1890 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Sport
- 3.1 Athletics
- 3.2 Chess
- 3.3 Horse racing
- 3.4 Lawn bowls
- 3.5 Polo
- 3.6 Rowing
- 3.7 Rugby Union
- 3.8 Shooting
- 3.9 Swimming
- 3.10 Tennis
- 4 Organisations
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
The 10th New Zealand Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House — Maurice O'Rorke.
- Premier — Harry Atkinson.
- Minister of Finance — Harry Atkinson.
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — John Upton
- Mayor of Christchurch — Charles Louisson followed by Samuel Manning
- Mayor of Dunedin — John Roberts followed by John Carroll
- Mayor of Wellington — Charles John Johnston
- The Maritime Strike involves 8000 unionists
- 28 October: The first Labour Day is celebrated (but it is not a public holiday). 
- 100 yards — Jack Hempton (Southland)
- 250 yards — Jack Hempton (Southland)
- 440 yards — H. Reeves (Canterbury)
- 880 yards — J. Grierson (Canterbury)
- 1 mile — Peter Morrison (South Canterbury)
- 3 miles — Peter Morrison (South Canterbury)
- 120 yards hurdles — Harold Batger (Wellington)
- Long jump — T. Harman (Canterbury)
- High jump — T. McNaught (Otago)
- Pole vault — D. Robertson (Canterbury)
- Shot put — R. Malcolm (Wellington)
- National Champion: H. Hookham (his 2nd title) 
- New Zealand Cup — Wolverine
- New Zealand Derby — Medallion
- Auckland Cup — Crackshot
- Wellington Cup — Cynisca
- Singles — G. White (Milton)
- Fours — W. Savage, V. Parsons, E. Ashby and B. Hale (skip) (Canterbury)
- Savile Cup winners — Christchurch
National Champions (Men)
- Single sculls — T. Sullivan (Wellington)
- Double sculls — Wellington
- Coxless pairs — Wellington
- Coxed fours — Wellington
Provincial club rugby champions include:
- see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand
Ballinger Belt — P. Williams (Wellington Navals)
The New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association is formally constituted on 4 January. It is the second national governing body in the world after the A.S.A. of England. A subsequent disagreement between the North and South Island clubs leads to the formation of a rival association in the North Island known as the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association Registered. The two associations remain apart until uniting on 21 March 1904.
The first national titles are instituted. Each event is held at a separate carnival (this continues until 1905 when a single championships is held for the first time). In the first year there are 2 separate carnivals for 100 yards and thus 2 different champions.
National champions (Men)
- 100 yards freestyle (Hamilton) — H. Bailey (Auckland)
- 100 yards freestyle (Christchurch) — W. Sneddon (Canterbury)
- 440 yards freestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
- 880 yards freestyle — A. Duthie (Auckland)
- Men's singles — M. Fenwicke
- Women's singles — E. Gordon
- Men's doubles — M. Fenwicke and J. Jarkine
- Women's doubles — K. Hitchings and E. Gordon
- Founding of the Freemasons' Grand Lodge of New Zealand (April)
- 2 December: Robert Macalister, Mayor of Wellington.
- 14 July: Hugh Carleton, politician and "first Member of Parliament".
- 17 July: Richard Turnbull, member of parliament
- 7 December: Henry Robert Richmond, Superintendent of Taranaki.
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- 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.
- Swimming New Zealand: History
- Beresford, P. (1976) Encyclopedia of Swimming London: Robert Hale and Company
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
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