1926 in New Zealand

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1926 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1926 in New Zealand.


A New Zealand census was held in March 1926.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 716,310
Overseas Visitors 3,333 1,167 4,500
Total 719,643 688,497 1,408,140


Regal and viceregal


The 22nd New Zealand Parliament continued with the Reform Party governing.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • Writer and adventurer Zane Grey first visited New Zealand, helping to popularise big-game fishing
  • Department of Scientific and Industrial Research established
  • Pavlova reportedly created by a Wellington hotel chef in honour of the visit of Anna Pavlova
  • Ash eruption of Red Crater, Mount Tongariro
  • Dr Leonard Cockayne publishes the first part of Monograph on New Zealand beech forests, which argued that the forests could be managed with a rotation of 80–120 years, but warned about overgrazing by deer.[3][4]
  • 15 April: By-election in Eden, won by Rex Mason (Labour). As a result, Labour became the dominant party in opposition, with 12 seats compared to the Liberals' 11.
  • 15 November: The Balfour Declaration asserts the right of New Zealand and other dominions to exist as an independent country.
  • 3 December: Nine miners died in an explosion in the Dobson coal mine near Brunner

Arts and literature

See 1926 in art, 1926 in literature, Category:1926 books


See: 1926 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: 1926 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1926 films



  • The 35th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by S. Crakanthorp of Sydney, his second title.[5]


  • New Zealand, along with India and the West Indies, is admitted to the Imperial Cricket Conference, increasing the number of test playing nations to six.


Horse racing

Harness racing

Lawn bowls

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Dunedin.[10]

  • Men's singles champion – W. Foster (Caledonian Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – W.R. Todd, E. Tamlyn (skip) (St Kilda Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – J.D. Best, H.G. Siedeberg, F. McCullough, E. Harraway (skip) (Dunedin Bowling Club)

Rugby union

Rugby league


  • 1926 Chatham Cup won by Sunnyside (Christchurch)
  • Provincial league champions: [11]
    • Auckland: Tramways
    • Canterbury: Sunnyside
    • Hawke's Bay: Whakatu
    • Nelson: Athletic
    • Otago: HSOB
    • South Canterbury: Colmoco
    • Southland: Ohai
    • Taranaki: Auroa
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wanganui: Woollen Mills
    • Wellington: Hospital














Exact date unknown






  • 1 October – Suzanne Aubert (Sister Mary Joseph), missionary nun (born 1835)
  • 9 October – Sir Arthur Myers, politician, mayor of Auckland (1905–09) (born 1868)
  • 18 October – Sir James Carroll, politician (born 1857)
  • 26 October – Frederick Pirani, politician (born 1858)
  • 7 November – Henry Baker, cricketer (born 1904)
  • 7 December – Charles Purnell, journalist, newspaper editor, writer (born 1843)
  • 12 December – Jane Preshaw, nurse, midwife, hospital matron (born 1839)
  • 22 December – Mina Arndt, painter (born 1885)
  • 23 December – Joseph Frear, builder (born 1846)
  • 28 December – Robert William Felkin, medical missionary, explorer, ceremonial magician (born 1853)

See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ Cockayne, Leonard (1926). "Monograph on New Zealand beech forests". N.Z. State Forest Serv. Bull (4).
  4. ^ "New Zealand plants - timeline - 1900 to 1949". University of Auckland, School of Biological Science.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  7. ^ McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "Men's Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  8. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  11. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

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