1896 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Media
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
- Speaker of the House — Sir Maurice O'Rorke
- Prime Minister — Richard Seddon
- Minister of Finance — Joseph Ward resigns on 16 June and is replaced by Richard Seddon
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
- The Female Law Practitioners Act was passed in 1896, and Ethel Benjamin who had graduated in law from the University of Otago in 1896 was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1897.
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — James Holland followed by Abraham Boardman
- Mayor of Christchurch — Walter Cooper followed by Henry Joseph Beswick
- Mayor of Dunedin — Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales followed by Hugh Gourley
- Mayor of Wellington — George Fisher
- 26 March: Brunner Mine disaster; 65 miners killed in explosion 
- 13 April: National Council of Women of New Zealand is founded, with Kate Sheppard as its first president.
- 13 October: First public screening of a motion picture in New Zealand, in Auckland.
- 4 December: New Zealand general election, 1896.
- Census measures national population as 743,214.
Arts and literature
- The Waikato Argus starts publication. The newspaper runs until 1915.
- The Gisborne Times is founded. It became a daily in 1901, and continued to publish until being bought out by The Poverty Bay Herald in 1938.
- July: The Waikato Times and Waikato Advocate merge, and the former moves to daily publication.
National Champions, Men 
- 100 yards — E. Robinson (Canterbury)
- 250 yards — W. Kingston (Otago)
- 440 yards — W. Low (Otago)
- 880 yards — W. Low (Otago)
- 1 mile — W. Bennett (Otago)
- 3 miles — W. Bennett (Otago)
- 120 yards hurdles — W. Martin (Auckland)
- 440 yards hurdles — J. Thomas Roberts (Auckland)
- Long jump — Leonard Cuff (Canterbury)
- High jump — P. Brown (Canterbury)
- Pole vault — tie R. Hunter (Hawkes Bay) and H. Kingsley (Wanganui)
- Shot put — W. Rhodes (Wellington)
- Hammer throw — P. Brown (Canterbury)
National Champion: W. Meldrum of Rangitikei.
- Men's national amateur champion — M.S. Todd (Otago)
- Women's national amateur champion — L. Wilford (Hutt)
- New Zealand Cup — Lady Zetland
- New Zealand Derby — Uniform
- Auckland Cup — Nestor
- Wellington Cup — Brooklet
Season leaders (1895/96)
- Top New Zealand stakes earner — Euroclydon
- Leading flat jockey — C. Jenkins
National Champions There are no national championships this year.
- Savile Cup winners — Manawatu
National Champions (Men)
- Single sculls — C. Chapman (Wairewa)
- Double sculls — Wairewa, Little River
- Coxless pairs — Canterbury
- Coxed fours — Queen’s Dr, Port Chalmers
Ballinger Belt — Sergeant Wakelyn (Honorary Reserve Corps, Christchurch)
Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: Auckland United
- Otago: Roslyn Dunedin
- Wellington: Wellington Swifts
- Men's singles — H. Parker
- Women's singles — Kathleen Nunneley
- Men's doubles — R. Harman and D. Collins
- Women's doubles — Kathleen Nunneley and T. Trimmell
- 18 May: Daniel Pollen, politician (born 1813)
- 2 August: James FitzGerald, politician (born 1818).
- 28 August:James Hume, medical doctor (born 1823).
- 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
- "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Brunner mine disaster
- NCWNZ History
- MIC - Film pioneers Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Waikato Times". National Library of New Zealand.
- "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
- Mackay, Joseph Angus (1949). "Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.: Earliest Journals and Their Founders".
- "Mayor's chair bonds present with past". Waikato Museum.
- "Athletics NZ senior mens champions (MS Word)". Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "Men's Golf — National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- 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 entirely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
- Blackley, Roger. "Fisher, Archibald Joseph Charles 1896–1959". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
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