1899 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1899 in New Zealand.

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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The Liberal Party is re-elected and forms the 14th New Zealand Parliament. The number of MPs is increased to 80.

Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Main centre leadersEdit


  • 28 September: Prime Minister Richard Seddon asks Parliament to approve the offer to the imperial government of a contingent of mounted rifles and the raising of such a force if the offer were accepted and thus becoming the first British Colony to send troops to the Boer war. The first New Zealand Army contingent leaves for South Africa before the end of the year.
  • 2 November: Balloonist David Maloney (alias Captain Charles Lorraine) is blown out to sea after taking off from Lancaster Park. The balloon crashes into the sea and although Maloney is seen to survive by the time rescuers arrive there is no sign of him and his body is never found.[3] This is the first aviation fatality in New Zealand.[4]
  • 6 December: General election.
  • 19 December: Māori vote for the general election.


  • The Government legislates that from 1900 Labour Day will be a public holiday.
  • British expedition led by Carstens Borchgrevink, including several New Zealanders, establishes first base in Antarctica, at Cape Adare


Arts and literatureEdit




National champions, Men[6]

  • 100 yards – George Smith (Auckland)
  • 250 yards – W. Kingston (Otago)
  • 440 yards – W. Kingston (Otago)
  • 880 yards – C. Hill (Hawkes Bay)
  • 1 mile – S. Pentecost (Canterbury)
  • 3 miles – P. Malthus (South Canterbury)
  • 120 yards hurdles – George Smith (Auckland)
  • 440 yards hurdles – George Smith (Auckland)
  • Long jump – R. Brownlee (Otago)
  • High jump – R. Brownlee (Otago)
  • Pole vault – Jimmy Te Paa (Auckland)
  • Shot put – O. McCormack (Otago)
  • Hammer throw – W. Madill (Auckland)


National Champion: No tournament held in calendar year (see 1898)



The National Amateur Championships were held in Wellington[7]

  • Men – Arthur Duncan (Wellington) – first title
  • Women – K. Rattray (Otago) – second title

Horse racingEdit

Harness racingEdit

Thoroughbred racingEdit

Season leaders (1898/99)Edit

  • Top New Zealand stakes earner – Screw Gun
  • Leading flat jockey – C. Jenkins

Lawn BowlsEdit

National Champions[9]

  • Singles – W. Carswell (Taieri)
  • Pairs – T. Mackie and W. Carswell (skip) (Taieri)
  • Fours – A. Luoisson, H. Nalder, A. Bishop and W. Barnett (skip) (Christchurch)


  • Savile Cup winners – Oroua


National Champions (Men)

  • Coxed fours – Picton
  • Coxless pairs – Wellington
  • Double sculls – Star
  • Single sculls – P. Graham (North Shore)

Rugby unionEdit

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt – Bandmaster W. King (Oamaru Rifles)


Provincial league champions:[10]

  • Auckland: Auckland United
  • Otago: Roslyn Dunedin
  • Wellington: Wellington Rovers


National champions (Men)

  • 100 yards freestyle – T. Edwards (Canterbury)
  • 220 yards freestyle – J. Hamilton (Wellington)


National championships

  • Men's singles – C. Cox
  • Women's singles – Kathleen Nunneley
  • Men's doubles – C. Cox and J. Collins
  • Women's doubles – Kathleen Nunneley and C. Lean



See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ The New Zealand Herald, 2 November 1999. Looking Back.
  4. ^ Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Accidents and the development of aviation
  5. ^ Dunmore, Patricia, ed. (1977). The Dunmore Book of New Zealand Records. p. 21. ISBN 0-908564-08-2.
  6. ^ "National Champions, Men". Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
  11. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.

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