1939 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,641,600 
- Increase since 31/12/1938: 23,300 (1.44%)
- Males per 100 females: 103.0
Regal and viceregal
- 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
- Chief Justice — Sir Michael Myers
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Ernest Davis
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
- Mayor of Christchurch - Robert Macfarlane
- Mayor of Dunedin - Andrew Henson Allen
- 29 January: (Sunday) Opening of St Peter's College, Auckland by Bishop J M Liston.
- 3 September (backdated to 9.30 pm): New Zealand declares war on Germany at the same time as Britain (though delayed until confirmation by the Admiralty message to the fleet).
- 31 October: The Strongman coal mine in Nine Mile Valley near Greymouth is officially opened by Minister of Mines, Paddy Webb.
- 13 December: New Zealand warship HMS Achilles fought in the Battle of the River Plate against German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee.
- 17 December: The Graf Spee is scuttled off Montevideo harbour.
- The Poverty Bay Herald changes its name to The Gisborne Herald, which continues to publish today[update].
Arts and literature
See: 1939 in music
- Clarrie Gibbons wins the national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:44:56.2 on 11 March 1939 in Napier.
- Interpovincial Champions: Men - Wellington
- The 48th National Chess Championship was held in Wanganui, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 5th title).
- The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside of Wellington who beat Western of Christchurch 4—2 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- 20 January: Ken Comber, politician.
- 27 February: Don McKinnon, deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and Commonwealth Secretary-General.
- 10 April (in England): Michael Cox, politician.
- 24 April: Fergie McCormick, rugby union player.
- 16 September: Tony Davies, rugby union player.
- 23 September: Hugh Williams, High Court judge.
- 4 October: Ivan Mauger, motorcycle speedway champion.
- 29 October: Michael Smither, painter.
- 18 October: Peter Brown, politician.
- 29 October: Douglas Myers, businessman.
- 24 November: Bob Jones, businessman.
- Raymond Ching, painter.
- Syd Jackson, political activist.
- (in England): Dylan Taite, music journalist.
- Philip Temple, writer.
- David Walter, mayor of Stratford.
- 16 March: George Mitchell, soldier and politician
- 26 April: Ted Howard, politician.
- 26 July: Thomas William "Torpedo Billy" Murphy, boxer.
- 27 July: Malcolm Champion, swimmer.
- 23 August: Robin Hyde, writer.
- 18 September: T. W. Ratana, prophet.
- 3 November: David McLaren, politician.
- 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:Historical Population Estimates
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Hensley, Gerald (2009). Beyond the Battlefield: New Zealand and its Allies 1939-45. Auckland: Penguin/Viking. p. 20. ISBN 9780670074044.
- "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Torpedo Billy Murphy - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
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