1871 in New Zealand

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1871 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1871 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 1871 election takes place between 14 January and 1 February. The 5th New Zealand Parliament commences.

1 February — Māori elections are held for the first time in conjunction with a general election, although the first Māori MPs had been elected in 1868.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 1 February: The Daily Telegraph begins publishing in Napier. It continues until 1999, when it merges with The Hawke's Bay Herald Tribune to form Hawke's Bay Today.[1]
  • 5 July: New Zealand's first university, Otago opens its doors. It was absorbed into the University of New Zealand three years later.[2]
  • The Westport News begins publication. The newspaper continues to publish Monday-Friday.[3]



The first amateur club is formed, in South Canterbury. Professional athletics is already well established.[4]

Horse racing[edit]

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup: Peeress
  • New Zealand Derby: Defamation

Rugby union[edit]

  • 12 May: Founding of the Wellington Rugby club, the second rugby union club in New Zealand.[5]


Ballinger Belt: Captain Wales (Otago)



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Local Newspapers". Hastings District Libraries. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Otago University opening date
  3. ^ "The News". Westport News. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  5. ^ "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. 

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