1945 in New Zealand

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1945 in New Zealand
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A census was held in September 1945. This was a year earlier than the established pattern, to make up for the lack of a census in 1941 due to World War II, and so that an electoral redistribution (the first for ten years) could be done before the 1946 election.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 830,385
Overseas Visitors 2,451 768 3,222
Total 832,908 869,421 1,702,329
  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,727,800 [1]
  • Increase since previous 31/12/1944: 51,500 (3.07%)
  • Males per 100 females: 98.1
  • Large increase is due to demobilisation of New Zealanders from military service overseas.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


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

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


1945; Air Vice Marshal Leonard M. Isitt, representing New Zealand, accepts the Japanese surrender

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1945 in art, 1945 in literature, Category:1945 books


See: 1945 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1945 film awards, 1945 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1945 films



National Champions (Postal Shoot) [4]


  • Lionel Fox wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:54:09.2 in Wellington.


  • The 52nd National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by R.G. Wade of Wellington (his 2nd win).[5]


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


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Western of Christchurch who beat Wellington Marist 4—3 in the final.[8]
  • Provincial league champions: [9]
    • Auckland: Philomel
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: RNZAF
    • Otago: Mosgiel
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Taranaki: Old Boys
    • Waikato: Rotowaro
    • Wanganui: No competition
    • Wellington: Wellington Marist



Category:1945 deaths

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 1945 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1945


  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. ^ In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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