1920 in New Zealand

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1920 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1920 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 20th New Zealand Parliament commenced, with the Reform Party in Government

Parliamentary opposition[edit]


Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 1 May: The Colonist publishes its final issue, and is incorporated into The Nelson Evening Mail. The newspaper began in 1857.[3]
  • 25 August: Captain Euan Dickson makes the first aerial crossing of Cook Strait, from Christchurch to Upper Hutt, flying a 110-hp Le Rhone Avro.

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1920 in art, 1920 in literature, Category:1920 books


See: 1920 in music


See: Category:1920 film awards, 1920 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1920 films



The 29th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by W.E. Mason of Wellington, his fifth title.[4]



  • The 10th New Zealand Open championship was won by J.H. Kirkwood.[5]
  • The 24th National Amateur Championships were held in Hamilton[6]
    • Men: Sloan Morpeth (Hamilton)
    • Women: Miss N.E. Wright (2nd title)

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Lawn bowls[edit]

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Christchurch.[9]

  • Men's singles champion – E. Harraway (Dunedin Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – J. Turnbull, W. Spiller (skip) (Sydenham Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – H. Brookfield, F.L. Anderson, H.F. Tilley, A.P. London (skip) (Wanganui Bowling Club)

Olympic games[edit]

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
0 0 1 1

Rugby league[edit]

  • 1920 Great Britain Lions tour of New Zealand, won test series 3–0
    • 1st test, 23–10, Wellington
    • 2nd test, 19–3, Christchurch
    • 3rd test, 31–7, Auckland


  • 1920 New Zealand rugby union tour of New South Wales
  • Wellington defended the Ranfurly Shield 10 times before losing it to Southland:[10]
    • vs Canterbury 15–3
    • vs Bay of Plenty 22–3
    • vs Taranaki 20–9 (played in Hawera)
    • vs Hawkes Bay 20–5
    • vs Auckland 23–20 (played in Auckland)
    • vs Taranaki 16–5
    • vs Wanganui 20–14
    • vs Auckland 20–3
    • vs South Canterbury 32–16 (played in Timaru)
    • vs Otago 16–5 (played in Dunedin)
    • vs Southland 6–17 (played in Invercargill)


Provincial league champions:[11]

  • Auckland: YMCA
  • Canterbury: Nomads
  • Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
  • Otago: Kaitangata FC
  • Southland: No competition
  • Wanganui: Eastbrooke
  • Wellington: Wellington Thistle






Exact date unknown[edit]






See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources – 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
  4. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "PGA European – Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  6. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Men's Golf – National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  10. ^ Palenski, R. and Lambert, M. The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. Moa Almanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  11. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

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