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New Zealand at the 1956 Summer Olympics

New Zealand competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

Norman Read was not originally selected, but (with Bill Baillie) went to Australia. Read won the Australian 50 km championship, was then selected, and won a gold medal.


  • Medalists 1
    • Gold 1.1
  • Results and competitors by event 2
    • Athletics 2.1
    • Boxing 2.2
    • Cycling 2.3
    • Hockey 2.4
      • Men's team competition 2.4.1
    • Rowing 2.5
    • Sailing 2.6
    • Swimming 2.7
    • Weightlifting 2.8
    • Wrestling 2.9
  • External links 3



Results and competitors by event


Men's Marathon

Men's Competition

Women's Competition



Time trial
Team pursuit


Men's team competition

The men's field hockey team from New Zealand made its Olympic debut in Melbourne. Before 1956, the only hockey team apart from Australia that played against New Zealand was India. The Kiwi's finished sixth at their first Olympic appearance.


  • New Zealand - Belgium 3-0
  • New Zealand - Belgium 3-2
  • New Zealand - Australia 0-1
  • New Zealand - Germany 4-5
  • New Zealand - Pakistan 1-5
  • New Zealand - Singapore 13-0

Team Roster


Men's Competition


Men's Competition


Men's Competition

Women's Competition


Men's Competition


Men's Freestyle Competition

External links

  • New Zealand Olympic Committee - Games Profile: 1956 Melbourne
  • sports-reference
  • Picture of athletes at the Olympic Village
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