1944 in New Zealand

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1944 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,676,300 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1943: 34,300 (2.09%)
  • Males per 100 females: 94.3


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 27th New Zealand Parliament commenced, with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 21 January: New Zealand and Australia sign the Canberra Pact in which they agree to cooperate on international affairs.[4]
  • 15 March: New Zealand General Freyberg orders the destruction of the monastery at Cassino using 775 aircraft, 1250 tons of bombs, and 200,000 shells. At the end of the battle, New Zealand has lost 1050 men, one of the worst days in its history.
  • 31 October: Refugees from Eastern Poland, 800 including 734 orphaned children, arrive in New Zealand via Siberia & Iran.[5]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1944 in art, 1944 in literature, Category:1944 books


See: 1944 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1944 film awards, 1944 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1944 films



National Champions (Postal Shoot)[6]


  • The 51st National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by R.G. Wade of Wellington.[7]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • Chatham Cup competition not held
  • Provincial league champions: [10]
    • Auckland: Metro College
    • Canterbury: Thistle
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: No competition
    • Otago: Mosgiel
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Taranaki: Old Boys
    • Waikato: Rotowaro
    • Wanganui: No competition
    • Wellington: Waterside


Category:1944 births


  • 12 August: James Hargest, National MP, killed while serving with NZ Army as observer with British forces in Normandy.
  • 30 October: Haami Tokouru Ratana, politician and Ratana church leader.

Category:1944 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. ^ "Polish Orphans". Te Ara. 16 November 2012. 
  6. ^ In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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