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1949 in New Zealand

1949 in New Zealand

Most New Zealanders became New Zealand citizens in addition to being British subjects, as the British Nationality and New Zealand Citizenship Act 1948 came into effect.

The National government of Sydney Holland was elected in the New Zealand general election, 1949.


  • 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
    • Basketball 6.3
    • Chess 6.4
    • Cricket 6.5
    • Horse racing 6.6
      • Harness racing 6.6.1
      • Thoroughbred racing 6.6.2
    • Rugby 6.7
    • Rugby league 6.8
    • Soccer 6.9
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • References 9
  • See also 10


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,892,100 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1948: 38,200 (2.06%)
  • Males per 100 females: 100.7


Regal and viceregal


The 28th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was the Labour until after the November general election, which saw it replaced by National Party.

Iriaka Ratana (Labour) is the first Māori woman elected to Parliament.[3]

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1949 in art, 1949 in literature, Category:1949 books


See: 1949 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1949 film awards, 1949 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1949 films

Appointments and awards

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



National Champions


  • George Bromley wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:40:05.6 in Christchurch.


  • Interpovincial Champions: Men - Wellington
  • Interpovincial Champions: Women - Palmerston North


  • The 56th National Chess Championship was held in Wanganui, and was won by A.E. Nield of Auckland.[6]


Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing


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

Rugby league

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Petone who beat Northern 1—0 in the final.[9]
  • Provincial league champions: [10]
    • Auckland: Eden
    • Canterbury: Technical OB
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson:
    • Otago: Northern
    • South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
    • Southland: Brigadiers
    • Taranaki: City
    • Waikato: Rotowaro
    • Wanganui: Wanganui Athletic
    • Wellington: Seatoun


Category:1949 births


Category:1949 deaths


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  4. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Te Ara
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  7. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records,
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

See also

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