The following lists events that happened during 1894 in New Zealand.
Regal and viceregalEdit
Government and lawEdit
- Speaker of the House – Sir Maurice O'Rorke becomes Speaker for the second time, replacing William Steward
- Prime Minister – Richard Seddon
- Minister of Finance – Joseph Ward
- Chief Justice – Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leadersEdit
- 30 October: Luxury steamer SS Wairarapa, carrying 230 passengers from Sydney bound for Auckland, is wrecked on Great Barrier Island with the loss of 135 lives.
- American balloonist Leila Adair tours New Zealand. She is possibly the first woman to fly in New Zealand.
- New Zealand enacts the world's first national minimum wage law, by the Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act.
Arts and literatureEdit
- 100 yards – Jack Hempton (Wellington)
- 250 yards – H. Reeves (Canterbury)
- 440 yards – W. Low (Otago)
- 880 yards – W. Low (Otago)
- 1 mile – C. Morpeth (Otago)
- 3 miles – C. Morpeth (Otago)
- 120 yards hurdles – Harold Batger (Wellington)
- 440 yards hurdles – Harold Batger (Wellington)
- Long jump – Wallingford Mendelson (South Canterbury)
- High jump – H. Bailey (Wellington)
- Pole vault –H. Kingsley (Wanganui)
- Shot put – O. McCormack (Wellington)
- Hammer throw – O. McCormack (Wellington)
National Champion: J. Edwards, of Wellington.
- The 2nd National Amateur Championships were held in Christchurch
- Men: H. Macneil (Otago)
- Women : Mrs C. Wilder
- New Zealand Cup – Impulse
- New Zealand Derby – Blue Fire
- Auckland Cup – Lottie
- Wellington Cup – Vogengang
Season leaders (1893/94)Edit
- Top New Zealand stakes earner – Blue Fire
- Leading flat jockey – J. Connop
The pairs championship is held for the first time. National Champions
- Singles – T. Sneddon (Kaituna)
- Pairs – T. Sneddon and H. Reid (skip) (Kaituna)
- Fours – J. Davidson, A. Owen, J. Wedderspoon and J. Evans (skip) (Caledonian)
- Savile Cup winners – Rangitikei
National Champions (Men)
- Single sculls – M. Keefe (Auckland)
- Double sculls – Union, Christchurch
- Coxless pairs – Union, Christchurch
- Coxed fours – Lyttelton
Provincial club rugby champions include:
Ballinger Belt – Captain E. Smith (Dunedin City Guards)
- Auckland: Alliance United
- Wellington: Wellington Rovers
- Otago: Roslyn Dunedin
National Champions (Men)
- 100 yards freestyle – T. Needham (New South Wales, Australia)
- 220 yards freestyle – W. Gormley (New South Wales, Australia)
- 440 yards freestyle – W. Gormley (New South Wales, Australia)
- 880 yards freestyle – W. Gormley (New South Wales, Australia)
- Men's singles – M. Fenwicke
- Women's singles – M. Spiers
- Men's doubles – J. Marshall and P. Marshall
- Women's doubles – P. Chapman and M. Nicholson
- 2 February – Rongowhakaata Pere Halbert, Māori leader, historian, interpreter, genealogist
- 24 February – Victor Spencer, soldier executed in World War I, pardoned in 2000
- 1 June – Paraire Karaka Paikea, politician
- 14 July: – Paddy Kearins, politician.
- 21 July – Toko Rātana, Rātana church leader and politician
- 13 August: – Fintan Patrick Walsh, trade unionist.
- 10 November: – Andrew Davidson, educationalist
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- "SS Wairarapa". Archived from the original on 29 October 2002. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
- Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Ballooning
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "Men's Golf – National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists entirely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
- New Zealand – List of Champions
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