1936 in New Zealand

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1936 in New Zealand
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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.


A census was held in March 1936.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 796,152
Overseas Visitors 2,931 1,650 4,581
Total 799,092 774,720 1,573,812


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 25th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 25 March: First session of the 25th Parliament commences.[3]
  • 11 June: Parliament goes into recess.
  • 21 June: Parliament resumes.
  • 31 October: First session of the 25th Parliament concludes.

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1936 in art, 1936 in literature, Category:1936 books


See: 1936 in music


  • Radio broadcasting of sessions of Parliament commences.[4]

See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1936 film awards, 1936 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1936 films



  • The 45th National Chess Championship was held in Christchurch, and was won by A.W. Gyles of Wellington.[5]


  • The 26th New Zealand Open championship was won by Andrew Shaw, his 7th title.[6]
  • The 40th National Amateur Championships were held in New Plymouth [7]
    • Men: J.P. Hornabrook (Manawatu)
    • Women: Miss E. White-Parsons

Olympic Games[edit]

See New Zealand at the 1936 Summer Olympics


Harness racing[edit]


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

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • An Australian national side tours New Zealand, beating the home team heavily in all three internationals:[10]
    • 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.[11]
  • Provincial league champions: [12]
    • Auckland: Thistle
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Watersiders
    • Nelson: YMCA
    • Otago: Seacliff
    • Southland: Corinthians
    • Wanganui: Thistle
    • Wellington: Hospital


Category:1936 births


Category:1936 deaths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  10. ^ List of New Zealand national soccer matches
  11. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
  12. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  13. ^ John Dumbell at AllBlacks.com

External links[edit]

Media related to 1936 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons