- 1879 in New Zealand
Regal and Vice Regal
Government and law
*Speaker of the House -
Maurice O'Rorkebecomes Speaker when his predecessor, Sir William Fitzherbert, is appointed to the Legislative Council.
*Premier – John Hall replaces Sir George Grey on
*Minister of Finance – John Hall replaces Sir George Grey on
8 October. Grey had taken up the post on 10 Julyafter John Ballancehad resigned on 1 July.
*Chief Justice - Hon
Voting rights are extended to all males. [http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/HstBldgs/History/Resources/3/6/e/36e40376aa2842e6bcce0a4557ebf2bc.htm New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline] ]
The term of parliament is reduced from five years to three years. [http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/HstBldgs/History/Resources/3/6/e/36e40376aa2842e6bcce0a4557ebf2bc.htm New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline] ]
Main centre leaders
Mayor of Auckland- Thomas Peacock
Mayor of Christchurch- Henry Thomsonfollowed by Charles Thomas Ick
Mayor of Dunedin- Henry John Walter
*Mayor of Hamilton -
John Blair Whytefollowed by Thomas Dawson
Mayor of Wellington- Joseph Dransfieldfollowed by George Allen followed by William Hutchison
21 February: An explosion in the coal mine at Kaitangatakills 34 men. [ [http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/timeline&new_date=21/02 New Zealand History online: Today in History - 21 February] ]
30 March: "The Ross Guardian" ceases publication. It began in 1866. [cite news|url=http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=NOT18790401.2.11.3&cl=&srpos=0&st=1|title=HOKITIKA. March 31|publisher=North Otago Times|date= 1 April 1879|pages=2]
Arts and literature
Appointments and awards
*Primate of New Zealand -
Henry John Chitty Harper(Bishop of Christchurch)
Bishop of Auckland- William Garden Cowie
*Bishop of Dunedin -
Samuel Tarratt Nevill
*Bishop of Nelson -
Andrew Burn Suter
*Bishop of Waiapu -
Edward Craig Stuart
*Bishop of Wellington -
New Zealand Chess Championshipis held .Todd, S. (1976) "Sporting Records of New Zealand." Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7]
H. Hookham (
*New Zealand Cup winner: Chancellor
*New Zealand Derby winner: Hornby
*Auckland Cup winner: Ariel
*Wellington Cup winner: Maritana
:"see also ."
26 July: The first union in New Zealand, Canterbury Rugby Football Union, is formed at Timaru.
Wellington Rugby Football Unionis formed.
CorporalW. Ballinger (Wellington)
30 August(in London): Maud Ruby "Daisy" Basham, radio personality.
* Miriam Cummings (later Miriam Soljak), activist.
List of years in New Zealand
Timeline of New Zealand history
History of New Zealand
Military history of New Zealand
Timeline of environmental history of New Zealand
Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
"For world events and topics in 1879 not specifically related to New Zealand see":
* Romanos, J. (2001) "New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists." Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7;Specific
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