1963 in New Zealand
- 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: 2,566,900
- Increase since 31 December 1962: 51,100 (2.03%)
- Males per 100 Females: 100.8
Regal and Vice Regal
- Head of State – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Brigadier Sir Bernard Fergusson GCMG GCVO DSO OBE.
- Speaker of the House – Ronald Algie.
- Prime Minister – Keith Holyoake
- Deputy Prime Minister – Jack Marshall.
- Minister of Finance – Harry Lake.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Keith Holyoake.
- Attorney-General – Ralph Hanan.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – Dove-Myer Robinson
- Mayor of Hamilton – Dennis Rogers
- Mayor of Wellington – Frank Kitts
- Mayor of Christchurch – George Manning
- Mayor of Dunedin – Thomas Kay Stuart Sidey
- 6 February: Elizabeth II arrives in New Zealand on the Royal Yacht Britannia for the 1963 Royal Tour of New Zealand.
- 7 February: 15 people killed in a bus crash due to brake failure in the Brynderwyn Hills in Northland 
- 17 April: Tauranga becomes a city.
- 3 July: New Zealand National Airways Corporation Flight 441 crashes into the Kaimai Ranges, killing all 23 aboard.
- 7 December: Two people are killed in the Bassett Road machine gun murders.
Arts and literature
See: 1963 in music
Radio and Television
- There are 80,000 television licences issued, and an estimated 300,000 television viewers in New Zealand. 
See: 1963 in New Zealand television, 1963 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
Appointments and awards
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- Jeff Julian wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:22:52 on 9 March in Hawera.
- The 70th National Chess Championship is held in Christchurch. The title is shared by Ortvin Sarapu and R.J. Sutton, both of Auckland.
- Cardigan Bay, the million dollar pacer, wins the New Zealand Trotting Cup
- Auckland Trotting Cup: Cardigan Bay – 2nd win
- The Chatham Cup was won by North Shore United who beat Nomads of Christchurch 3-1 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: North Shore United
- Bay of Plenty: Kahukura
- Buller: Millerton Rangers
- Canterbury: Nomads
- Franklin: Manurewa AFC
- Hawke's Bay: Napier Rovers
- Manawatu: Thistle
- Marlborough: Woodbourne
- Nelson: Rangers
- Northland: Otangarei United
- Otago: King Edward Technical College OB
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
- Southland: Invercargill Thistle
- Taranaki: Moturoa
- Waikato: Hamilton Wanderers
- Wairarapa: Lansdowne United
- Wanganui: Wanganui United
- Wellington: Diamond
- West Coast: Cobden-Kohinoor
- The second (and last) Rothmans Cup (see 1962) was won by North Shore United.
- 4 January: Sean Fitzpatrick, rugby player.
- 21 February: Greg Turner, golfer.
- 16 March: Kevin Smith, actor.
- 18 June: Paul Honiss, rugby referee.
- 20 July: Catherine Campbell, cricketer.
- 20 July: Mike Davidson, freestyle swimmer.
- 20 August: Ian Woodley, field hockey goalkeeper.
- 26 August: Christine Arthur, field hockey player.
- 9 September (in England): Sarah Illingworth, cricketer.
- 10 September: Jay Laga'aia, actor.
- 17 September: Warren Gatland, rugby player and coach.
- 11 December: Mark Greatbatch, cricketer.
- 24 December: David Grundy, field hockey player.
- 7 January: Tapihana Paraire Paikea, politician.
- 19 March: Frederick Hackett, politician.
- 4 July: Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg, soldier, Governor-General of New Zealand.
- 14 July: Maud Basham (Aunt Daisy), radio personality.
- 19 September: Sir David Low, cartoonist (in London).
- 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 1963 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1963
- 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.
- "Profile of Tauranga". Hitachi International Association. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
- "New Zealand's worst air disasters". New Zealand Herald. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Bassett Road machine-gun murders". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 18 October 2013.
- List of NZ chess champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- NZ Soccer
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Rothmans Cup
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