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1940 in New Zealand

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1940 in New Zealand
Decades:  1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s
See also:  Other events of 1940 Timeline of New Zealand history

Population

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,633,600
  • Increase since 31/12/1939: -8000 (-0.49%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.1
  • Regal and viceregal

  • Head of State - George VI
  • Governor-General - The Viscount Galway GCMG DSO OBE PC
  • Government

    The 26th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government.

    Contents

  • Speaker of the House - Bill Barnard (Labour Party)
  • Prime Minister - Michael Joseph Savage then Peter Fraser
  • Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs - Michael Joseph Savage then Frank Langstone
  • Attorney-General - Rex Mason
  • Parliamentary opposition

  • Leader of the Opposition - Adam Hamilton (National Party) until 26 November, then Sidney Holland (National).
  • Main centre leaders

  • Mayor of Auckland - Ernest Davis
  • Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
  • Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
  • Mayor of Christchurch - Robert M. Macfarlane
  • Mayor of Dunedin - Andrew Henson Allen
  • Events

  • 25 March: John A. Lee is expelled from the governing Labour caucus following his outspoken criticism of dying leader Michael Joseph Savage
  • 27 March: New Zealand's first Labour Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage dies from cancer in Wellington.
  • 12 July: Pan American Airways flying boat service from Hawaii to Auckland via Canton Island (not Kingman Reef) commences.
  • Arts and literature

    See 1940 in art, 1940 in literature, Category:1940 books

    Music

    See: 1940 in music

    Radio

    See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand

    Film

  • Rewi's Last Stand (1940)
  • One Hundred Crowded Years
  • See: Category:1940 film awards, 1940 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1940 films

    Chess

  • The 49th National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 6th and last title).
  • Harness racing

  • New Zealand Trotting Cup: Marlene
  • Auckland Trotting Cup: Ned Worthy
  • Soccer

  • The Chatham Cup is won by Waterside who beat Mosgiel 6—2 in the final.
  • Provincial league champions:
  • Auckland: Comrade
  • Canterbury: Western
  • Hawke's Bay: Napier HSOB
  • Nelson: No competition
  • Otago: Mosgiel
  • South Canterbury: No competition
  • Southland: No competition
  • Taranaki: RNZAF
  • Waikato: No competition
  • Wanganui: Technical College Old Boys
  • Wellington: Waterside
  • Births

  • 12 January: Dick Motz, cricketer
  • 17 February: James Laurenson, actor
  • 23 March: Brian Hastings, cricketer
  • 14 April: Robin Tait, discus thrower (d. 1984)
  • 7 June: Felicity Riddy, author and academic
  • 10 June (in the USA): Augie Auer, meteorologist
  • 23 June: Mike Shrimpton, cricketer
  • 1 July (in Australia): Judith Binney, historian
  • 15 July: Ian Athfield, architect
  • 11 August: Glenys Page, cricketer (d. 2012)
  • 31 August: Maurice (John) Belgrave, public servant and chief ombudsman
  • 3 September: Brian Lochore, rugby player
  • 18 September
  • Bruce Murray cricketer
  • Jon Trimmer, ballet dancer.
  • 24 September: Don Brash, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, politician
  • 6 October: Merv Wellington, politician
  • 24 October: Martin Campbell, film and TV director
  • date unknown
  • David Baragwanath, High Court judge.
  • Robyn Donald, writer.
  • Tessa Duder, writer.
  • Joe Hawke, politician.
  • Category:1940 births

    Deaths

  • 12 January: Taurekareka Henare, politician.
  • 27 March: Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister.
  • 28 May: Florence Young, missionary.
  • 6 June: F.O. Edgar "Cobber" Kain, first RAF ace of WWII.
  • Category:1940 deaths

    References

    1940 in New Zealand Wikipedia


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