- New Year's Day is observed.
- 1949 - Tokelau became part of New Zealand.
- 1948 – Dick Quax, New Zealand runner and politician was born.
- 1962 – Western Samoa achieves independence from New Zealand; its name is changed to the Independent State of Western Samoa.
- 1994 – Baron Arthur Porritt, 11th Governor-General of New Zealand died (b. 1900)
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