1974 in New Zealand

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1974 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,091,900[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1973: 65,200 (2.20%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.7


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 37th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was by a Labour majority of 55 seats to the National Party's 32 seats.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 24 January–2 February – Christchurch hosts the 1974 British Commonwealth Games.
  • 6 February – Waitangi Day, then named New Zealand Day, is first celebrated as a nationwide public holiday.
  • 1 April – The Accident Compensation Commission is established, providing universal no-fault accidental injury cover to all New Zealanders.
  • 31 August – Prime Minister Norman Kirk dies of heart complications, aged 51.
  • September – The country's first Pizza Hut restaurant opens in New Lynn, Auckland.
  • The voting age is lowered from 20 to 18.[5]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1974 in art, 1974 in literature, Category:1974 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

  • BEST NEW ARTIST Bunny Walters
  • RECORDING ARTIST / GROUP OF THE YEAR Bull Dogs All-Star Goodtime Band
  • BEST NZ RECORDED COMPOSITION John Hanlon - Is It Natural
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey - Is It Natural
  • ARRANGER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey - Is It Natural

See: 1974 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

  • The target delivery date for colour television for all New Zealanders was when the country hosted the 1974 Commonwealth Games. [1]

See: 1974 in New Zealand television, 1974 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television programmes, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1974 film awards, 1974 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1974 films

Appointments and awards[edit]

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




  • The 81st National Chess Championship is held in Christchurch. The title is shared by P.A. Garbett and Ortvin Sarapu, both of Auckland.[6]

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]



Category:1974 births


Category:1974 deaths

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to 1974 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons