1876 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal
Government and law
- Speaker of the House — Sir William Fitzherbet replaces Sir Francis Dillon Bell who did not stand for election at the end of 1875
- Premier — Daniel Pollen dies in office on 15 February. Julius Vogel takes over until retiring on 1 September and is in turn replaced by Harry Atkinson.
- Minister of Finance — Julius Vogel takes over as Treasurer (Minister of Finance) from Harry Atkinson when he becomes Premier on 15 February. When Vogel retires on 1 September Atkinson resumes the position.
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland City — Benjamin Tonks followed by William Hurst
- Mayor of Christchurch — Fred Hobbs
- Mayor of Dunedin — Keith Ramsay followed by Henry John Walter
- Mayor of Wellington — William Hutchison
- 18 February: The first trans-Tasman submarine communications cable is completed, allowing telegraph communications with the rest of the world.
- 4 April: Speight's is first brewed in Dunedin.
- 30 December: The Daily Southern Cross publishes its last issue, and merges with The New Zealand Herald. The Auckland-based newspaper began publishing as The Southern Cross in 1843.
Major race winners
- New Zealand Cup — Guy Fawkes
- New Zealand Derby — Songster
- Auckland Cup — Ariel
- Wellington Cup — Korari
The first interclub competition in the country is held between the Dunedin and Fernhill clubs.
- Rugby clubs were founded in Marton, Bulls, and Sanson, Oamaru, Hawera, Patea, Invercargill, Otautau, Riverton, Greytown, Masterton, Rangiora, Waimate, Kaiapoi and Te Awamutu.
- A combined side from Canterbury toured Nelson, Wellington (at Lower Hutt), and Auckland (at Ellerslie)
- 21 January: Tom Cross, rugby union and rugby league player.
- 24 February: Ernie Booth, rugby union player.
- 6 April: Harold Williams, linguist.
- 11 April Michael Reardon, political activist
- 7 June: Albert Samuel, politician
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- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- "Completion of the cable". Nelson Evening Mail. 19 February 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- "Daily Southern Cross". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
- All Blacks profile of Ernie Booth
- NZ Edge - Harold Williams
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