1940 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: 1,633,600 
- Increase since 31/12/1939: -8000 (-0.49%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.1
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Bill Barnard (Labour Party)
- Prime Minister - Michael Joseph Savage then Peter Fraser
- Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Michael Joseph Savage then Frank Langstone
- Attorney-General - Rex Mason
- Chief Justice — Sir Michael Myers
- Leader of the Opposition - Adam Hamilton (National Party) until 26 November, then Sidney Holland (National).
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Ernest Davis
- Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
- Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
- Mayor of Christchurch - Robert M. Macfarlane
- Mayor of Dunedin - Andrew Henson Allen
- 25 March: John A. Lee is expelled from the governing Labour caucus following his outspoken criticism of dying leader Michael Joseph Savage
- 27 March: New Zealand's first Labour Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage dies from cancer in Wellington.
- 19 June: The liner RMS Niagara is sunk by a mine laid by the German auxiliary cruiser Orion off Whangarei. She was carrying British gold destined for America.
- 12 July: Pan American Airways flying boat service from Hawaii to Auckland via Canton Island (not Kingman Reef) commences.
- German surface raiders operated in New Zealand waters in 1940 and 1941, sinking four ships.
Arts and literature
See: 1940 in music
- The 49th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 6th and last title).
The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Wellington.
- Men's singles champion – G.A. Deare (Carlton Bowling Club)
- Men's pair champions – L.G. Donaldson, Bill Bremner (skip) (West End Bowling Club, Auckland)
- Men's fours champions – Bill Whittaker, J.W.T. Macklow, Alec Robertson, Frank Livingstone (skip) (Onehunga Bowling Club)
- The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside who beat Mosgiel 6—2 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- 12 January: Dick Motz, cricketer
- 17 February: James Laurenson, actor
- 23 March: Brian Hastings, cricketer
- 14 April: Robin Tait, discus thrower (d. 1984)
- 7 June: Felicity Riddy, author and academic
- 10 June (in the USA): Augie Auer, meteorologist
- 23 June: Mike Shrimpton, cricketer
- 1 July (in Australia): Judith Binney, historian
- 15 July: Ian Athfield, architect
- 11 August: Glenys Page, cricketer (d. 2012)
- 31 August: Maurice (John) Belgrave, public servant and chief ombudsman
- 3 September: Brian Lochore, rugby player
- 18 September
- 24 September: Don Brash, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, politician
- 6 October: Merv Wellington, politician
- 24 October: Martin Campbell, film and TV director
- date unknown
- 12 January: Taurekareka Henare, politician.
- 27 March: Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister.
- 28 May: Florence Young, missionary.
- 6 June: F.O. Edgar "Cobber" Kain, first RAF ace of WWII.
- 17 November: Frank Moore, political activist.
- 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 1940 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1940
- Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- 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.
- McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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