1882 in New Zealand
One of New Zealand's major industries — export meat — is initiated when the shipping of frozen meat to Britain proves successful.
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor — The term of The Hon. Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon ends on 24 June. His replacement does not take up his appointment until the following year. (see 1883)
Government and law
The 8th New Zealand Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House — Maurice O'Rorke.
- Premier — John Hall resigns on 21 April. He is replaced by Frederick Whitaker who becomes Premier for the second time.
- Minister of Finance — Harry Atkinson
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — James Clark
- Mayor of Christchurch — James Gapes followed by George Ruddenklau
- Mayor of Dunedin — James Gore followed by James Bryce Thomson
- Mayor of Wellington — George Fisher
- 15 February: The Dunedin departs from Port Chalmers carrying the first shipment of frozen meat bound for Britain.
- 26 April – A telephone exchange is opened in Dunedin (the third in New Zealand).
- New Zealand Cup winner: Welcome Jack
- New Zealand Derby winner: Cheviot
- Auckland Cup winner: Welcome Jack
- Wellington Cup winner: Hilda
- see also Category:Horse races in New Zealand.
Provincial club rugby champions include:
- see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand
Ballinger Belt: Corporal Hutchison (Dunedin)
- 27 February: A. N. Field, white supremacist
- 1 June: Jim Thorn, labour leader and politician
- 24 June: James Gillespie Barclay, politician
- 16 September (in Australia): Freda du Faur, mountaineer.
- Bernard Martin, politician
- 1 April: James Kelham, politician.
- 2 October: Francis Gledhill, politician (born 1803).
- (in England, unknown date) James O'Neill, politician (born 1819).
- 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. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
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