Head of State — Queen Victoria
Governor — Sir George Ferguson Bowen
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The 4th Parliament continues.Speaker of the House — Sir David Monro
Premier — Edward Stafford is replaced by William Fox on 28 June after Stafford’s government is defeated.
Minister of Finance — William Fitzherbert is replaced by Julius Vogel after the defeat of the Stafford government.
Chief Justice — Hon Sir George Arney
Mayor of Christchurch — William Wilson followed by John Anderson
Mayor of Dunedin — Thomas Birch
4–5 January: Te Kooti and his followers manage to escape the siege of Ngā Tapa pā.
13 February: A war party of Ngāti Maniapoto led by Wetere Te Rerenga kills all three men, a woman and three children, and also the Wesleyan missionary John Whiteley who arrives shortly afterwards, at the isolated Pukearuhe Redoubt. This is the final act of the Taranaki wars.
August: The first bicycle built in Auckland is ridden for the first time. Bicycles are also built and ridden in Christchurch and Dunedin in this year.
The University of Otago is established, being New Zealand's first University.
The New Zealand Ensign is introduced for use on government ships. It does not become the official national flag until 1902. The flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand is also in common use.
Resignation and departure from New Zealand of Jean Baptiste Pompallier, First Catholic Bishop in New Zealand.
Closure of St Mary's Seminary, Auckland.
New Zealand Cup winner: Mainsail
New Zealand Derby winner: Manuka
Ballinger Belt: No competition28 April: Frances Hodgkins, painter.
18 May: James Parr, politician.
16 March: Johnny Jones, whaler, early settler.
Āpihai Te Kawau, Māori leader.