The following lists events that happened during 1908 in New Zealand.

New Zealand

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Incumbents edit

Regal and viceregal edit

Government edit

The 16th New Zealand Parliament concluded but the Liberal Party retained in power following the 1908 General Election in November/December

Parliamentary opposition edit

Main centre leaders edit

Events edit

January edit

February edit

March edit

April edit

  • 8 April – The Invercargill Tragedy occurs, in which James Reid Baxter kills his family and then himself.

June edit

July edit

August edit

September edit

October edit

November edit

December edit


Arts and literature edit

See 1908 in art, 1908 in literature

Books edit

Music edit

See: 1908 in music

Film edit

See: 1908 in film, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1908 films

Sport edit

Boxing edit

The welterweight division is included in the national championships for the first time.

National amateur champions

  • Heavyweight – M. Ryan (Invercargill)
  • Middleweight – J. Smith (Auckland)
  • Welterweight – R. Mayze (Christchurch)
  • Lightweight – T. Metcalfe (Auckland)
  • Featherweight – W. Elliott (Timaru)
  • Bantamweight – J. Parker (Christchurch)

Billiards edit

The Auckland Sports Club, the national representative to the British Billiards Association, holds the first national championship.[5]

  • National Champion: J. Ryan (Auckland)

Chess edit

  • The 21st National Chess Championship was held in Wellington, and was won by of A.W.O. Davies of Wellington, his second title.[6]

Golf edit

  • The second New Zealand Open championship was held at Balmacewen golf club and was won by 19-year-old professional J.A. Clements[7]
  • The 16th National Amateur Championships were held in Otago[8]
    • Men: H.C. Smith (Otago)
    • Women: Miss ? Christie

Horse racing edit

Harness racing edit

Thoroughbred racing edit

Olympic Games edit

  • New Zealanders compete at the Olympic Games for the first time, as part of the Australasian team. Harry Kerr becomes the first New Zealander to win an Olympic medal.

Rugby league edit

  • New Zealand national rugby league team tour of Great Britain:
    • lost to Wales, 9–8
    • 1st test: lost to Great Britain 8–5 at Cheltenham
    • 2nd test: beat Great Britain 18–6 at Chelsea
    • 3rd test: beat Great Britain 14–6 at leeds

Rugby union edit

  • Auckland defend the Ranfurly Shield against Marlborough (32–0), Wellington (24–3), Taranaki (9–0) and Otago (11–5)

Soccer edit

Provincial league champions:[11]

Tennis edit

Births edit

Deaths edit

See also edit

References edit

  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. ^ "Tramways Wanganui Trust". Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  4. ^ Feijoa sellowiana Berg
  5. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  6. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ History of NZ open: TVNZ
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

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