1976 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: 3,163,400
- Increase since 31 December 1975: 19,700 (0.63%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.5
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
- Governor-General - Sir Denis Blundell GCMG GCVO KBE QSO.
- Speaker of the House - Roy Jack.
- Prime Minister - Robert Muldoon
- Deputy Prime Minister - Brian Talboys.
- Minister of Finance - Robert Muldoon.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Brian Talboys.
- Attorney-General - Peter Wilkinson.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Dove-Myer Robinson
- Mayor of Hamilton - Mike Minogue then Bruce Beetham
- Mayor of Wellington - Michael Fowler
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
- Mayor of Dunedin - Jim Barnes
- 28 February – Nelson by-election - Mel Courtney (Labour) elected to replace the late Stanley Whitehead.
- 1 April – The New Zealand Fire Service is formed, following the nationwide merger of urban fire boards and fire brigades bought about by the Fire Service Act 1975.
- 7 June – The nation's first McDonald's restaurant opens in central Porirua.
- 17 July–1 August – New Zealand competes at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, despite 28 African nations boycotting the Games over New Zealand's sporting ties with apartheid South Africa. The nation wins four medals: two gold, one silver and one bronze.
- 15 September – The Union Company's Lyttelton to Wellington ferry service is cancelled, having operated since 1895 and by the Ministry of Transport since 1974, facing increased competition from air travel and the Railways' Cook Strait ferry service.
- 1 November – The Waitangi Day Act 1976 commences, replacing the New Zealand Day public holiday with Waitangi Day on 6 February.
- 14 December – The Weights and Measures Amendment Act commences, officially completing metrication in New Zealand.
Arts and literature
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR NZSO - Symphony #2
- RECORDING ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Dr Tree
- BEST NEW ARTIST Dr Tree
- PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Alan Galbraith - Taking It All in Stride
- ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Peter Hitchcock - Taking It All in Stride
- ARRANGER OF THE YEAR David Frazer - Taking It All in Stride
- COMPOSER OF THE YEAR John Hanlon - Night Life
See: 1976 in music
Radio and television
- Television Two is renamed South Pacific Television.
- All broadcasting services, including radio, are merged into the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand. 
- Feltex Television Awards:
See: 1976 in New Zealand television, 1976 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- UK-born Jack Foster wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:16:27 on 6 March in Auckland.
- The 83rd National Chess Championship is held in Upper Hutt. There is a three-way tie for the title between Lev Aptekar, Murray Chandler, and Ortvin Sarapu .
- New Zealand National Soccer League won by Wellington Diamond United
- The Chatham Cup is won by Christchurch United who beat Eastern Suburbs (Auckland) 4—0 in the final.
- 1 January – Karl Burnett, actor
- 13 January – Bic Runga, singer, songwriter
- 12 February – Christian Cullen, rugby union footballer
- 14 March – Sarah Ulmer, cyclist
- 31 March – Anna Rowberry, netball player
- 6 April – Bruce Reihana, rugby player
- 10 April – Jason Richards, motor racing driver (d. 2011)
- 7 May – Stacey Jones, rugby league footballer
- 3 June – Miriama Smith, actress
- 7 July – Ron Cribb, rugby union footballer
- 3 August – Rachel Sutherland, field hockey player
- 3 September – Ivan Vicelich, soccer player
- 13 September – Craig McMillan, cricketer
- 3 October – Simon Wills, motor racing driver
- 4 November – Troy Flavell, rugby union footballer
- 20 November – Doug Viney, K-1 fighter
- 3 December – Byron Kelleher, rugby union footballer
- 13 December – Mark Paston, soccer player
- 15 December – Joseph Yovich, cricketer
- 21 December– Mark Dickel, basketball player
- 9 January: Sir Stanley Whitehead, politician and 15th Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- 7 February (in Australia): Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks, nutrition scientist.
- 12 June: Herb Lilburne, All Black captain.
- 20 July: Tom Lowry, cricketer.
- 21 August: Ken James, cricketer.
- 12 November: Cliff Porter, All Black captain.
- 19 August: Ken Wadsworth, cricketer.
- 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.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
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