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

New Zealand

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Incumbents Edit

Regal and viceregal Edit

Government and law Edit

The 10th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leaders Edit

Events Edit

Undated Edit

Sport Edit

Athletics Edit

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

National Champions, Men Edit

  • 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 racing Edit

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

Major race winners Edit

  • 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 Champions Edit

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


Polo Edit

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

Rowing Edit

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 union Edit

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.

Shooting Edit

Ballinger Belt – Hon Major Purnell (NZ Volunteers)

Tennis Edit

National championships

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

Births Edit

Deaths Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  • 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. ^ "". 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
  6. ^ "Deaths". Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette. 6 December 1888. p. 5. Retrieved 23 July 2018. William Meluish, late of Dunedin, New Zealand, and formerly of Bath, aged 65, dearly beloved and deeply regretted

External links Edit

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