1947 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
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,817,500 
- Increase since 31/12/1946: 36,300 (2.04%)
- Males per 100 females: 100.3
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George VI
- Governor-General - Lieutenant-General The Lord Freyberg VC GCMG KCB KBE DSO 
- Speaker of the House - Robert McKeen (Labour)
- Prime Minister - Peter Fraser
- Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Peter Fraser
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason
- Chief Justice — Sir Humphrey O'Leary
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
- 19 January: The TSMV Wanganella, completing her first trans-tasman crossing since World War II, went aground on Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour. All 400 passengers were safely evacuated and the ship was refloated on 6 February but was out of service for a further 22 months.
- 6 February: First annual Waitangi Day ceremony held by New Zealand Navy in grounds of Treaty house, Waitangi.
- February: Holy Name Seminary, Christchurch (Catholic) established.
- 6 March: The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs for the first time
- 1–29 April: A series of non-violent mutinies occur aboards ships and bases of the Royal New Zealand Navy
- 18 November: 41 people die in a fire in the Ballantyne's department store in Christchurch.
Arts and literature
See: 1947 in music
National Champions (Postal Shoot) 
- George Bromley wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:58:54 in Auckland.
The first interprovincial championship for women is held.
- Men - Auckland
- Women - Wellington
- The 54th National Chess Championship was held in Palmerston North, and was won by T. Lepviikman of Wellington (his 2nd win).
- New Zealand national rugby league team beat Wales 28-20
- A South African team visited New Zealand and played four internationals:
- 28 June, Christchurch: NZ 5-6 South Africa
- 5 July, Dunedin: NZ 0-6 South Africa
- 12 July, Wellington: NZ 3-8 South Africa
- 19 July, Auckland: NZ 1-4 South Africa
- The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside of Wellington who beat Technical Old Boys of Christchurch 2—1 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- 16 January: Gavan Herlihy, politician.
- 19 February: Tim Shadbolt, politician.
- 9 March: Keri Hulme, writer.
- 9 March: John Lister, golfer.
- 6 May: Alan Dale, actor.
- 6 May (in England): Carl Doy, musician and composer.
- 6 May: Andrew Roberts, cricketer.
- 20 May: Margaret Wilson, politician.
- 27 May: Glenn Turner, cricketer.
- 1 June: Gaylene Preston, filmmaker
- 6 June: Patrick Power, tenor.
- 22 June: Murray Webb, cricketer and caricature artist.
- 27 August: John Morrison, cricketer.
- 2 September: Jim Richards, motor racing driver.
- 13 September: Annette King, politician.
- 22 September: David Trist, cricket player and coach.
- 18 December: Marian Hobbs, politician.
- Bill Hammond, painter.
- Michael Wintringham, public servant.
- 10 February: Winter Hall, silent movie actor.
- 11 March: Duncan McGregor, rugby player.
- 13 May: Frances Hodgkins, painter.
- 17 May: George Forbes, 22nd Prime minister of New Zealand.
- 6 December: Robert Alexander Wright, mayor of Wellington and politician.
- 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
- 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.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- 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.
- List of New Zealand national soccer matches
- 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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