1940 in New Zealand

1940 in New Zealand


* Estimated Population as of 31 December: 1,633,600 http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/24107FC8-E7B5-4CF2-B17C-15E31CCA7D05/0/HistoricalPop.xls]
* Increase since 31/12/1939: -8000 (-0.49%)
* Males per 100 Females: 99.1


Regal and Vice Regal

*Head of State - George VI
*Governor-General - The Viscount Galway GCMG DSO OBE PC [Statistics New Zealand: "New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990". ISSN 0078-0170 page 52]


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

*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). [Cite web|url=http://www.elections.org.nz/democracy/leaders-opposition.html|title=Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition|accessdate=2008-04-06]

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


* 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,


See: 1940 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


*Rewi's Last Stand (1940)
*One Hundred Crowded Years

See: , 1940 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand,

Appointments and awards

See: New Zealand Order of Merit , Order of New Zealand
*Archbishop of New Zealand
*Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia , see appointments to Diocese


* See: 1940 in sports ,


Horse racing



* Ranfurly Shield

Rugby league

New Zealand national rugby league team


* Chatham Cup won by Waterside (Wellington)


* 12 January: Dick Motz, cricketer.
* 17 February: James Laurenson, actor.
*23 March: Brian Hastings, cricketer.
* 10 June (in the USA): Augie Auer, meteorologist.
* 23 June: Mike Shrimpton, cricketer.
* 15 July: Ian Athfield, architect.
* 3 September: Brian Lochore, rugby player
* 18 September: Bruce Murray cricketer.
* 18 September: Jon Trimmer, ballet dancer.
* 24 September: Don Brash, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, politician.
* 24 October: Martin Campbell, film and TV director.

* David Baragwanath, High Court judge.
*Maurice (John) Belgrave, public servant and chief ombudsman.
* (in Australia): Judith Binney, historian.
* Barry Curtis, Mayor of Manukau City.
* Robyn Donald, writer.
* Tessa Duder, writer.
* Joe Hawke, politician.
* Merv Wellington, politician.


* 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.


ee also

*List of years in New Zealand
*Timeline of New Zealand history
*History of New Zealand
*Military history of New Zealand
*Timeline of environmental history of New Zealand
*Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica

"For world events and topics in 1940 not specifically related to New Zealand see": 1940

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