1960 in New Zealand

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1960 in New Zealand
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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,403,600[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1959: 43,900 (1.86%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.0


Regal and viceregal


The 32nd New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the Second Labour government under Walter Nash. The general election saw the governing Labour Party defeated by a twelve-seat margin, and replaced by the Second National government.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1960 in art, 1960 in literature, Category:1960 books


See: 1960 in music

Radio and television

  • At 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1 June 1960, a switch was flicked in a building in Shortland Street in central Auckland and New Zealand's first official television transmission began. [1]. For the first six weeks, programs are limited to two hours a night and two nights a week. [2]. In mid-July, this was extended to four nights a week. A television licence fee of £4 per year was introduced in August.

See: 1960 in New Zealand television, 1960 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television programmes, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1960 film awards, 1960 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1960 films




  • The 67th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland.[5]


Horse racing

Harness racing

Summer Olympics

Winter Olympics

Rugby league

Rugby union

  • The All Blacks toured South Africa, losing the four-test series 2-1 with one game drawn.[8]
    • 25 June, Ellis Park, Johannesburg: New Zealand 0 – 13 South Africa
    • 23 July, Newlands, Cape Town: New Zealand 11 – 3 South Africa
    • 13 Aug, Free State Stadium, Blomfontein: New Zealand 11 – 11 South Africa
    • 27 August, Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth: New Zealand 3 – 8 South
  • Ranfurly Shield: Auckland managed successful defences against Thames Valley (22-6) and Counties (14-3) before losing to North Auckland, 17-11. North Auckland managed to defend the shield against Poverty Bay, (24-3) before losing 3-6 to Auckland. Auckland held the shield for the remainder of the season, beating Manawatu (31-8), Bay of Plenty (9-6), Wellington (22-9), Taranaki (25-6) and Canterbury (19-18).


  • The national men's team made a short tour to Tahiti.[9]
    • 5 September, Papeete: NZ 5 – 1 Tahiti
    • 8 September, Papeete: NZ 8 – 0 Tahiti Juniors
    • 12 September, Papeete: NZ 2 – 1 Tahiti
  • Chatham Cup won by North Shore United, who beat Technical Old Boys (of Christchurch) 5-3 in the final.[10]
  • Provincial league champions:[11]
    • Auckland: North Shore United
    • Bay of Plenty: Kahukura
    • Buller: Waimangaroa United
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Franklin: Papatoetoe
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier Rovers
    • Manawatu: Kiwi United
    • Marlborough: Woodbourne
    • Nelson: Athletic
    • Northland: Otangarei United
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: Thistle
    • Southland: Invercargill Thistle
    • Taranaki: Moturoa
    • Waikato: Hamilton Technical OB
    • Wairarapa: YMCA
    • Wanganui: Blue Rovers
    • Wellington: Railways
    • West Coast: Cobden-Kohinoor


Category:1960 births


Category:1960 deaths

See also


  1. Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  7. Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  8. Pick and Go rugby results database
  9. List of New Zealand national soccer matches
  10. Chatham Cup: nzsoccer.com
  11. "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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