1949 New Zealand gambling referendum

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A referendum on gambling was held in New Zealand on 9 March 1949. Voters were asked whether off-course betting on horse races should be allowed. It was approved, with 68% in favour. Voter turnout was 54.3%.[1] The referendum was held in conjunction with the 1949 New Zealand licensing hours referendum.


Choice Votes %
For 424,219 68.0
Against 199,406 32.0
Invalid/blank votes -
Total 623,625 100
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p722 ISBN 0-19-924959-8