1972 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1972 in New Zealand.

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New Zealand

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  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,959,700[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1971: 61,200 (2.11%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.7


Regal and viceregalEdit


The 36th Parliament of New Zealand concluded. A general election was held on 8 December and saw the second National government defeated by a large margin, with the Labour Party winning 55 of 87 seats in Parliament.

Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Main centre leadersEdit


Arts and literatureEdit

See 1972 in art, 1972 in literature, Category:1972 books


New Zealand Music AwardsEdit

See: 1972 in music

Performing artsEdit

Radio and TelevisionEdit

  • The Broadcasting Authority in March grants the right to broadcast a second television channel to the private consortium Independent Television Corporation. After the election of the Labour Government in November, Norman Kirk announces the second channel will be run by NZBC.
  • In September, the first live broadcast of an All Black match takes place. The All Blacks played against Australia. [1]
  • Feltex Television Awards:
    • Best Programme: Charlie's RockPukemanu
    • Outstanding Performance: Peter Sinclair in Golden Disc Award
    • Best Drama: Charlie's Rock – Pukemanu

See: 1972 in New Zealand television, 1972 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1972 film awards, 1972 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1972 films



  • Field events within New Zealand switch from imperial to metric measurements. Track events changed earlier in 1969.
  • David McKenzie wins his fourth and last national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:14:11.2 on 11 March in Dunedin.


  • The 79th National Chess Championship is held in Hamilton, and is won by R.J. Sutton of Auckland (his third title).[9]

Horse racingEdit

Harness racingEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

  Gold   Silver   Bronze Total
1 1 1 3
  • New Zealand sends a team of 89 competitors.

Winter OlympicsEdit

  Gold   Silver   Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
  • New Zealand sends a team of two alpine skiers.

Paralympic GamesEdit

Summer ParalympicsEdit

  • New Zealand sends a team of 10 competitors.
  Gold   Silver   Bronze Total
3 3 3 9



Category:1972 births


Category:1972 deaths


  1. ^ "Historical population estimates tables". Statistics New Zealand.
  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. ^ Keane, Basil (20 June 2012). "Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements: Cultural rights". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  6. ^ "History of the Māori language: Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 31 July 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  7. ^ Margarine Amendment Act 1972 No 127
  8. ^ "New Zealand and Chile". New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  9. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  11. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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