1889 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1889 in New Zealand.

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1889 in New Zealand

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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The 10th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Leader of the OppositionJohn Ballance (Liberal Party).[1] This is the first year in which there is a recognised opposition leader.

Main centre leadersEdit


Arts and literatureEdit

Reputedly the first science fiction novel written by a New Zealander, Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman's Destiny by former Premier Julius Vogel is published.



National Champions, MenEdit

  • 100 yards – T. Lewis (Hawkes Bay)
  • 250 yards – H. Reeves (Canterbury)
  • 440 yards – H. Reeves (Canterbury)
  • 880 yards – P. Cox (Southland)
  • 1 mile – F. Ellis (Hawkes Bay)
  • 120 yards hurdles – Harold Batger (Wellington)
  • Long jump – Leonard Cuff (Canterbury)
  • High jump – T. McNaught (Otago)


National Champion: Arthur Ollivier, of Christchurch[5]

Horse racingEdit

Major race winnersEdit

  • New Zealand Cup – Tirailleur
  • New Zealand Derby – Scots Grey
  • Auckland Cup – Leopold
  • Wellington Cup – Dudu

Lawn bowlsEdit

National ChampionsEdit

  • Singles – H. Toomer (Canterbury)
  • Fours – M. Elliott, P. Dow, W. Allnutt and W. Carlton (skip) (Roslyn)



The Christchurch Polo Club is formed.[7]


Coxless pairs and Double sculls are held at the championships for the first time.

National Champions (Men)Edit

  • Single sculls – T. McKay (Wellington)
  • Double sculls – Wellington
  • Coxless pairs – Wellington
  • Coxed fours – Wellington

Rugby unionEdit

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt – Sergeant Parslow (Auckland)



After this year the mixed doubles championship are not held again held until 1900.

New Zealand championshipsEdit

  • Men's singles – P. Fenwicke
  • Women's singles – E. Gordon
  • Men's doubles – R. Harman and F. Wilding
  • Women's doubles – K. Hitchings and E. Gordon
  • Mixed doubles – F. Wilding and E. Gordon



See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  2. ^ Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Ballooning
  3. ^ "Woodenboatparade: S.S. Alice". Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
  4. ^ It is not clear if the Alice was actually operating on Lake Rotorua in 1889 or started the following year.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7

External linksEdit

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