The following lists events that happened during 1868 in New Zealand.
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Regal and viceregalEdit
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor — Sir George Grey is recalled by the British government and is replaced on 5 February by Sir George Ferguson Bowen.
Government and lawEdit
- Speaker of the House — Sir David Monro
- Premier — Edward Stafford
- Minister of Finance — William Fitzherbert
- Chief Justice — Hon Sir George Arney
Main centre leadersEdit
- 1–6 February: The Great storm of 1868 sweeps across the country causing major damage and loss of life.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nelson Football Club founded.
- 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)
Major race winnersEdit
- New Zealand Cup: Flying Jib
- New Zealand Derby: Flying Jib
Ballinger Belt: Sergeant Taylor (Otago)
- 9 October: George Macfarlan, politician
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- "February 1868 New Zealand Storm – HWE". NIWA Historic Weather Events Catalog. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "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.
- "Horticultural Society". Wanganui Herald. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
- "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.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
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