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

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.

Incumbents edit

Regal and viceregal edit

Government edit

Parliamentary opposition edit

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 leaders edit

Events edit

Undated edit

Arts and literature edit

See 1912 in art, 1912 in literature

Music edit

See: 1912 in music

Film edit

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.

Sport edit

Chess edit

  • The 25th National Chess Championship was held in Napier, and was won by W.E. Mason of Wellington, his third title.[7]

Golf edit

Men's edit

  • The sixth New Zealand Open championship was won by J.A. Clements (his third victory).[8]
  • The 20th National Amateur Championships were held in Wellington [9]
    • Men: B.B. Wood (Christchurch)

Women's edit

  • Matchplay: Miss ? Collins - 2nd title [10]
  • Strokeplay: Mrs G. Williams - 2nd title

Horse racing edit

Harness racing edit

Olympic Games edit

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

Rugby union edit

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

Soccer edit

Provincial league champions:[13]

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

Swimming edit

Tennis edit

Births edit

Deaths edit

See also edit

References edit

  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. ^ Ramstad, Kristina M.; Gibb, Gillian C.; Robertson, Hugh A.; Colbourne, Rogan M.; Doran, Erin E.; Shepherd, Lara D. (3 April 2021). "Recent extinctions among Little Spotted Kiwi (Apteryx owenii) and the origin of extant populations". Emu - Austral Ornithology. 121 (1–2): 23–32. doi:10.1080/01584197.2020.1840926. ISSN 0158-4197. S2CID 236248376. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  6. ^ New Zealand Parliament – Parliament timeline
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  12. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

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