1931 in New Zealand

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1931 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,522,800 [1]
  • Increase since previous 31/12/1930: 16,000 (1.06%)
  • Males per 100 females: 103.8


Regal and viceregal[edit]


Crowd on intersection of Willis and Mercer Streets, Wellington, outside the offices of the Evening Post, awaiting the results of the 1931 general election.

The 23rd New Zealand Parliament continued with the coalition of the United Party and the Labour Party with the Reform Party in opposition. During the year the agreement between United and Labour collapsed due to differing opinions on how to counter the Great Depression. The Reform Party, fearing that the Depression would give Labour a substantial boost, reluctantly agreed to form a coalition with United to avert elections. By forming a coalition, United and Reform were able to blunt Labour's advantage, ending the possibility of the anti-Labour vote being split and the general election in December saw the United/Reform coalition winning a majority.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Damage to the Hastings Post Office inflicted by the Hawke's Bay earthquake
  • 7 January: Australian aviator Guy Menzies makes the first solo flight across the Tasman sea, starting from Sydney and ending 11 hours 45 minutes later with a crash landing in a swamp near Harihari on the West Coast [4]
  • 3 February: The Hawkes Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst, kills 256 people, mainly in Napier and Hastings
  • 8 February: A Desoutter aircraft of Dominion Airline crashed near Wairoa, killing all three people aboard. This is the first fatality on a scheduled air service in New Zealand.[5]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1931 in art, 1931 in literature, Category:1931 books


See: 1931 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1931 film awards, 1931 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1931 films



  • The 40th National Chess Championship was held in Rotorua, and was won by A.W. Gyles of Wellington.[6]


  • The 21st New Zealand Open championship was won by Andrew Shaw, his 4th win.[7]
  • The 35th National Amateur Championships were held in Christchurch [8]
    • Men: Rana Wagg (Hutt)
    • Women: Miss B. Gaisford

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team

Rugby Union[edit]

Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks


  • 1931 Chatham Cup won by Tramurewa (Auckland)
  • Provincial league champions: [11]
    • Auckland: Thistle
    • Canterbury: Rangers, Nomads (shared)
    • Hawke's Bay: National Tobacco
    • Nelson: Hospital
    • Otago: HSOB
    • Southland: Rangers
    • Taranaki: Hawera, Albion (shared)
    • Waikato: Rotowaro
    • Wanganui: KP's
    • Wellington: Petone


Category:1931 births


Category:1931 deaths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  5. ^ nzhistory.net.nz
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  7. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  11. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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