1889 in New Zealand

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1889 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1889 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 10th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Leader of the OppositionJohn Ballance (Liberal Party).[1] This is the first year in which there is a recognised opposition leader.

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

Reputedly the first science fiction novel written by a New Zealander, Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman's Destiny by former Premier Julius Vogel is published.



National Champions, Men[edit]

  • 100 yards — T. Lewis (Hawkes Bay)
  • 250 yards — H. Reeves (Canterbury)
  • 440 yards — H. Reeves (Canterbury)
  • 880 yards — P. Cox (Southland)
  • 1 mile — F. Ellis (Hawkes Bay)
  • 120 yards hurdles — Harold Batger (Wellington)
  • Long jump — Leonard Cuff (Canterbury)
  • High jump — T. McNaught (Otago)


National Champion: Arthur Ollivier, of Christchurch [5]

Horse racing[edit]

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup — Tirailleur
  • New Zealand Derby — Scots Grey
  • Auckland Cup — Leopold
  • Wellington Cup — Dudu

Lawn bowls[edit]

National Champions[6][edit]

  • Singles — H. Toomer (Canterbury)
  • Fours — M. Elliott, P. Dow, W. Allnutt and W. Carlton (skip) (Roslyn)


The Christchurch Polo Club is formed.[7]


Coxless pairs and Double sculls are held at the championships for the first time.

National Champions (Men)[edit]

  • Single sculls — T. McKay (Wellington)
  • Double sculls — Wellington
  • Coxless pairs — Wellington
  • Coxed fours — Wellington

Rugby union[edit]

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt — Sergeant Parslow (Auckland)



After this year the mixed doubles championship are not held again held until 1900.

New Zealand championships[edit]

  • Men's singles — P. Fenwicke
  • Women's singles — E. Gordon
  • Men's doubles — R. Harman and F. Wilding
  • Women's doubles — K. Hitchings and E. Gordon
  • Mixed doubles — F. Wilding and E. Gordon



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  2. ^ Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Ballooning
  3. ^ Woodenboatparade: S.S. Alice
  4. ^ It is not clear if the Alice was actually operating on Lake Rotorua in 1889 or started the following year.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7

External links[edit]

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