2015 in New Zealand

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2015 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 2015 in New Zealand .

2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

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Population

National

Estimated populations as at 30 June. [1]

North Island The northern of the two main islands of New Zealand

The North Island, also officially named Te Ika-a-Māui, is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the larger but much less populous South Island by Cook Strait. The island's area is 113,729 square kilometres (43,911 sq mi), making it the world's 14th-largest island. It has a population of 3,749,200.

South Island Southernmost of the two main islands in New Zealand

The South Island, also officially named Te Waipounamu, is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand in surface area; the other being the smaller but more populous North Island. It is bordered to the north by Cook Strait, to the west by the Tasman Sea, and to the south and east by the Pacific Ocean. The South Island covers 150,437 square kilometres (58,084 sq mi), making it the world's 12th-largest island. It has a temperate climate.

Main urban areas

Estimated populations as at 30 June. [1]

Auckland Metropolitan area in North Island, New Zealand

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country, Auckland has an urban population of around 1,628,900. It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900. Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. A Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

Blenheim, New Zealand Urban area in Marlborough, New Zealand

Blenheim is the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. It has an urban population of 31,600. The surrounding area is well known as the centre of New Zealand's wine industry. It enjoys one of New Zealand's sunniest climates, with warm, relatively dry summers and cool, crisp winters.

Christchurch City in South Island, New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 404,500 residents, making it New Zealand's third-most populous city behind Auckland and Wellington. The Avon River flows through the centre of the city, with an urban park located along its banks.

Incumbents

Regal and vice-regal

Elizabeth II Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms

Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.

Governor-General of New Zealand Representative of the monarch of New Zealand

The Governor-General of New Zealand is the viceregal representative of the monarch of New Zealand, currently Queen Elizabeth II. As the Queen is concurrently the monarch of 15 other Commonwealth realms, and lives in the United Kingdom, she, on the advice of her Prime Minister of New Zealand, appoints a governor-general to carry out her constitutional and ceremonial duties within the Realm of New Zealand.

Jerry Mateparae Governor-General of New Zealand

Lieutenant General Sir Jeremiah "Jerry" Mateparae,, is High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom. Formerly, he was New Zealand's 20th Governor-General, and the 9th Queen's representative in Niue, the second Māori person to hold the office after Sir Paul Reeves. A former New Zealand Army officer, he was Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force between 2006 and 2011 and later served as the Director of the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau from 7 February 2011 until 1 July 2011. His appointment as Governor-General was announced on 8 March 2011 and he took office on 31 August 2011.

Government

2015 is the first full year of the 51st Parliament, which first sat on 21 October 2014.

51st New Zealand Parliament

The 51st New Zealand Parliament was elected at the 2014 general election. This Parliament consists of 121 members and was in place from September 2014 until August 2017, followed by the 2017 New Zealand general election. Following the final vote count John Key was able to continue to lead the Fifth National Government.

The Fifth National Government, first elected in 2008, continues.

The Fifth National Government of New Zealand was the government of New Zealand for three parliamentary terms from 19 November 2008 to 26 October 2017. John Key served as National Leader and Prime Minister until December 2016, after which Bill English assumed the premiership until the National Government's defeat following the October 2017 government-forming negotiations.

Other party leaders

Judiciary

Main centre leaders

Arts and literature

Performing arts

Benny Award presented by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand to Johnny Devlin.

Events

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July

August

September

October

November

December

The Lockwood silver fern flag selected in the first referendum on the New Zealand flag. NZ flag design Silver Fern (Black, White & Blue) by Kyle Lockwood.svg
The Lockwood silver fern flag selected in the first referendum on the New Zealand flag.

Holidays and observances

Sport

Awards

Basketball

Cricket

Football

Rowing

Shooting

Deaths

January

  • 10 January – John Angus, children's rights advocate (born 1948)
  • 11 January
  • 13 January – Tony Ciprian, television sports news presenter and producer (born 1932)
  • 15 January – Harvey Sweetman, air force pilot (born 1921)
  • 16 January – Sir Ian Athfield, architect (born 1940)
  • 20 January – Lawrence Hogben, World War II naval officer, meteorologist (born 1916)
  • 29 January – Len Wyatt, cricketer (born 1919)

February

March

April

May

June

July

  • 2 July – Sir Ronald Davison, jurist, Chief Justice (1978–89) (born 1920)
  • 7 July – Craig Norgate, accountant and business leader (born 1965)
  • 13 July
  • 18 July
    • Tim Beaglehole, historian and university administrator (born 1933)
    • Lou Gardiner, military officer, Chief of Army (2006–09) (born 1952)
  • 23 July – Doug Rowe, musician and singer (born 1945)
  • 29 July – Sir John Todd, businessman and philanthropist (born 1927)
  • 30 July – Jimmy Edwards, rugby league player (born 1926)

August

September

October

November

December

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. For urban areas, "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates – DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. "Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae". Governor-General of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. "Cyclone Pam: 'Never seen anything like it'". New Zealand Herald. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. Anderson, Ian (28 March 2015). "Hamilton Boys' High School defend Maadi Cup title in dramatic fashion". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  5. Crayton-Brown, Blake (21 January 2015). "Geange claims the Ballinger Belt". Upper Hutt Leader. p. 47.
  6. "Ex-All Black Jerry Collins killed in car accident in France". The New Zealand Herald . 5 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  7. Savage, Jared; Weekes, John (5 June 2015). "Euthanasia case: Lecretia Seales dies hours after family received judge's decision". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  8. "Former New Zealand spinner Peter Petherick dies at 72". Yahoo! News . Associated Press. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  9. Norman Berryman dies of heart attack aged 42
  10. Cramb, Gordon (14 July 2015). "Sir John Buchanan, scientist and finance chief, 1943–2015". Financial Times . Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  11. Thomas, Rachel; Wilson, Libby (4 August 2015). "New Zealand loses a 'remarkable man' with death of Les Munro; John Key says". Stuff.co.nz . Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  12. "Colin Andrew Nielsen BEYER". The New Zealand Herald . 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  13. Bruton, Vanessa (1 November 2015). "Hon Colin Maurice Nicholson CNZM, QC 1936–2015". New Zealand Law Society . Retrieved 29 November 2015.