1970 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: 2,852,100
- Increase since 31 December 1969: 48,100 (1.72%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.9
Regal and viceregal
- 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 - Jack Marshall.
- Chief Justice — Sir Richard Wild
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
- 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.
- 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.
Arts and literature
- Loxene Golden Disc SOLOIST AWARD Craig Scott - Lets Get A Little Sentimental
- Loxene Golden Disc GROUP AWARD Hogsnort Rupert - Pretty Girl
See: 1970 in music
- Benny Award presented by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand to Howard Morrison and Oswald Astley Cheesman.
Radio and Television
- The Feltex Television Awards begin.
- 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
- Jeff Julian wins his fourth national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:24:32 on 7 March in Napier.
British Commonwealth Games
- The 77th National Chess Championship is held in Auckland, and is won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 11th title).
- Establishment of the New Zealand National Soccer League
- Blockhouse Bay are the first National Soccer Champions.
- The Chatham Cup is won by Blockhouse Bay, who beat Western Suburbs FC (Wellington) 3-2 in a replay after the final ended at 2-2 after extra time.
- Northern League premier division (Thompson Shield) - Mount Albert
- Central League first division - Waterside
- Southern League first division - Christchurch Technical
- Promoted to NSL for 1971: Mount Albert-Ponsonby (following a merger) and Caversham (runners up in Southern League, as Christchurch Technical were connected to Christchurch United).
- 12 January: Brett Leaver, field hockey player
- 4 May: Paul Wiseman, cricketer
- 20 May: David Smail, golfer
- 13 June: Chris Cairns, cricketer
- 20 June: Maia Lewis, cricketer
- 9 August: Deborah Morris, politician
- 13 August: Glenn Jonas, cricketer
- 7 September: Guy Callaghan, butterfly swimmer
- 22 September: Hitro Okesene, rugby league player
- 19 October: Whetu Taewa, rugby league player
- 27 October (in Samoa): Alama Ieremia, rugby player
- 5 November: Andrew Hastie, field hockey player
- 3 December: Karen Smith, field hockey player
- 5 December: Matthew Horne, cricketer
- Catherine Chidgey, novellist
- Danielle Cormack, actor
- Katherine Dienes, organist and composer
- Nicola Kawana, actor
- Nanaia Mahuta, politician
- Simon Power, politician
- Katrina Shanks, politician
- Metiria Turei, politician
- 27 January: Rita Angus, painter.
- 2 June: Bruce McLaren, racing driver and car designer.
- 24 June: Tiaki Omana, politician.
- Philip Connolly, politician.
- Sir Charles Cotton, geologist.
- Hon. Jack Watts, 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
For world events and topics in 1970 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1970
- 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.
- Today in History | NZHistory
- Life: Bin there, done that by Bill Ralston | New Zealand Listener
- "The New Zealand Gas Story". Gas Industry Company. December 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
- 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 soccer league tables 1970
- List of Chatham Cup winners Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Biographies of selected composers
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