1866 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1866 in New Zealand.

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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The 1866 election is held between 12 February and 6 April. After the election the 4th Parliament commences.

Main centre leadersEdit


  • The Canterbury Standard ceases publication. The Christchurch newspaper started in 1854.[1]
  • 5 March: The Nelson Evening Mail publishes its first issue. The Mail was the first daily newspaper published in Nelson. It changed its name to The Nelson Mail in 1993, and continues to publish today.[2]
  • 18 March: The Greymouth Evening Star publishes its first issue. The newspaper continues to publish today.[3]
  • 21 April: The Marlborough Express publishes its first issue.[3] It became daily in 1880,[4] and continues to publish today.
  • May: The New Zealander stops publishing after its office burns down. The Auckland-based newspaper started publishing in 1845.[5]
  • 26 August: The Cook Strait telegraph cable between Whites Bay, Marlborough and Lyall Bay, Wellington is inaugurated for inter-island telegrams.[6]
  • 22 September: The Ross Guardian starts publication.[7] The newspaper continued until 1879.[8]
  • 12 October: The Battle of Omaranui takes place near Napier.[9]


Horse racingEdit

Major race winnersEdit

  • New Zealand Cup winner: Naurmahal
  • New Zealand Derby winner: Nebula


The Union Rowing Club of Christchurch is formed.[10]

Star Boating Club is established, as of 2009 the oldest sporting club in Wellington.[11]


Ballinger Belt: Sergeant Christie (Otago)



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. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Nelson Evening Mail". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  3. ^ a b "History of the NPA". New Zealand Press Association. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Marlborough Express". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  5. ^ "New Zealander". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
  6. ^ The cable that united our islands Dominion Post, Wellington, 3 September 2016 p. A10
  7. ^ "Legal notices". West Coast Times. 21 September 1866. p. 3. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  8. ^ "HOKITIKA. 31 March". North Otago Times. 1 April 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  9. ^ Ōmarunui NZ Wars memorial
  10. ^ Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966: Rowing
  11. ^ "Home (Star Boating Club)". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2009.

External linksEdit

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