1959 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: 2,359,700
- Increase since 31 December 1958: 43,700 (1.89%)
- Males per 100 females: 101.0
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House – Robert Macfarlane
- Prime Minister – Walter Nash
- Deputy Prime Minister – Jerry Skinner.
- Minister of Finance – Arnold Nordmeyer.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Walter Nash.
- Attorney-General – Rex Mason.
- Chief Justice — Sir Harold Barrowclough
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – Keith Buttle then Dove-Myer Robinson
- Mayor of Hamilton – Roderick Braithwaite then Denis Rogers
- Mayor of Wellington – Frank Kitts
- Mayor of Christchurch – George Manning
- Mayor of Dunedin – Leonard Morton Wright then Thomas Kay Stuart Sidey
- 30 May: The Auckland Harbour Bridge, 1020 meters (3,348 feet) in length, was opened.
- 24 November: The coastal trader MV Holmglen sinks near Timaru with the loss of 15 lives.
Arts and literature
See: 1959 in music
- 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.
The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Wellington.
- 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)
- 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.
- The national men's team played one match against a visiting Costa Rican club side:
- 6 June, Auckland: NZ 3 – 2 Deportivo Saprissa
- The Chatham Cup was won by Dunedin team Northern who beat North Shore United 3-2 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- 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
- 13 April: Justin Boyle , cricketer.
- 8 May: Ingrid Jagersma, cricketer.
- 9 May: Andrew Jones , cricketer.
- 16 May: Greg Johnston, rower.
- 26 May: Brett Austin , breaststroke swimmer.
- 28 May: Eric Verdonk, rower.
- 4 September: Robbie Deans , rugby player and coach.
- 14 September: Brendon Bracewell , cricketer.
- 27 September: Mark Inglis , mountaineer.
- 3 November: Vaughan Brown , cricketer.
- 12 December: George Keys, rower.
- Bianca van Rangelrooy , artist.
- Harry Sinclair , actor, filmmaker and musician.
- 23 February: Gordon Wilson, Government architect.
- 8 April: Sir Bill Jordan, politician and diplomat.
- 7 November: Archie Fisher, painter.
- 8 November: Walter William Massey, MP and politician
- 6 December (in Scotland): Edward Hunter a.k.a. Billy Banjo, trade unionist, politician and writer.
- 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.
- Peter Hinze, New Zealand (Hunter Publishing, Inc, 1998), p34
- "Diver lost off South Canterbury coast". The Timaru Herald. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- 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.
- Pick and Go rugby results database
- List of New Zealand national soccer matches
- Chatham Cup: nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Blackley, Roger. "Fisher, Archibald Joseph Charles 1896–1959". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
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