1917 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State - George V
- Governor - The Earl of Liverpool Until 28 June 
- Governor-General - The Earl of Liverpool from 28 June
- Speaker of the House - Frederic Lang (Reform Party)
- Prime Minister - William Massey (Reform Party)
- Minister of Finance - Joseph Ward
- Chief Justice — Sir Robert Stout
- Leader of the Opposition - Joseph Ward (Liberal Party) Ward retained that title even though he was part of the coalition government.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – James Gunson
- Mayor of Hamilton – John Robert Fow then John William Ellis
- Mayor of Wellington – John Luke
- Mayor of Christchurch – Henry Holland
- Mayor of Dunedin – TBD
- In 1917 extraordinary and continuous rainfall throughout the year caused enormous damage to roads and bridges according to the "Public Works Statement" and the country became waterlogged.
- The West Coast Times is merged into the Hokitika Guardian and Star. The newspaper started in 1865.
- April: The first Caudron biplane purchased by Henry Wigram for the Canterbury Aviation Company arrives.
- 1 May: The New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own) is formed as the 3rd Brigade of the New Zealand Division, part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
- 7 May: Cecil McKenzie Hill makes the first flight for the Canterbury Aviation Company.
- June: Pilot training by the Canterbury Aviation Company commences at Sockburn.
- 24 September: Ten New Zealand soldiers killed in England in Bere Ferrers rail accident.
- 20 October: 850 New Zealand soldiers killed in the Second Battle of Passchendaele, the greatest loss of life in a single day in the Military history of New Zealand.
- December: Six o’clock closing of hotel bars introduced as a wartime measure, see Six o'clock swill.
Arts and literature
See: 1917 in music
- The New Zealand Open championship and National Amateur Championships were not held due to the war.
The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Wellington.
- Men's singles champion – C.R. Ingram (Wellington Bowling Club)
- Men's pair champions – A. Sawyer, J.J. Martin (skip) (Turanganui Bowling Club)
- Men's fours champions – J.S. Ryrie, A.R. Coltman, W. Coltman, G.S. Osmond (skip) (Auckland Bowling Club)
- The Ranfurly Shield (held by Wellington) is not contested as interprovincial matches are cancelled due to the war.
Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: Brotherhood
- Canterbury: Linwood
- Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
- Otago: Northern
- Southland: No competition
- Wanganui: No competition
- Wellington: No competition
- 13 January – Doris Strachan, athlete
- 19 January – Agnes Ell, cricketer
- 20 January – Emily Carpenter, home science academic, adult educationalist, consumer advocate
- 25 January – Rosalie Gascoigne, sculptor
- 27 January – John Pattison, World War II pilot
- 28 January – Jack Hatchard, association footballer
- 31 January
- 19 February
- 26 February – Clyde Jeffery, politiican, mayor of Napier (1974–83)
- 1 March – Bill Sutton, artist
- 9 March – Clarrie Gordon, boxer
- 10 March – Tom Pritchard, cricketer
- 20 March – Haddon Donald, soldier, politician, sports shooter
- 22 March – Phil Holloway, politician
- 26 March – Ruth Gilbert, poet
- 13 April – Bruce Ferguson, soldier
- 18 April – Brian Mason, geochemistry, mineralogist, meteoriticist
- 10 June – Jack Henry, industrialist
- 11 June – Tom Davis, Cook Islands politician
- 25 June – Nora Crawford, police officer
- 6 July – Arthur Lydiard, runner, athletics coach
- 7 July – John Crichton, furniture and interior designer
- 13 July – Frank Carpay, ceramics, textile and graphic designer
- 14 July – Doug Zohrab, public servant, diplomat
- 19 July – Lewis Johnston, cricket umpire
- 21 July – Jock Newall, association footballer
- 23 July – Douglas Goodfellow, businessman, philanthropist
- 27 July – Ron Meek. economist and social scientist
- 31 July – Derek Ward, World War II pilot
- 1 August – Esme Tombleson, politician
- 3 August – Eddie Isbey, politician
- 7 August – Arthur Cresswell, cricketer
- 24 August – Ruth Park, writer
- 2 September – Jack Scholes, sailor
- 6 September – Cecil Hight, World War II pilot
- 7 September – Ewen Solon, actor
- 16 September – David Lewis, sailor, Polynesian scholar
- 23 September – Wiremu Te Tau Huata, Anglican priest, military chaplain
- 26 September – James Coe, artist, art teacher, industrial designer, ergonomist
- 30 September – Denis Rogers, politician, mayor of Hamilton (1959–68)
- 2 October – Rosaleen Norton, artist, occultist
- 17 October
- 31 October – Evan Mackie, World War II pilot
- 2 December – Betty Batham, marine biologist
- 7 December – Bert Roth, librarian, historian
- 8 December – Alan Stewart, rugby union player, university administrator
- 11 December – Owen Snedden, Roman Catholic bishop
- 12 December – Alan Deere, military pilot, author
- 13 December – Keith Hay, construction company founder, politician, conservative activist
- 24 December – Ronald Triner, road cyclist
- 3 February – Robert McNab, politician (born 1864)
- 17 February
- 22 February – Hugh Murray-Aynsley, politician (born 1828)
- 6 March
- 11 March – William Hosking, doctor (born 1841)
- 13 March – Percy Dix, vaudeville company manager (born 1866)
- 27 March – Joseph Braithwaite, bookseller, politician, mayor of Dunedin (1905–06) (born 1848)
- 30 March – Ferdinand Holm, mariner, ship owner (born 1844)
- 23 April – Robert Bruce, politician, conservationist (born 1843)
- 2 May – Alfred Lee Smith, politician (born 1838)
- 7 June
- 8 June
- 22 June – John Lecky, rugby union player (born 1863)
- 8 July – Alexander McKay, geologist (born 1841)
- 14 July
- 15 July – Bill Mackrell, rugby union and rugby league player (born 1881)
- 23 July – James Gore, politician, mayor of Dunedin (1881–82) (born 1834)
- 27 July – Arthur Brown, Mayor of Wellington
- 30 July – William Baldwin, politician (born 1836)
- 31 July – William Henry Dillon Bell, politician (born 1884)
- 4 August
- 5 August – Don Buck, gum digger (born c.1869)
- 6 August – Charles James, rugby league player (born 1891)
- 7 August – Francis Earl Johnston, army officer (born 1871)
- 14 August – William Sanders, naval officer, Victoria Cross recipient (born 1883)
- 24 August – Alfred Kidd, politician, mayor of Auckland (1901–03) (born 1851)
- 26 August – William Lane, journalist, utopian (born 1861)
- 4 October – Dave Gallaher. rugby union player (born 1873)
- 6 October – John Davies Ormond, politician (born 1831)
- 12 October
- 20 October – Elise Kemp, nurse (born 1881)
- 22 October – Bob Fitzsimmons, boxer (born 1863)
- 27 October – William Beehan, politician (born 1853)
- 10 November – Charles King, cricketer (born 1847)
- 13 November – Cecil Fitzroy, politician, mayor of Hastings (1894–99) (born 1844)
- 15 November – Frank Twisleton, soldier, writer (born 1873)
- 29 November – Ellen Greenwood, schoolteacher, social worker (born 1837)
- 12 December – Sir Charles Bowen, politician (born 1830)
- 14 December – George Wilson, cricketer (born 1887)
- 23 December – Clive Franklyn Collett, World War I flying ace (born 1886)
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- The office of Governor was renamed Governor-General by Letters Patent of 28 June 1917
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