1960 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: 2,403,600
- Increase since 31 December 1959: 43,900 (1.86%)
- Males per 100 females: 101.0
Regal and viceregal
The 32nd New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the Second Labour government under Walter Nash. The general election saw the governing Labour Party defeated by a twelve-seat margin, and replaced by the Second National government.
- Speaker of the House – Robert Macfarlane.
- Prime Minister – Walter Nash then Keith Holyoake
- Deputy Prime Minister – Clarence Skinner then Jack Marshall.
- Minister of Finance – Arnold Nordmeyer then Harry Lake.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Walter Nash then Keith Holyoake.
- Attorney-General – Rex Mason, then Ralph Hanan.
- Leader of the Opposition – Keith Holyoake (National) until 12 December, then Walter Nash (Labour)
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – Dove-Myer Robinson
- Mayor of Hamilton – Dennis Rogers
- Mayor of Wellington – Frank Kitts
- Mayor of Christchurch – George Manning
- Mayor of Dunedin – Thomas Kay Stuart Sidey
- Passing of the Waitangi Day Act, 1960, first step towards a national day.
- 26 November: New Zealand general election, 1960
Arts and literature
See: 1960 in music
Radio and television
- At 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1 June 1960, a switch was flicked in a building in Shortland Street in central Auckland and New Zealand's first official television transmission began. . For the first six weeks, programs are limited to two hours a night and two nights a week. . In mid-July, this was extended to four nights a week. A television licence fee of £4 per year was introduced in August.
See: 1960 in New Zealand television, 1960 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television programmes, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- Ray Puckett wins his third national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:23:12.6 on 8 March in Invercargill.
- The 67th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland.
- The Australian team toured but games against the national side did not have Test status.
- Plunket Shield was won by Canterbury (1959-1960 season)
- Summer Olympics, Rome – New Zealand entered 38 competitors in 9 sports, winning 2 gold (Peter Snell – Athletics, Men's 800m, Murray Halberg – Athletics, Men's 5,000m) and one bronze (Barry Magee – Athletics, Men's Marathon) medals.
- Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley – New Zealand entered the Winter Olympics for the second time, with a team of 4 competitors.
- The All Blacks toured South Africa, losing the four-test series 2-1 with one game drawn.
- Ranfurly Shield: Auckland managed successful defences against Thames Valley (22-6) and Counties (14-3) before losing to North Auckland, 17-11. North Auckland managed to defend the shield against Poverty Bay, (24-3) before losing 3-6 to Auckland. Auckland held the shield for the remainder of the season, beating Manawatu (31-8), Bay of Plenty (9-6), Wellington (22-9), Taranaki (25-6) and Canterbury (19-18).
- The national men's team made a short tour to Tahiti.
- 5 September, Papeete: NZ 5 – 1 Tahiti
- 8 September, Papeete: NZ 8 – 0 Tahiti Juniors
- 12 September, Papeete: NZ 2 – 1 Tahiti
- Chatham Cup won by North Shore United, who beat Technical Old Boys (of Christchurch) 5-3 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: North Shore United
- Bay of Plenty: Kahukura
- Buller: Waimangaroa United
- Canterbury: Western
- Franklin: Papatoetoe
- Hawke's Bay: Napier Rovers
- Manawatu: Kiwi United
- Marlborough: Woodbourne
- Nelson: Athletic
- Northland: Otangarei United
- Otago: Northern AFC
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: Thistle
- Southland: Invercargill Thistle
- Taranaki: Moturoa
- Waikato: Hamilton Technical OB
- Wairarapa: YMCA
- Wanganui: Blue Rovers
- Wellington: Railways
- West Coast: Cobden-Kohinoor
- 21 January: Phil Horne, cricketer
- 15 February: Michael James "Jock" Hobbs, rugby player and administrator
- 6 April: Richard Loe, rugby player
- 10 April – Rex Wilson, long-distance runner
- 2 May – Rhys Jones, New Zealand Army officer
- 14 May: Frank Nobilo, golfer
- 7 June: Lianne Dalziel, politician
- 15 July: Gary Robertson, cricketer
- 9 September: Chris White, rower
- 29 September: Tau Henare, politician
- 1 November: Jenny Bornholdt, poet
- 17 December: Steve Walsh, long jumper
- 26 December: Temuera Morrison, actor
- Chris Bell, author
- 25 July Edgar Neale, politician.
- 10 September: Sir Harold Gillies, plastic surgery pioneer
- 8 October Sir William Polson, 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
- Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Pick and Go rugby results database
- List of New Zealand national soccer matches
- Chatham Cup: nzsoccer.com
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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