1872 in New Zealand

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1872 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1872 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 5th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • Vaccination of babies against smallpox made compulsory by the Public Health Act 1872
  • 2 May: The Waikato Times and Thames Valley Gazette begins publishing in Ngaruawahia. Initially it was produced three times a week. It moved to Hamilton in 1875 and became the Waikato Times. The paper, a daily since the late 19th century, continues to publish today.[1]
  • 4 September: The Bay of Plenty Times publishes its first issue. The Tauranga-based newspaper continues to publish today.[2]
  • 5 October: The Poverty Bay Standard begins publishing as a weekly newspaper in the Gisborne area. It increased its frequency over the next two years to become tri-weekly. It was later called the Gisborne Standard.[3]



The first recorded amateur athletic meeting takes place, in Christchurch.[4]


The first golf club in New Zealand is formed in Otago to play on a 9-hole course at Mornington, Dunedin.[5]

Horse racing[edit]

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup winner — Detractor
  • New Zealand Derby winner — Culumny

Lawn bowls[edit]

The Dunedin Bowling and Quoiting Club opens its own green.[5]

Rugby union[edit]

  • 20 July: Wanganui Rugby Club founded.[6]


Ballinger Belt — Captain Wales (Otago)



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Waikato Times". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Bay of Plenty Times". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 23 June 2008.
  3. ^ Mackay, Joseph Angus (1949). "Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.: Earliest Journals and Their Founders". Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  4. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  5. ^ a b Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  6. ^ "Rugby Union Football". from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.

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