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1916 in New Zealand

1916 in New Zealand


Regal and viceregal


The 19th New Zealand Parliament continued as a grand coalition led by the Reform Party

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • January: While in Egypt the New Zealand Expeditionary Force becomes the New Zealand Division.
  • April: The New Zealand Division leaves Egypt and travels via Marseilles to northern France arriving during the same month.[3]
  • 12 May: First patrol by New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade in the Sinai desert.[3]
  • 13 May: New Zealand Division moves into front-line trenches at Armentières.[3]
  • 7 July: New Zealand Labour Party founded in Wellington.[4]
  • 13 July: Vivian Walsh is the first New Zealander to obtain a pilot's license while resident in New Zealand.[5]
  • 15 September: First major action by New Zealand Division in France, at Flers. In the following 23 days 1560 New Zealanders are killed and 5440 wounded.[3]
  • 20 September: The Canterbury (NZ) Aviation Company is established in Christchurch. Henry Wigram is the main instigator.[5][6] The Company's aims are to train pilot's for the war, promote local aviation defence and pioneer commercial aviation.[6]
  • October: The Canterbury (NZ) Aviation Company purchases land at Sockburn near Christchurch. The first planes do not arrive until the following year.[5][6]

Arts and literature

See 1916 in art, 1916 in literature, Category:1916 books


See: 1916 in music


See: Category:1916 film awards, 1916 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1916 films

Appointments and awards



  • The New Zealand Open championship and National Amateur Championships were not held due to the war.[7]

Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union

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


Provincial league champions:[10]

  • Auckland: North Shore
  • Canterbury: Christchurch Rangers
  • Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
  • Otago: Mornington
  • Southland: No competition
  • Wanganui: No competition
  • Wellington: No competition


Category:1916 births


Category:1916 deaths

See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d NZ Army:- 1902 - 1919 Imperial Training & World War I
  4. ^ "Today in History". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ a b c Ogilvie, Gordon. "Wigram, Henry Francis".  
  7. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  11. ^ Porter, Frances. "Williams, William Leonard 1829 - 1916".  

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