1890 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1890 in New Zealand.

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New Zealand

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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The 10th New Zealand Parliament continues.

The number of members of the House of Representatives is cut from 95 to 74. The New Zealand Legislative Council has 39 members.[1]

Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Leader of the OppositionJohn Ballance (Liberal Party).[2]

Main centre leadersEdit




The first athletics team to compete overseas travels to Sydney.[3]

At the National Championships the 3 miles, Pole vault and Shot put are held for the first time.

National Champions (Men)Edit

  • 100 yards – Jack Hempton (Southland)
  • 250 yards – Jack Hempton (Southland)
  • 440 yards – H. Reeves (Canterbury)
  • 880 yards – J. Grierson (Canterbury)
  • 1 mile – Peter Morrison (South Canterbury)
  • 3 miles – Peter Morrison (South Canterbury)
  • 120 yards hurdles – Harold Batger (Wellington)
  • Long jump – T. Harman (Canterbury)
  • High jump – T. McNaught (Otago)
  • Pole vault – D. Robertson (Canterbury)
  • Shot put – R. Malcolm (Wellington)


  • National Champion: H. Hookham (his 2nd title)[4]

Horse racingEdit

Harness racingEdit

Thoroughbred racingEdit

Lawn bowlsEdit

National ChampionsEdit

  • Singles – G. White (Milton)
  • Fours – W. Savage, V. Parsons, E. Ashby and B. Hale (skip) (Canterbury)



The Savile Cup, the premier polo trophy in New Zealand, is held for the first time. It is presented by and named after the aide-de-camp to the Governor of New Zealand, The Earl of Onslow.

  • Savile Cup winners – Christchurch


National Champions (Men)Edit

  • Single sculls – T. Sullivan (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 – P. Williams (Wellington Navals)


The New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association is formally constituted[7] on 4 January. It is the second national governing body in the world after the A.S.A. of England.[8] A subsequent disagreement between the North and South Island clubs leads to the formation of a rival association in the North Island known as the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association Registered. The two associations remain apart until uniting on 21 March 1904.

The first national titles are instituted. Each event is held at a separate carnival (this continues until 1905 when a single championships is held for the first time).[9] In the first year there are 2 separate carnivals for 100 yards and thus 2 different champions.

National champions (Men)Edit

  • 100 yards freestyle (Hamilton) – H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 100 yards freestyle (Christchurch) – W. Sneddon (Canterbury)
  • 440 yards freestyle – H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 880 yards freestyle – A. Duthie (Auckland)


National championsEdit

  • Men's singles – M. Fenwicke
  • Women's singles – E. Gordon
  • Men's doubles – M. Fenwicke and J. Jarkine
  • Women's doubles – K. Hitchings and E. Gordon




See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  2. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  4. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 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. ^ Swimming New Zealand: History
  8. ^ Beresford, P. (1976) Encyclopedia of Swimming London: Robert Hale and Company
  9. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7

External linksEdit

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