1968 in New Zealand

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1968 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,773,000[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1967: 28,000 (1.02%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.8 – Note that this was the first year (other than during a major war) in which the number of females exceeded the number of males.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 35th Parliament of New Zealand continued, with the National government in power.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • The Southland Daily News, which had been acquired by its rival The Southland Times in 1967, ceased publication and was replaced by an evening edition of The Times. The paper was first published as Southern News and Foveaux Strait's Herald in 1861.[5]
  • 10 April Inter-Island ferry TEV Wahine foundered off Wellington with the loss of 53 lives.

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1968 in art, 1968 in literature, Category:1968 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

Loxene Golden Disc Allison DurbinI Have Loved Me A Man

See: 1968 in music

Radio and television[edit]

See 1968 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1968 film awards, 1968 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1968 films



  • Jeff Julian wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:22:40 on 9 March in Whangarei.

Association football[edit]


  • The 75th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by B.R. Anderson of Christchurch.[8]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]


Olympic games[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • The national team of France toured New Zealand, losing all three tests and one of their nine provincial matches.


Category:1968 births


  • 4 June: Walter Nash, 27th Prime Minister of New Zealand

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to 1968 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons