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1975 in New Zealand

1975 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,143,700[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1974: 51,800 (1.68%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.5


Regal and viceregal


The 37th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was by a Labour majority of 55 seats to the National Party's 32 seats. At 29 November election, the allocation of seats for the 38th parliament was reversed and the National Party formed the new government on 12 December.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • 4 February: American Lynne Cox becomes the first woman to swim across Cook Strait, making the north-south crossing in just over 12 hours.[5]
  • 13 October: Māori land march reaches Parliament building in Wellington, Whina Cooper presents a Memorial of Rights to the Prime Minister Bill Rowling and Māori Affairs Minister Matiu Rata.

Arts and literature

See 1975 in art, 1975 in literature, Category:1975 books


New Zealand Music Awards

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR John Hanlon – Higher Trails
  • BEST SINGLE / SINGLE OF THE YEAR Rockinghorse – Thru' The Southern Moonlight
  • BEST NEW ARTIST Space Waltz
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Alan Galbraith - Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of My Life
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Phil Yule – Higher Trails
  • ARRANGER OF THE YEAR Mike Harvey – Higher Trails
  • COMPOSER OF THE YEAR John Hanlon – Higher Trails

See: 1975 in music

Performing arts

Radio and television

See: 1975 in New Zealand television, 1975 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1975 film awards, 1975 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1975 films

Appointments and awards

See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand



  • Anthony Reavley wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:19:54.6 on 1 March in Dunedin.


  • The 82nd National Chess Championship is held in Dunedin, and is won by Paul Garbett of Auckland (his second title).[6]

Horse racing

Harness racing




Category:1975 births


Category:1975 deaths

See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ a b c d e Lambert & Palenski: The New Zealand Almanac, 1982. ISBN 0-908570-55-4
  4. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  7. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  9. ^ Chatham Cup records,
  10. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer.  

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