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1942 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1942 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,636,400[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1941: 5200 (0.32%)
  • Males per 100 females: 94.2


Regal and viceregal


The life of the 26th New Zealand Parliament was extended for a further year (to 1942) due to World War II, with the Labour Party in government.[3]

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • Japanese submarines operated in New Zealand waters in 1942 and 1943. They sent reconnaissance aircraft over Auckland and Wellington, but did not carry out any attacks.
  • 8 March – Japanese Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita of the Imperial Japanese Navy conducts aerial reconnaissance of Wellington. His Yokosuka E14y reconnaissance plane had been catapulted into the air from the Japanese submarine I-25 which stored the plane in a sealed foredeck hangar. After a successful daylight tour the submarine and plane headed north to make an inspection of Auckland on 13 March.
  • 27 April – Sugar rationing is introduced.[5]
  • 24 May – I-21 briefly operated off northern New Zealand in May 1942. I-21's floatplane flown by Lt Ito Isuma conducted a reconnaissance flight over Thames and then Auckland on 24 May.
  • 24 June – A severe earthquake, the 1942 Wairarapa earthquake struck the lower North Island, followed by a severe aftershock on 2 August. Considerable damage resulted in Masterton, other parts of the Wairarapa, Palmerston North and Wellington.
  • June – Tea rationing is introduced.[5]
  • 9 December – 37 of the 39 female patients in Ward 5 at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum (psychiatric hospital) are killed in a night-time fire - the country's worst fire disaster at that time. [1]

Arts and literature

See 1942 in art, 1942 in literature, Category:1942 books


See: 1942 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1942 film awards, 1942 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1942 films


Most sports events were on hold due to the war.

Horse racing

Harness racing


Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks

Rugby league

New Zealand national rugby league team


  • Chatham Cup competition not held
  • Provincial league champions: [8]
    • Auckland: Mount Albert Grammar School Old Boys
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: No competition
    • Otago: Army
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Waikato: No competition
    • Wanganui: No competition
    • Wellington: Hospital


Category:1942 births


Category:1942 deaths


  1. ^ "Historical population estimates tables". Statistics New Zealand.
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Prolongation of Parliament Act, 1941". New Zealand Law online.
  4. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Tea and Sugar - War Economy - NZETC". nzetc.victoria.ac.nz.
  6. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 2009-06-17 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
  9. ^ Knight, Lindsay. "Phil Clarke". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Nicol, Robina, 1861–1942". National Library of New Zealand. 1 January 1861. Retrieved 1 November 2019.

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