- 1950 in New Zealand
New Zealand entered into the
Korean War- a total of 4,700 New Zealanders served in Korea. New Zealand also was involved in the Malayan Emergency.
New Zealand Legislative Councilwas abolished.
1950 British Empire Gameswas held in Auckland.
Wool prices boomed, tripling during the year, due to U.S. stockpiling as a reaction to the Korean war. This was offset somewhat by increases in the prices of other (imported) commodities, but began the biggest economic boom of the 20th Century in New Zealand. [ [http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war/impact Impact of the War - NZ in the Korean War | NZHistory ] ]
* Estimated Population as of 31 December: 1,927,700 http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/24107FC8-E7B5-4CF2-B17C-15E31CCA7D05/0/HistoricalPop.xls]
* Increase since 31/12/1949: 35,600 (1.88%)
* Males per 100 Females: 100.7
Regal and Vice Regal
The 29th New Zealand Parliament continued. In power was the newly elected National government under
*Speaker of the House -
Robert McKeenthen Mathew Oram
*Prime Minister -
*Deputy Prime Minister -
*Minister of Finance -
*Minister of Foreign Affairs -
Thomas Clifton Webb
* Leader of the Opposition -
Peter Fraser(Labour) until his death on 5 August, then vacant until January 1951. [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- John Allum
*Mayor of Hamilton -
Harold David Caro
Mayor of Wellington- William Appleton then Robert Macalister
Mayor of Christchurch- Ernest Andrewsthen Robert M. Macfarlane
Mayor of Dunedin- Donald Charles Cameronthen Leonard Morton Wright
January 4: Start of the 4th British Empire Games in Auckland.
Arts and literature
1950 in art, 1950 in literature,
1950 in music
Public broadcasting in New Zealand
1950 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand,
Appointments and awards
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
1950 in sports,
George Bromleywins his third national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:55:07 in Napier.
New Zealand national rugby league team
Chatham Cupwon by Eden (Auckland)
January 3: Robert Oliver, road and track cyclist.
5 January: Matt Robson, politician.
26 February: Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1999-
6 April: Muriel Newman, politician.
29 April: Paul Holmes, radio and television broadcaster.
24 May: Allison Durbin, singer.
1 August: John Britten, engineer and inventor.
12 August: Ken Shirley, politician.
26 September: Andy Haden, rugby player.
9 November: Parekura Horomia, politician.
10 December: Simon Owen, golfer.
13 December: Ruth Richardson, politician.
* (in Hungary):
George Baloghy, painter.
David Benson-Pope, politician.
Godwin Bradbeer, painter.
Alan Duff, writer.
Stephen Franks, politician and political commentator.
* David Henderson, businessman.
Pete Hodgson, politician.
Greg McGee, screenwriter and playwright.
John McKinnon, diplomat and public servant.
Judith Mayhew, lawyer and academic.
Stephen Parke, physicist.
Kura Te Waru Rewiri, painter.
Lee Tamahori, film director.
14 July: Apirana Ngata, Māori politician and lawyer.
11 December: Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer.
12 December: Peter Fraser, 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
William Twigg-Smith, painter.
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
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