1842 in New Zealand
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The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1842 is 76,900 Māori and 10,992 non-Māori (a 120% increase in 1 year).
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor — Captain William Hobson dies on 10 September. His replacement Captain Robert Fitzroy does not arrive until 26 December 1843.
Government and law
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Wellington — George Hunter is elected Mayor on 3 October, the first Mayor in New Zealand. (see also 1843)
- 1 January: The Government begins publication of a monthly magazine in Māori, Te Karere o Nui Tireni (The Messenger of New Zealand). It publishes until 1846, and is revived as The Maori Messenger and Te Manuhiri Tuarangi between 1849 and 1863.
- 1 February: The first settlers arrive in Nelson aboard the Fifeshire.
- 24 February: The Bay of Islands Observer begins publishing. The newspaper publishes its last issue on 27 October 1842.
- 12 March: The Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle is first published. It continues until 1874.
- 6 April: The New Zealand Herald and Auckland Gazette, which was founded in 1841, ceases publication.
- April: The Auckland Standard begins publication. It folds on 28 August, after four months.
- May : Wellington becomes a Borough.
- 2 August: The New Zealand Colonist and Port Nicholson Advertiser begins publishing. It lasts for one year.
- 29 August: The Auckland Times begins publication. It runs until 1846.
- 7 August: (in the Hutt Valley) Edward Riddiford, runholder
- 25 November: William Downie Stewart, politician
- (unknown date): Charles Rous-Marten, journalist and railway writer (in England)
- 7 March: Wiremu Kingi Maketu, first person executed in New Zealand under British rule
- 5 June: Charles Armitage Brown, pioneer New Plymouth businessman
- 10 September: William Hobson, first Governor of New Zealand
- 22 November: Te Kakapi-o-te-rangi Te Wharepouri, tribal leader
- Te Purewa, tribal leader
- 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
- Statistics New Zealand has collated estimates from a number of sources (interpolating where necessary) at "Long-term data series". Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008., in particular "A1.1 Total population.xls". Archived from the original (Excel) on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
- "Early Auckland area newspapers". Auckland City Libraries.
- "Government Maori Publications". New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.
- "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
- "Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle". National Library of New Zealand.
- Dr. T. M. Hocken F.L.S. (9 July 1902). The Beginnings of Literature in New Zealand: Part II., the English Section—Newspapers. 34. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868–1961. p. 109.
- "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
- Dunmore, Patricia, ed. (1977). The Dunmore Book of New Zealand Records. p. 21. ISBN 0-908564-08-2.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: Early Wellington
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