1891 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Appointments and awards
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
Following their victory in the 1890 election the Liberal Government forms the 11th Parliament, taking office on 24 January. This is the first time a single political party forms a government in New Zealand.
The new Liberal Government restricts future terms of appointment to the Legislative Council to 7 years. Previous appointments have been for life.
- Speaker of the House — William Steward becomes Speaker taking over from Maurice O'Rorke.
- Premier — John Balance takes office on 24 January, replacing Harry Atkinson.
- Minister of Finance — John Balance takes office on 24 January, replacing Harry Atkinson.
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — John Upton followed by William Crowther
- Mayor of Christchurch — Samuel Manning followed by Charles Gray
- Mayor of Dunedin — John Carroll followed by Charles Robert Chapman
- Mayor of Wellington — Arthur Winton Brown
- 13 January — The first public phonograph performance in New Zealand is made at Christchurch.
- 17 March — The S.S. Alice is the first mechanically powered vessel to pass through Ohau Channel and the first to operate on Lake Rotoiti. Among the passengers are Governor Onslow and Lady Onslow. (see also 1889)
Arts and literature
Appointments and awards
Late in the year Bishop Suter resigns as Bishop of Nelson.
- Primate of New Zealand — Octavius Hadfield (Bishop of Wellington)
- Bishop of Auckland — William Cowie
- Bishop of Christchurch — Churchill Julius
- Bishop of Dunedin — Samuel Nevill
- Bishop of Nelson — Andrew Burn Suter followed by Charles Mules
- Bishop of Waiapu — Edward Stuart
- 12 August Godfrey Shaw sets the first (unofficial) world record by a New Zealander. He runs 57.2 seconds for 440 yards hurdles at the Isle of Man.
National Champions, Men The 440 yards hurdles is held for the first time.
- 100 yards — J. King (Wellington) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
- 250 yards — J. King (Wellington) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
- 440 yards — J. Hutchison (Auckland) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
- 880 yards — Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
- 1 mile — Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
- 3 miles — Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
- 120 yards hurdles — Harold Batger (Wellington)
- 440 yards hurdles — Harold Batger (Wellington)
- Long jump — T. Upfill (Auckland)
- High jump — tie J. Hume (Wellington) and E. Laurie (Auckland)
- Pole vault — T. Upfill (Auckland)
- Shot put — Timothy O’Connor (Auckland)
National champion: R.J Barnes of Wellington 
- 14 January: Bob Fitzsimmons wins the world middleweight boxing title by beating Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey.
- New Zealand Cup — British Lion
- New Zealand Derby — Florrie
- Auckland Cup — Pinfire
- Wellington Cup — Cynisca
Season leaders (1890/91)
- Leading flat jockey — G. Collelo
- Singles — G. White (Milton)
- Fours — D. Campbell, W. Weir, D. Mackie and W. Carswell (skip) (Taieri)
- Savile Cup winners — Christchurch
National Champions (Men)
- Single sculls — W. Bridson (Wellington)
- Double sculls — Star
- Coxless pairs — Wellington
- Coxed fours — Wellington
Provincial club rugby champions include:
- see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand
- Ballinger Belt — Private C. Kruse (Wanganui Rifles)
Provincial Champions: — This is the first year any provincial championship is recorded. Auckland commenced in 1892.
- Wellington: Petone Wanderers
National champions (Men)
- 100 yards frestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
- 440 yards frestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
- 880 yards frestyle — H. Nicholson (Auckland)
- Men's singles — J. Marshall
- Women's singles — J. Rees
- Men's doubles — R. Harman and F. Wilding
- Women's doubles — K. Hitchings and E. Gordon
- 18 December: Tiaki Omana, politician, rugby union player.
- 25 December: Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricketer.
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- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- Christchurch City Libraries - Christchurch: A chronology
- Sutherland, A. New Zealand Famous Firsts and Related Records. 1961
- Woodenboatparade: S.S. Alice
- 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
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- Today in History | NZHistory
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists entirely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
- New Zealand - List of Champions
Media related to 1891 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons