- Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,569,700 
- Increase since previous 31/12/1934: 11,300 (0.73%)
- Males per 100 females: 103.1
Regal and viceregal
The 24th New Zealand Parliament continued with the coalition of the United Party and the Reform Party. In November the New Zealand general election, 1935 resulted in a massive win for the opposition Labour Party.
Main centre leaders
- 13 February: Fourth session of the 24th Parliament commences.
- 5 April: Parliament goes into recess.
- 29 June: The Christchurch Times ceases publication. The newspaper began as the Lyttelton Times in 1851.
- 29 August: Parliament recommences.
- 26 October: Fourth session of the 24th Parliament concludes.
- 1 November: The 24th Parliament is dissolved.
- 26 November: Voting in the four Māori electorates for the 1935 General Election.
- 27 November: Voting in the 76 general electorates for the 1935 General Election.
Arts and literature
See 1935 in art, 1935 in literature, Category:1935 books
See: 1935 in music
See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand
See: Category:1935 film awards, 1935 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1935 films
- The 44th National Chess Championship was held in Christchurch, and was won by J.A. Erskine of Invercargill.
- The 25th New Zealand Open championship was won by Alex Murray.
- The 39th National Amateur Championships were held in Christchurch 
- Men: J.P. Hornabrook (Masterton)
- Women: Miss J. Anderson
Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks
New Zealand national rugby league team
- The Chatham Cup is won by Hospital of Wellington who beat Western of Christchurch 3—1 in the final.
- Provincial league champions: 
- Auckland: Ponsonby AFC (Auckland)
- Canterbury: Western
- Hawke's Bay: Napier YMCA
- Nelson: YMCA
- Otago: Maori Hill
- Southland: Corinthians
- Waikato: Huntly Starr Utd
- Wanganui: Thistle
- Wellington: Hospital
- 31 May: Jim Bolger, politician & 35th Prime Minister of NZ
- 31 May: Bruce Bolton, cricketer
- 22 June: Koro Wētere, politician
- 10 July: Wilson Whineray, rugby player and businessman
- 18 August: Howard Morrison, entertainer
- 9 October: Paul Barton, cricketer
- December 5: Marise Chamberlain, middle-distance runner
- 21 December: Don Neely, cricket player and selector
- Barrie Bates (Billy Apple), pop artist
- Reg Boorman, politician
- Barry Crump, author
- Brian MacDonell, politician
- Lois Muir, netball player and coach
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