1887 in New Zealand

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1887 in New Zealand

See also:

The following lists events that happened during 1887 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

In the general election on 22 July the Premier Robert Stout loses his seat. A new ministry is formed, the 10th New Zealand Parliament, on 8 October, with Harry Atkinson as Premier, and is announced on 11 October. This is the Atkinson's 4th separate term as Premier.

Main centre leaders[edit]




The Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Otago and Southland clubs form the New Zealand Amateur Athletics Association, now Athletics New Zealand. Auckland refuses to join.[1] The NZAAA is "one of the two oldest national bodies among the members of the IAAF".[2] The first New Zealand Championships will be held towards the end of the 1887–88 season (see 1888).

  • 1 October — A. G. Sheath, with Shot Put, 10.21 meters (33.5 ft) at Napier, makes the first performance to be recognised as a national record.[1]

Horse racing[edit]

The Auckland Cup of 1887 is moved to January 1888. Subsequently the Auckland Cup is normally scheduled for New Year's Day.

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup — Lochiel
  • New Zealand Derby — Maxim
  • Auckland Cup — Moved to 1888
  • Wellington Cup — Pasha

Lawn bowls[edit]

The first singles championship is held.[3]

National Champions[4][edit]

  • Singles — S. Manning (Christchurch)


The New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association is formed on 16 March.[5][6] 9 clubs are present.[2][6] The first Championships are held at the end of the 1887–88 season. (see 1888)

Rugby Union[edit]

The Southland union is formed.[2]

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt — Captain White (Gordon Rifles, Auckland)


The first New Zealand Championships are held.

New Zealand championships[edit]

  • Men's singles — P. Fenwicke
  • Women's singles — M. Lance
  • Men's doubles — P. Fenwicke and M. Fenwicke
  • Women's doubles — M. Way and W. Lance
  • Mixed doubles — ?. Hudson and K. Hitchings



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ a b Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  2. ^ a b c Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  3. ^ It is possible (see 1886) that a fours championship is also held this year but if so the names of the winners are unknown.
  4. ^ As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists largely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
  5. ^ History of Wellington Rowing Club
  6. ^ a b Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966

External links[edit]

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