1941 in New Zealand

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1941 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,631,200 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1940: -2400 (-0.15%)
  • Males per 100 females: 96.1
  • The scheduled census was not held due to World War II.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 26th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government. 1941 should have been an election year, but the election was deferred due to World War II.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 16 January: formation of the New Zealand Women's Auxiliary Air Force [4]
  • March: 2NZEF deployed to northern Greece and were soon involved in the Battle of Greece.
  • 24 April - 30 April: New Zealand forces evacuated from mainland Greece to Crete.
  • 20 May - 1 June: Battle of Crete - New Zealand forces suffer heavy losses: 671 dead, 967 wounded, 2,180 captured. On the first day of the German invasion, Charles Upham wins the V.C
  • 8 October: four police officers and three civilians are shot and killed at Kowhitirangi, near Hokitika, by Stanley Graham
  • 7 December: Hawaii bombed in a surprise attack by Japanese carrier forces on the US Navy.
  • 8 December: New Zealand declares war on Japan in response to Japanese attack on the United States.
  • 10 December: British battlecruiser HMS Repulse and battleship HMS Prince of Wales sunk by Japanese torpedo planes, effectively taking Britain out of the sea war in the Pacific.
  • 19 December: New Zealand suffers its worst naval loss when 150 New Zealanders on board the HMS Neptune are killed after the ship strikes mines and sinks off the coast of Libya.[5]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1941 in art, 1941 in literature, Category:1941 books


See: 1941 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1941 film awards, 1941 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1941 films


Most sporting events were on hold due to the war.


  • The 50th National Chess Championship was held in Timaru, and was won by P. Allerhand of Wellington.[6]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

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

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • Chatham Cup competition not held
  • Provincial league champions: [9]
    • Auckland: Comrade
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: No competition
    • Otago: Mosgiel
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Waikato: No competition
    • Wanganui: No competition
    • Wellington: Seatoun


Category:1941 births


Category:1941 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 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  5. ^ "Navy service to remember those who died serving NZ". Otago Daily Times. NZPA. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  7. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  9. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

Media related to 1941 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons