1953 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1953 in New Zealand.

Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

See also:


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,074,700[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1952: 50,100 (2.47%)
  • Males per 100 females: 101.1


Regal and viceregalEdit


The 30th New Zealand Parliament continued. The National Party was in its second term in office under Sidney Holland.

Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Main centre leadersEdit


Arts and literatureEdit

See 1953 in art, 1953 in literature, Category:1953 books


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1953 film awards, 1953 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1953 films




  • The 60th National Chess Championship was held in Timaru, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his second title).[7]

Horse racingEdit

Harness racingEdit

Lawn bowlsEdit

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Auckland.[10]

  • Men's singles champion – R. McMaster (Stanley Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – J.F. Benson, Richard Pilkington (skip) (Balmoral Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – W.G. Thornally, C.B. Shine, N.A. Fletcher, N. Orange (skip) (Balmoral Bowling Club)


  • The Chatham Cup is won by Eastern Suburbs (of Auckland) who beat Northern (of Dunedin) 4–3 in the final.[11]
  • Provincial league champions:[12]
    • Auckland: Eastern Suburbs AFC
    • Bay of Plenty: Mangakino Utd
    • Canterbury: Western
    • Hawke's Bay: Hastings Wanderers
    • Manawatu: Palmerston North United
    • Nelson: Woodbourne
    • Northland: Otangarei United
    • Otago: Northern AFC
    • Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
    • South Canterbury: Northern Hearts
    • Southland: Brigadiers, Thistle (shared)
    • Taranaki: City
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wairarapa: Carterton
    • Wanganui: New Settlers
    • Wellington: Wellington Marist



See alsoEdit


  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. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  5. ^ Crusade: Social Credit's drive for power by Spiro Zavos (1981, INL Print, Lower Hutt) ISBN 0-86464-025-0
  6. ^ "Royal Visit of 1953-54". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Chatham Cup records - nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

External linksEdit

  Media related to 1953 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons