1963 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: 2,566,900
- Increase since 31 December 1962: 51,100 (2.03%)
- Males per 100 Females: 100.8
Regal and Vice Regal
- Head of State – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Brigadier Sir Bernard Fergusson GCMG GCVO DSO OBE.
- Speaker of the House – Ronald Algie.
- Prime Minister – Keith Holyoake
- Deputy Prime Minister – Jack Marshall.
- Minister of Finance – Harry Lake.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Keith Holyoake.
- Attorney-General – Ralph Hanan.
- Chief Justice — Sir Harold Barrowclough
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
- 6 February: Elizabeth II arrives in New Zealand on the Royal Yacht Britannia for the 1963 Royal Tour of New Zealand.
- 7 February: 15 people killed in a bus crash due to brake failure in the Brynderwyn Hills in Northland 
- 17 April: Tauranga becomes a city.
- 3 July: New Zealand National Airways Corporation Flight 441 crashes into the Kaimai Ranges, killing all 23 aboard.
- 7 December: Two people are killed in the Bassett Road machine gun murders.
Arts and literature
See: 1963 in music
Radio and Television
- There are 80,000 television licences issued, and an estimated 300,000 television viewers in New Zealand. 
See: 1963 in New Zealand television, 1963 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- Jeff Julian wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:22:52 on 9 March in Hawera.
- The 70th National Chess Championship is held in Christchurch. The title is shared by Ortvin Sarapu and R.J. Sutton, both of Auckland.
The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Wellington.
- Men's singles champion – A. Govorko (Ngongotaha Bowling Club)
- Men's pair champions – S.W. Jolly, J.N.S. Flett (skip) (Point Chevalier Bowling Club)
- Men's fours champions – J.D. Scott, N. Cash, J. Coltman, Bill O'Neill (skip) (Carlton Bowling Club)
- The Chatham Cup was won by North Shore United who beat Nomads of Christchurch 3-1 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: North Shore United
- Bay of Plenty: Kahukura
- Buller: Millerton Rangers
- Canterbury: Nomads
- Franklin: Manurewa AFC
- Hawke's Bay: Napier Rovers
- Manawatu: Thistle
- Marlborough: Woodbourne
- Nelson: Rangers
- Northland: Otangarei United
- Otago: King Edward Technical College OB
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
- Southland: Invercargill Thistle
- Taranaki: Moturoa
- Waikato: Hamilton Wanderers
- Wairarapa: Lansdowne United
- Wanganui: Wanganui United
- Wellington: Diamond
- West Coast: Cobden-Kohinoor
- The second (and last) Rothmans Cup (see 1962) was won by North Shore United.
- 10 January: Malcolm Dunford, footballer
- 21 February: Greg Turner, golfer.
- 16 March: Kevin Smith, actor.
- 4 June: Sean Fitzpatrick, rugby union player.
- 18 June: Paul Honiss, rugby referee.
- 20 July: Catherine Campbell, cricketer.
- 20 July: Mike Davidson, freestyle swimmer.
- 20 August: Ian Woodley, field hockey goalkeeper.
- 26 August: Christine Arthur, field hockey player.
- 9 September (in England): Sarah Illingworth, cricketer.
- 10 September: Jay Laga'aia, actor.
- 17 September: Warren Gatland, rugby player and coach.
- 11 December: Mark Greatbatch, cricketer.
- 24 December: David Grundy, field hockey player.
- Joanna Bourke, historian.
- Andrew Johnston, poet.
- (in Poland): Ralph Talmont, photographer.
- 7 January: Tapihana Paraire Paikea, politician.
- 19 March: Frederick Hackett, politician.
- 4 April: Hercules Wright, rugby union player.
- 16 May: Fintan Patrick Walsh, trade unionist.
- 18 June Albert Samuel, politician
- 4 July: (in England) Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg, soldier, Governor-General of New Zealand.
- 14 July: Maud Basham (Aunt Daisy), radio personality.
- 19 August: Rosemary Frances Rees, writer and theatre producer.
- 19 September: Sir David Low, cartoonist (in London).
- 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
For world events and topics in 1963 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1963
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
- 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". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- "Profile of Tauranga". Hitachi International Association. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
- "New Zealand's worst air disasters". New Zealand Herald. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Bassett Road machine-gun murders". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 18 October 2013.
- List of NZ chess champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- 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.
- NZ Soccer Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Rothmans Cup
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