1964 in New Zealand

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1964 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1964 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,617,000[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1963: 50,100 (1.95%)
  • Males per 100 females: 100.8


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 34th New Zealand Parliament commenced, with the second National Government in power.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]



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Arts and literature[edit]

See 1964 in art, 1964 in literature

New books[edit]

See Category:1964 books


Radio and television[edit]

  • Coronation Street was shown for the first time on New Zealand television on AKTV2 in the Auckland region on Thursday 14 May, running from 8.25 pm to 8.52 pm. As television was not then networked throughout New Zealand, Wellington (WNTV1), Christchurch (CHTV3) and Dunedin (DNTV2) followed in June and July; on Tuesday in Wellington and Christchurch and Thursday in Dunedin.
  • Television licences reach 168,000.
  • Broadcast relay stations at Mount Erin, Kuriwao Hill and Mount Hedgehope are commissioned, extending television coverage to Hawke's Bay, South Otago and Southland.[7]
  • A Māori broadcasting section of NZBC is established.
  • NZBC begins plans for the Avalon studios. [1]
  • New Zealand Television Workshop awards:
    • Best Factual: Focus
    • Best Light Entertainment: Music Hall
    • Best Documentary: The Distant Shore

See: 1964 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand.


See: Category:1964 film awards, 1964 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1964 films




  • The 71st National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by R.A. Court of Wellington.[8]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Lawn bowls[edit]

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Dunedin.[11]

  • Men's singles champion – Ron Buchan (Tui Park Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – W.D. Scott, G.P. Ogilvie (skip) (Cromwell Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – C.T. Bateman, J.M. Clarke, R.D. Barron, H. Deavoll (skip) (Sydenham Bowling Club)


Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
3 0 2 5
  • New Zealand sends a team of 64 competitors.

Winter Olympics[edit]

  • New Zealand does not participate in the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby Union[edit]





See also[edit]


  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. ^ "The Beatles in New Zealand". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.
  6. ^ "The Beatles in New Zealand". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)". 351. New Zealand Parliament. 28 June 1967: 1394. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2009.

External links[edit]

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