1877 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal
Government and law
The 6th Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House — Sir William Fitzherbet
- Premier — Harry Atkinson is defeated as Premier on 13 October and is replaced by Sir George Grey
- Minister of Finance — When Harry Atkinson is defeated as Premier on 13 October he also loses the position of Treasurer (Minister of Finance). On 15 October William Larnach is chosen as his replacement.
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland City — William Hurst followed by Henry Brett
- Mayor of Christchurch — Fred Hobbs followed by James Gapes
- Mayor of Dunedin — Charles Stephen Reeves followed by Richard Henry Leary
- Mayor of Wellington — William Hutchison
Appointments and awards
- Primate of New Zealand — Henry Harper (Bishop of Christchurch)
- Bishop of Auckland — William Cowie
- Bishop of Dunedin — Samuel Nevill
- Bishop of Nelson — Andrew Suter
- Bishop of Waiapu — Edward Stuart
- Bishop of Wellington — Octavius Hadfield
The Auckland Amateur Athletic Club is formed.
- The Canterbury Cricket Association is formed.
- An England XI under the leadership of James Lillywhite tours in January and February. None of the fixtures were first class, and all the home sides field teams of between 18 and 22 players. The team went on to Australia to play the first ever Test matches. Itinerary
- New Zealand Cup winner: Mata
- New Zealand Derby winner: Trump Card
- Auckland Cup winner: Lara
- Wellington Cup winner: Guy Fawkes
- see also Category:New Zealand horse races.
- The following rugby clubs were formed: Athletic (Wellington), Waverley, Merivale, Leeston, Southbridge, Rakaia, and Otago University.
Ballinger Belt: Lieutenant Paynter (Nelson)
- ca. October: Te Rangi Hīroa (Peter Buck), Māori leader.
- (in England): Thomas Otto Bishop, politician.
- Arthur Stallworthy, politician.
- 5 January: Sir Donald McLean, politician.
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- New Zealand Electronic Text Centre - Through Ninety Years: Chapter XXXI
- Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications ISBN 1-86956-044-2
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
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