The following lists events that happened during 1888 in New Zealand.
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
The 10th New Zealand Parliament continues.
- Speaker of the House – Maurice O'Rorke.
- Premier – Harry Atkinson.
- Minister of Finance – Harry Atkinson.
- Chief Justice – Hon Sir James Prendergast
Main centre leaders
- Mayor of Auckland – Albert Devore
- Mayor of Christchurch – Aaron Ayers followed by Charles Louisson
- Mayor of Dunedin – William Dawson followed by Hugh Gourley
- Mayor of Wellington – Samuel Brown
- 1 September: 1888 North Canterbury earthquake
National Champions, Men
- 100 yards – F. Meenan (Otago)
- 250 yards – A. Williams (Canterbury)
- 440 yards – A. Williams (Canterbury)
- 880 yards – Peter Morrison (South Canterbury)
- 1 mile – J. Field (Southland)
- 120 yards hurdles – Godfrey Shaw (Canterbury)
- Long jump – T. Harman (Canterbury)
- High jump – F. Perry (South Canterbury)
Major race winners
- New Zealand Cup – Manton
- New Zealand Derby – Manton
- Auckland Cup winner (January) – Nelson (Australian owned)
- Auckland Cup winner (December) – Lochiel
- Wellington Cup winner – Beresford
- Singles – G. White (Milton)
- Fours – R. Churton, L. Oughton, W. Carswell and D. Mackie (skip) (Taieri)
National Championships are held for the first time. They are held at separate venues; the single sculls in Wellington, the coxed fours in Wanganui. From the following year the Championships will be held at a single venue.
National Champions (Men)
- Single sculls – J. Foster (Napier)
- Coxed fours – Canterbury
The first ever British Isles rugby team tour takes place, visiting New Zealand and Australia. The visitors win all their New Zealand games except for one, losing to Auckland.
The first New Zealand Native team to visit Britain leaves at the end of the year.
- Men's singles – P. Fenwicke
- Women's singles – E. Harman
- Men's doubles – R. Harman and F. Wilding
- Women's doubles – E. Harman and E. Gordon
- Mixed doubles – No competition
- 27 April: Daisy Osborn, artist
- 15 November: Cora Wilding, physiotherapist and artist.
- 29 November: Thomas Hislop (Jnr), politician and mayor of Wellington.
- 3 June; Joseph Beswick, politician
- 14 July: Samuel Revans, politician and journalist.
- 30 August: George O'Brien, painter.
- 18 October: Mary Ann Buxton, educator.
- (in England, no date) John Bacot, politician.
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- "athletics.org.nz". Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
- As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists largely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
- History of Rugby Union in New Zealand
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