1975 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: 3,143,700
- Increase since 31 December 1974: 51,800 (1.68%)
- Males per 100 females: 99.5
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
- Governor-General - Sir Denis Blundell GCMG GCVO KBE QSO.
The 37th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was by a Labour majority of 55 seats to the National Party's 32 seats. At 29 November election, the allocation of seats for the 38th parliament was reversed and the National Party formed the new government on 12 December.
- Speaker of the House - Stanley Whitehead.
- Prime Minister - Bill Rowling then Rob Muldoon
- Deputy Prime Minister - Bob Tizard then Brian Talboys.
- Minister of Finance - Bob Tizard then Robert Muldoon.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs - Bill Rowling then Brian Talboys.
- Attorney-General - Martyn Finlay then Peter Wilkinson.
- Leader of the Opposition - Robert Muldoon (National) until 12 December, then Bill Rowling (Labour).
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Dove-Myer Robinson
- Mayor of Hamilton - Mike Minogue
- Mayor of Wellington - Michael Fowler
- Mayor of Christchurch - Hamish Hay
- Mayor of Dunedin - Jim Barnes
- 4 February – American Lynne Cox becomes the first woman to swim across Cook Strait, making the north-south crossing in just over 12 hours.
- 14 September – Māori land march protesting at land loss leaves Te Hapua.
- 13 October – Māori land march reaches Parliament building in Wellington, Whina Cooper presents a Memorial of Rights to the Prime Minister Bill Rowling and Māori Affairs Minister Matiu Rata.
- 29 November – New Zealand general election, 1975
- The Dunedin Longitudinal Study begins, following the health and development of 1037 children born in Dunedin between 1972 and 1973.
Arts and literature
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR John Hanlon – Higher Trails
- BEST SINGLE / SINGLE OF THE YEAR Rockinghorse – Thru' The Southern Moonlight
- RECORDING ARTIST/ GROUP OF THE YEAR Mark Williams
- BEST NEW ARTIST Space Waltz
- PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Alan Galbraith - Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of My Life
- ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Phil Yule – Higher Trails
- ARRANGER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey – Higher Trails
- COMPOSER OF THE YEAR John Hanlon – Higher Trails
See: 1975 in music
Radio and television
- On 1 April, the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation is split into the competing channels Television One and Television Two. Television One begins broadcasting from the new Avalon studio in Lower Hutt.
- 12 May: Close to Home first airs.
- 30 June: Television Two (TV2) starts broadcasting on Monday 30 June. Jennie Goodwin is the first female newsreader in the Commonwealth.
- 5 July: Television Two holds the first Telethon in New Zealand. 
- Feltex Television Awards:
See: 1975 in New Zealand television, 1975 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand
- Anthony Reavley wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:54.6 on 1 March in Dunedin.
- The 82nd National Chess Championship is held in Dunedin, and is won by Paul Garbett of Auckland (his second title).
- The 4th Netball World Championships were held in New Zealand, with Australia winning, England second and New Zealand third.
- New Zealand National Soccer League won by Christchurch United
- The Chatham Cup is won by Christchurch United who beat Blockhouse Bay 4—2 (after extra time) in the final.
- 1 January: Skippy Hamahona, field hockey player.
- 2 January: Reuben Thorne, rugby player.
- 4 January: Bevan Hari, field hockey striker .
- 5 January: Kylie Bax, model.
- 3 February: Brad Thorn, rugby league and union player.
- 2 March: Daryl Gibson, rugby player.
- 17 January: Tony Brown, rugby player.
- 27 March: Andrew Blowers, rugby player.
- 21 April: Danyon Loader, swimmer.
- 2 May: Murray Burdan, swimmer.
- 12 May: Jonah Lomu, rugby player.
- 15 May: Danny Hay, soccer player.
- 7 June: Shane Bond, cricketer.
- 10 July: Scott Styris, cricketer.
- 17 July: Andre Adams, cricketer.
- 20 July: Greg Feek, rugby player.
- 7 August: Jason Suttie, kickboxer.
- 11 August: Rua Tipoki, rugby player.
- 21 August: Mark Robinson, rugby player.
- 21 August: Scott Robertson, rugby player.
- 23 August: Sean Marks, basketballer.
- 27 August: Caryn Paewai, field hockey player.
- 31 August: Craig Cumming, cricketer.
- 9 September: Anton Oliver, rugby player.
- 12 September: Belinda Colling, netball player.
- 2 October: Mark Porter, V8 Supercar driver.
- 14 October: Carlos Spencer, rugby player.
- 23 October: Temepara George, netball player.
- 9 November (in Australia): Mathew Sinclair, cricketer.
- 14 December: Lisa Walton, field hockey player
- (in Britain): Toa Fraser, playwright.
- Craig McNair, politician.
- Chong Nee, musician.
- Nikki Jenkins, gymnast
- 6 February: Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park, senior RAF commander
- A.H. Reed, publisher and writer
- Philip Skoglund, politician.
- 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.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
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