1959 in New Zealand
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|1959 in New Zealand|
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|1956 • 1957 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962|
- 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: 2,359,700
- Increase since 31 December 1958: 43,700 (1.89%)
- Males per 100 females: 101.0
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House – Robert Macfarlane
- Prime Minister – Walter Nash
- Deputy Prime Minister – Clarence Skinner.
- Minister of Finance – Arnold Nordmeyer.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Walter Nash.
- Attorney-General – Rex Mason.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – Keith Buttle then Dove-Myer Robinson
- Mayor of Hamilton – Roderick Alastair MacDonald Braithwaite then Dennis Rogers
- Mayor of Wellington – Frank Kitts
- Mayor of Christchurch – George Manning
- Mayor of Dunedin – Leonard Morton Wright then Thomas Kay Stuart Sidey
- 30 May: The Auckland Harbour Bridge, 1020 meters (3,348 feet) in length, was opened.
- 24 November: The coastal trader MV Holmglen sinks near Timaru with the loss of 15 lives.
Arts and literature
See: 1959 in music
Appointments and awards
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- Raymond Puckett wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:27:28.2 on 7 March in Palmerston North.
- The 66th National Chess Championship was held in Hamilton. The title was shared between F.A. Foulds and B.C. Menzies, both of Auckland.
- The British Lions team toured New Zealand, losing the Test series 3-1. They also lost two of their 21 provincial games, to Canterbury and Otago.
- The national men's team played one match against a visiting Costa Rican club side:
- 6 June, Auckland: NZ 3 – 2 Deportivo Saprissa
- The Chatham Cup was won by Dunedin team Northern who beat North Shore United 3-2 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: North Shore United
- Bay of Plenty: Kahukura
- Buller: Denniston Hotspurs
- Canterbury: Western
- Hawke's Bay: Napier Athletic
- Manawatu: Kiwi United
- Marlborough: Woodbourne
- Nelson: Rangers
- Northland: Otangarei United
- Otago: Northern AFC
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: West End
- Southland: Rovers
- Taranaki: Moturoa
- Waikato: Hamilton Technical OB
- Wairarapa: Douglas Villa
- Wanganui: New Settlers
- Wellington: Northern
- 13 April: Justin Boyle , cricketer.
- 8 May: Ingrid Jagersma, cricketer.
- 9 May: Andrew Jones , cricketer.
- 16 May: Greg Johnston, rower.
- 26 May: Brett Austin , breaststroke swimmer.
- 28 May: Eric Verdonk, rower.
- 4 September: Robbie Deans , rugby player and coach.
- 14 September: Brendon Bracewell , cricketer.
- 27 September: Mark Inglis , mountaineer.
- 3 November: Vaughan Brown , cricketer.
- 12 December: George Keys, rower.
- Jules Mikus , convicted murderer.
- Bianca van Rangelrooy , artist.
- Harry Sinclair , actor, filmmaker and musician.
- 23 February: Gordon Wilson, Government architect.
- 8 April: Sir William Joseph Jordan, politician and diplomat.
- 7 November: Archie Fisher, painter.
- 6 December (in Scotland): Edward Hunter a.k.a. Billy Banjo, trade unionist, politician and writer.
- 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
- Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Peter Hinze, New Zealand (Hunter Publishing, Inc, 1998), p34
- "Diver lost off South Canterbury coast". The Timaru Herald. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Pick and Go rugby results database
- List of New Zealand national soccer matches
- Chatham Cup: nzsoccer.com
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Blackley, Roger. "Fisher, Archibald Joseph Charles 1896–1959". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
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