1942 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 References
- 9 See also
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,636,400 
- Increase since 31/12/1941: 5200 (0.32%)
- Males per 100 females: 94.2
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George VI
- Governor-General - 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 then Peter Fraser
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason
- Chief Justice — Sir Michael Myers
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - John Allum
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
- Mayor of Christchurch - Ernest Andrews
- Mayor of Dunedin - Andrew Henson Allen
- Japanese submarines operated in New Zealand waters in 1942 and 1943. They sent reconnaissance aircraft over Auckland and Wellington, but did not carry out any attacks.
- 8 March: Japanese Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita of the Imperial Japanese Navy conducts aerial reconnaissance of Wellington. His Yokosuka E14y reconnaissance plane had been catapulted into the air from the Japanese submarine I-25 which stored the plane in a sealed foredeck hangar. After a successful daylight tour the submarine and plane headed north to make an inspection of Auckland on March 13.
- 24 May: I-21 briefly operated off northern New Zealand in May 1942. I-21's floatplane flown by Lt Ito Isuma conducted a reconnaissance flight over Thames and then Auckland on 24 May.
- 9 December: 37 of the 39 female patients in Ward 5 at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum (psychiatric hospital) are killed in a night-time fire - the country's worst fire disaster at that time. 
Arts and literature
See: 1942 in music
Most sports events were on hold due to the war.
- Chatham Cup competition not held
- Provincial league champions: 
- 5 January: Trish McKelvey, cricketer.
- 12 January: Doug Graham, politician
- 24 March: Kerry Burke, politician.
- 21 April: Geoffrey Palmer, 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand
- 19 June: Merata Mita, filmmaker
- 18 July: Mike Ward, politician
- 4 August: David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand
- 25 September: Peter Petherick, cricketer
- 25 November: Barbara Bevege, cricketer
- Judith Potter, high court judge.
- Roger Walker. architect.
- 28 July: James Allen, politician and diplomat.
- 15 July: Denis 'Sonny' Moloney, cricketer.
- 27 August: Francis Mander, politician
- 12 October: Douglas Lysnar, politician.
- 8 November: Tim Armstrong, politician.
- 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 2008-04-06.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 2009-06-17 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.