1966 in New Zealand

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1966 in New Zealand
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The following lists events that happened during 1966 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,711,300[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1965: 47,500 (1.78%)
  • Males per 100 females: 100.7


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 34th Parliament of New Zealand concluded and a general election was held on 26 November. The National Party was returned with a majority of eight seats, having lost one seat to the Social Credit Party who entered parliament for the first time.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

See 1966 in art, 1966 in literature, Category:1966 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

Loxene Golden Disc Maria Dallas – Tumbling Down

See: 1966 in music

Radio and television[edit]

  • The program Country Calendar first appears on television.
  • The C'mon music program, hosted by Peter Sinclair, begins.
  • First broadcast of Radio Hauraki from a boat called the TIRI in the Hauraki Gulf outside of New Zealand waters in an attempt to break the Government Monopoly on the New Zealand radio airwaves.

See: 1966 in New Zealand television, 1966 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


  • Don't Let It Get You

See: Category:1966 film awards, 1966 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1966 films



British Empire and Commonwealth Games[edit]

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
8 5 13 26


  • The 73rd National Chess Championship was held in Hamilton, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 8th title).[8]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Miramar Rangers who beat Western (Christchurch) 1–0 in the final.[11]
  • Northern League champions: Eastern Suburbs AFC. Teams from Bay of Plenty join the league in its second year.[12]
  • The Western League (a forerunner of the Central League) is formed, incorporating teams from Wanganui and Manawatu, with one team each from Taranaki and Hawke's Bay. The first champion is Kiwi United of Palmerston North.[13]
  • Provincial league champions:[14]
    • Buller: no competition
    • Canterbury: Christchurch City
    • Marlborough: Grosvenor Rovers
    • Nelson: Rangers
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: West End
    • Southland: Invercargill Thistle
    • Wairarapa: Masterton Athletic
    • Wanganui: Western Suburbs
    • Wellington: Miramar Rangers
    • West Coast: Grey United


Category:1966 births


Category:1966 deaths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  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". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand's day with LBJ". New Zealand History online. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Greymouth Star. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand and Italy". NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ List of Chatham cup winners Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Regional Champions 1965–1970
  13. ^ 1966 soccer
  14. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 

External links[edit]

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