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1954 in New Zealand

1954 in New Zealand
Decades:

Contents

  • 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
    • Athletics 6.1
    • Chess 6.2
    • Empire Games 6.3
    • Horse racing 6.4
      • Harness racing 6.4.1
    • Rugby union 6.5
    • Soccer 6.6
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Population

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,118,400[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1953: 43,700 (2.11%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.2

Incumbents

Regal and viceregal

Government

The 30th New Zealand Parliament expired this year. The National Party was elected to a third term in office under Sidney Holland on 13 November.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders

Events

Arts and literature

See 1954 in art, 1954 in literature, Category:1954 books

Music

See: 1954 in music

Radio

See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand

Film

See: Category:1954 film awards, 1954 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1954 films

Appointments and awards

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

Sport

Athletics

20 February: Yvette Williams breaks the world long jump record by jumping 20 feet 7½ inches (6.28 metres) at Gisborne.[7]
Edwin Rye wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:35:45 on 6 March in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Chess

  • The 61st National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his third successive title).[8]

Empire Games

Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union

  • The All Blacks played four Test Matches on a tour of Europe:[11]
    • 9 January, Lansdowne Road, Dublin: New Zealand 14 – 3 Ireland
    • 30 January, Twickenham, London: New Zealand 5 – 0 England
    • 13 February, Murrayfield, Edinburgh New Zealand 3 – 0 Scotland
    • 27 February, Stade Colombes, Paris: New Zealand 0 – 3 France

Soccer

  • The national men's team undertook a 10-match tour of Australia, which included 3 internationals. They played one warm-up match prior to the tour.[12]
    • 31 July, Wellington: NZ 6 – 0 Wellington
    • 3 August, Adelaide: NZ 3 – 2 South Australia
    • 7 August, Adelaide: NZ 3 – 1 Australian XI
    • 11 August, Melbourne: NZ 1 – 2 Victoria
    • 14 August, Melbourne: NZ 2 – 1 Australia
    • 18 August, Granville: NZ 0 – 3 Granville
    • 21 August, Sydney: NZ 4 – 1 New South Wales Benge (2), Charlton, Olley
    • 25 August, Brisbane: NZ 2 – 2 Queensland Smith, Steele
    • 28 August, Brisbane: NZ 1 – 4 Australia'
    • 29 August, Newcastle: NZ 1 – 1 Northern Districts Smith
    • 4 September, Sydney: NZ 1 – 4 Australia
    • 5 September, Bulli: NZ 4 – 4 South Coast
  • The Chatham Cup is won by Onehunga who beat Western of Christchurch 1—0 in the final.[13]
  • Provincial league champions:[14]
    • Auckland: North Shore United
    • Bay of Plenty: Mangakino Utd
    • Buller: Millerton Thistle
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Hastings Wanderers
    • Manawatu: Palmerston North United
    • Nelson: Settlers
    • Northland: Otangarei United
    • Otago: Northern
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
    • Southland: Brigadiers
    • Taranaki: Old Boys
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wanganui: New Settlers
    • Wellington: Stop Out

Births

Category:1954 births

Deaths

  • 26 May: Frederick Doidge, former cabinet minister and New Zealand High Commissioner (London)
  • 7 December: George William Smith, athlete, rugby union and league player.
  • John Buckland Wright, engraver.

Category:1954 deaths

See also

For world events and topics in 1954 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1954

References

  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. ^ NZHistory.net - includes video
  6. ^ (Ministry of Health)
  7. ^ nzhistory.net.nz
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  9. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  11. ^ Pick and Go Rugby Tests database
  12. ^ List of New Zealand national soccer matches
  13. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
  14. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

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