1936 in New Zealand
The shape of New Zealand politics for the next five decades was defined when, in the aftermath of their heavy defeat by Labour, the United and Reform parties merged to form the New Zealand National Party. In the meantime, the Labour government began implementing significant social changes.
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
A census was held in March 1936.
|Usually resident population||796,152
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George V, succeeded same year by Edward VIII (abdicated), succeeded same year by George VI
- Governor-General - The Viscount Galway GCMG DSO OBE PC 
- Speaker of the House - Bill Barnard (Labour Party)
- Prime Minister - Michael Joseph Savage
- Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Michael Joseph Savage
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason
- Leader of the Opposition - George Forbes (United/Reform Party until May, then National Party), succeeded in November by Adam Hamilton (National).
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Ernest Davis
- Mayor of Hamilton - John Robert Fow
- Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
- Mayor of Christchurch - Dan Sullivan then John Beanland
- Mayor of Dunedin - Edwin Thomas Cox
- 25 March: First session of the 25th Parliament commences.
- 11 June: Parliament goes into recess.
- 21 June: Parliament resumes.
- 31 October: First session of the 25th Parliament concludes.
Arts and literature
See: 1936 in music
- Radio broadcasting of sessions of Parliament commences.
- The 45th National Chess Championship was held in Christchurch, and was won by A.W. Gyles of Wellington.
- The 26th New Zealand Open championship was won by Andrew Shaw, his 7th title.
- The 40th National Amateur Championships were held in New Plymouth 
- Men: J.P. Hornabrook (Manawatu)
- Women: Miss E. White-Parsons
- An Australian national side tours New Zealand, beating the home team heavily in all three internationals:
- 4 July, Dunedin: NZ 1-7 Australia
- 11 July, Wellington: NZ 0-10 Australia
- 18 July, Auckland: NZ 1-4 Australia
- The Chatham Cup is won by Western of Christchurch who beat Auckland Thistle 3—2 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- 14 March: Bob Charles, golfer.
- 21 March: Margaret Mahy, writer.
- 23 April: John D'Arcy, cricketer.
- 28 April: Ans Westra, photographer.
- 3 June: Colin Meads, rugby union player.
- 18 June: Denny Hulme, racing driver.
- 7 August: Joy Cowley, author.
- 15 August: Hamish Keith, writer, art curator.
- 10 October: Artie Dick, cricketer.
- 23 October: Barry Sinclair, cricketer.
- Bruce Beetham, politician.
- Terence O'Brien, diplomat.
- 10 March: David Kennedy, priest, astronomer.
- 13 March: Francis Bell (New Zealand politician), politician and 20th Prime minister of New Zealand.
- 24 June: Frederick Revans Chapman, Judge.
- 17 September (in the Cook Islands): Ettie Rout, campaigner for safe sex.
- 31 December: John Dumbell, rugby union footballer.
- William Hall-Jones, 16th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
- Sir James Mills, founder of the Union Steamship Company.
- 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
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
- edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Mens' Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- List of New Zealand national soccer matches
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- John Dumbell at AllBlacks.com
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