1886 in New Zealand
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
The 9th Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House — Maurice O'Rorke.
- Premier — Robert Stout
- Minister of Finance — Julius Vogel
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — William Waddel followed by Albert Devore
- Mayor of Christchurch — Charles Hulbert followed by Aaron Ayers
- Mayor of Dunedin — John Barnes followed by Richard Henry Leary
- Mayor of Wellington — Arthur Winton Brown
- 11 April: Sinking of the steamer Taiaroa near the mouth of the Clarence River with the loss of 34 lives.
- 10 June: Eruption of Mount Tarawera volcano results in the deaths of over 150 people and the destruction of the famous Pink and White Terraces.
- 1 September: Police Force Act comes into effect, splitting the New Zealand Police Force from the standing army (and militia).
Major race winners
- New Zealand Cup — Spade Guinea
- New Zealand Derby — Disowned
- Auckland Cup — Nelson (Australian owned)
- Wellington Cup — Nelson (Australian owned)
The New Zealand Bowling Association is formed with twelve clubs. Only two clubs (from New Plymouth and Auckland) are from the North Island which will eventually lead to the events of 1891. A national championships is held but the winners are not recorded.
Provincial club rugby champions include:
- see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand
Ballinger Belt — Sergeant Remington (Wanganui)
- 15 June: Robert Gillies, 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
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- "New Zealand disasters timeline". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- Hill, Richard Synyer (1995). The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove. Dunmore Press. p. 7. ISBN 0-86469-244-7.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- The Todd book states that a fours championship (with 28 teams) was held the year that the association was formed (1886) but the list of champions begins in 1888.
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