1916 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Frederic Lang (Reform Party)
- Prime Minister - William Massey (Reform Party)
- Minister of Finance - Joseph Ward
- Leader of the Opposition - Joseph Ward (Liberal Party) Ward retained that title even though he was part of the coalition government.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - TBD
- Mayor of Hamilton - John Edwin Hammond then John Robert Fow
- Mayor of Wellington - TBD
- Mayor of Christchurch - Henry Holland
- Mayor of Dunedin - TBD
- January: While in Egypt the New Zealand Expeditionary Force becomes the New Zealand Division.
- April: The New Zealand Division leaves Egypt and travels via Marseilles to northern France arriving during the same month.
- 12 May: First patrol by New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade in the Sinai desert.
- 13 May: New Zealand Division moves into front-line trenches at Armentières.
- 7 July: New Zealand Labour Party founded in Wellington.
- 13 July: Vivian Walsh is the first New Zealander to obtain a pilot's license while resident in New Zealand.
- 15 September: First major action by New Zealand Division in France, at Flers. In the following 23 days 1560 New Zealanders are killed and 5440 wounded.
- 20 September: The Canterbury (NZ) Aviation Company is established in Christchurch. Henry Wigram is the main instigator. The Company's aims are to train pilot's for the war, promote local aviation defence and pioneer commercial aviation.
- October: The Canterbury (NZ) Aviation Company purchases land at Sockburn near Christchurch. The first planes do not arrive until the following year.
- undated: William Jolliffe is appointed New Zealand's first censor
Arts and literature
See: 1916 in music
- The New Zealand Open championship and National Amateur Championships were not held due to the war.
- The Ranfurly Shield (held by Wellington) is not contested as interprovincial matches are cancelled due to the war.
Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: North Shore
- Canterbury: Christchurch Rangers
- Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
- Otago: Mornington
- Southland: No competition
- Wanganui: No competition
- Wellington: No competition
- 17 February: Geoffrey Fisken, WWII fighter ace.
- 4 April: Selwyn Toogood, radio and television personality.
- 31 July: Verdun Scott, cricketer.
- 1 September: Allan McCready, politician.
- 16 November: Herb Green: medical specialist.
- 17 November: Paraone Reweti, politician.
- 17 November: George Silk, photojournalist.
- 15 December: Maurice Wilkins, physicist.
- 19 December: Merv Wallace, cricketer.
- Ernest Duncan, mathematician.
- 16 March: Thomas King, astronomer
- 24 August: William Leonard Williams, Māori language scholar and Bishop of Waiapu.
- 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.
- NZ Army:- 1902 - 1919 Imperial Training & World War I
- "Today in History". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
- Rendel, David (1975) Civil Aviation in New Zealand: An Illustrated History. Wellington. A.H. & A.W.Reed. ISBN 0-589-00905-2
- Ogilvie, Gordon. "Wigram, Henry Francis". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 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.
- Porter, Frances. "Williams, William Leonard 1829 - 1916". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
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