The following lists events that happened during 1953 in New Zealand.
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,074,700
- Increase since 31 December 1952: 50,100 (2.47%)
- Males per 100 females: 101.1
Regal and viceregalEdit
- Head of State – Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, from 6 February 1952
- Governor-General – Lieutenant-General The Lord Norrie GCMG GCVO CB DSO MC, from 1952-1957
- Speaker of the House – Matthew Oram from 1950 to 1957
- Prime Minister – Sidney Holland from 13 December 1949 to 20 September 1957.
- Deputy Prime Minister – Keith Holyoake from 13 December 1949 to 20 September 1957.
- Minister of Finance – Sidney Holland
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Clifton Webb from 19 September 1951 to 26 November 1954
- Chief Justice — Sir Humphrey O'Leary (until 16 October), Sir Harold Barrowclough (from 17 November)
Main centre leadersEdit
- Mayor of Auckland – John Luxford from 1953–1956
- Mayor of Hamilton – Harold David Caro (from 1938 until his defeat in November) then Roderick Braithwaite (until 1959)
- Mayor of Wellington – Robert Macalister from 1950–1956
- Mayor of Christchurch – Robert M. Macfarlane from 1938–1941 and again from 1950–1958
- Mayor of Dunedin – Leonard Morton Wright from 1950–1959
- 6 January: Godfrey Bowen sets a world sheep shearing record, shearing 456 sheep in nine hours.
- 10 January: The Social Credit Political League is formed from the earlier Social Credit Association.
- 29 May – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest, the first known time this has been done. Hillary is knighted the following day.
- 2 June – Elizabeth II crowned as Queen of New Zealand at Westminster Abbey in London
- 23 December – The newly crowned Elizabeth II arrives in New Zealand for a royal tour scheduled to last until 30 January 1954. It is estimated that three in four New Zealanders would make an effort to see her during the tour.
- 24 December – Tangiwai disaster: A railway bridge collapses at Tangiwai in the central North Island, sending a fully loaded passenger train into the Whangaehu River, killing 151 passengers on board. The disaster remains New Zealand's worst rail accident.
Arts and literatureEdit
- The 60th National Chess Championship was held in Timaru, and was won by Ortvin Sarapu of Auckland (his second title).
The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Auckland.
- 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.
- Provincial league champions:
- 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
- 3 February: Steve Maharey, politician.
- 5 February: Deborah Coddington, journalist and politician.
- 17 February: Steve Millen, motor racing driver.
- 23 March: Denis Aberhart, cricket player and coach.
- 25 March: Paul Ballinger, long-distance runner
- 25 May: John Z. Robinson, artist, printmaker and jewelmaker.
- 14 June: Janet Mackey, politician.
- 22 June: Phil Goff, politician.
- 5 September: Murray Mexted, rugby player and commentator.
- 7 September: Marc Hunter, musician.
- 9 September: Edmond ("Sonny") Schmidt, bodybuilder.
- 12 September: Ramesh Patel, field hockey player.
- 6 November: Brian McKechnie, rugby player and cricketer.
- 19 December: Paul McEwan, cricketer.
- Jonathan Dennis, film historian.
- Bill Ralston, journalist
- "Historical population estimates tables". Statistics New Zealand.
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Today in History | NZHistory
- Crusade: Social Credit's drive for power by Spiro Zavos (1981, INL Print, Lower Hutt) ISBN 0-86464-025-0
- "Royal Visit of 1953-54". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- 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.
- Chatham Cup records - nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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