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1926 in New Zealand

1926 in New Zealand


  • Population 1
  • Incumbents 2
    • Regal and viceregal 2.1
    • Government 2.2
    • Parliamentary opposition 2.3
    • Main centre leaders 2.4
  • Events 3
  • Arts and literature 4
    • Music 4.1
    • Radio 4.2
    • Film 4.3
  • Appointments and awards 5
  • Sport 6
    • Chess 6.1
    • Cricket 6.2
    • Golf 6.3
    • Horse racing 6.4
      • Harness racing 6.4.1
    • Rugby union 6.5
    • Rugby league 6.6
    • Soccer 6.7
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


A census was held in March 1926.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 716,310
Overseas Visitors 3,333 1,167 4,500
Total 719,643 688,497 1,408,140


Regal and viceregal


The 22nd New Zealand Parliament continued with the Reform Party governing.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • Writer and adventurer Zane Grey first visited New Zealand, helping to popularise big-game fishing
  • Department of Scientific and Industrial Research established
  • Pavlova reportedly created by a Wellington hotel chef in honour of the visit of Anna Pavlova
  • Ash eruption of Red Crater, Mount Tongariro
  • Dr Leonard Cockayne publishes the first part of Monograph on New Zealand beech forests, which argued that the forests could be managed with a rotation of 80–120 years, but warned about overgrazing by deer.[3][4]
  • 15 April: By-election in Eden, won by Rex Mason (Labour). As a result, Labour became the dominant party in opposition, with 12 seats compared to the Liberals' 11.
  • 15 November: The Balfour Declaration asserts the right of New Zealand and other dominions to exist as an independent country.
  • 3 December: Nine miners died in an explosion in the Dobson coal mine near Brunner

Arts and literature

See 1926 in art, 1926 in literature, Category:1926 books


See: 1926 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: 1926 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1926 films

Appointments and awards

See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand



  • The 35th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by S. Crakanthorp of Sydney, his second title.[5]


  • New Zealand, along with India and the West Indies, is admitted to the Imperial Cricket Conference, increasing the number of test playing nations to six.


  • The 16th New Zealand Open championship was won by Andrew Shaw after a playoff with Ernie Moss.[6]
  • The 8th National Amateur Championships were held at Mirimar [7]
    • Men: Arthur Duncan (Wellington) - 9th title
    • Women: Mrs E.G. Kerr

Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union

Rugby league


  • 1926 Chatham Cup won by Sunnyside (Christchurch)
  • Provincial league champions: [10]
    • Auckland: Tramways
    • Canterbury: Sunnyside
    • Hawke's Bay: Whakatu
    • Nelson: Athletic
    • Otago: HSOB
    • South Canterbury: Colmoco
    • Southland: Ohai
    • Taranaki: Auroa
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wanganui: Woollen Mills
    • Wellington: Hospital


Category:1926 births


Category:1926 deaths

See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Cockayne, Leonard (1926). "Monograph on New Zealand beech forests". N.Z. State Forest Serv. Bull (4). 
  4. ^ "New Zealand plants - timeline - 1900 to 1949".  
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  7. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Mens' Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  11. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer.  

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