1945 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
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.
|Usually resident population||830,385
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,727,800 
- 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
- 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 - Frederick Schramm (Labour)
- Prime Minister - Peter Fraser
- Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Peter Fraser
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - John Allum
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Will Appleton
- Mayor of Christchurch - Ernest Andrews
- Mayor of Dunedin - Donald Cameron
- 2 May: New Zealand 2nd Division accepts surrender of the German Army in Trieste.
- 15 December: Main North Line railway linking Christchurch and Picton is completed and officially opened over seventy years after construction began.
Arts and literature
See: 1945 in music
National Champions (Postal Shoot) 
- 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).
- The Chatham Cup is won by Western of Christchurch who beat Wellington Marist 4—3 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- 17 January: Jeanette Fitzsimons, politician and environmentalist.
- 5 February: Michael Cullen, politician.
- 21 February: Jim McLay, politician.
- 4 April: Bryan Andrews, cricketer.
- 11 April: David McPhail, comedian, actor, writer.
- 11 April: Winston Peters, politician.
- 5 September: Conal Coad, opera singer.
- 7 September: Vic Pollard, cricketer.
- 15 November: Roger Donaldson, film director.
- 15 December: Michael King, historian.
- Bill Jeffries, politician.
- February: David Russell, soldier awarded the George Cross.
- 10 March: Edith Joan Lyttleton, writer.
- 15 April: Raffaello Squarise, Italian violinist
- 24 August Michael Reardon, political activist
- 11 December: Albert Moss, cricketer.
- 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
For world events and topics in 1945 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1945
- 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.
- In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.
- 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.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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