The following lists events that happened during 1974 in New Zealand.
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,091,900
- Increase since 31 December 1973: 65,200 (2.20%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.7
Regal and viceregalEdit
- Speaker of the House – Stan Whitehead.
- Prime Minister – Norman Kirk then Bill Rowling
- Deputy Prime Minister – Hugh Watt then Bob Tizard
- Minister of Finance – Bill Rowling then Bob Tizard.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Norman Kirk then Bill Rowling.
- Attorney-General – Martyn Finlay.
- Leader of the Opposition – Jack Marshall (National) until 4 July, then Robert Muldoon (National).
Main centre leadersEdit
- 24 January – 2 February: Christchurch hosts the 1974 British Commonwealth Games.
- 30 January – 8 February: Royal visit by the Queen for the Commonwealth Games and Waitangi Day accompanied by the Duke, Princess Anne, Captain Mark Phillips and the Prince of Wales
- 6 February – Waitangi Day, then named New Zealand Day, is first celebrated as a nationwide public holiday.
- 1 April – The Accident Compensation Commission is established, providing universal no-fault accidental injury cover to all New Zealanders.
- 31 August – Prime Minister Norman Kirk dies of heart complications, aged 51. He was replaced by Bill Rowling, see New Zealand Labour Party leadership election, 1974.
- September – The country's first Pizza Hut restaurant opens in New Lynn, Auckland.
- The voting age is lowered from 20 to 18.
Arts and literatureEdit
- BEST NEW ARTIST Bunny Walters
- RECORDING ARTIST / GROUP OF THE YEAR Bull Dogs All-Star Goodtime Band
- BEST NZ RECORDED COMPOSITION John Hanlon – Is It Natural
- PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey – Is It Natural
- ARRANGER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey – Is It Natural
See: 1974 in music
Radio and televisionEdit
- The target delivery date for colour television for all New Zealanders was when the country hosted the 1974 Commonwealth Games. 
- Feltex Television Awards:
See: 1974 in New Zealand television, 1974 in television, Category:Television in New Zealand, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
British Commonwealth GamesEdit
- The 81st National Chess Championship is held in Christchurch. The title is shared by P.A. Garbett and Ortvin Sarapu, both of Auckland.
- Robalan defeats hot favorite Young Quinn to win the New Zealand Trotting Cup
- Auckland Trotting Cup: Young Quinn
- 6 January: Dion Waller, rugby player
- 10 January: Jemaine Clement, comedian
- 28 February: Moana Mackey, politician
- 21 March: Rhys Darby, actor and comedian
- 27 April (in Australia): Richard Johnson, soccer player
- 6 May: Sean Pero Cameron, basketball player
- 2 June: Andy Booth, motor racing driver
- 15 June: Andrew Timlin, field hockey player
- 10 July: Chris Drum, cricketer
- 14 July (in Bulgaria): Pavlina Nola, tennis player
- 26 July: Kees Meeuws, rugby player
- 1 August: Michelle Turner, field hockey player
- 27 August: Michael Mason, cricketer
- 15 September: Emily Drumm, cricketer
- 11 October: Liz Couch, skeleton racer
- 23 October: Beatrice Faumuina, discus thrower
- 5 November: Taine Randell, rugby player
- 13 November: Carl Hoeft, rugby player
- 2 December: Robbie Hart, cricketer
- 7 December: Jason Spice, rugby and cricket player
- 10 December: Chris Martin, cricketer
- Kate Duignan, novelist
- Tim Selwyn, activist
- 12 February: Alice Bush, doctor and medical activist.
- 13 February: Murray Hudson GC, soldier.
- 13 February: Sir Leslie Munro, diplomat and politician.
- 14 February: Charles 'Stewie' Dempster, cricketer.
- 5 August: Robert McKeen, politician – 12th Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- 12 August: James Fletcher, industrialist.
- 30 August: Professor George Jobberns, academic.
- 31 August: Norman Kirk, Prime Minister.
- 7 September: Paddy Kearins, politician.
- 12 September: Hector Bolitho, writer and biographer.
- 26 October: Dan Riddiford, politician.
- 28 October: Charles Elliot Fox, missionary.
- 11 December: Maurice Duggan, writer.
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- Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
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- 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
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Hunkin, Joanna (10 October 2008). "Roll call: Rhys Darby". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
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