1969 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: 2,804,000
- Increase since 31 December 1968: 31,000 (1.12%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.7.
Regal and viceregal
The 35th parliament concluded and a general election was held on 26 November. It saw the Second National Government of New Zealand returned for a fourth term, with 45 of the 84 seats. The Social Credit Party lost its only seat. The overall vote was very close, with National only 1% ahead of Labour in total votes cast.
- Speaker of the House - Roy Jack .
- Prime Minister - Keith Holyoake
- Deputy Prime Minister - Jack Marshall.
- Minister of Finance - Robert Muldoon.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Keith Holyoake.
- Attorney-General - Ralph Hanan until 24 July, then vacant until Jack Marshall appointed on 22 December.
- Chief Justice — Sir Richard Wild
- Leader of the Opposition - Norman Kirk (Labour).
- Leader of the Social Credit Party - Vernon Cracknell until 26 November
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Dove-Myer Robinson
- Mayor of Hamilton - Mike Minogue
- Mayor of Wellington - Frank Kitts
- Mayor of Christchurch - Ron Guthrey
- Mayor of Dunedin - Jim Barnes
- The voting age is lowered from 21 to 20.
- A law change allows the number of seats in Parliament to vary in order to preserve the number of South Island seats. This increases the number of MPs from 80 to 84.
- The trading banks computerise cheque handling and money transfer between banks with overnight processing, between February and November, see Databank Systems Limited.
Arts and literature
Loxene Golden Disc Shane - Saint Paul
See: 1969 in music
Radio and television
- Coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing on videotape was flown from Sydney to Wellington by the RNZAF, and a microwave link was put together to allow its simultaneous broadcast throughout the country. 
- 5 November: the first Network News bulletin was read at 7.35 pm by Dougal Stevenson and received simultaneously around the country TVNZ website
See: 1969 in New Zealand television, 1969 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Public broadcasting in New Zealand Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows.
- Grand Master of Magic Award established and presented to Edgar (The Great) Benyon.
- Benny Award established by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand and presented to Edgar (The Great) Benyon.
- Track events within New Zealand switch from imperial to metric distances. Field events would switch later in 1972.
- Jeff Julian wins his third national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:07.6 on 8 March in Christchurch.
- The 76th National Chess Championship is held in Wellington, and the title is shared by B.R. Anderson of Christchurch and Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland.
- The Chatham Cup is won by Eastern Suburbs who beat New Brighton 2—0 in the final.
- Teams in the Northern and Central leagues were playing for places in the planned 1970 National league, with the top three in each league being promoted. The Southern League would be represented by Christchurch United, a new club backed by Christchurch City, Shamrock, Rangers and Christchurch Technical, who would continue to play independently in the Southern League.
- Northern League premier division (Thompson Shield) won by Mt Wellington.
- Central League won by Western Suburbs FC
- Southern League First Division won by Christchurch Technical
- 5 January: David Dixon, American football player
- 20 January: Blair Larsen, rugby player
- 27 January: Shane Thomson, cricketer
- 23 February: Michael Campbell, golfer
- 24 April: Tony Tuimavave, rugby league player
- 3 May: Chris Zoricich, soccer player
- 25 June: Liza Hunter-Galvan, long-distance runner
- 3 July (in Florida, USA): Leonard King, basketball player
- 26 July: Tony Tatupu, rugby league player
- 27 July: Brendon Pongia, basketballer and television presenter
- 6 August: Simon Doull, cricketer
- 6 September: Doug Pirini, decathlete
- 9 September: Rachel Hunter, model
- 10 September: Craig Innes, rugby footballer
- 6 October: Kirsten Smith, javelin thrower
- 10 October: Scott Nelson, race walker
- 13 October: Hugh McCutcheon, volleyball player and coach
- 11 November: Michael Owens, cricketer
- 20 November: Chris Harris, cricketer
- 5 December (in Maine, USA): Eric Saindon, visual effects supervisor (film)
- 9 January: Brigadier General Leslie Andrew, VC, DSO, soldier.
- William Denham, politician.
- Ralph Hanan, politician.
- Frank Langstone, politician.
- Sir Matthew Oram, politician and 13th Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- Sir Sydney Smith, forensic expert.
- 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 Parliament - Parliament timeline
- New Zealand Listener 28 November 2009 pp29 Volume 221 No 3629
- "James V. Reilly. 'Benyon, Edgar Wilson - Benyon, Edgar Wilson', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 30 October 2012".
- 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.
- "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- League tables 1969 - rsssf
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