1961 in New Zealand

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1961 in New Zealand
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The following lists events that happened during 1961 in New Zealand.

Population[edit]

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,461,300[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1960: 57,700 (2.40%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.2

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government[edit]

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • The Ohakuri hydroelectric power plant starts operation.

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1961 in art, 1961 in literature, Category:1961 books

Music[edit]

See: 1961 in music

Radio and television[edit]

  • Auckland television is extended to seven nights a week, two and a half hours a night. On 4 April, Auckland television went commercial. [1]
  • Television transmission began in Christchurch (a year later than Auckland) on 1 June. Wellington followed four weeks later, on 1 July. [2]

See: 1961 in New Zealand television, 1961 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Public broadcasting in New Zealand & Category:Television in New Zealand.

Film[edit]

See: Category:1961 film awards, 1961 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1961 films

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Chess[edit]

  • The 68th National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 6th title).[5]

Cricket[edit]

  • New Zealand tours South Africa (spanning December 1961 – February 1962) and drew the 5-Test series 2-2:[6]
    • 8–12 December 1961, Durban: 1st Test. SA won by 30 runs (SA 292 + 149, NZ 245 and 166)
    • 26–29 December 1961, Johannesburg: 2nd Test Drawn (SA 322 + 178/6 decl, NZ 223 + 165/4)
    • 1–4 January 1962, Cape Town: 3rd Test. NZ won by 72 runs (NZ 385 + 212/9 decl., SA 190 + 335)
    • 2–5 February 1962, Johannesburg: 4th test. SA won by innings & 51 runs (NZ 164 + 249, SA 464)
    • 16–20 February 1962, Port Elizabeth: 5th Test: NZ won by 40 runs (NZ 275 + 228, SA 190 + 273)

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • France tour New Zealand, losing all three Test matches:[9]
    • 22 July, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand 13 – 6 France
    • 5 August, Athletic Park, Wellington: New Zealand 5 – 3 France
    • 19 August, lancaster Park, Christchurch: New Zealand 32 – 3 France

Soccer[edit]

  • An English FA XI tours New Zealand, handing out two heavy defeats to the national men's team.[10]
    • 5 June, Wellington: NZ 0 – 8 English FA XI
    • 10 June, Auckland: NZ 1 – 6 English FA XI
  • The Chatham Cup was won by Dunedin team Northern who beat North Shore United 2 – 0 in the final.[11]
  • Provincial league champions:[12]
    • Auckland: North Shore United
    • Bay of Plenty: Kawerau Town
    • Buller: Waimangaroa United
    • Canterbury: Technical OB
    • Franklin: Manurewa AFC
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier Rovers
    • Manawatu: Ohakea
    • Marlborough: Spartans
    • Nelson: Rangers
    • Northland: Kamo Swifts
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: Thistle
    • Southland: Invercargill Thistle
    • Taranaki: Moturoa
    • Waikato: Hamilton Technical OB
    • Wairarapa: YMCA
    • Wanganui: New Settlers
    • Wellington: Northern
    • West Coast: Grey United

Births[edit]

Category:1961 births

Deaths[edit]

Category:1961 deaths

References[edit]

See also[edit]