1970 in New Zealand

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1970 in New Zealand
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The following lists events that happened during 1970 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,852,100[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1969: 48,100 (1.72%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.9


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 36th Parliament of New Zealand commenced, with the second National government in power.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 15 January: Police and anti-Vietnam war protestors clash outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Auckland, where visiting U.S. Vice-president Spiro Agnew is staying.[5][6]
  • The North Island natural gas network is commissioned following the completion of the Kapuni gas treatment plant. Natural gas is initially available in Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Hawera, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Levin and Wellington.[7]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1970 in art, 1970 in literature, Category:1970 books


New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

See: 1970 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and Television[edit]

  • The Feltex Television Awards begin.
    • Best Arts: Green Gin Sunset
    • Best Light Entertainment: The Alpha Plan
    • Public Affairs: Gallery for Brian Edwards' interview with Christiaan Barnard.
    • Best Documentary: Three Score Years and Then
    • Professional (TVPDA award): David Gardner
  • Radio Hauraki granted the very first commercial licence in New Zealand breaking the government monopoly of the radio airwaves.

See: 1970 in New Zealand television, 1970 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1970 film awards, 1970 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1970 films


See: 1970 in sports, Category:1970 in sports ,


  • Jeff Julian wins his fourth national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:24:32 on 7 March in Napier.

British Commonwealth Games[edit]

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
2 6 6 14


  • The 77th National Chess Championship is held in Auckland, and is won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 11th title).[8]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]




Category:1970 deaths

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 1970 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1970


External links[edit]

Media related to 1970 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons