1880 in New Zealand

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1880 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1880 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 7th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • September: The Waikato Mail begins publishing in Cambridge. The newspaper is produced three times a week, it ceases to publish in 1883.[1]


Wellington Teachers College is opened.


Horse racing[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup winner: Le Loup
  • New Zealand Derby winner: Sir Mordred
  • Auckland Cup winner: Foul Play
  • Wellington Cup winner: Foul Play
see also Category:Horse races in New Zealand.

Rugby union[edit]

The Wellington Union is the first to hold a club championships.[2]

Provincial club rugby champions[edit]

Wellington: Athletic


Ballinger Belt: Sergeant Okey (Taranaki)


The first swimming club in New Zealand, Christchurch Amateur Swimming Club, is formed on 11 October,[3] it is soon followed by others throughout New Zealand.[2]


Prior to this year there are tennis clubs in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin, as well as tennis club members also play croquet, bowls and archery.[2]



  • 12 March: Thomas Birch, Member of Parliament and mayor of Dunedin.

See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Newspapers". Cambridge Museum. 
  2. ^ a b c Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  3. ^ Beresford, P. (1976) Encyclopedia of Swimming London: Robert Hale and Company

External links[edit]

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