1860 in New Zealand

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1860 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1860 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The general election of 1860–1861 begins on 12 December but does not conclude until 28 March the following year. The 2nd Parliament continues until the completion of the election.


  • 2 January: The Auckland Independent ceases publishing. It began in 1859.[1]
  • 6 January: The Marlborough Press publishes its first issue.[2] The paper continues until 1948.
  • 8 January: Julius von Haast begins his journey of exploration of the West Coast.[3]
  • 17 March: The assault on Te Kohia pā marks the beginning of the First Taranaki War.[4]
  • 28 March: Battle of Waireka.[4]
  • 27 June: The battle of Puketakauere is a major setback for Imperial forces.[4]
  • 28 December: Imperial forces capture Matarikoriko Pā, near Waitara.[5]

Arts and literature[edit]


  • A choral society is formed in Wellington.[7]
  • The Canterbury Vocal Union is formed by nine men in Christchurch. It shortly afterwards merges with the St. Cecilia Society and will eventually become the Royal Christchurch Music Society.[7]



The first inter-provincial cricket game is played between Auckland and Wellington. Auckland win.[8]

Horse racing[edit]

The New Zealand Derby is held for the first time, at Riccarton Racecourse.[8] This is the first race in New Zealand to have a continuous annual history.

Major race winner[edit]

  • New Zealand Derby — Ada

Lawn bowls[edit]

Bowls is first known to have been played in the country, in Auckland.[8]



The Government recommends that prizes be given for rifle shooting. This leads to the first National Rifle Shooting Championships in 1861.[8]



Unknown date[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "Newspapers on Film". New Zealand Micrographics Services. 
  3. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  4. ^ a b c Belich, James (1986). The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict (1st ed.). Auckland: Penguin. ISBN 0-14-011162-X
  5. ^ Otago Witness, 26 January 1861, reprinted in An Eyewitness History of New Zealand, ed. Robin Bromby (1985) ISBN 0-85902-306-0
  6. ^ "Nelson Evening Mail". National Library of New Zealand. 
  7. ^ a b Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966 - Music:General History
  8. ^ a b c d Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  9. ^ "Cemetery Details". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 

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