1941 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: 1,631,200 
- Increase since 31/12/1940: -2400 (-0.15%)
- Males per 100 females: 96.1
- The scheduled New Zealand census was not held due to World War II.
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George VI
- Governor-General - The Viscount Galway GCMG DSO OBE PC, succeeded same year by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Cyril Newall GCB OM GCMG CBE AM 
- Speaker of the House - Bill Barnard (Democratic Labour Party)
- Prime Minister - Peter Fraser
- Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Frank Langstone
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason
- Chief Justice — Sir Michael Myers
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Ernest Davis then John Allum
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
- Mayor of Christchurch - Robert M. Macfarlane then Ernest Andrews
- Mayor of Dunedin - Andrew Allen
- 16 January: formation of the New Zealand Women's Auxiliary Air Force 
- 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.
- 15 December: A RNZAF Lockheed Hudson bomber returning to Nelson from a coastal patrol hit the top of a limestone bluff near Collingwood in thick fog, killing all four crew.
- 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.
Arts and literature
See: 1941 in music
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.
- Chatham Cup competition not held
- Provincial league champions: 
- 5 January: Bob Cunis, cricketer.
- 3 February: Gary Bartlett, cricketer.
- 11 February: Alan "A. K." Grant, writer, humourist.
- 12 February: Ross Morgan, cricketer.
- 12 February: Bruno Lawrence, actor.
- 26 February: Keith Thomson, cricketer.
- 8 April: Roderick Deane, economist, public sector reformer, and businessman.
- 7 May: Grahame Bilby, cricketer.
- 5 July: Lynley Dodd, children's author.
- 20 July: Pita Sharples, academic and politician.
- 12 September: Doug Kidd, politician.
- 29 October: Bryan Yuile, cricketer.
- 7 November: Jim Sutton, politician.
- 24 November: Bob Harvey, mayor of Waitakere City.
- Chin Wing Ho (Peter Chin), mayor of Dunedin.
- Gary Day, actor.
- Malcolm Douglas, politician.
- Allan Hawkey, cartoonist.
- (in England): Bernard Holman, artist.
- Owen Marshall, writer (Owen Marshall Jones).
- Jenny McLeod, composer and musician.
- Ian Mune, actor and director.
- Ian Peters, politician.
- 2 May: Sir James Parr, politician.
- 26 May: William John Lyon, Labour MP, killed serving with 2NZEF on Crete.
- 27 April:Elizabeth Best Taylor, community leader.
- 27 July: Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, painter.
- 11 September: Albert Glover, politician.
- 4 October: George Troup, architect.
- 20 October: Stanley Graham, murderer (shot by police).
- 1 November: Gordon Hultquist, Labour MP, killed serving with 2NZEF in North Africa.
- 28 November: John Manchester Allen, National MP, killed serving with 2NZEF in Libya.
- 29 November: Arthur Nattle Grigg, National MP, killed serving with 2NZEF in Libya.
- 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.
- Today in History | NZHistory
- "Farmer makes shocking find in wartime tragedy". Stuff (Fairfax). 29 July 2017.
- "Navy service to remember those who died serving NZ". Otago Daily Times. NZPA. 15 December 2009. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
- 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.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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