1943 in New Zealand

1943 in New Zealand


* Estimated Population as of 31 December: 1,642,000 http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/24107FC8-E7B5-4CF2-B17C-15E31CCA7D05/0/HistoricalPop.xls]
* Increase since 31/12/1942: 5600 (0.34%)
* Males per 100 Females: 92.9


Regal and Vice Regal

*Head of State - George VI
*Governor-General - Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Cyril Newall GCB OM GCMG CBE AM [Statistics New Zealand: "New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990". ISSN 0078-0170 page 52]


The 26th New Zealand Parliament concluded, with the Labour Party in government. Labour was re-elected for a third term in the election in November

*Speaker of the House - Bill Barnard (Democratic Labour Party)
*Prime Minister - Peter Fraser
*Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
*Minister of Foreign Affairs - Peter Fraser
*Attorney-General - Rex Mason

Parliamentary opposition

* Leader of the Opposition - Sidney Holland (National Party). [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 - Thomas Hislop
*Mayor of Christchurch - Ernest Andrews
*Mayor of Dunedin - Andrew Henson Allen


* New Zealand troops take part in invasion of Italy.

*25 February: Mutiny by Japanese prisoners of war at Featherston prisoner of war camp camp results in 48 Japanese dead, 61 wounded, plus one dead and 11 injured guards.
* 3 April: Battle of Manners Street between American and New Zealand servicemen
* 4 June: The Cromwell to Dunedin Express is derailed while travelling around a bend too fast near Hyde in Central Otago. 21 people were killed and 47 injured of the 113 on board. [http://library.christchurch.org.nz/Kids/NZDisasters/Hyde.asp]
* 20 June: Several U.S. Marines drown during landing exercises at Paekakariki.
* 28 August: Eleanor Roosevelt arrives in New Zealand for visit.
* 3 September: Eleanor Roosevelt flies out from Auckland.
* 25 September: New Zealand general election 1943.

Arts and literature

See 1943 in art, 1943 in literature,


See: 1943 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: , 1943 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



The New Zealand Archery Association, now Archery New Zealand, [http://www.archerynz.co.nz/ Archery New Zealand] ] is incorporated.Todd, S. (1976) "Sporting Records of New Zealand." Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7]

The first national championships are held. From now until 1947 the championships are a postal shoot. [In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.]

National Champion

*Men Open: W. Burton (Gisborne)


Horse racing



* Ranfurly Shield

Rugby league

New Zealand national rugby league team


* Chatham Cup competition not held


* 28 January: Malvina Major, opera singer.
* 16 March: Dave McKenzie, long-distance runner.
* 24 March: Kate Webb, journalist.
* 6 April: Roger Cook, journalist.
* 12 July: Bruce Taylor, cricketer.
* 20 July: Chris Amon, Formula 1 racing driver.
* 19 August: Sid Going, rugby player.
* 9 September: Keith Murdoch, rugby player.
* 15 October (in Bosnia): Drago Došen, painter.
* 7 November: Silvia Cartwright, judge.
* 16 November: Chris Laidlaw, All Black, diplomat, politician, radio host.
* 24 November: Barry Milburn, cricketer.
* 25 December: Hedley Howarth, cricketer.

* Gretchen Albrecht, painter.
* Mel Courtney, politician.
* Brian Easton, economist.
* Richard (Dick) Frizzell, artist.
* Alamein Kopu, politician.
* Brian Perkins, radio broadcaster (UK).
* Georgina Te Heuheu, politician.


* 1 February: Frank Worsley, sailor and explorer.
* 6 April: Paraire Karaka Paikea, politician.
* 27 March: Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, soldier, VC winner.
* 27 May: Gordon Coates, 21st Prime Minister of New Zealand.
* 21 August: Hilda Hewlett, aviation pioneer.
* 6 September: James Cowan, writer, historian and ethnographer.
* 20 October: John Rigg, politician.

* William Barber, politician. "New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840-1984" by J. O. Wilson (1985, Government Printer, Wellington) ]


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 1943 not specifically related to New Zealand see": 1943

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