1870 in New Zealand

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1870 in New Zealand


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 4th Parliament continues.

Voting in New Zealand elections is changed to a secret ballot.[1]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Appointments and awards[edit]




  • New Zealand's first golf course was opened in Dunedin.[4]

Horse racing[edit]

There are 2 races for both the New Zealand Cup and New Zealand Derby (presumably at the beginning and end of the calendar year).(Confirmation required)

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup: Knottingley
  • New Zealand Cup: Knottingley
  • New Zealand Derby: Malabar
  • New Zealand Derby: Envy

Rugby union[edit]

Charles Monro, son of the Speaker of the House, Sir David Monro, introduces rugby to the Nelson Football club.[3]

  • 14 May — First rugby club match, Nelson College versus Nelson Football Club "The Town" at the Botanical reserve. This was the first interclub game of rugby union played in New Zealand.[5]
  • 12 September — A Nelson team, the "Lunatics", defeats Wellington at Petone.[3]
  • — The first "international" between Wellington and a team from HMS Rosario.[3]


Ballinger Belt: Lieutenant Goldie (Otago)



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  2. ^ Although consecrated Jenner was never enthroned and is not considered to be the first Bishop of Dunedin. Despite his position being denounced by the Diocese of Dunedin, Jeener does not resign until the 1871.
  3. ^ a b c d Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  4. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "GOLF, MEN'S". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 

External links[edit]

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