1908 in New Zealand
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Government
- 3 Events
- 4 Arts and literature
- 5 Sport
- 6 Births
- 7 Deaths
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Regal and viceregal
- Speaker of the House - Sir Arthur Guinness
- Prime Minister - Joseph Ward
- Minister of Finance - Joseph Ward
- Attorney-General - John Findlay
- Chief Justice — Sir Robert Stout
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland - Arthur Myers
- Mayor of Wellington - Thomas Hislop
- Mayor of Christchurch - George Payling then Charles Allison
- Mayor of Dunedin - John Loudon then John McDonald
- 7 August: First through passenger train on the North Island Main Trunk railway, over temporary track north of Taonui, the 11-car Parliamentary Special carrying the Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward and other parliamentarians north to see the American Great White Fleet at Auckland (9 to 15 August).
- 6 November: The North Island Main Trunk railway linking Wellington and Auckland is completed, with the last spike driven in by Prime Minister Joseph Ward at Manganui-o-te-Ao.
- 9 November: A two-day NIMT rail passenger service starts, with an overnight stop at Ohakune.
- 2 December: Dunedin Public Library opens, aided by a grant from Andrew Carnegie.
- Late December: Wanganui (population 9000) became the first provincial town to introduce trams 
- Blackball, New Zealand coal miners strike for 11 weeks, an important step in the formation of the New Zealand Labour Party.
- Auckland. Three cultivars of the Feijoa are introduced into New Zealand.
Arts and literature
- The first Edmonds Cookery Book is published.
See: 1908 in music
The welterweight division is included in the national championships for the first time.
National amateur champions
- Heavyweight - M. Ryan (Invercargill)
- Middleweight - J. Smith (Auckland)
- Welterweight - R. Mayze (Christchurch)
- Lightweight - T. Metcalfe (Auckland)
- Featherweight - W. Elliott (Timaru)
- Bantamweight - J. Parker (Christchurch)
The Auckland Sports Club, the national representative to the British Billiards Association, holds the first national championship.
- National Champion: J. Ryan (Auckland)
- The 21st National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by of A.W.O. Davies of Wellington, his second title.
- The second New Zealand Open championship was held at Balmacewen golf club and was won by 19-year old professional J.A. Clements 
- The 16th National Amateur Championships were held in Otago 
- Men: H.C. Smith (Otago)
- Women: Miss ? Christie
- Auckland Cup - All Red
- New Zealanders compete at the Olympic Games for the first time, as part of the Australasian team. Harry Kerr becomes the first New Zealander to win an Olympic medal.
- New Zealand national rugby league team tour of Great Britain:
- lost to Wales, 9 - 8
- 1st test: lost to Great Britain 8 - 5 at Cheltenham
- 2nd test: beat Great Britain 18 - 6 at Chelsea
- 3rd test: beat Great Britain 14 - 6 at leeds
- Auckland defend the Ranfurly Shield against Marlborough (32-0), Wellington (24-3), Taranaki (9-0) and Otago (11-5)
Provincial league champions:
- Auckland: Auckland Corinthians
- Canterbury: Christchurch Club
- Otago: Northern Dunedin
- Southland: Murihiku
- Taranaki: Hawera
- Wellington: Diamond Wellington
- Anthony Wilding pairs with Australian Norman Brookes, as the Australasian team, to win the Davis Cup, beating the United States 3-2. The final is held in Melbourne.
- Anthony Wilding, partnered with Norman Brookes, wins the men's doubles at the Wimbledon Championship
- 12 March: Rita Angus, painter.
- 2 June: Lindsay Weir, cricketer.
- 5 June: Les George, rugby player.
- 19 June: Fred Baker, soldier.
- 18 August: Bill Merritt, cricketer.
- 21 September: Charles Upham, double Victoria Cross winner.
- 25 September: Herbert Dudley Purves, medical researcher.
- 26 September: John Pascoe, photographer and mountaineer
- 17 December: Sylvia Ashton-Warner, writer and educator.
- April: Charles Rous-Marten, journalist and railway writer (b. 1842 in England)
- 20 May: Albert Henry Baskerville, rugby league pioneer (b. 1883)
- 3 August: Henry Feldwick, politician (b. 1844).
- 8 November: Edward Connolly, politician (b. 1822).
- 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
- Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
- "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Tramways Wanganui Trust
- Feijoa sellowiana Berg
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- History of NZ open: TVNZ
- 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.
- List of NZ Trotting cup winners
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
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