1846 in New Zealand
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The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1846 is 71,050 Māori and 13,274 non-Māori.
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
- 5 January: The Māori language magazine, Te Karere o Nui Tireni publishes its last issue. It started in 1842. It is revived as The Maori Messenger and Te Manuhiri Tuarangi between 1849 and 1863.
- 11 January: British forces occupy Ruapekapeka pa.
- 17 January: The Auckland Times ceases publication. The newspaper was first published in 1842.
- 11 March: The brig H.M.S. Osprey (Captain Patten) is driven ashore and wrecked at Herekino Harbour, having mistaken it for the entrance to the Hokianga Harbour, but no lives are lost.
- 7 May: Little Waihi landslide kills around 60 Maori, including Mananui Te Heuheu Tukino II (see deaths below)
- 16 May: Māori led by Te Mamaku attack the fortified outpost at Boulcott's farm near the present-day Belmont in the Hutt Valley. Six troopers and an unknown number of Māori are killed as the attack was repulsed.
- 23 July: Te Rauparaha is captured by government forces at Porirua.
- December: Thomas Brunner sets out on a journey of exploration south of Nelson which will eventually take 18 months to complete.
- The New Zealand Constitution Act 1846 is passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Governor Grey suspends the majority of the Act with the exception of the creation of the two new provinces of New Ulster and New Munster. (see also New Zealand Constitution Act 1852)
- 1 May (in England): Edward Robert Tregear, surveyor, civil servant, linguist
- 7 April: Edwin Mitchelson, politician
- 7 May: Mananui Te Heuheu Tukino II, tribal leader
- Te Whatanui, 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.
- "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.
- Today in History | NZHistory
- New Zealand Shipwrecks, Beckett Books Ltd, 1990
- "New Zealand disasters timeline". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, Wellington, 23 May 1846. Reprinted in Bromby, R. An Eyewitness History of New Zealand 1985: ISBN 0-85902-306-0
- New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, Wellington, 25 July 1846. Reprinted in Bromby, R. An Eyewitness History of New Zealand 1985: ISBN 0-85902-306-0
- * Nancy M. Taylor (ed.), Early travellers in New Zealand, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959.
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