1965 in New Zealand
- 1 Population
- 2 Incumbents
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- Estimated population as of 31 December: 2,663,800
- Increase since 31 December 1964: 46,800 (1.79%)
- Males per 100 females: 100.7
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Brigadier Sir Bernard Fergusson GCMG GCVO DSO OBE.
- Speaker of the House – Ronald Algie.
- Prime Minister – Keith Holyoake.
- Deputy Prime Minister – Jack Marshall.
- Minister of Finance – Harry Lake.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs – Keith Holyoake.
- Attorney-General – Ralph Hanan.
- Leader of the Opposition – Arnold Nordmeyer (Labour) until 16 December, then Norman Kirk (Labour).
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – Dove-Myer Robinson then Roy McElroy
- Mayor of Hamilton – Dennis Rogers
- Mayor of Wellington – Frank Kitts
- Mayor of Christchurch – George Manning
- Mayor of Dunedin – Thomas Kay Stuart Sidey then Russell John Calvert
- 1 April – Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) is renamed Air New Zealand.
- April – The HVDC Inter-Island link is completed, connecting the North Island's electricity network and the South Island's electricity network together.
- 15 May – Benmore Dam opened by Prime Minister Keith Holyoake.
- 31 August – New Zealand Australia Free Trade Agreement signed.
Arts and literature
See: 1965 in music
Radio and television
- Television in the "four main centres" (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) is now broadcast seven nights a week. Broadcasting now totals 50 hours a week.
- There are 300,000 television licences. 
- New Zealand Television Workshop awards:
- Best Factual: Compass
- Best Light Entertainment: In the Groove
- Best Children's Series: Junior Magazine with Jasmine
See: 1965 in New Zealand television, 1965 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:Television in New Zealand, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- Ray Puckett wins his fifth national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:24:26.8 on 13 March in Dunedin.
- The 72nd National Chess Championships are held in Wellington. The winner is J.R. Phillips of Wellington
- The Chatham Cup is won by Eastern Suburbs of Auckland who beat Saint Kilda 4—1 in the final.
- Provincial league champions:
- Bay of Plenty: Rangers
- Buller: Granity Athletic
- Canterbury: Christchurch City
- Hawke's Bay: Napier Rovers
- Manawatu: Kiwi United
- Marlborough: Woodbourne
- Nelson: Rangers
- Otago: St Kilda
- Poverty Bay: Eastern Union
- South Canterbury: West End
- Southland: Invercargill Thistle
- Taranaki: Moturoa
- Wairarapa: Masterton Athletic
- Wanganui: Wanganui Athletic
- Wellington: Diamond
- West Coast: Cobden-Kohinoor
- The Northern League is formed, incorporating top teams from Northland, Auckland, Franklin and Waikato. The first League champions are Eastern Suburbs of Auckland.
- 10 January: John Radovonich, field hockey player.
- 11 February: Eric Rush, rugby union and rugby sevens player.
- 14 February: Zinzan Brooke, rugby player.
- 15 February: Jamie Smith, field hockey player.
- 15 March: Robyn Malcolm actor
- 4 April: Gail Jonson, swimmer.
- 8 April: Michael Jones, rugby player.
- 22 April: Carmel Clark, swimmer.
- 28 May (in Britain): Alan Henderson, bobsleigh pilot
- 28 June: Duane Mann, rugby league player.
- 29 July: Paresh Patel, field hockey player.
- 31 August: Willie Watson, cricketer.
- 1 September: Tania Roxborogh, writer.
- 7 September: Tea Ropati, rugby league player.
- 21 September: Belinda Cordwell, tennis player.
- 26 October: Ken Rutherford, cricketer.
- 24 November: Nyla Carroll, long-distance runner.
- 18 December: Anna Doig, freestyle and butterfly swimmer.
- John Leigh, actor.
- Se'e Solomona, rugby league player.
- Hilary Timmins, television presenter.
- 21 June: Thomas Hislop, Jr., Mayor of Wellington 1931-45 (in Montreal, Canada).
- 10 September: John Weeks, painter.
- 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:Historical Population Estimates
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Bruce, David (30 October 2008). "Benmore gets more with first full rebuild". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
- list of NZ Chess champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Regional Champions 1965-1970
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