1879 in New Zealand

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1879 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The general election is held between 15 August and 1 September. The 7th New Zealand Parliament commences.

Voting rights are extended to all males.[1]

The term of parliament is reduced from five years to three years.[1]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 21 February: An explosion in the coal mine at Kaitangata kills 34 men.[2]
  • 30 March: The Ross Guardian ceases publication. It began in 1866.[3]



Horse racing[edit]

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup — Chancellor
  • New Zealand Derby — Hornby
  • Auckland Cup — Ariel
  • Wellington Cup — Maritana

Lawn bowls[edit]

The first annual competition between clubs from different centres begins between Christchurch and Dunedin clubs.[5]

Rugby union[edit]


Ballinger Belt — Corporal W. Ballinger (Wellington)


Unknown date[edit]


See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ a b New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  2. ^ New Zealand History online: Today in History - 21 February
  3. ^ "HOKITIKA. March 31". North Otago Times. 1 April 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 21 June 2008. 
  4. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  5. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  6. ^ a b 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 20 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 

External links[edit]

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