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1957 in New Zealand

1957 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
    • Athletics 6.1
    • Chess 6.2
    • Horse racing 6.3
      • Harness racing 6.3.1
    • Rugby union 6.4
    • Soccer 6.5
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,262,800[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1956: 53,600 (2.43%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.1


Regal and viceregal


The 31st New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the National government under Sidney Holland and later Keith Holyoake. The general election saw the Labour Party win by a narrow two-seat margin.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1957 in art, 1957 in literature, Category:1957 books


See: 1957 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1957 film awards, 1957 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1957 films

Appointments and awards

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



Edwin Rye wins his second national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:44:56 in Napier.


  • The 64th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington. The title was shared by A. Feneridis of Wellington and J.R. Phillips of Auckland.[7]

Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union

  • The All Blacks played two Test matches against Australia, retaining the Bledisloe Cup:[10]
    • 25 May, Sydney Cricket Ground: New Zealand 25 – 11 Australia
    • 1 June, Exhibition Ground, Brisbane: New Zealand 22 – 9 Australia


  • The national men's team was host to two visiting club sides:[11]
    • 22 June, Wellington: NZ 1 – 1 Eastern Athletic
    • 24 June, Auckland: NZ 2 – 1 Eastern Athletic
    • 27 June, Auckland: NZ 1 – 7 FK Austria
    • 3 August, Wellington: NZ 1 – 7 FK Austria
  • The Chatham Cup is won by Seatoun who beat Technical Old Boys 3—1 in the final.[12]
  • Provincial league champions:[13]
    • Auckland: Eastern Suburbs AFC
    • Bay of Plenty: Rangers
    • Buller: Millerton Thistle
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Hastings Wanderers
    • Manawatu: Ohakea
    • Marlborough: Blenheim Rangers
    • Nelson: Athletic
    • Northland: Otangarei United
    • Otago: King Edward Technical College OB
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
    • Southland: Hotspurs
    • Taranaki: City
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wairarapa: Masterton Athletic
    • Wanganui: New Settlers
    • Wellington: Seatoun AFC


  • Richard Adams, violinist.
  • George Bertrand, who became Georgina Beyer, trans-gender politician.
  • Howard Broad, Commissioner of Police

Category:1957 births


Category:1957 deaths

See also

For world events and topics in 1957 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1957


  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 Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  6. ^ Empire Day's end | NZHistory
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  10. ^ Pick and Go rugby results database
  11. ^ List of New Zealand national soccer matches
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records,
  13. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  14. ^

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