1871 in New Zealand
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
1 February — Māori elections are held for the first time in conjunction with a general election, although the first Māori MPs had been elected in 1868.
- Speaker of the House — After the election Sir Francis Dillon Bell becomes Speaker replacing Sir David Monro who stood down at the end of 1870.
- Premier — William Fox
- Minister of Finance — Julius Vogel
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir George Arney
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — Philip Philips
- Mayor of Christchurch — Andrew Duncan followed by James Jameson
- Mayor of Dunedin — Thomas Birch followed by Henry Fish
- Mayor of Wellington — Joseph Dransfield
- 1 February: The Daily Telegraph begins publishing in Napier. It continues until 1999, when it merges with The Hawke's Bay Herald Tribune to form Hawke's Bay Today.
- 5 July: New Zealand's first university, Otago opens its doors. It was absorbed into the University of New Zealand three years later.
- The Westport News begins publication. The newspaper continues to publish Monday-Friday.
Major race winners
- New Zealand Cup: Peeress
- New Zealand Derby: Defamation
- 12 May: Founding of the Wellington Rugby club, the second rugby union club in New Zealand.
Ballinger Belt: Captain Wales (Otago)
- 10 January: Hoeroa Tiopira, rugby union player
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