1860 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor — Colonel Thomas Gore Browne leaves office on 3 October to take up the post of Governor of Tasmania. His successor is Sir George Grey who takes up the position in December.
Government and law
- Speaker of the House — The sitting Speaker, Sir Charles Clifford, does not stand for re-election. He will be replaced in 1861 by Sir David Monro.
- Premier — Edward Stafford.
- Minister of Finance — William Richmond.
- Chief Justice — Hon George Arney
- 2 January: The Auckland Independent ceases publishing. It began in 1859.
- 6 January: The Marlborough Press publishes its first issue. The paper continues until 1948.
- 8 January: Julius von Haast begins his journey of exploration of the West Coast.
- 17 March: The assault on Te Kohia pā marks the beginning of the First Taranaki War.
- 28 March: Battle of Waireka.
- 27 June: The battle of Puketakauere is a major setback for Imperial forces.
- 28 December: Imperial forces capture Matarikoriko Pā, near Waitara.
Arts and literature
- A choral society is formed in Wellington.
- The Canterbury Vocal Union is formed by nine men in Christchurch. It shortly afterwards merges with the St. Cecilia Society and will eventually become the Royal Christchurch Music Society.
Major race winner
- New Zealand Derby — Ada
- 11 September: James Allan, rugby union player
- 8 January: Louis Catherin Servant, Catholic priest and missionary
- 30 May: Karetai, tribal leader
- 25 June: Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, first Māori King
- 6 August: William Cargill, British soldier, Otago founder and politician
- 7 August: Charles Southwell, English-born journalist, freethinker and newspaper publisher
- 4 November (in Tianjin, China): Arthur Saunders Thomson, military surgeon, medical scientist, writer and historian
- 26 December: Barnet Burns, English sailor and trader
- Te Rei Hanataua, 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
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- "Cemetery Details". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
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