1883 in New Zealand

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1883 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1883 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 8th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 1 March – A telephone exchange is opened in Wellington (the fourth in New Zealand).
  • The Hokitika Guardian and Hokitika Evening Star merge to form the Hokitika Guardian and Star.[1]
  • September: The Waikato Mail ceases publication. The Cambridge newspaper started in 1880.[2]
  • 19 February: Pacifist leaders Te Whiti o Rongomai and To hu are released from prison, where they had been held without trial since November 1881.[3]
  • July: The Waikato Gazette & Thames Valley Recorder begins publishing.[4] It was absorbed by the Cambridge News in 1889.
  • the New Zealand Shipping Company was formed in Christchurch.[5]



Horse racing[edit]

The New Zealand Cup is so-named, the race having been run under another name since 1865.[6]

  • New Zealand Cup winner: Tasman
  • New Zealand Derby winner: Oudeis
  • Auckland Cup winner: Salvage
  • Wellington Cup winner: Mischief
see also Category:Horse races in New Zealand.


The Auckland Rugby Union is formed.[6]

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt: Sergeant Kennedy (Dunedin)


  • 14 May — Charlie Seeling (died 1956), rugby (league and union) footballer.


See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ Scholefield, Guy Hardy (1938). A Union Catalogue of New Zealand Newspapers Preserved in Public Libraries.
  2. ^ "Newspapers". Cambridge Museum.
  3. ^ nzhistory.net.nz
  4. ^ "Local and General Intelligence". Tuapeka Times. 7 July 1883. p. 2.
  5. ^ McLean, Gavin (editor): Ships of the New Zealand Shipping Company GP Books, Wellington, 1989. ISBN 0-477-00015-0
  6. ^ a b Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications ISBN 0-908570-00-7

External links[edit]

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