1937 in New Zealand

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1937 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,601,800 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1936: 17,200 (1.09%)
  • Males per 100 females: 103.1


Regal and viceregal[edit]


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

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 16 January: The Hawke's Bay Herald publishes its final issue before merging with the Hawke's Bay Tribune to form the Hawke's Bay Herald-Tribune (now part of Hawke's Bay Today). It started as the Hawke's Bay Herald and Ahuriri Advocate in 1857.[4]
  • Milk in schools (a half pint daily for each primary school pupil) started, it was stopped in 1967.

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1937 in art, 1937 in literature, Category:1937 books


See: 1937 in music


  • May 6 Historic radio link up to cover the arrival of Airship Hindenburg at New Jersey (and hence its destruction by fire). This is probably the first direct international radio broadcast of this nature from such a distance.

See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


  • New Zealand Review no.1, Holiday Sounds [1]

See: Category:1937 film awards, 1937 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1937 films



  • The 46th National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by H.R. Abbott of Christchurch.[5]


  • The 27th New Zealand Open championship was won by J.P. Hornabrook, an amateur, in a three-way playoff with A.J. Shaw and Ernie Moss.[6]
  • The 41st National Amateur Championships were held in Hamilton [7]
    • Men: B.M. Silk (Wanganui) - his second title
    • Women: Mrs G.W. Hollis

Horse Racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]


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

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • Chatham Cup competition not held this year.
  • An England Amateurs team toured, beating the New Zealand side by a resounding 30-1 aggregate in a three-match series.[10]
    • 5 May, Dunedin: NZ 0-12 England Amateurs
    • 19 May, Auckland: NZ 0-6 England Amateurs
    • 26 May, Wellington: NZ 1-12 England Amateur
  • Provincial league champions: [11]


Category:1937 births


Category:1937 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 2008-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Hawke's Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. 
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  7. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Mens' Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  10. ^ List of New Zealand national soccer matches
  11. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  12. ^ DNZB biography of Rua Kenana
  13. ^ Biography of Rutherford

External links[edit]

Media related to 1937 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons