1912 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1912 in New Zealand.

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The 1911 General Election, the first contested by the Reform Party, left parliament in an indeterminate state, with Reform holding 38 seats, Liberal 36, Labour 1 and with 5 independents.

Liberal, who had been in government for the past 21 years, claimed that Reform did not have a mandate, since many of their seats were the smaller rural electorates, and the Liberals proceeded to form a government under Joseph Ward as per the previous two parliaments.

Such were the loyalties of the independent members that votes were often deadlocked and dependent upon the casting vote of the Speaker. As a result, Joseph Ward resigned on 28 March, to be succeeded by agriculture minister Thomas Mackenzie. However, the government was defeated on the next occasion that parliament met, and the first Reform Government was formed under William Massey in July.


Regal and viceregalEdit


Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Leader of the Opposition - William Massey (Reform Party) until 10 July. The Liberal opposition had no recognised leader until the following year.[2]

Main centre leadersEdit



Arts and literatureEdit

See 1912 in art, 1912 in literature, Category:1912 books


See: 1912 in music


See: The River Wanganui and Méliès' Star Film Company; 1912 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1912 films.



  • The 25th National Chess Championship was held in Napier, and was won by W.E. Mason of Wellington, his third title.[6]



  • The sixth New Zealand Open championship was won by J.A. Clements (his third victory).[7]
  • The 20th National Amateur Championships were held in Wellington [8]
    • Men: B.B. Wood (Christchurch)


  • Matchplay: Miss ? Collins - 2nd title [9]
  • Strokeplay: Mrs G. Williams - 2nd title

Horse racingEdit

Harness racingEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

  • New Zealand competed in the Australasian team. Two New Zealanders won Olympic medals, see Swimming, Tennis below.

Rugby unionEdit

  • Auckland defended the Ranfurly Shield against Taranaki (6-5), Wellington (12-0) and Otago (5-5)


Provincial league champions:[12]

  • Auckland: Everton Auckland
  • Canterbury: Christchurch Nomads
  • Otago: Mornington Dunedin
  • Southland: Nightcaps
  • Taranaki: Kaponga
  • Wanganui: Eastbrooke
  • Wellington: Hospital




Category:1912 births


Category:1912 deaths

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ a b New Zealand Maritime Record - Earnslaw
  4. ^ Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Shipbuilding
  5. ^ New Zealand Parliament – Parliament timeline
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  8. ^ McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "Men's Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  9. ^ McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "GOLF, WOMEN'S Competitions and Championships". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  10. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  11. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

External linksEdit

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