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1900 in New Zealand

1900 in New Zealand


Regal and viceregal

Government and law

The 14th New Zealand Parliament continued. Government was

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • 15 January: The New Zealand Mounted Rifles rout a Boer assault at Slingersfontein, South Africa.
  • 9 February: Opening of the Wanganui Opera House by premier Richard Seddon.[3]
  • 15 February: New Zealand troops are part of the relief of Kimberley, South Africa.
  • 3 May: Holy Cross College, Mosgiel (Roman Catholic seminary) established.
  • May: Phosphate discovered on Nauru — mining begins later in the year.
  • May–June: Tour of Pacific islands by Prime Minister Richard Seddon. Tonga, Niue, Fiji and the Cook Islands are visited.
  • 28 September: The New Zealand Government votes to incorporate the Cook Islands into New Zealand.
  • October: The number of European electorates in the New Zealand Parliament is increased to 76.
  • 23 October: The country's first electric tram service begins, between Roslyn and Maori Hill in Dunedin.
Unknown date

Arts and literature

See 1900 in art, 1900 in literature, Category:1900 books


See: 1900 in music


  • Alfred Whitehouse's The Departure of the Second Contingent for the Boer War — the oldest surviving New Zealand film — premieres.

Appointments and awards



National champions (Men):

  • 100 yards — G. Smith (Auckland)
  • 250 yards — G. Smith (Auckland)
  • 440 yards — W Strickland (Hawke's Bay)
  • 880 yards — J Lynskey (Canterbury)
  • 1 mile — W Simpson (Canterbury)
  • 3 miles — W Simpson (Canterbury)
  • 120 yards hurdles — G. Smith (Auckland)
  • 440 yards hurdles — G. Smith (Auckland)
  • Long jump — Te Rangi Hīroa (Otago)
  • High jump — C Laurie (Auckland)
  • Pole vault — C Laurie (Auckland)
  • Shot put — W Madill (Auckland)
  • Hammer throw — W Madill (Auckland)


The first club is formed, in Auckland, but soon goes into recess.[4] (see also 1927)


National Champion: W.E. Mason of Wellington.[5]


  • Six provincial matches were played during the 1899–1900 domestic season, all of them over two or three days, with wins by Otago over Hawke's Bay and Canterbury, by Wellington and Auckland over Otago, and by Canterbury and Auckland over Wellington.
  • Scores were uniformly low by modern standards, mostly below 200, with only two centuries scored and only one team total of over 300 runs: the highest team total was 464 by Wellington against Otago, with centuries by F A Midlane (149) and C A Richardson (113), and the best bowling figures were A D Downes' 7–43 for Otago against Canterbury.


The 8th National Amateur Championships were held in Otago [6]

  • Men: Arthur Duncan (Wellington) — 2nd title
  • Women: K Rattray (Otago) — 3rd title

Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing


  • Savile Cup winners: Oroua (A Strang, J Strang, W Strang, O Robinson)


  • Men's national champions (coxed fours): Picton
  • Men's national champions (coxless pairs): Wellington
  • Men's national champions (double sculls): Canterbury
  • Men's national champions (single sculls): T Spencer (Wellington)

Rugby union

Provincial club rugby champions include: City (Auckland); Westport (Buller); Christchurch (Canterbury); Pirates (Hawke's Bay); Levin (Horowhenua); Awarua (Marlborough); Alhambra (Otago); Gisborne (Poverty Bay); Hawera (Taranaki); Kaierau (Wanganui); Melrose (Wellington); winners of Bush, Nelson, and Wairarapa club competitions unknown.

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


  • Ballinger Belt – no competition[8]


Provincial league champions:[9]


National champions (men):

  • 100 yards frestyle — G.A. Tyler[10]
  • 220 yards frestyle — G.A. Tyler[10]
  • 440 yards frestyle — G.A. Tyler[11]


New Zealand championships:

  • Men's singles: J Hooper
  • Women's singles: K Nunneley
  • Men's doubles: C Cox/J Collins
  • Women's doubles: K Nunneley/E Harman

References: Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett.



See also

For world events and topics in 1900 not specifically related to New Zealand see: 1900


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Mens' Golf — National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  7. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  8. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  10. ^ a b "Swimming championships". Auckland Star. 5 March 1900. p. 6. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Swimming championships". New Zealand Herald. 8 March 1900. p. 3. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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