1956 in New Zealand

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1956 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1956 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,209,200[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1955: 44,400 (2.05%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.2


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 31st New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the National government under Sidney Holland.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

See 1956 in art, 1956 in literature, Category:1956 books


See: 1956 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1956 film awards, 1956 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1956 films




  • The 63rd National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by F.A. Foulds of Auckland.[5]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Lawn bowls[edit]

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Dunedin.[8]

  • Men's singles champion – G.G. Littlejohn (Hutt Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – L.J. Hughes, E.H. Ravenwood (skip) (North-East Valley Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – P.C.F. Barrat, C.E. Tomlinson, L.J. Buckingham, Hugh Robson (skip) (Mangakino Bowling Club)

Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
2 0 0 2

Winter Olympics[edit]

  • New Zealand did not participate in the 1956 Winter Olympics.


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Stop Out (Lower Hutt) who beat Shamrock (soccer) of Christchurch 4—1 in the final.[9]
  • Provincial league champions:[10]
    • Auckland: Onehunga
    • Bay of Plenty: Rangers
    • Buller: Millerton Thistle
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier Athletic
    • Manawatu: Kiwi United
    • Marlborough: Blenheim B
    • Nelson: Settlers
    • Northland: Kamo Swifts
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: West End
    • Southland: Brigadiers
    • Taranaki: Moturoa
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wairarapa: No competition
    • Wanganui: Technical College Old Boys
    • Wellington: Stop Out


Category:1956 births


Category:1956 deaths


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ a b c d e Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
  11. ^ Mark Shaw at AllBlacks.com
  12. ^ Te Ara

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