1949 in New Zealand
Most New Zealanders became New Zealand citizens in addition to being British subjects, as the British Nationality and New Zealand Citizenship Act 1948 came into effect.
The National government of Sydney Holland was elected in the New Zealand general election, 1949.
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 References
- 9 See also
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,892,100 
- Increase since 31/12/1948: 38,200 (2.06%)
- Males per 100 females: 100.7
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
- Prime Minister - Peter Fraser then Sidney Holland
- Deputy Prime Minister - Keith Holyoake (from 13 December)
- Minister of Finance - Walter Nash then Sidney Holland
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Peter Fraser then Frederick Doidge
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason then Clifton Webb
- Leader of the Opposition - Sidney Holland (National Party) until 13 December, then Peter Fraser (Labour).
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - John Allum
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Will Appleton
- Mayor of Christchurch - Ernest Andrews
- Mayor of Dunedin - Donald Cameron
- 1 January: the status of New Zealand Citizen comes into existence.
- 9 March: Referendums on gambling (passed) and extending hotel hours (failed).
- 3 August: Referendum on military training (passed)
- 29 November: Elections to the four Māori seats
- 30 November: General election won by National Party under Sidney Holland
Arts and literature
See: 1949 in music
- George Bromley wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:40:05.6 in Christchurch.
- Interpovincial Champions: Men - Wellington
- Interpovincial Champions: Women - Palmerston North
- The 56th National Chess Championship was held in Wanganui, and was won by A.E. Nield of Auckland.
- The Chatham Cup is won by Petone who beat Northern 1—0 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- 22 January: Cilla McQueen, poet
- 24 January: Bill Bush, rugby player
- 28 January: Mike Moore, Prime Minister and Director-General of the World Trade Organization
- 15 February: Ashraf Choudhary, politician
- 19 February: Brenda Matthews, sprinter
- 28 April: Steve Gilpin, musician (d. 1992)
- 20 September: Alan McIntyre, field hockey player
- 10 October: Lance Cairns, cricketer
- 2 November: Bruce Biddle, road cyclist
- 29 November (in England): Dave Bright, soccer player
- Laurence Aberhart, photographer
- Laurence Clark, cartoonist
- John Hanlon, musician
- Donna Awatere Huata, politician
- Nigel Brown, painter
- Ian Ewen-Street, politician
- 7 October: Matiu Ratana, politician and Ratana church leader
- 29 October: Patrick Harvey, rugby union player
- 28 December: Jack Lovelock, athlete
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Te Ara
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.