1960 in New Zealand

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1960 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,403,600[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1959: 43,900 (1.86%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.0


Regal and viceregal[edit]


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.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

See 1960 in art, 1960 in literature, Category:1960 books


See: 1960 in music

Radio and television[edit]

  • 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. [1]. For the first six weeks, programs are limited to two hours a night and two nights a week. [2]. 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


See: Category:1960 film awards, 1960 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1960 films




  • The 67th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland.[5]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Winter Olympics[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • The All Blacks toured South Africa, losing the four-test series 2-1 with one game drawn.[8]
    • 25 June, Ellis Park, Johannesburg: New Zealand 0 – 13 South Africa
    • 23 July, Newlands, Cape Town: New Zealand 11 – 3 South Africa
    • 13 Aug, Free State Stadium, Blomfontein: New Zealand 11 – 11 South Africa
    • 27 August, Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth: New Zealand 3 – 8 South
  • 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.[9]
    • 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.[10]
  • Provincial league champions:[11]
    • 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


Category:1960 births


Category:1960 deaths

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to 1960 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons