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1920 in New Zealand

1920 in New Zealand


Regal and viceregal


The 20th New Zealand Parliament commenced, with the Reform Party in Government

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • 1 May: The Colonist publishes its final issue, and is incorporated into The Nelson Evening Mail. The newspaper began in 1857.[3]

Arts and literature

See 1920 in art, 1920 in literature, Category:1920 books


See: 1920 in music


See: Category:1920 film awards, 1920 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1920 films

Appointments and awards

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



The 29th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by W.E. Mason of Wellington, his fifth title.[4]



  • The 10th New Zealand Open championship was won by J.H. Kirkwood.[5]
  • The 24th National Amateur Championships were held in Hamilton [6]
    • Men: Sloan Morpeth (Hamilton)
    • Women: Miss N.E. Wright (2nd title)

Horse racing

Harness racing

Olympic games

Rugby league

  • 1920 Great Britain Lions tour of New Zealand, won test series 3-0
    • 1st test, 23-10 Wellington
    • 2nd test, 19 - 3, Christchurch
    • 3rd test, 31 - 7, Auckland


  • 1920 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia
  • Wellington defended the Ranfurly Shield 10 times before losing it to Southland:[9]
    • vs Canterbury 15-3
    • vs Bay of Plenty 22-3
    • vs Taranaki 20-9 (played in Hawera)
    • vs Hawkes Bay 20-5
    • vs Auckland 23-20 (played in Auckland)
    • vs Taranaki 16-5
    • vs Wanganui 20-14
    • vs Auckland 20-3
    • vs South Canterbury 32-16 (played in Timaru)
    • vs Otago 16-5 (played in Dunedin)
    • vs Southland 6-17 (played in Invercargill)


Provincial league champions:[10]

  • Auckland: YMCA
  • Canterbury: Nomads
  • Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
  • Otago: Kaitangata FC
  • Southland: No competition
  • Wanganui: Eastbrooke
  • Wellington: Wellington Thistle






  • 7 October – James Brodie, geologist, oceanographer and amateur historian and philatelist
  • 24 October – Ron Westerby, rugby league player
  • 28 October – Bob Stuart, rugby player and administrator
  • 1 November – Harry Dansey, journalist, cartoonist, broadcaster, politician and race relations conciliator
  • 9 November – John Macdonald, forensic psychiatrist
  • 16 November – Ronald Davison, jurist
  • 11 December – Gus Fisher, fashion industry leader and philanthropist
  • 27 December – Warren Freer, politician
  • 28 December – Marty McDonnell, Australian rules footballer






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. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources – 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000.  
  4. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  5. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  9. ^ Palenski, R. and Lambert, M. The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. Moa Almanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

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