1878 in New Zealand

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1878 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1878 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 6th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 2 February: Alois Lubecki makes the first telephone call in the country, between Dunedin and Milton. Later in the year the first public demonstration of the telephone is made with a call between Blenheim and Nelson.[1]



An Australian team tours New Zealand in January and February, playing seven provincial teams.[3] None of the matches have first-class status as the home sides fielded between 15 and 22 players. A win by the Canterbury XV is the first ever win by a New Zealand side over an international touring team.

Horse racing[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup winner: Maritana
  • New Zealand Derby winner: Natator
  • Auckland Cup winner: Ariel
  • Wellington Cup winner: Lara

Rugby union[edit]

New clubs were formed in Featherston and Carterton, both in the south Wairarapa. Existing football clubs in Gisborne, Palmerston North and Feilding adopted rugby rules.[4]


Ballinger Belt: No competition



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ A. C. Wilson. 'Telecommunications - Telephones, 1877–1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 4-Jul-12
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966: Ashburton
  3. ^ Itinerary
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 'Williams, William', from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 18-Sep-2007

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