1915 in New Zealand

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1915 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1915 in New Zealand.

World War I and New Zealand's participation in it dominate the year. Most notably, New Zealand troops take part in the landings at ANZAC cove, Gallipoli on 25 April, and the ensuing campaign.

The various political parties agree to form a wartime coalition in August, even though the Reform Party has an absolute majority in parliament.

Many sporting events are put on hold for the duration of the war, due to the number of men serving in the armed forces and the drive to conserve resources for the war effort.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 19th New Zealand Parliament commenced, initially with the Reform Party in power, but in August a wartime coalition government was formed, with Liberal party leader Joseph Ward becoming finance minister.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • The Waikato Argus merges into the Waikato Times. The newspaper started in 1896.[7]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1915 in art, 1915 in literature, Category:1915 books


See: 1915 in music


See: Category:1915 film awards, 1915 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1915 films



  • The 28th National Chess Championship was held in Christchurch, and was won by Fedor Kelling of Wellington, his second title.[8]


  • The New Zealand Open championship and National Amateur Championships were not held due to the war.[9]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Lawn bowls[edit]

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Auckland.[12]

  • Men's singles champion – M. Walker (Ponsonby Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – G.A. Blackwood, A. Smellie (skip) (Green Island Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – N.H. Nash, S. Dixon, F.J. Tasker, J.A. Nash (skip) (Palmerston North Bowling Club)

Rugby union[edit]

  • The Ranfurly Shield (held by Wellington) is not contested as interprovincial matches are cancelled due to the war.


Provincial league champions:[13]

  • Auckland: Brotherhood
  • Canterbury: Christchurch Club
  • Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
  • Otago: HSOB
  • Southland: No competition
  • Wanganui: No competition
  • Wellington: Wellington Thistle











See also[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 c Rendel, David (1975) Civil Aviation in New Zealand: An Illustrated History. Wellington. A.H. & A.W.Reed. ISBN 0-589-00905-2
  4. ^ Te ARa: Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966 - Leo and Vivian Walsh
  5. ^ a b Auckland Airport: New Zealand Aviators - The Walsh Brothers Flying School
  6. ^ nzhistory.net.nz Archived 10 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Waikato Times". National Library of New Zealand. 
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 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. ^ McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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