1940 in New Zealand

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1940 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1940 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,633,600 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1939: -8000 (-0.49%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.1


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 26th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


The state funeral procession for Michael Joseph Savage, April 1940

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1940 in art, 1940 in literature, Category:1940 books


See: 1940 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1940 film awards, 1940 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1940 films



  • The 49th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 6th and last title).[4]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Lawn bowls[edit]

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Wellington.[7]


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside who beat Mosgiel 6—2 in the final.[8]
  • Provincial league champions: [9]
    • Auckland: Comrade
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: No competition
    • Otago: Mosgiel
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Taranaki: RNZAF
    • Waikato: No competition
    • Wanganui: Technical College Old Boys
    • Wellington: Waterside


Category:1940 births


Category:1940 deaths

See also[edit]

For world events and topics in 1940 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1940


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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