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1931 in New Zealand

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1931 in New Zealand
Decades:  1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s
See also:  Other events of 1931 Timeline of New Zealand history


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,522,800
  • Increase since previous 31/12/1930: 16,000 (1.06%)
  • Males per 100 females: 103.8
  • Regal and viceregal

  • Head of state - George V
  • Governor-General - The Lord Bledisloe GCMG KBE PC
  • Government

    The 23rd New Zealand Parliament continued with the coalition of the United Party and the Labour Party with the Reform Party in opposition. During the year the agreement between United and Labour collapsed due to differing opinions on how to counter the Great Depression. The Reform Party, fearing that the Depression would give Labour a substantial boost, reluctantly agreed to form a coalition with United to avert elections. By forming a coalition, United and Reform were able to blunt Labour's advantage, ending the possibility of the anti-Labour vote being split and the general election in December saw the United/Reform coalition winning a majority.


  • Speaker of the House - Charles Statham (Independent)
  • Prime Minister - George Forbes
  • Minister of Finance - George Forbes (United) until 22 September, then William Downie Stewart (Reform)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs - George Forbes
  • Attor - Thomas Sidey until 22 September, then William Downie Stewart
  • Parliamentary opposition

  • Leader of the Opposition - Gordon Coates (Reform) until 22 September, then Harry Holland (Labour).
  • Main centre leaders

  • Mayor of Auckland - George Baildon, succeeded by George Hutchison
  • Mayor of Hamilton, New Zealand - John Robert Fow, succeeded by Frances Dewsbury Pinford
  • Mayor of Wellington - George Troup, succeeded by Thomas Hislop
  • Mayor of Christchurch - John Archer, succeeded by Dan Sullivan
  • Mayor of Dunedin - Robert Black
  • Events

  • 7 January: Australian aviator Guy Menzies makes the first solo flight across the Tasman sea, starting from Sydney and ending 11 hours 45 minutes later with a crash landing in a swamp near Harihari on the West Coast
  • 3 February: The Hawkes Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst, kills 256 people, mainly in Napier and Hastings
  • 8 February: A Desoutter aircraft of Dominion Airline crashed near Wairoa, killing all three people aboard. This is the first fatality on a scheduled air service in New Zealand.
  • Arts and literature

    See 1931 in art, 1931 in literature, Category:1931 books


    See: 1931 in music


    See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


    See: Category:1931 film awards, 1931 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1931 films


  • The 40th National Chess Championship was held in Rotorua, and was won by A.W. Gyles of Wellington.
  • Golf

  • The 21st New Zealand Open championship was won by Andrew Shaw, his 4th win.
  • The 35th National Amateur Championships were held in Christchurch
  • Men: Rana Wagg (Hutt)
  • Women: Miss B. Gaisford
  • Harness racing

  • New Zealand Trotting Cup: Harold Logan
  • Auckland Trotting Cup: Royal Silk
  • Rugby league

    New Zealand national rugby league team

    Rugby Union

    Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks

  • Ranfurly Shield
  • Soccer

  • 1931 Chatham Cup won by Tramurewa (Auckland)
  • Provincial league champions:
  • Auckland: Thistle
  • Canterbury: Rangers, Nomads (shared)
  • Hawke's Bay: National Tobacco
  • Nelson: Hospital
  • Otago: HSOB
  • Southland: Rangers
  • Taranaki: Hawera, Albion (shared)
  • Waikato: Rotowaro
  • Wanganui: KP's
  • Wellington: Petone
  • Births

  • 2 July, Robin Gray, politician and Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • 23 July, Princess Piki Mahuta, later Dame Te Atairangikaahu, 6th Māori monarch
  • 22 August: Maurice Gee, novelist and screenwriter
  • 5 September: William Bell, cricketer
  • 15 September: Lincoln Hurring, swimmer
  • 18 December: Noel McGregor, cricketer
  • Bryce Harland, diplomat
  • Mike Hinge, artist and illustrator
  • Ralph Hotere, artist
  • Thomas de Vere (Pat) Hunt, politician.
  • Category:1931 births


  • 9 September: Elsdon Best, ethnographer
  • 28 October: Edward Robert Tregear, surveyor, public servant, linguist
  • Peter Cheal, surveyor.
  • Sir John Luke, politician, Mayor of Wellington.
  • Owen Merton, painter.
  • Category:1931 deaths


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