1973 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 References
- 9 See also
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,024,900
- Increase since 31 December 1970: 65,200 (2.20%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.7
- It took 21 years for the population to grow from 2 million to 3 million.
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House – Stanley Whitehead.
- Prime Minister – Norman Kirk
- Deputy Prime Minister – Hugh Watt.
- Minister of Finance – Bill Rowling.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Norman Kirk.
- Attorney-General – Martyn Finlay.
- 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 – Neville Pickering
- Mayor of Dunedin – Jim Barnes
Arts and literature
New Zealand Music Awards
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR John Donoghue – Spirit Of Pelorus Jack
- RECORDING ARTIST / GROUP OF THE YEAR Shona Laing
- BEST SINGLE / SINGLE OF THE YEAR John Hanlon – Damn The Dam
- BEST NEW ARTIST Shona Laing
- BEST NZ RECORDED COMPOSITION Anna Leah – Love Bug
- PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Keith Southern – Join Together
- ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Peter Hitchcock – Only Time Could Let Us Know
- ARRANGER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey – Damn The Dam
See: 1973 in music
Radio and television
- Colour television broadcasts begin on 31 October. The licence fee for a colour television is NZ$35.
- The Wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips on 14 November is the first international live broadcast into New Zealand.
- In December, Fred Dagg makes his first appearance.
- Feltex Television Awards:
- The first ZM radio stations were started in 1973 as 1ZM Auckland, 2ZM Wellington and 3ZM Christchurch.
See: 1973 in New Zealand television, 1973 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- Terry Manners wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:18:28.7 on 10 March in Inglewood. In the same year, on 1 December, the title is taken over by John Robinson who wins his first national title, clocking 2:15:03.6 in Christchurch.
- The 80th National Chess Championship is held in Wellington, and is won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 12th title).
- New Zealand National Soccer League won by Christchurch United
- The Chatham Cup is won by Mount Wellington who beat North Shore United 3—0 in the final.
- New Zealand hosted and won the inaugural Oceania Cup tournament, beating Tahiti 2-0 in the final.
- 25 January: Ruben Wiki, rugby league footballer
- 20 February: Leisen Jobe, field hockey player
- 1 April: Stephen Fleming, cricketer
- 8 April: Nicholas Tongue, freestyle swimmer
- 27 May: Tana Umaga, rugby player
- 27 May: Ian Winchester, athlete
- 2 July: Andrew Buckley, field hockey player
- 10 July: Andrew McCormick, rugby union footballer
- 23 July: Adrian Cashmore, rugby player
- 31 July: Tasha Williams, hammer thrower
- 4 August: Hymie Gill, field hockey player
- 5 August: Justin Marshall, rugby player
- 13 August: Martin Moana, rugby league footballer
- 23 August: Kerry Walmsley, cricketer
- 5 September: Lesley Nicol, netball player
- 1 September: Trent Bray, freestyle swimmer
- 14 November: Darren Smith, field hockey player
- 15 November: Shayne O'Connor, cricketer
- 16 November: Brendan Laney, rugby player
- 29 December: Garth da Silva, boxer
- Kirsten Cameron, swimmer
- 5 February – John Stewart, politician (born 1902)
- 11 April – Rongowhakaata Pere Halbert, Māori leader, interpreter, historian, genealogist (born 1894)
- 20 May – Charles Brasch, poet and literary editor (born 1909)
- 18 November – Peter McKeefry, Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal (born 1899)
- 19 November – Cyril Allcott, cricketer (born 1896)
- 15 December – Keith Buttle, mayor of Auckland (born 1900)
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
- 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". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- "TVNZ timeline 1960–2005" (PDF). TVNZ. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- 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 1973 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1973