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1953 in New Zealand

1953 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,074,700[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1952: 50,100 (2.47%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.1


Regal and viceregal


The 30th New Zealand Parliament continued. The National Party was in its second term in office under Sidney Holland.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • 6 January: Godfrey Bowen sets a world sheep shearing record, shearing 456 sheep in nine hours.[4]
  • 10 January: The Social Credit Political League is formed from the earlier Social Credit Association.[5]
  • 29 May – Mount Everest, the first known time this has been done. Hillary is knighted the following day.
  • 2 June – Elizabeth II crowned at Westminster Abbey in London
  • 23 December – The newly crowned Elizabeth II arrives in New Zealand for a royal tour scheduled to last until 30 January 1954. It is estimated that three in four New Zealanders would make an effort to see her during the tour.[6]
  • 24 December – a major rail disaster occurs at Tangiwai in the central North Island when a steam locomotive plunges into the Whangaehu River, killing 151 passengers on board.

Arts and literature

See 1953 in art, 1953 in literature, Category:1953 books


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1953 film awards, 1953 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1953 films

Appointments and awards

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




  • The 60th National Chess Championship was held in Timaru, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his second title).[7]

Horse racing

Harness racing


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Eastern Suburbs (of Auckland) who beat Northern (of Dunedin) 4-3 in the final.[10]
  • Provincial league champions:[11]
    • Auckland: Eastern Suburbs AFC
    • Bay of Plenty: Mangakino Utd
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Hastings Wanderers
    • Manawatu: Palmerston North United
    • Nelson: Woodbourne
    • Northland: Otangarei United
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
    • Southland: Brigadiers, Thistle (shared)
    • Taranaki: City
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wairarapa: Carterton
    • Wanganui: New Settlers
    • Wellington: Wellington Marist



See also


  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. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  5. ^ Crusade: Social Credit's drive for power by Spiro Zavos (1981, INL Print, Lower Hutt) ISBN 0-86464-025-0
  6. ^
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  10. ^ Chatham Cup records -
  11. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

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