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Mr New Zealand, 1940

Mr New Zealand, 1940

Lionel Harris of Napier won the title of Mr New Zealand as part of the country's centennial celebrations in 1940. A Miss New Zealand contest was also held, which was won by Joy Asquith of Wellington. The New Zealand Amateur Weight-Lifter's Association organised both contests, with the goal of finding winners who would provide 'an inspiration to fitness' for the people of New Zealand. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: New Zealand Amateur Weight-Lifter’s Association programme, national centennial championships, 1940. Lower Hutt: H. & P. C. Print, 1940, cover (S-L-859-COVER)

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Peter Clayworth, 'Bodybuilding, weightlifting and powerlifting - Bodybuilding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015