1897 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Regal and viceregal
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor — The term of David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow as Governor ends on 8 February. He is succeeded on 9 August by Sir Uchter John Mark Knox, 5th Earl of Ranfurly
Government and law
- Speaker of the House — Sir Maurice O'Rorke
- Prime Minister — Richard Seddon
- Minister of Finance — Richard Seddon
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland — Abraham Boardman followed by Peter Dignan
- Mayor of Christchurch — Henry Joseph Beswick followed by Walter Cooper
- Mayor of Dunedin — Hugh Gourley followed by Edward Bowes Cargill
- Mayor of Wellington — Francis Bell
- 3 May: Margaret Cruickshank becomes New Zealand's first registered woman doctor.
- 14 May: Pigeon post is introduced between Auckland and Great Barrier Island.
Arts and literature
- 100 yards — Alfred J. Patrick (Wellington)
- 250 yards — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
- 440 yards — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
- 880 yards — James McKean (Auckland)
- 1 mile — James McKean (Auckland)
- 3 miles — E. Reynolds (Auckland)
- 120 yards hurdles — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
- 440 yards hurdles — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
- Long jump — Leonard Cuff (Canterbury)
- High jump — C. Laurie (Auckland)
- Pole vault — tie Jimmy Te Paa (Auckland) and Hori Eruera (Auckland)
- Shot put — Timothy B. O’Connor (Auckland)
- Hammer throw — J. Callender (Auckland)
National Champion: R.J. Barnes of Wellington.
The National amateur championships were held in Auckland 
- Men — D. Pryde (Hutt)
- Women — L. Wilford (Hutt)
- New Zealand Cup — Waiuku
- New Zealand Derby — Multiform
- Auckland Cup — Antares
- Wellington Cup — Strath Braan
Season leaders (1896/97)
- Top New Zealand stakes earner — Multiform
- Leading flat jockey — R. Derrett
- Singles — W. McLaren (Kaitangata)
- Pairs — W. Cowie and W. Thomson (skip) (Dunedin)
- Fours — H. Nalder, W. Thomas, R. Struthers and H. Thomson (skip) (Christchurch)
- Savile Cup winners — Manawatu
National Champions (Men)
- Single sculls — C. Chapman (Wairewa)
- Double sculls — Wairewa, Little River
- Coxless pairs — Picton
- Coxed fours — Queen’s Dr, Port Chalmers
Provincial club rugby champions include:
- see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand
Ballinger Belt — Private A. Ballinger (Wellington Guards)
Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: Auckland United
- Otago: Roslyn Dunedin
- Wellington: Wellington Swifts
National Champions (Men)
- 100 yards frestyle — T. Wauchop (Canterbury)
- 220 yards frestyle — W. Stratton (Canterbury)
- Men's singles — J. Marshall
- Women's singles — Kathleen Nunneley
- Men's doubles — H. Parker and C. Gore
- Women's doubles — Kathleen Nunneley and T. Trimmell
- 28 January: Howard Kippenberger, soldier.
- 23 March: Leslie Andrew, soldier.
- 10 August: Maurice Brownlie, rugby union player.
- 2 December: Rewi Alley, writer, educator, friend of China.
- 3 December: John Buckland Wright, engraver and book illustrator.
- 23 September: Henry Fish, politician
- 27 September: John Lillie Gillies, politician
- (in England, no date) Charles John Taylor, politician.
- 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
- Ministry for Culture and Heritage. "Margaret Cruickshank". Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- 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.
- edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Men's Golf — National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- 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.
Media related to 1897 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons