1966 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: 2,711,300
- Increase since 31 December 1965: 47,500 (1.78%)
- Males per 100 females: 100.7
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Brigadier Sir Bernard Fergusson GCMG GCVO DSO OBE.
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.
- 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 (until 17 January), Sir Richard Wild (starting 17 January)
- Leader of the Opposition – Norman Kirk (Labour).
- Leader of Social Credit Party – Vernon Cracknell (after 26 November General election)
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – Roy McElroy
- Mayor of Hamilton – Dennis Rogers
- Mayor of Wellington – Frank Kitts
- Mayor of Christchurch – George Manning
- Mayor of Dunedin – Russell John Calvert
- 1 January – New Zealand Australia Free Trade Agreement comes into force.
- 19–20 October – President of the United States of America Lyndon B. Johnson visits New Zealand, becoming the first serving US President to visit the country (see Visit).
- November – The Grey River Argus ceases publication. The newspaper was founded in 1865.
- New Zealand appoints an ambassador to Italy and establishes an embassy in Rome.
Arts and literature
Loxene Golden Disc Maria Dallas – Tumbling Down
See: 1966 in music
Radio and television
- 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
- David McKenzie wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:16:59 on 12 March in Hamilton, New Zealand.
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
- The 73rd National Chess Championship was held in Hamilton, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 8th title).
- The Chatham Cup is won by Miramar Rangers who beat Western (Christchurch) 1–0 in the final.
- Northern League champions: Eastern Suburbs AFC. Teams from Bay of Plenty join the league in its second year.
- 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.
- Provincial league champions:
- 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
- 8 January: Laila Harré, politician and trade unionist.
- 13 January (in Florida, USA): Campbell Cooley, actor.
- 2 February: Sean Wade, long-distance runner.
- 3 February: Danny Morrison, cricketer.
- 22 March: Glen Denham, basketballer.
- 20 April: Sarah Bradley, television presenter.
- 26 May: Grant Bradburn, cricketer.
- 29 May: Nándor Tánczos, politician.
- 30 June: Marton Csokas, actor.
- 26 July: Nikki Payne, rower.
- 30 July: Kerry Fox, actor.
- 30 August: Teddy Tahu Rhodes, operatic bass-baritone.
- 26 September: Shane Dye, jockey.
- 22 October: Blair Hartland, cricketer.
- 7 November: Murphy Su'a, cricketer.
- 1 December: Andrew Adamson, film director.
- (in Sydney): Mick Watson, sports entrepreneur.
- 20 January: Bill Anderton, politician.
- 18 February: Mary Patricia Anderson, politician (MLC).
- 25 May: Fred Jones, politician.
- 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
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
- 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". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- "New Zealand's day with LBJ". New Zealand History online. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- "About Us". Greymouth Star. Retrieved 12 June 2008.
- "New Zealand and Italy". NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- List of Chatham cup winners Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Regional Champions 1965–1970
- 1966 soccer
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
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