1875 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal
Government and law
- Speaker of the House — The sitting Speaker, Sir Francis Dillon Bell, does not stand in the 1875 election at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Sir William Fitzherbet in 1876.
- Premier — Daniel Pollen becomes Premier on 6 July replacing Julius Vogel.
- Minister of Finance — Harry Atkinson takes over from Julius Vogel on 6 July.
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir George Arney retires and is replaced on 1 April by Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — Frederick Prime followed by Benjamin Tonks
- Mayor of Christchurch — Fred Hobbs
- Mayor of Dunedin — Andrew Mercer followed by Keith Ramsay
- Mayor of Wellington — William Sefton Moorhouse
- Rimutaka Incline railway opens using the Fell system.
The first club in the country, the Wellington Amateur Athletic Club, holds its first meeting.
- New Zealand Cup winner: Nectar
- New Zealand Derby winner: Daniel O’Rourke
- Auckland Cup winner: Kingfisher
- Wellington Cup winner: Tambourini
- see also Category:Horse races in New Zealand.
- Rugby union begins in Timaru, Temuka, Blenheim, Picton, Greymouth (with the formation of new clubs) and Napier where the club formed in 1874 adopted rugby rules.
- A combined Auckland clubs team toured Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson and New Plymouth. They lost all matches, despite some of their opposition having only learned rugby rules for a few weeks in preparation for the tour — the Christchurch and Dunedin clubs had primarily been playing football (soccer).
Ballinger Belt: Lieutenant Skinner (Auckland)
- 19 January: Ethel Benjamin, first female lawyer in NZ.
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- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- "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.
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