1870 in New Zealand

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1870 in New Zealand

See also:

The following lists events that happened during 1870 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 4th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Voting in New Zealand elections is changed to a secret ballot.[1]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 27 August - 3 September: Second visit by HRH Prince Alfred, returning briefly to Wellington before departing for Sydney.




  • New Zealand's first golf course was opened in Dunedin.[3]

Horse racing[edit]

There are 2 races for both the New Zealand Cup and New Zealand Derby (presumably at the beginning and end of the calendar year).(Confirmation required)

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup: Knottingley
  • New Zealand Cup: Knottingley
  • New Zealand Derby: Malabar
  • New Zealand Derby: Envy

Rugby union[edit]

Charles Monro, son of the Speaker of the House, Sir David Monro, introduces rugby to the Nelson Football club.[2]

  • 14 May — First rugby club match, Nelson College versus Nelson Football Club "The Town" at the Botanical reserve. This was the first interclub game of rugby union played in New Zealand.[4]
  • 12 September — A Nelson team, the "Lunatics", defeats Wellington at Petone.[2]
  • — The first "international" between Wellington and a team from HMS Rosario.[2]


Ballinger Belt: Lieutenant Goldie (Otago)



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  2. ^ a b c d Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  3. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "GOLF, MEN'S". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  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. 

External links[edit]

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