1883 in New Zealand
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor — Lieutenant-General Sir William Jervois begins his term on 20 January.
Government and law
The 8th New Zealand Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House — Maurice O'Rorke.
- Premier — Frederick Whitaker is replaced by Harry Atkinson on 25 September
- Minister of Finance — Harry Atkinson
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — James Clark followed by William Waddel
- Mayor of Christchurch — George Ruddenklau
- Mayor of Dunedin — James Bryce Thomson followed by William Parker Street
- Mayor of Wellington — George Fisher
- 1 March – A telephone exchange is opened in Wellington (the fourth in New Zealand).
- The Hokitika Guardian and Hokitika Evening Star merge to form the Hokitika Guardian and Star.
- September: The Waikato Mail ceases publication. The Cambridge newspaper started in 1880.
- 19 February: Pacifist leaders Te Whiti o Rongomai and To hu are released from prison, where they had been held without trial since November 1881.
- July: The Waikato Gazette & Thames Valley Recorder begins publishing. It was absorbed by the Cambridge News in 1889.
- the New Zealand Shipping Company was formed in Christchurch.
The New Zealand Cup is so-named, the race having been run under another name since 1865.
- New Zealand Cup winner: Tasman
- New Zealand Derby winner: Oudeis
- Auckland Cup winner: Salvage
- Wellington Cup winner: Mischief
- see also Category:Horse races in New Zealand.
Provincial club rugby champions include:
- see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand
Ballinger Belt: Sergeant Kennedy (Dunedin)
- 14 May — Charlie Seeling (died 1956), rugby (league and union) footballer.
- 30 June: William Cutten, 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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