1860 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1860 in New Zealand.

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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The general election of 1860–1861 begins on 12 December but does not conclude until 28 March the following year. The 2nd Parliament continues until the completion of the election.


  • 2 January: The Auckland Independent ceases publishing. It began in 1859.[1]
  • 6 January: The Marlborough Press publishes its first issue.[2] The paper continues until 1948.
  • 8 January: Julius von Haast begins his journey of exploration of the West Coast.[3]
  • 17 March: The assault on Te Kohia pā marks the beginning of the First Taranaki War.[4]
  • 28 March: Battle of Waireka.[4]
  • 27 June: The battle of Puketakauere is a major setback for Imperial forces.[4]
  • 28 December: Imperial forces capture Matarikoriko Pā, near Waitara.[5]

Arts and literatureEdit


  • A choral society is formed in Wellington.[7]
  • The Canterbury Vocal Union is formed by nine men in Christchurch. It shortly afterwards merges with the St. Cecilia Society and will eventually become the Royal Christchurch Music Society.[7]



The first inter-provincial cricket game is played between Auckland and Wellington. Auckland win.[8]

Horse racingEdit

The New Zealand Derby is held for the first time, at Riccarton Racecourse.[8] This is the first race in New Zealand to have a continuous annual history.

Major race winnerEdit

  • New Zealand Derby – Ada

Lawn bowlsEdit

Bowls is first known to have been played in the country, in Auckland.[8]



The Government recommends that prizes be given for rifle shooting. This leads to the first National Rifle Shooting Championships in 1861.[8]



Unknown dateEdit

See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources – 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Newspapers on Film". New Zealand Micrographics Services. Archived from the original on 18 June 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
  3. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  4. ^ a b c Belich, James (1986). The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict (1st ed.). Auckland: Penguin. ISBN 0-14-011162-X
  5. ^ Otago Witness, 26 January 1861, reprinted in An Eyewitness History of New Zealand, ed. Robin Bromby (1985) ISBN 0-85902-306-0
  6. ^ "Nelson Evening Mail". National Library of New Zealand.
  7. ^ a b Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966 – Music:General History
  8. ^ a b c d Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  9. ^ "Cemetery Details". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 25 September 2021.

External linksEdit

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