1959 in New Zealand

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1959 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1959 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,359,700[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1958: 43,700 (1.89%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.0


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 32nd New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the Labour government led by Walter Nash.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

See 1959 in art, 1959 in literature, Category:1959 books


See: 1959 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1959 film awards, 1959 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1959 films



Ray Puckett wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:27:28.2 on 7 March in Palmerston North.


  • The 66th National Chess Championship was held in Hamilton. The title was shared between F.A. Foulds and B.C. Menzies, both of Auckland.[7]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Lawn bowls[edit]

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Wellington.[10]

  • Men's singles champion – W.R. Fleming Sr (Tuakau Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – G. Bradley, H.J. Thompson (skip) (Whitiora Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – T. Sunde, C. Hill, A. Sunde, M.A. Marinovich (skip) (Oratia Bowling Club)

Rugby union[edit]

  • The British Lions team toured New Zealand, losing the Test series 3-1. They also lost two of their 21 provincial games, to Canterbury and Otago.[11]
    • 18 July, Carisbrook, Dunedin: New Zealand 18 – 17 British Isles
    • 15 August, Athletic Park, Wellington: New Zealand 11 – 8 British Isles
    • 29 August, Lancaster Park, Christchurch: New Zealand 22 – 8 British Isles
    • 19 September, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand 6 – 9 British Isles


  • The national men's team played one match against a visiting Costa Rican club side:[12]
  • The Chatham Cup was won by Dunedin team Northern who beat North Shore United 3-2 in the final.[13]
  • Provincial league champions:[14]
    • Auckland: North Shore United
    • Bay of Plenty: Kahukura
    • Buller: Denniston Hotspurs
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier Athletic
    • Manawatu: Kiwi United
    • Marlborough: Woodbourne
    • Nelson: Rangers
    • Northland: Otangarei United
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: West End
    • Southland: Rovers
    • Taranaki: Moturoa
    • Waikato: Hamilton Technical OB
    • Wairarapa: Douglas Villa
    • Wanganui: New Settlers
    • Wellington: Northern


Category:1959 births


Category:1959 deaths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ a b c d e Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Peter Hinze, New Zealand (Hunter Publishing, Inc, 1998), p34
  6. ^ "Diver lost off South Canterbury coast". The Timaru Herald. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Pick and Go rugby results database
  12. ^ List of New Zealand national soccer matches
  13. ^ Chatham Cup: nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  15. ^ Blackley, Roger. "Fisher, Archibald Joseph Charles 1896–1959". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

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