1887 in New Zealand

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1887 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1887 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal

Government and law

In the general election on 22 July the Premier Robert Stout loses his seat. A new ministry is formed, the 10th New Zealand Parliament, on 8 October, with Harry Atkinson as Premier, and is announced on 11 October. This is the Atkinson's 4th separate term as Premier.

Main centre leaders




The Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Otago and Southland clubs form the New Zealand Amateur Athletics Association, now Athletics New Zealand. Auckland refuses to join.[1] The NZAAA is "one of the two oldest national bodies among the members of the IAAF".[2] The first New Zealand Championships will be held towards the end of the 1887–88 season (see 1888).

  • 1 October — A. G. Sheath, with Shot Put, 10.21 meters (33.5 ft) at Napier, makes the first performance to be recognised as a national record.[1]

Horse racing

The Auckland Cup of 1887 is moved to January 1888. Subsequently the Auckland Cup is normally scheduled for New Year's Day.

Major race winners

  • New Zealand Cup — Lochiel
  • New Zealand Derby — Maxim
  • Auckland Cup — Moved to 1888
  • Wellington Cup — Pasha

Lawn bowls

The first singles championship is held.[3]

National Champions[4]

  • Singles — S. Manning (Christchurch)


The New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association is formed on 16 March.[5][6] 9 clubs are present.[2][6] The first Championships are held at the end of the 1887–88 season. (see 1888)

Rugby Union

The Southland union is formed.[2]

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt — Captain White (Gordon Rifles, Auckland)


The first New Zealand Championships are held.

New Zealand championships

  • Men's singles — P. Fenwicke
  • Women's singles — M. Lance
  • Men's doubles — P. Fenwicke and M. Fenwicke
  • Women's doubles — M. Way and W. Lance
  • Mixed doubles — ?. Hudson and K. Hitchings



See also


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ a b Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  2. ^ a b c Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  3. ^ It is possible (see 1886) that a fours championship is also held this year but if so the names of the winners are unknown.
  4. ^ As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists largely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
  5. ^ "History of Wellington Rowing Club". Archived from the original on 4 September 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  6. ^ a b Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966

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