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1972 in New Zealand

1972 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,959,700[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1971: 61,200 (2.11%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.7


Regal and viceregal


The 36th Parliament of New Zealand concluded. A general election was held on 8 December and saw the second National government defeated by a large margin, with the Labour Party winning 55 of 87 seats in Parliament.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • Chile and New Zealand establish embassies in each other's capitals.[5]
  • The Values Party is formed.

Arts and literature

See 1972 in art, 1972 in literature, Category:1972 books


New Zealand Music Awards

See: 1972 in music

Performing arts

Radio and Television

  • The Broadcasting Authority in March grants the right to broadcast a second television channel to the private consortium Independent Television Corporation. After the election of the Labour Government in November, Norman Kirk announces the second channel will be run by NZBC.
  • In September, the first live broadcast of an All Black match takes place. The All Blacks played against Australia. [1]
  • Feltex Television Awards:
    • Best Programme: Charlie's Rock - Pukemanu
    • Outstanding Performance: Peter Sinclair in Golden Disc Award
    • Best Drama: Charlie's Rock - Pukemanu

See: 1972 in New Zealand television, 1972 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1972 film awards, 1972 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1972 films

Appointments and awards

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



  • David McKenzie wins his fourth and last national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:14:11.2 on 11 March in Dunedin.


  • The 79th National Chess Championship is held in Hamilton, and is won by R.J. Sutton of Auckland (his third title).[6]

Horse racing

Harness racing

Olympic games



Category:1972 births


Category:1972 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. ^ "New Zealand and Chile". New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  7. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records,

See also

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