1941 in New Zealand
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- 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.
- 14 May: The minesweeper HMNZS Puriri was sunk by a mine while sweeping in the Hauraki Gulf, and sank with the death of five of her crew.
- 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 HMS Neptune are killed after the ship strikes mines and sinks off the coast of Libya.
- German surface raiders operated in New Zealand waters in 1940 and 1941, sinking four ships.
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.
The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Christchurch.
- Men's singles champion – C. Spearman (Christchurch RSA Bowling Club)
- Men's pair champions – H.S. Maslin, M.J. Squire (skip) (Hawera Bowling Club)
- Men's fours champions – C.H. Elsom, D.H. Joseph, A. Williamson, P. Munn (skip) (Canterbury Bowling Club)
- 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.
- 17 August: Owen Marshall, writer (Owen Marshall Jones).
- 12 September: Doug Kidd, politician.
- 29 October: Bryan Yuile, cricketer.
- 7 November: Jim Sutton, politician.
- 12 November: Jenny McLeod, composer and musician.
- 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.
- 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.
- 30 November: Thomas David Burnett, National MP.
- 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[permanent dead link]
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Prolongation of Parliament Act, 1941". New Zealand Law online.
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. 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". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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