1915 in New Zealand
The various political parties agree to form a wartime coalition in August, even though the Reform Party has an absolute majority in parliament.
Many sporting events are put on hold for the duration of the war, due to the number of men serving in the armed forces and the drive to conserve resources for the war effort.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Regal and viceregal
The 19th New Zealand Parliament commenced, initially with the Reform Party in power, but in August a wartime coalition government was formed, with Liberal party leader Joseph Ward becoming finance minister.
- Speaker of the House - Frederic Lang (Reform Party)
- Prime Minister - William Massey (Reform Party)
- Minister of Finance - James Allen until 12 August, then Joseph Ward
- Leader of the Opposition - Joseph Ward (Liberal Party) Ward retained that title even though he became part of the coalition government.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – James Parr then James Gunson
- Mayor of Hamilton – Arthur Edward Manning then John Edwin Hammond
- Mayor of Wellington – John Luke
- Mayor of Christchurch – Henry Holland
- Mayor of Dunedin – John Bradley Shacklock then James John Clark
- 1 January: First flight of the Walsh Brothers' Curtiss-type flying boat. The flight takes place at Bastion Point and it is the first such aircraft built and flown in the Southern Hemisphere.
- 14 February: The first contingent of 500 Māori soldiers sails for Egypt aboard SS Wairrimoo. Earlier policy had been against 'native peoples' fighting in a European war.
- 25 April: New Zealand troops participate in the landings at Gallipoli.
- 23 October: Sinking of SS Marquette with 32 New Zealand deaths; mainly nurses and medical staff
- October: The New Zealand Flying School is started by the Walsh Brothers at Orakei. Its primary purpose is to train pilots for the Royal Flying Corps.
- November: The New Zealand Flying School moves to Kohimarama.
- 20 December: The last New Zealand troops are evacuated from Gallipoli.
Arts and literature
See: 1915 in music
- The 28th National Chess Championship was held in Christchurch, and was won by F.K. Kelling of Wellington, their second title.
- 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: Brotherhood
- Canterbury: Christchurch Club
- Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
- Otago: HSOB
- Southland: No competition
- Wanganui: No competition
- Wellington: Wellington Thistle
- 3 January – Robert Hurst, nuclear chemist
- 22 January
- 13 February – Raniera Ellison, fishing company manager
- 15 February – Jimmy James, dancer, dance teacher and cabaret proprietor
- 2 March – Bill Crawford-Crompton, air force pilot and commander
- 22 March – Fen Cresswell, cricketer
- 23 March – Cecil Devine, standardbred racehorse driver
- 28 March – Ray Emery, cricketer
- 3 April – Philip Blakeley, electrical engineer and engineering administrator
- 14 April – Leonard Trent, air force pilot, Victoria Cross recipient
- 22 April – Geoff Moon, naturalist, photographer and veterinarian
- 30 April – Helen Mason, potter
- 19 May – Wal Chisholm, athletics coach
- 25 May – James Austin, meteorology academic
- 26 May – Terence Vaughan, pianist, conductor, composer and performing arts administrator
- 27 May – Alan McKenzie, disabled artist, entertainer
- 2 June – Jim Newhook, veterinary science academic
- 3 June – Jack Lewin, public servant and unionist
- 4 June – Walter Hadlee, cricketer and cricket administrator
- 10 June – Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, actor, carver and artist
- 27 June – Graham Botting, cricketer
- 30 June – Gordon Rowe, cricketer and cricket umpire
- 31 July – Theo Schoon, artist, photographer and carver
- 3 August – Harold Tyrie, athlete and athletics coach
- 8 August – John Kennedy-Good, politician and dentist
- 11 August – Jack Skinner, association football player
- 18 August – Fred Lucas, air force and commercial pilot, tourism operator
- 21 August – Lena Manuel, community leader
- 1 September – Allan Dick, politician
- 5 September – Peter Tait, politician
- 15 September – Jimmy Ell, cricketer
- 19 September – Ron Moore, soldier
- 23 September – Has Catley, rugby union player
- 1 October – Jim Davidson, historian
- 9 October – John Rodgers, Roman Catholic bishop
- 22 October – Pat Twohill, actor and radio announcer
- 26 October – Sydney Goodsir Smith, poet, artist, dramatist and novelist
- 1 November – Harry Lapwood, soldier and politician
- 2 November – Douglas Lilburn, composer
- 5 November – Toby Hill, watersider and trade unionist
- 9 November – Florence Humphries, trade unionist and consumer advocate
- 10 November – Duncan MacIntyre, soldier and politician
- 11 November – Ben Gascoigne, astronomer
- 14 November – David Thomson, soldier and politician
- 10 December – Nicky Barr, rugby union player and World War II fighter ace
- 15 December – Joy Lamason, cricketer
- 17 December – Philip Adams, diplomat
- 22 December – Dorothy Neal White, librarian
- 9 May: Anthony Wilding, Tennis champion, killed in action.
- 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.
- Rendel, David (1975) Civil Aviation in New Zealand: An Illustrated History. Wellington. A.H. & A.W.Reed. ISBN 0-589-00905-2
- Te ARa: Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966 - Leo and Vivian Walsh
- Auckland Airport: New Zealand Aviators - The Walsh Brothers Flying School
- "Waikato Times". National Library of New Zealand.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- "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.
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