts" and Mount Albert and Point Chevalier formed "Western Districts". Ponsonby refused to amalgamate with Richmond and instead was relegated into the second division.