1886 in New Zealand

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1886 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1886 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 9th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 11 April: Sinking of the steamer Taiaroa near the mouth of the Clarence River with the loss of 34 lives.[1]
  • 10 June: Eruption of Mount Tarawera volcano results in the deaths of ~150 people and the (wrongly assumed) destruction of the famous Pink and White Terraces, an error corrected by 2017 research disclosing the locations of the Pink and White Terraces around today's lake.[2][3]
  • 1 September: Police Force Act comes into effect, splitting the New Zealand Police Force from the standing army (and militia).[4]



The first recorded game of Women's cricket in New Zealand takes place in the Nelson district.[5]

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup — Spade Guinea
  • New Zealand Derby — Disowned
  • Auckland Cup — Nelson (Australian owned)
  • Wellington Cup — Nelson (Australian owned)

Lawn bowls[edit]

The New Zealand Bowling Association is formed with twelve clubs. Only two clubs (from New Plymouth and Auckland) are from the North Island which will eventually lead to the events of 1891.[5] A national championships is held but the winners are not recorded.[6]

Rugby union[edit]

The Wairarapa and Manawatu unions are formed.[5]

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt — Sergeant Remington (Wanganui)


A national tennis association is convened in Hastings .[5] The first National Championships take place later in the 1886–87 season. (see 1887)



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "New Zealand disasters timeline". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Bunn, Rex; Nolden, Sascha (2017-06-07). "Forensic cartography with Hochstetter's 1859 Pink and White Terraces survey: Te Otukapuarangi and Te Tarata". Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 0 (0): 1–18. doi:10.1080/03036758.2017.1329748. ISSN 0303-6758. 
  3. ^ Bunn and Nolden, Rex and Sascha (December 2016). "Te Tarata and Te Otukapuarangi: Reverse engineering Hochstetter's Lake Rotomahana Survey to map the Pink and White Terrace locations". Journal of New Studies. NS23: 37–53. 
  4. ^ Hill, Richard Synyer (1995). The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove. Dunmore Press. p. 7. ISBN 0-86469-244-7. 
  5. ^ a b c d Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  6. ^ The Todd book states that a fours championship (with 28 teams) was held the year that the association was formed (1886) but the list of champions begins in 1888.

External links[edit]

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