The National Provincial Championship, or NPC, was the predecessor to the current Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship in New Zealand rugby. 1979 was the fourth year of the National Provincial Championship, Counties were the winners of Division 1.
Division 1 StandingsEdit
|Relegated to Division Two|
These were the NPC Division 1 standings for the 1979 season.
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- Pld = Played
- W = Win
- D = Draw
- L = Loss
- PF = For (Total points scored)
- PA = Against (Total points scored against)
- PD = Points difference
As the bottom placed North Island team, Taranaki were automatically relegated.
Division Two North winner Hawkes Bay were promoted to Division One.
Otago faced Division Two South winner Marlborough, defeating them 15-13, and remained in Division One.
Division Two TeamsEdit
Division 2 North (In Order of Final Placing)
- Hawkes Bay
- Poverty Bay
- Thames Valley
- King Country
- Wairarapa Bush
- East Coast
Division 2 South (In Order of Final Placing)
North Auckland began the season as holders having defeated Manawatu the season before. They defended the Shield in 5 matches before being defeated by Auckland. Auckland then successfully defended against Counties in the final match of the season that pitted the Shield holders against the National Champions.
- beat King Country 21-6
- beat Thames Valley 35-6
- beat Marlborough 29-6
- beat South Canterbury 20-12
- beat Taranaki 23-11
- lost to Auckland 3-9
- beat Counties 11-9