1879 in New Zealand

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1879 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1879 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal

Government and law

The general election is held between 15 August and 1 September; a law was passed to confirm the result in three electorates (Marsden, Northern Maori and Western Maori); [1] and to clarify the law about electoral petitions (1880).[2] The 7th New Zealand Parliament commences.

Voting rights are extended to all males.[3]

The term of parliament is reduced from five years to three years.[3]

Main centre leaders


  • 21 February: An explosion in the coal mine at Kaitangata kills 34 men.[4]
  • 30 March: The Ross Guardian ceases publication. It began in 1866.[5]



Horse racing

Major race winners

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

Lawn bowls

The first annual competition between clubs from different centres begins between Christchurch and Dunedin clubs.[7]

Rugby union


Ballinger Belt — Corporal W. Ballinger (Wellington)



See also


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Elections Validation Act, 1879". New Zealand Law online.
  2. ^ "Electoral Petitions Act, 1880". New Zealand Law online.
  3. ^ a b New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  4. ^ New Zealand History online: Today in History - 21 February
  5. ^ "HOKITIKA. March 31". North Otago Times. 1 April 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  8. ^ 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 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13.

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