1868 in New Zealand

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Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand.svg '1868 in New Zealand': Flag of New Zealand Government Ships 1867.svg
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The following lists events that happened during 1868 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal

Government and law

The 4th Parliament continues. The first four Māori MPs are elected in 1868.

Main centre leaders


  • 1—6 February: The Great storm of 1868 sweeps across the country causing major damage and loss of life.[1]
  • 1 June: The New Zealand Advertiser, which had been absorbed into the New Zealand Times in 1867, is revived. It ceases publication for good in December.[2]
  • 24 August: Wanganui Horticultural Society established.[3]
  • Nelson Football Club founded.[4]
  • 2 November: New Zealand Mean Time adopted throughout the colony; New Zealand may be the first country to have adopted a standard time throughout the country.
  • Coromandel Gold Rush (1867-68)



The Basin Reserve is first used for cricket.[5]

Horse racing

Major race winners

  • New Zealand Cup: Flying Jib
  • New Zealand Derby: Flying Jib


Ballinger Belt: Sergeant Taylor (Otago)



See also


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "February 1868 New Zealand Storm - HWE". NIWA Historic Weather Events Catalog. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Horticultural Society". Wanganui Herald. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  4. ^ "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  5. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7

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