1878 in New Zealand
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
The 6th New Zealand Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House — Sir William Fitzherbet
- Premier — Sir George Grey
- Minister of Finance — William Larnach resigns on 5 March. He is succeeded by John Ballance on 12 July.
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — Henry Brett followed by Thomas Peacock
- Mayor of Christchurch — James Gapes followed by Henry Thomson
- Mayor of Dunedin — Richard Henry Leary followed by Henry John Walter
- Mayor of Wellington — Joseph Dransfield
- Ashburton is made a borough.
- The government makes the first telephone test between Dunedin and Milton. Later in the year the first public demonstration of the telephone is made with a call between Blenheim and Nelson.
An Australian team tours New Zealand in January and February, playing seven provincial teams. None of the matches have first-class status as the home sides fielded between 15 and 22 players. A win by the Canterbury XV is the first ever win by a New Zealand side over an international touring team.
- New Zealand Cup winner: Maritana
- New Zealand Derby winner: Natator
- Auckland Cup winner: Ariel
- Wellington Cup winner: Lara
Ballinger Belt: No competition
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- 9 February: William Williams, first Bishop of Waiapu.
- 11 February: William Barnard Rhodes, businessman and politician.
- 6 December: Sir John Richardson, politician.
- 25 December Thomas Bartley, politician.
- 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
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