1912 in New Zealand
Liberal, who had been in government for the past 21 years, claimed that Reform did not have a mandate, since many of their seats were the smaller rural electorates, and the Liberals proceeded to form a government under Joseph Ward as per the previous two parliaments.
Such were the loyalties of the independent members that votes were often deadlocked and dependent upon the casting vote of the Speaker. As a result, Joseph Ward resigned on 28 March, to be succeeded by agriculture minister Thomas Mackenzie. However, the government was defeated on the next occasion that parliament met, and the first Reform Government was formed under William Massey in July.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Appointments and awards
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George V
- Governor - The Lord Islington GCMG GBE DSO PC, succeeded the same year by The Earl of Liverpool 
- Speaker of the House - Arthur Guinness - (Liberal)
- Prime Minister - Joseph Ward until 28 March, then Thomas Mackenzie (Liberal) until 10 July, then William Massey (Reform)
- Minister of Finance - Joseph Ward until 28 March, then Arthur Myers (Liberal) until 10 July, then James Allen (Reform)
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - James Parr
- Mayor of Wellington - David McLaren
- Mayor of Christchurch - John Joseph Dougall then Henry Holland
- Mayor of Dunedin - William Burnett then John Wilson
- 24 February: The TSS Earnslaw launched at Kingston on Lake Wakatipu.
- 28 March: Prime Minister Joseph Ward resigns and is replaced by Thomas Mackenzie.
- April: Pelorus Jack is seen for the last time.
- May: Waihi miners' strike commences.
- 10 July: William Massey sworn in as Prime Minister after the Liberal Party loses a vote of no confidence.
- September–October: French director Gaston Méliès and a company of film-makers make eight films in New Zealand including the first New Zealand feature films; see The River Wanganui.
- October: Waihi Goldmining Company reopens the mine with scab labour.
- 18 October: The TSS Earnslaw makes her maiden voyage on Lake Wakatipu, from Kingston to Queenstown.
- 12 November: 'Black Tuesday', the peak of confrontation during the Waihi miners' strike. One trade unionist is killed.
- The School Medical Service begins in New Zealand.
- Construction of the new Parliament Buildings commences.
Arts and literature
See: 1912 in music
Appointments and awards
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- The 25th National Chess Championship was held in Napier, and was won by W.E. Mason of Wellington, his third title.
- The sixth New Zealand Open championship was won by J.A. Clements (his third victory).
- The 20th National Amateur Championships were held in Wellington 
- Men: B.B. Wood (Christchurch)
- Matchplay: Miss ? Collins - 2nd title 
- Strokeplay: Mrs G. Williams - 2nd title
- New Zealand competed in the Australasian team. Two New Zealanders won Olympic medals, see Swimming, Tennis below.
- Auckland defended the Ranfurly Shield against Taranaki (6-5), Wellington (12-0) and Otago (5-5)
Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: Everton Auckland
- Canterbury: Christchurch Nomads
- Otago: Mornington Dunedin
- Southland: Nightcaps
- Taranaki: Kaponga
- Wanganui: Eastbrooke
- Wellington: Hospital
- Malcolm Champion was a member of the Australasian team which won the Gold medal in the Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
- The Davis Cup final was held in Melbourne, Australia. The Australasian team of Norman Brookes (Aus), Roger Heath (Aus) and Alfred Dunlop (NZ, doubles) lost to Great Britain, 2-3
- Anthony Wilding won the men's singles at the Wimbledon Championship for a third year in succession.
- Anthony Wilding won the bronze medal in men's singles (indoor) at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
- 5 March: Jack Marshall, politician.
- 30 March: Jack Cowie, cricketer.
- 3 April: Dorothy Eden, novelist.
- 20 May: Alfred E. Allen, politician.
- 24 May: Joan Hammond, opera singer.
- 15 June: Oscar Natzka, opera singer.
- 30 August: Nancy Wake, resistance fighter.
- 20 September: Richard Wild, 9th Chief Justice of New Zealand.
- 15 October: George Laking, diplomat.
- 4 November: Henry Gifford 'Giff' Vivian, cricketer.
- 9 December: Denis Glover, poet and publisher.
- Martyn Finlay, politician.
- Rosemary Firth, ethnologist.
- Eric Halstead, politician.
- Connie Soljak (Purdue) trade unionist, anti-abortion campaigner.
- James McGowan, politician.
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- New Zealand Maritime Record - Earnslaw
- Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Shipbuilding
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
- edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Mens' Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "GOLF, WOMEN'S Competitions and Championships". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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