1956 in New Zealand

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1956 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1956 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,209,200[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1955: 44,400 (2.05%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.2


Regal and viceregal


The 31st New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the National government under Sidney Holland.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1956 in art, 1956 in literature, Category:1956 books


See: 1956 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1956 film awards, 1956 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1956 films




  • The 63rd National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by F.A. Foulds of Auckland.[5]

Horse racing

Harness racing

Lawn bowls

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Dunedin.[8]

  • Men's singles champion – G.G. Littlejohn (Hutt Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – L.J. Hughes, E.H. Ravenwood (skip) (North-East Valley Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – P.C.F. Barrat, C.E. Tomlinson, L.J. Buckingham, Hugh Robson (skip) (Mangakino Bowling Club)

Olympic Games

Summer Olympics

 Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
2 0 0 2

Winter Olympics

  • New Zealand did not participate in the 1956 Winter Olympics.


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Stop Out (Lower Hutt) who beat Shamrock (soccer) of Christchurch 4—1 in the final.[9]
  • Provincial league champions:[10]
    • Auckland: Onehunga
    • Bay of Plenty: Rangers
    • Buller: Millerton Thistle
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier Athletic
    • Manawatu: Kiwi United
    • Marlborough: Blenheim B
    • Nelson: Settlers
    • Northland: Kamo Swifts
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: West End
    • Southland: Brigadiers
    • Taranaki: Moturoa
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wairarapa: No competition
    • Wanganui: Technical College Old Boys
    • Wellington: Stop Out


Category:1956 births


Category:1956 deaths


  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. ^ a b c d e Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
  11. ^ Mark Shaw at AllBlacks.com
  12. ^ Te Ara

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