1947 in New Zealand

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1947 in New Zealand

See also:

The following lists events that happened during 1947 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,817,500[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1946: 36,300 (2.04%)
  • Males per 100 females: 100.3


Regal and viceregal


The 28th New Zealand Parliament continued, with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1947 in art, 1947 in literature, Category:1947 books


See: 1947 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1947 film awards, 1947 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1947 films



National Champions (Postal Shoot)[5]


  • George Bromley wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:58:54 in Auckland.


The first interprovincial championship for women is held.[6]

Interprovincial champions

  • Men – Auckland
  • Women – Wellington


  • The 54th National Chess Championship was held in Palmerston North, and was won by T. Lepviikman of Wellington (his 2nd win).[7]


Horse racing

Harness racing

Lawn bowls

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

  • Men's singles champion – S. Vella (Onehunga Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – W.R. Hawkins, Phil Exelby (skip) (Frankton Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – E.H. Crowley, E. Crowley, V.F. Hurlstone, G.A. Crowley (skip) (Tolaga Bay Bowling Club)


Rugby league


  • A South African team visited New Zealand and played four internationals:[11]
    • 28 June, Christchurch: NZ 5–6 South Africa
    • 5 July, Dunedin: NZ 0–6 South Africa
    • 12 July, Wellington: NZ 3–8 South Africa
    • 19 July, Auckland: NZ 1–4 South Africa
  • The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside of Wellington who beat Technical Old Boys of Christchurch 2–1 in the final.[12]
  • Provincial league champions:[13]


Category:1947 births


Category:1947 deaths

See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  4. ^ nzhistory.net.nz
  5. ^ In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.
  6. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 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. ^ List of New Zealand national soccer matches
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

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