1969 in New Zealand

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1969 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1969 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,804,000[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1968: 31,000 (1.12%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.7.


Regal and viceregal


The 35th parliament concluded and a general election was held on 26 November. It saw the Second National Government of New Zealand returned for a fourth term, with 45 of the 84 seats. The Social Credit Party lost its only seat. The overall vote was very close, with National only 1% ahead of Labour in total votes cast.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • The voting age is lowered from 21 to 20.[5]
  • A law change allows the number of seats in Parliament to increase in order to preserve the number of South Island seats. This increases the number of MPs from 80 to 84.[5]
  • The trading banks computerise cheque handling and money transfer between banks with overnight processing, between February and November, see Databank Systems Limited.

Arts and literature

See 1969 in art, 1969 in literature, Category:1969 books


New Zealand Music Awards

Loxene Golden Disc Shane - Saint Paul

See: 1969 in music

Radio and television

  • Coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing on videotape was flown from Sydney to Wellington by the RNZAF, and a microwave link was put together to allow its simultaneous broadcast throughout the country. [1]
  • 5 November: the first Network News bulletin was read at 7.35 pm by Dougal Stevenson and received simultaneously around the country[6] TVNZ website

See: 1969 in New Zealand television, 1969 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Public broadcasting in New Zealand Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows.


See: Category:1969 film awards, 1969 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1969 films

Performing arts



  • Track events within New Zealand switch from imperial to metric distances. Field events would switch later in 1972.
  • Jeff Julian wins his third national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:07.6 on 8 March in Christchurch.


  • The 76th National Chess Championship is held in Wellington, and the title is shared by B.R. Anderson of Christchurch and Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland.[8]

Horse racing

Harness racing




Category:1969 births


Category:1969 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. ^ 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. ^ a b New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  6. ^ New Zealand Listener 28 November 2009 pp29 Volume 221 No 3629
  7. ^ a b "James V. Reilly. 'Benyon, Edgar Wilson - Benyon, Edgar Wilson', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 30 October 2012".
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ a b c d League tables 1969 - rsssf

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