1874 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor — The Rt. Hon Sir James Fergusson resigns and is replaced by The Marquess of Normanby
Government and law
The 5th New Zealand Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House — Sir Francis Dillon Bell
- Premier — Julius Vogel.
- Minister of Finance — Julius Vogel
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir George Arney
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — Philip Philips followed by Henry Isaacs followed by Frederick Prime
- Mayor of Christchurch — Michael Brennan Hart followed by Fred Hobbs
- Mayor of Dunedin — Henry Fish followed by Andrew Mercer
- Mayor of Wellington — Charles Borlase
- 5 January: The Poverty Bay Herald begins publishing in Gisborne. It is initially bi-weekly. The paper changed its name to The Gisborne Herald in 1939, and continues to publish as a daily today[update].
- 15 January: The Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, first published in 1842, produces its last issue.
- 30 June: The Wellington Independent publishes its final issue, and is replaced by The New Zealand Times. The newspaper started in 1845.
- The Marlborough Times begins publication bi-weekly, and absorbs The Marlborough News. It became a daily in 1882. The Marlborough Express bought it in 1895 and closed it in 1905.
- The Marine Department employs Capt. B.A. Edwin to provide weather maps and forecasts to ships, establishing New Zealand's first weather service.
- 25 May — Recorded by some sources as the date of first race meeting at Ellerslie.(see also 1857)
- The Auckland Cup is established at Ellerslie Racecourse.
- The Wellington Cup becomes an annual race. The first winner of which evidence survives is recorded.
Major race winners
- New Zealand Cup: Tambourini
- New Zealand Derby: Tadmor
- Auckland Cup: Templeton
- Wellington Cup: Castaway
- Rugby union spreads quickly, with many new clubs being formed: Ngaruawahia, Hamilton, Cambridge, New Plymouth (Taranaki club) Hawera (Egmont club), Parnell, Grafton, Ponsonby, and Mount Hobson. Rugby was also taken up at Auckland College and Auckland Grammar School.
Ballinger Belt: Captain Skinner (Waiuku Rifles)
- 22 April: Thomas Brunner, surveyor and explorer.
- 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
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett.
- "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
- "Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
- "Wellington Independent". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
- "History in the making". The Marlborough Express. 6 July 2004. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
- Dunmore, Patricia (ed.) (1977). The Dunmore Book of New Zealand Records. p. 19.
- "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 10 February 2009.
- Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: Edmund Anscombe
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