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1956 in New Zealand

1956 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,209,200[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1955: 44,400 (2.05%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.2


Regal and viceregal


The 31st New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the National government under Sidney Holland.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1956 in art, 1956 in literature, Category:1956 books


See: 1956 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1956 film awards, 1956 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1956 films

Appointments and awards

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




  • The 63rd National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by F.A. Foulds of Auckland.[5]

Horse racing

Harness racing


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Stop Out (Lower Hutt) who beat Shamrock (soccer) of Christchurch 4—1 in the final.[8]
  • Provincial league champions:[9]
    • Auckland: Onehunga
    • Bay of Plenty: Rangers
    • Buller: Millerton Thistle
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier Athletic
    • Manawatu: Kiwi United
    • Marlborough: Blenheim B
    • Nelson: Settlers
    • Northland: Kamo Swifts
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: West End
    • Southland: Brigadiers
    • Taranaki: Moturoa
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wairarapa: No competition
    • Wanganui: Technical College Old Boys
    • Wellington: Stop Out


Category:1956 births


Category:1956 deaths


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ a b c d e Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  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. 
  10. ^ Mark Shaw at
  11. ^ Te Ara

See also

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