1919 in New Zealand
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Regal and Vice Regal 
The 19th New Zealand Parliament concludes. The election held in November sees the Reform Party returned with an increased majority (47 of the 80 seats). Women are eligible to stand for Parliament for the first time.
- Speaker of the House - Frederic Lang (Reform Party)
- Prime Minister - William Massey (Reform Party)
- Minister of Finance - Joseph Ward until 21 August, then James Allen
Parliamentary opposition 
Main centre leaders 
- Mayor of Auckland - James Gunson
- Mayor of Hamilton - John Robert Fow then Percy Harold Watts
- Mayor of Wellington - John Luke
- Mayor of Christchurch - Henry Holland then Henry Thacker
- Mayor of Dunedin - James John Clark then William Begg
- January: George Bolt ascends to a record height of 6,500 feet (2,000 m).
- 1 February: Cecil McKenzie Hill, chief instructor for the Canterbury Aviation Company, is killed in an air accident while flying over Riccarton Racecourse. This is the first aircraft fatality in New Zealand.
- 4 February: New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own) disbanded.
- 31 May: George Bolt flies from Auckland to Russell in a Boeing and Westervelt floatplane. The distance of 233 kilometres (145 mi) is a record for a flight in New Zealand.
- 16 December: George Bolt makes the first experimental airmail flight in New Zealand. He flies from Auckland to Dargaville and back again on the same day, a total distance of approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi).
- December: Ministry of External Affairs established. James Allen is the first Minister.
Arts and literature 
See: 1919 in music
Appointments and awards 
- Archbishop of New Zealand
- Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, see appointments to Diocese
- The National Chess championship was not held (the influenza epidemic was still subsiding at its traditional new year dates).
- Plunket Shield: 25–29 December, Hagley Oval, Christchurch: Canterbury defeated Wellington by 7 wickets. See 1920 in New Zealand#Cricket for remaining matches in this Plunket Shield competition.
- The ninth New Zealand Open championship was won by E.S. Douglas after a playoff against Sloan Morpeth (his third victory).
- The 23rd National Amateur Championships were held in Napier 
- Men: H.E. Crosse (Napier) - 2nd title
- Women: Miss N.E. Wright
Horse racing 
Harness racing 
Thoroughbred racing 
Rugby union 
- Wellington successfully defended the Ranfurly Shield against six challengers; Canterbury (21-8), Taranaki (18-10), Canterbury (in Christchurch)(23-9), Auckland (24-3), and Wanganui (30-3).
Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: North Shore
- Canterbury: Linwood, Excelsior (shared)
- Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
- Otago: Northern
- Southland: No competition
- Wanganui: Eastbrooke
- Wellington: YMCA
Rugby league 
- 2 June: Bert Walker, CMG, politician
- 8 June: Guy Overton, cricketer
- 17 July: Alex Moir, cricketer
- 20 July: Edmund Hillary, mountaineer
- 26 July: Angus Tait, electronics entrepreneur
- 5 September: John Te Rangianiwaniwa Rangihau, academic and Māori leader
- 6 November: Allen Lissette, cricketer
- Lance Adams-Schneider, politician.
- Colin McCahon, painter
- Jack Ridley, politician.
- Gordon Walters, painter
- 5 September: Joseph Ivess, politician.
See also 
- 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
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: George Bruce Bolt
- Auckland Airport: Biography of George B. Bolt
- Rendel, David (1975) Civil Aviation in New Zealand: An Illustrated History. Wellington. A.H. & A.W.Reed. ISBN 0-589-00905-2
- Christchurch City Libraries: Upper Riccarton Cemetery
- Te ARa Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Accidents and the development of aviation
- Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Early flying feats
- "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.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Palenski, R. and Lambert, M. The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. Moa Almanac Press. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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