1940 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: 1,633,600 
- Increase since 31/12/1939: -8000 (-0.49%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.1
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Bill Barnard (Labour Party)
- Prime Minister - Michael Joseph Savage then Peter Fraser
- Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Michael Joseph Savage then Frank Langstone
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason
- Chief Justice — Sir Michael Myers
- Leader of the Opposition - Adam Hamilton (National Party) until 26 November, then Sidney Holland (National).
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Ernest Davis
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
- Mayor of Christchurch - Robert M. Macfarlane
- Mayor of Dunedin - Andrew Henson Allen
- 25 March: John A. Lee is expelled from the governing Labour caucus following his outspoken criticism of dying leader Michael Joseph Savage
- 27 March: New Zealand's first Labour Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage dies from cancer in Wellington.
- 19 June: The liner RMS Niagara is sunk by a mine laid by the German auxiliary cruiser Orion off Whangarei. She was carrying British gold destined for America.
- 12 July: Pan American Airways flying boat service from Hawaii to Auckland via Canton Island (not Kingman Reef) commences.
- German surface raiders operated in New Zealand waters in 1940 and 1941, sinking four ships.
Arts and literature
See: 1940 in music
- The 49th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 6th and last title).
- The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside who beat Mosgiel 6—2 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- 12 January: Dick Motz, cricketer
- 17 February: James Laurenson, actor
- 23 March: Brian Hastings, cricketer
- 14 April: Robin Tait, discus thrower (d. 1984)
- 7 June: Felicity Riddy, author and academic
- 10 June (in the USA): Augie Auer, meteorologist
- 23 June: Mike Shrimpton, cricketer
- 1 July (in Australia): Judith Binney, historian
- 15 July: Ian Athfield, architect
- 11 August: Glenys Page, cricketer (d. 2012)
- 31 August: Maurice (John) Belgrave, public servant and chief ombudsman
- 3 September: Brian Lochore, rugby player
- 18 September
- 24 September: Don Brash, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, politician
- 6 October: Merv Wellington, politician
- 24 October: Martin Campbell, film and TV director
- date unknown
- 12 January: Taurekareka Henare, politician.
- 27 March: Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister.
- 28 May: Florence Young, missionary.
- 6 June: F.O. Edgar "Cobber" Kain, first RAF ace of WWII.
- 17 November: Frank Moore, political activist.
- 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
For world events and topics in 1940 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1940
- 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.
- 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.
Media related to 1940 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons