- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,534,700 
- Increase since previous 31/12/1931: 11,900 (0.78%)
- Males per 100 females: 103.6
Regal and viceregal
The 24th New Zealand Parliament commenced with the coalition of the United Party and the Reform Party.
Main centre leaders
- 23 February: First session of the 24th Parliament commences.
dedication of the War memorial carillion, Wellington
- 25 April: Dedication ceremony for the New Zealand National War Memorial Carillion in Wellington.
- 10 May: Parliament goes into recess.
- 28 June: The Otago Witness, first published in 1851, produces its last issue.
- 22 September: Parliament recommences.
- 8 December: First session of the 24th Parliament concludes.
Arts and literature
See 1932 in art, 1932 in literature, Category:1932 books
See: 1932 in music
See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand
See: Category:1932 film awards, 1932 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1932 films
- The 41st National Chess Championship was held in Napier, and was won by G. Gundersen of Melbourne, his second title.
- The 22nd New Zealand Open championship was won by Andrew Shaw, his fifth title.
- The 36th National Amateur Championships were held in Wellington 
- Men: Rana Wagg (Hutt) - 2nd title
- Women: Mrs J.C. Templar
See New Zealand at the 1932 Summer Olympics
Category:Rugby union in New Zealand
- Inaugural Bledisloe Cup won by New Zealand 2-1
- Ranfurly Shield held by Canterbury all season, with defenses against Sth Canterbury 11-5, Auckland 14-0, West Coast 5-3, Wellington 9-8, Buller 13-0, Waikato 17-6
New Zealand national rugby league team
- 9 January – Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, politician, longest-serving female member of the House of Representatives (1967–1996) (died 2011)
- 31 January – Derek Quigley, politician.
- 7 May – Robert Webster, virologist.
- 1 June – Frank Cameron, cricketer.
- 4 June – Maurice Shadbolt, writer.
- 23 June – Bob Blair, cricketer.
- 17 October – C. K. Stead, writer.
- 6 December – Paul Reeves, Anglican archbishop, Primate (1980–1985), Governor-General (1985–1990) (died 2011)
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