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A. H. Reed
   is known as a   
Publisher
1875-1975, also an author and entrepreneur
A. J. Hackett
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Bungy Jumping Pioneer
Born 1958, is a NZ entrepreneur who popularised the ectreme sport of bungy jumping
Arthur Lydiard
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Olympic Coach
(1917-2004) ONZ, OBE. Trained Murray Halberg, Peter Snell and Barry Magee who won medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Under Lydiard's coaching Snell went on to double-gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Athletes subsequently coached by him or influenced by his coaching methods included Rod Dixon, John Walker, Dick Quax and Dick Tayler.
Aunt Daisy
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Broadcaster
1879-1963, her real name was Maud Ruby Basham
Billy T. James
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Comedian
1948-1991, was a well known and much loved entertainer and comedian, he is famous for his black singlet, yellow towel around the neck and a characteristic chuckle that he claimed was inspired by Maori children
Bob Charles
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Golfer
Among the most successful left handed golfers of all time, being the first left-hander to win a golf major, he won more than 70 titles.
Charles Goldie
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Artist
19th C painter. Famous for his portraits of Maori people.
Charles Heaphy
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Artist
Watercolours. Also a well-known explorer.
Charles Heaphy
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Explorer
1820-1881, also a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the Heaphy Track is named after him
Charles Upham
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Victoria Cross & Bar Recipient
Captain Upham (1908 - 1994) remains the only combat soldier to have received the Victoria Cross and Bar awarded to members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth for exceptional bravery. He earned his VCs for his actions in Crete 22-30 May 1941 and El Alamein in Egypt battlefield 14-15 July 1942. Spent time in Colditz.
Colin McCahon
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Artist
1919-1987, prominent NZ artist, he also worked in art galleries and as a university lecturer
Colin Meads
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All Black
Born 1936. Nicknamed 'Pinetree', is a former NZ rugby union footballer who played 133 times as an All Black from 1957-1971.
Colin Murdoch
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Inventor
Invented the disposable syringe
Dame Whina Cooper
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Activist
Lead protests against the loss of Māori land. Lead a hikoi (symbolic march) from the northern tip of the North Island to Parliament in Wellington
Dame Whina Cooper
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Maori Leader
1895-1994. She took a leading role in community activities and her flair and abilities led her to becoming the undisputed Maori leader of the Northen Hokianga by her mid-30s. Founding president of the Màori Women’s Welfare League.
Dave Dobbyn
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Musician
Born 1957, is a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer from NZ
David Kirk
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All Black
(1961 - ) Captain of the All Blacks when they won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. Awarded an MBE in 1987 for services to Rugby.
David Lange
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Prime Minister
(1942 – 2005) CH, ONZ. NZ Prime Minister from 1984 - 1989. Had a reputation for cutting wit and eloquence. His government implemented far-reaching free-market reforms. New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation is often described as his legacy
Denny Hulme
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Formula One Driver
1936-1992, the 1967 Formula One World Champion for the Brabham team, he is the first former Formula One champion to die of natural causes
Dr. C. E. Beeby
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Educationalist
1902-1998, described as the architect of NZ's modern education system
Dr. Frederick Truby King
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Founder of Plunket Society
1858-1938. Generally known as Truby King, was a NZ health reformer and Director of Child Welfare.
Dr. Fred Hollows
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Eye Surgeon
1929-1993, became known for his work in restoring eyesight for countless thousands of people in Australia and many other countries
Dr. Michael King
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Author
Dr. Michael King
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Historian
1945-2004, widely respected NZ historian, author and biographer
Edward Gibbon Wakefield
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Politician
1796-1862, was the driving force behind much of the early colonization of South Australia and later New Zealand
Ernest Rutherford
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Scientist
1871-1937. Became known as the "father" of nuclear physics. Winner of the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Ettie Rout
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Campaigner for Safe Sex
1877-1936, was a Tasmanian-born New Zealander whose work among servicemen in Paris and the Somme during WWI made her a war hero among the French, yet through the same events became persona non grata in NZ
Frances Hodgkins
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Artist
(1869 - 1947) Watercolourist and one of the leading artists of British Modernism.
Frank Sargeson
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Writer
1903-1982, was the pen name of Norris Frank Davey, one of NZ's foremost short story writers, he and Katherine Mansfield helped to put NZ literature on the world map
Georgina Beyer
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Politician
Born 1957, was the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament, and from 1999-Feb 2007 was an MP for the Labour Party
Graham Henry
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All Black Coach
Also coached Wales and the British and Irish Lions IRB International Coach of the Year 2005 & 2006. Has had a chequered career with notable successes and failures.
Helen Clark
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Prime Minister
Born 1950. Became PM of NZ in Dec 1999 and entered her 3rd successive term in that office in 2005.
Hone Heke
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Maori Chief
1810?-1850. Chief and war leader in New Zealand. He is considered the principal instigator of the Flagstaff War.
Hone Heke
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Maori Leader
1810?-1850. Chief and war leader in New Zealand. He is considered the principal instigator of the Flagstaff War.
Jack Lovelock
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Track & Field Athlete
1910-1949, was a 1936 Olympic champion winning 1500 metres in Berlin
James K. Baxter
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Poet
1926-1972, a ontroversial figure in NZ society
Janet Frame
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Writer
1924-2004. Famous for both her prose and her life story.
Jean Batten
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Aviator
1909-1982. In 1934 she flew solo from England to Australia.
Jenny Shipley
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Prime Minister
New Zealand's first woman Prime Minister.
John Clarke
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Comedian
Born 1948, also a writer has lived in Australia since the 1970's,
John Minto
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Activist
Is a NZ based political activist known for his involvement in various left-wing groups and causes, most notably Halt All Racist Tours.
John Te Rangianiwaniwa Rangihau
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Maori Language Promoter
1919-1987, after 1982, Rangihau became an advisor to the Maori Affairs Department, he encouraged Maori elders to contact their children and grandchildren in prisons and encourage them to return to their families once released, he facilitated research into Maori health
John Walker
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Track & Field Athlete
Won gold at the 1,500 metres in 1976
Jonah Lomu
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All Black
Born 1975, a NZ rugby union footballer generally regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union, and one of the sport's most intimadating players on the pitch
Kate Sheppard
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Suffragette
1848-1934. The most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement.
Katherine Mansfield
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Writer
1888-1923. Was a prominent NZ modernist writer of short fiction.
Kiri Te Kanawa
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Opera Singer
Sang at Prince Charles' first wedding. Middle name Janette
Kupe
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Discoverer of Aotearoa
In the Maori mythology of some tribes, Kupe was involved in the Polynesian discovery of New Zealand
Mabel Howard
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Politician
1894-1972. Was a well known NZ trade unionist and politician. She was the first woman secretary of a male union (the Canterbury General Labourers' Union).
Mark Todd
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Equestrian
(1956 - ) Won two Olympic Games gold medals, (the first rider to win successive individual three-day-event titles for 60 years), and also won two bronzes. He won the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials three times and the Burghley three-day trials five times. Won gold medals as a member of the New Zealand team at the World Championships in 1990 (Stockholm) and 1998 (Rome), the European Championships in 1997. In 1995, he rode 2/3 of the Badminton Horse Trials cross-country round with only one stirrup after his stirrup leather broke.
Maurice Wilkins
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Scientist
1916-2004. Was a NZ born British molecular biologist, and Nobel Laureate who contributed research in the fields of phosphorescence, radar, isotape separation and X-Ray diffraction. He is most widely known for his work at King's College London on the structure of DNA for which he, Francis Crick and James Watson were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.
Michael Campbell
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Golfer
Winner of the 2005 U.S. Open.
Michael Joseph Savage
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Prime Minister
1872-1940. The first Labour PM of NZ.
Mother Aubert
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Nun
1835-1926, she started a home for orphans and the under-privileged in Jerusalem, New Zealand on the Whanganui River in 1885, she is better known as Sister Mary Joseph and is said to likely be the 1st New Zealander to be made a saint
Murray Ball
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Cartoonist
Created the Footrot Flats cartoons featuring Wal and Dog.
Neil Finn
   is known as a   
Musician
Born 1958, is a singer and songwriter, he is frontman for Crowded House and previously with the band Split Enz
Patricia Grace
   is known as a   
Writer
(1937 - ) DCNZM, QSO. A notable Māori writer of novels, short stories, and children's books. She is the 2008 recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
Peter Jackson
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Filmmaker
Born 1961. Best known as the Director of Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Peter Mahon
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Lawyer
1923-1986, was a NZ Queen's Counsel, best known for his Commission of Inquiry into the Mt Erebus Disaster
Peter Snell
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Track & Field Athlete
Born 1938. Is known for the three Olympic gold medals he won.
Professor Alan MacDiarmid
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Scientist
1927-2007, was one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2000
Ralph Hotere
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Artist
Born 1931, he is regarded as New Zealand's most important living artist, in 1994 he was awarded and honorary doctorate from the University of Otago
Rewi Alley
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Sinophile
1897-1987, was a New Zealand-born writer, educator, social reformer and member of the Communist Party of China
Rewi Alley
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Writer
1897-1987, was a New Zealand-born writer, educator, social reformer and member of the Communist Party of China
Richard Pearse
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Aviation Pioneer
1877-1953. Performed pioneering experiments in aviation.
Richard Seddon
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Prime Minister
1845-1906. Sometimes known as King Dick, was the longest serving PM of NZ.
Rita Angus
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Artist
(1908 - 1970) Along with Colin McCahon &Toss Woollaston she is credited with introducing modern styles to New Zealand art. Worked primarily in oil and water colour. Known for her portraits and landscapes.
Roger Douglas
   is known as a   
Politician
As Minister of Finance he implemented revolutionary policies which became known as "Rogernomics.
Rua Kenana Hepetipa
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Prophet
1869-1937, also a faith healer and land rights activist
Russell Coutts
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Yachtsman
Born 1962, considered by many to be the best match racer in the world, he has won the America's Cup 3 times and various sailing world championships
Russell Crowe
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Actor
Born 1964, he is a winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 2000's Gladiator
Sam Neill
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Actor
Born 1947. Television and film actor, who was actually born in Northern Ireland to his 3rd generation NZ father and English mother. Starring roles have included in My Brilliant Career (1979), Dead Calm (1989), The Piano (1993), and Jurassic Park (1993).
Scott Dixon
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IndyCar Driver
Winner of the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
Sir Apirana Ngata
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Politician
1874-1950. He has often been described as the foremost Maori politician to have ever served in Parliament, and is also known for his work in promoting and protecting Maori culture and language.
Sir Bernard Freyberg
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NZ Army General
1889-1963. NZ's most famous soldier and military commander, also served as Governor-General of NZ, was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War I. During WWII he commanded the NZ Army Expeditionary Force in the Battle of Crete, the North African Campaign and the Battle of Monte Cassino.
Sir Bill Hamilton
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Inventor
1899-1978, who developed the modern jetboat
Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes
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Heart Surgeon
1926-2006. He pioneered the development of cardiopulmonary bypass in NZ.
Sir David Low
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Cartoonist
1891-1963, ultimately ended uo in London (1919) where he made his career and earned fame for his Colonel Blimp depictions and his merciless satirising of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and thier policies. Such stinging depictions led to his work being banned in Italy and Germany
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Mountaineer
(1919 - 2008) In 1953, along with Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to have reached the summit of Mt Everest. Also the first to drive overland (by tractor) to the South Pole in 1958.
Sir George Grey
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Governor
1812-1898. A Prime Minister of NZ.
Sir Harold Gillies
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Plastic Surgeon
1882-1960, widely considered as the father of plastic surgery
Sir Julius Vogel
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Prime Minister
1835-1899. Was NZ's only practicing Jewish PM.
Sir Keith Park
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Air Commodore
1892-1975, was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force in the WWII, he was in tactical command during two of the most significant air battles in the European theatre in the Second World War, The Battle of Britain and the Battle of Malta
Sir Murray Halberg
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Track & Field Athlete
Born 1933, ONZ. A former middle distance runner winning gold at 1960 Rome in 5000metres, In 1963 he set up the Halberg Trust, which supports children with disabilities
Sir Peter Blake
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Yachtsman
1948-2001, had won the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989 and the Jules Verne Trophy in 1994, he was murdered by pirates in 2001 during an environmental exploration trip in South America
Sir Peter Buck
   is known as a   
Maori Leader
C1877-1951. Known for much of his life as Te Rangi Hiroa, was a prominent member of the Ngati Mutunga Maori iwi.
Sir Peter Buck
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Politician
C1877-1951. Known for much of his life as Te Rangi Hiroa. Entered parliament in 1909. As part of the Liberal government helped delay the sale of Maori land to Pakeha.
Sir Richard Hadlee
   is known as a   
Cricketer
First person to take 400 Test wickets
Sir William Pickering
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Scientist
1910-2004. Headed Pasadena, California's Jet propulsion Laboratory for 22 years, retiring in 1976. He was senior NASA luminary and pioneered the exploration of space.
Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki
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Spiritual Leader
C1820-1891, a warrior and founder of the Ringatu religion
Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki
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Warrior
C1820-1891, a warrior and founder of the Ringatu religion
Te Rauparaha
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Maori Chief
1760?-1849. Took a leading part in the Musket Wars. He was influential in the original sale of land to the New Zealand Company and was a participant in the Wairau Affray in Marlborough.
Te Rauparaha
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Maori Leader
1760?-1849. Maori chief. Took a leading part in the Musket Wars. He was influential in the original sale of land to the New Zealand Company and was a participant in the Wairau Affray in Marlborough.
Te Whiti O Rongomai
   is known as a   
Pacifist
Te Whiti O Rongomai
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Spiritual Leader
C1815-1905. Founder of the village of Parihaka, in NZ's Taranaki region.
Tim Finn
   is known as a   
Musician
Born 1952, singer and songwriter, was in volved with rock band Split Enz, is older brother of Neil
Toss Woollaston
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Artist
(1910-1998) was one of the most important NZ painters of the 20th century.
William Hobson
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Governor
1792-1842. Was the first Governor of New Zealand. Co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi
Witi Ihimaera
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Writer
Born 1944, regarded as the most prominent Maori writer alive today. Wrote 'Whale Rider'.


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