1963 in New Zealand


* Estimated Population as of 31 December: 2,566,900 http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/24107FC8-E7B5-4CF2-B17C-15E31CCA7D05/0/HistoricalPop.xls]
* Increase since 31/12/1962: 51,100 (2.03%)
* Males per 100 Females: 100.8


Regal and Vice Regal

*Head of State - Queen Elizabeth II
*Governor-General - Brigadier Sir Bernard Fergusson GCMG GCVO DSO OBE. [Statistics New Zealand: "New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990". ISSN 0078-0170 page 52]


The 33rd New Zealand Parliament concluded and a general election was held on 30 November. This saw the National Party returned with the loss of one seat to have a majority of 10 seats.
*Speaker of the House - Ronald Algie. Lambert & Palenski: "The New Zealand Almanac", 1982. ISBN 0908570554]
*Prime Minister - Keith Holyoake
*Deputy Prime Minister - Jack Marshall.
*Minister of Finance - Harry Lake.
*Minister of Foreign Affairs - Keith Holyoake.
*Attorney-General - Ralph Hanan.

Parliamentary opposition

* Leader of the Opposition - Walter Nash (Labour) until 31 March, then Arnold Nordmeyer (Labour). [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 - Dove-Myer Robinson
*Mayor of Hamilton - Dennis Rogers
*Mayor of Wellington - Frank Kitts
*Mayor of Christchurch - George Manning
*Mayor of Dunedin - Thomas Kay Stuart Sidey


* 6 February: Queen Elizabeth II arrives in New Zealand on the Royal Yacht "Britannia" [http://teara.govt.nz/1966/R/RoyalVisits/The1963Tour/en]
* 7 February: 15 people killed in a bus crash due to brake failure in the Brynderwyn hills in Northland [http://library.christchurch.org.nz/Kids/NZDisasters/Brynderwyns.asp]

Arts and literature

*Maurice Shadbolt wins the Robert Burns Fellowship.

See 1963 in art, 1963 in literature,


See: 1963 in music

Radio and Television

*There are 80,000 television licences issued, and an estimated 300,000 television viewers in New Zealand. [http://images.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz/pdf/tvnz_timeline.pdf]

See: 1963 in New Zealand television, 1963 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, , , Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: , 1963 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: 1963 in sports , , Summer Olympic Games (See and Winter Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games (Check name).
*Athletics:Jeff Julian wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:22:52 on March 9 in Hawera.
*Rugby: , Super 14, Rugby Union World Cup, National Provincial Championship , , Bledisloe Cup , Tri Nations Series , Ranfurly Shield
*Cricket: Various Tours, New Zealand cricket team , Chappell-Hadlee Trophy , Cricket World Cup
*Gold: New Zealand Open , Check in overseas tourniments.
*Horse racing: See , list winners.
*Rugby league New Zealand Warriors , Bartercard Cup , New Zealand national rugby league team , Rugby League World Cup
*Netball: Silver Ferns , National Bank Cup , Netball World Championships
*Soccer: New Zealand champions (soccer) , New Zealand Football Championship , New Zealand National Soccer League , New Zealand national soccer team , Chatham Cup ,
*Basketball: Tall Blacks , New Zealand Breakers
*Other Sports


* 4 January: Sean Fitzpatrick, rugby player.
* 21 February: Greg Turner, golfer.
* 16 March: Kevin Smith, actor.
* 18 June: Paul Honiss, rugby referee.
* 20 July: Catherine Campbell, cricketer.
*20 July: Mike Davidson, freestyle swimmer.
*20 August: Ian Woodley, field hockey goalkeeper.
*26 August: Christine Arthur, field hockey player.
* 9 September (in England): Sarah Illingworth, cricketer.
* 10 September: Jay Laga'aia, actor.
* 17 September: Warren Gatland, rugby player and coach.
* 11 December: Mark Greatbatch, cricketer.
* 24 December: David Grundy, field hockey player.

* Joanna Bourke, historian.
* Andrew Johnston, poet.
* (in Poland): Ralph Talmont, photographer.


* 7 January: Tapihana Paraire Paikea, politician.
* 19 March: Frederick Hackett, politician.
* 4 July: Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg, soldier, Governor-General of New Zealand.
* 14 July: Maud Basham (Aunt Daisy, radio personality.
* 19 September: Sir David Low, cartoonist.


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 1963 not specifically related to New Zealand see": 1963

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