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1973 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1973 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,024,900[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1970: 65,200 (2.20%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.7
  • It took 21 years for the population to grow from 2 million to 3 million.


Regal and viceregal


The 37th New Zealand Parliament commenced. Government was by a Labour majority of 55 seats to the National Party's 32 seats.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1973 in art, 1973 in literature, Category:1973 books


New Zealand Music Awards

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR John Donoghue – Spirit Of Pelorus Jack
  • BEST SINGLE / SINGLE OF THE YEAR John Hanlon – Damn The Dam
  • BEST NEW ARTIST Shona Laing
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Keith Southern – Join Together
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Peter Hitchcock – Only Time Could Let Us Know
  • ARRANGER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey – Damn The Dam

See: 1973 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

  • Colour television broadcasts begin on 31 October. The licence fee for a colour television is NZ$35.
  • The Wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips on 14 November is the first international live broadcast into New Zealand.
  • In December, Fred Dagg makes his first appearance.[5]
  • Feltex Television Awards:
    • Natural History Programme: Bird of a Single Flight
    • Best News, Current Affairs: Election Night '72
    • Best Light Entertainment: Loxene Golden Disc 1972
    • Best Drama and the Arts: Gone Up North and An Awful Silence
    • Best Documentary: Deciding
    • Allied Crafts: Loxene Golden Disc set and work on Pop Co.
  • The first ZM radio stations were started in 1973 as 1ZM Auckland, 2ZM Wellington and 3ZM Christchurch.

See: 1973 in New Zealand television, 1973 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1973 film awards, 1973 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1973 films



  • Terry Manners wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:18:28.7 on 10 March in Inglewood. In the same year, on 1 December, the title is taken over by John Robinson who wins his first national title, clocking 2:15:03.6 in Christchurch.


  • The 80th National Chess Championship is held in Wellington, and is won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his 12th title).[6]

Horse racing

From January 1973 all races were run at metric distances rather than imperial.

Harness racing



Category:1973 births


Category:1973 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. ^ "TVNZ timeline 1960–2005" (PDF). TVNZ. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine

See also

For world events and topics in 1973 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1973

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