1940 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1940 in New Zealand.

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New Zealand

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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,633,600[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1939: -8000 (−0.49%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.1


Regal and viceregalEdit


The 26th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Main centre leadersEdit


The state funeral procession for Michael Joseph Savage, April 1940

Arts and literatureEdit

See 1940 in art, 1940 in literature, Category:1940 books


See: 1940 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1940 film awards, 1940 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1940 films



  • The 49th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 6th and last title).[4]


Horse racingEdit

Harness racingEdit

Lawn bowlsEdit

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Wellington.[7]


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside who beat Mosgiel 6–2 in the final.[8]
  • Provincial league champions:[9]
    • Auckland: Comrade
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
    • Nelson: No competition
    • Otago: Mosgiel
    • South Canterbury: No competition
    • Southland: No competition
    • Taranaki: RNZAF
    • Waikato: No competition
    • Wanganui: Technical College Old Boys
    • Wellington: Waterside


Category:1940 births


Category:1940 deaths

See alsoEdit

For world events and topics in 1940 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1940


  1. ^ "Historical population estimates tables". Statistics New Zealand.
  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. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  6. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
  10. ^ Dreaver, Anthony. "Hannah Retter". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

External linksEdit

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