1955 in New Zealand
- 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: 2,164,800
- Increase since 31 December 1954: 46,400 (2.19%)
- Males per 100 females: 101.2
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State – Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, from 6 February 1952
- Governor-General – Lieutenant-General The Lord Norrie GCMG GCVO CB DSO MC, from 1952-1957
- Speaker of the House – Mathew Oram from 1950 to 1957
- Prime Minister – Sidney Holland from 13 December 1949 to 20 September 1957.
- Deputy Prime Minister – Keith Holyoake from 13 December 1949 to 20 September 1957.
- Minister of Finance – Jack Watts from November 1954 until 20 September 1957
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Tom Macdonald from 26 November 1954 until 12 December 1957
- Chief Justice — Sir Harold Barrowclough
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – John Luxford from 1953 to 1956
- Mayor of Hamilton – Roderick Braithwaite from 1953 to 1959
- Mayor of Wellington – Robert Macalister from 1950 to 1956
- Mayor of Christchurch – Robert M. Macfarlane from 1938 to 1941 and again from 1950 to 1958
- Mayor of Dunedin – Leonard Morton Wright from 1950 to 1959
- A pulp and paper mill opens at Kawerau
- The Rimutaka rail tunnel opened
- The Marriage Act 1955 is passed
Arts and literature
See: 1955 in music
- The 62nd National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 4th successive title).
- The Chatham Cup is won by Western of Christchurch who beat Eastern Suburbs of Auckland 6—2 in the final.
- New Zealand played 3 matches against South China Athletic
- 18 June, Christchurch – 1-1 draw
- 2 July, Wellington – NZ win 7-4
- 9 July, Auckland – NZ lose 3-5
- Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: Mount Albert GSOB
- Bay of Plenty: Mangakino Utd
- Buller: Millerton Thistle
- Canterbury: Western
- Hawke's Bay: Napier Rovers
- Manawatu: Kiwi United
- Nelson: Motueka
- Northland: Otangarei United
- Otago: King Edward Technical College OB
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: West End
- Southland: Invercargill Thistle
- Taranaki: Old Boys
- Waikato: Huntly Thistle
- Wanganui: Wanganui Athletic
- Wellington: Stop Out
- 16 January: Steve Wooddin, soccer player
- 14 February: Margaret Knighton, equestrian eventer
- 31 March: Robert Vance, cricketer
- 2 April: Steve Sumner, soccer player
- 21 April: Tuheitia Paki, Māori King
- 27 May: Graham 'Jock' Edwards, cricketer
- 1 June: Lorraine Moller, long-distance athlete
- 19 June: Mary O'Connor, long-distance runner
- 29 September: Mark Graham, rugby league footballer and coach
- 1 November: Anne Audain, middle and long-distance athlete
- 12 November: Roger Sumich, cyclist
- 26 November: Barbara Tilden, field hockey player
- 2 December: Mark Gosche, politician
- 7 December: Te Ururoa Flavell, politician
- David Hamilton, composer
- 31 January: Bob Semple, trade union leader and politician.
- 7 September: Henry Braddon, rugby union player.
- 14 December: William Stewart, politician.
- John Guthrie (at sea) journalist and novelist.
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners Archived 22 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- 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.
- All whites record Archived 29 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Steve Woodin FIFA profile Archived 10 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
- Margaret Knighton NZOC profile[permanent dead link]
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.