1868 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1868 in New Zealand.

Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand.svg '1868 in New Zealand': Flag of New Zealand Government Ships 1867.svg
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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The 4th Parliament continues. The first four Māori MPs are elected in 1868.

Main centre leadersEdit


  • 1–6 February: The Great storm of 1868 sweeps across the country causing major damage and loss of life.[1]
  • 1 June: The New Zealand Advertiser, which had been absorbed into the New Zealand Times in 1867, is revived. It ceases publication for good in December.[2]
  • 13 August: A tsunami caused by the 1868 Arica earthquake in South America causes the only fatalities recorded from tsunamis in New Zealand, with about twenty people swept away in the Chatham Islands.
  • 24 August: Wanganui Horticultural Society established.[3]
  • Nelson Football Club founded.[4]
  • 2 November: New Zealand Mean Time adopted throughout the colony; New Zealand may be the first country to have adopted a standard time throughout the country.
  • Coromandel Gold Rush (1867–68)



The Basin Reserve is first used for cricket.[5]

Horse racingEdit

Major race winnersEdit

  • New Zealand Cup: Flying Jib
  • New Zealand Derby: Flying Jib


Ballinger Belt: Sergeant Taylor (Otago)


Full date unknownEdit


See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "February 1868 New Zealand Storm – HWE". NIWA Historic Weather Events Catalog. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources – 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Horticultural Society". Wanganui Herald. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  4. ^ "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  5. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  6. ^ Oliver, Steven. "Noda Asajiro". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

External linksEdit

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