1888 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1888 in New Zealand.

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1888 in New Zealand

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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The 10th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leadersEdit





The first New Zealand Championships are held.[1][2]

National Champions, MenEdit

  • 100 yards – F. Meenan (Otago)
  • 250 yards – A. Williams (Canterbury)
  • 440 yards – A. Williams (Canterbury)
  • 880 yards – Peter Morrison (South Canterbury)
  • 1 mile – J. Field (Southland)
  • 120 yards hurdles – Godfrey Shaw (Canterbury)
  • Long jump – T. Harman (Canterbury)
  • High jump – F. Perry (South Canterbury)


Horse racingEdit

The Auckland Cup of 1887 is moved to January 1888. Future Auckland Cup's are normally scheduled for New Year's Day.

Major race winnersEdit

  • New Zealand Cup – Manton
  • New Zealand Derby – Manton
  • Auckland Cup winner (January) – Nelson (Australian owned)
  • Auckland Cup winner (December) – Lochiel
  • Wellington Cup winner – Beresford

National ChampionsEdit

  • Singles – G. White (Milton)
  • Fours – R. Churton, L. Oughton, W. Carswell and D. Mackie (skip) (Taieri)



The first polo club in New Zealand is formed in Auckland.[2]


National Championships are held for the first time. They are held at separate venues; the single sculls in Wellington, the coxed fours in Wanganui. From the following year the Championships will be held at a single venue.

National Champions (Men)Edit

  • Single sculls – J. Foster (Napier)
  • Coxed fours – Canterbury

Rugby unionEdit

The South Canterbury, Wanganui and Marlborough unions are formed.[2]

The first ever British Isles rugby team tour takes place, visiting New Zealand and Australia. The visitors win all their New Zealand games except for one, losing to Auckland.[5]
The first New Zealand Native team to visit Britain leaves at the end of the year.


Ballinger Belt – Hon Major Purnell (NZ Volunteers)


National championships

  • Men's singles – P. Fenwicke
  • Women's singles – E. Harman
  • Men's doubles – R. Harman and F. Wilding
  • Women's doubles – E. Harman and E. Gordon
  • Mixed doubles – No competition



See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  2. ^ a b c Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  3. ^ "athletics.org.nz". Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  4. ^ As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists largely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
  5. ^ History of Rugby Union in New Zealand

External linksEdit

  Media related to 1888 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons