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1945 in New Zealand

1945 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
    • Archery 6.1
    • Athletics 6.2
    • Chess 6.3
    • Cricket 6.4
    • Horse racing 6.5
      • Harness racing 6.5.1
    • Rugby union 6.6
    • Rugby league 6.7
    • Soccer 6.8
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


A census was held in 1945. This was a year earlier than the established pattern, to make up for the lack of a census in 1941 due to World War II.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 830,385
Overseas Visitors 2,451 768 3,222
Total 832,908 869,421 1,702,329
  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,727,800 [1]
  • Increase since previous 31/12/1944: 51,500 (3.07%)
  • Males per 100 females: 98.1
  • Large increase is due to demobilisation of New Zealanders from military service overseas.


Regal and viceregal

  • George VI
  • GCMG CBE AM [2]


The 27th New Zealand Parliament continued, with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


1945; Air Vice Marshal Leonard M. Isitt, representing New Zealand, accepts the Japanese surrender
  • 2 May: New Zealand 2nd Division accepts surrender of the German Army in Trieste.

Arts and literature

See 1945 in art, 1945 in literature, Category:1945 books


See: 1945 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1945 film awards, 1945 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1945 films

Appointments and awards

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



National Champions (Postal Shoot) [4]


  • Lionel Fox wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:54:09.2 in Wellington.


  • The 52nd National Chess Championship was held in Auckland, and was won by R.G. Wade of Wellington (his 2nd win).[5]


Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union

Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks

Rugby league

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Western of Christchurch who beat Wellington Marist 4—3 in the final.[8]
  • Provincial league champions: [9]
    • Auckland: Philomel
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: RNZAF
    • Otago: Mosgiel
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Taranaki: Old Boys
    • Waikato: Rotowaro
    • Wanganui: No competition
    • Wellington: Wellington Marist



  • February: David Russell, soldier awarded the George Cross.
  • 15 April: Raffaello Squarise, Italian violinist
  • 11 December: Albert Moss, cricketer.

Category:1945 deaths

See also

For world events and topics in 1945 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1945


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records,
  9. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

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