1938 in New Zealand

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1938 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,618,500 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1937: 16,500 (1.03%)
  • Males per 100 females: 103.2


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 25th New Zealand Parliament continues with the Labour Party in government. The general election in October results in the Labour government being returned for the 26th New Zealand Parliament.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 19 February: 21 people working on the Wairoa-Gisborne railway are drowned when a flash flood hits a works camp at Kopuawhara near Mahia.[4]
  • The Times, formerly The Gisborne Times, is purchased by its opposition, The Poverty Bay Herald, which the following year becomes The Gisborne Herald.[5][6]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1938 in art, 1938 in literature, Category:1938 books


See: 1938 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


  • New Zealand Review no.5, Mountain Holiday, [1]

See: Category:1938 film awards, 1938 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1938 films



An interprovincial championship is held even though there is no national association at this time.[7]

  • Interpovincial Champions - Men: Otago


  • The 47th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by S. Hindin of Christchurch.[8]


  • The 28th New Zealand Open championship was won by A.D. Locke.[9]
  • The 42nd National Amateur Championships were held in Otago [10]
    • Men: JP.G.F. Smith (Akarana)
    • Women - matchplay: Miss S. Collins
    • Women - strokeplay: Mrs R. Fullerton-Smith

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]


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

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team



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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. ^ nzhistory.net.nz
  5. ^ "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  6. ^ Mackay, Joseph Angus (1949). "Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.: Earliest Journals and Their Founders". 
  7. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  9. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  12. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  13. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
  14. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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