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Famous New Zealanders

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

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  • Michael Houstoun concert pianist
  • Dick Hubbard founder hubbards foods
  • Denis Clive "Denny" Hulme race car driver
  • Keri Hulme writer
  • Rachel Hunter model, television host
I - K
  • Witi Ihimaera author
  • Humphrey Ikin furniture designer
  • Tame Iti tuhoe maori activist
  • Peter Jackson director, producer, writer
  • Rowena Jackson ballerina
  • Billy T. James entertainer
  • Philip "Phil" Keoghan television host
  • Richard Killeen artist, sculptor
  • Sir Frederic Truby King health reformer, founder plunket society
  • Michael King historian, author, biographer
  • Norman Kirk former prime minister
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  • Robert Laidlaw founder farmers trading company
  • Peter Land actor, singer
  • David Lange former prime minister
  • Lucy Lawless actress, singer
  • Anna Lawrence hockey player
  • Michael Laws politician, columnist
  • John A. Lee politician, socialist, author
  • Douglas Lilburn composer
  • Danyon Loader olympic medalist, swimmer
  • Elsie Locke author, activist
  • Jonah Lomu footballer
  • Jack Lovelock olympic medalist
  • Sir David Alexander Low political cartoonist
  • Len Lye film, kinetic sculpture artist
  • Peter Lynn engineer, inventor, kite maker
  • Melanie Lynskey actress
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  • Alan MacDiarmid chemist, nobel laureate
  • Margaret Mahy author
  • Dame Malvina Major opera singer
  • Robyn Malcolm actress
  • Bill Manhire poet
  • Katherine Mansfield author
  • Bruce Marsh playwright, critic
  • Dame Ngaio Marsh author, theater director
  • Paul Maunder film director, playwright
  • Colin McCahon artist
  • Shona McFarlane journalist, broadcaster, artist
  • Brad McGann film director, screenwriter
  • Dr. Sir Archibald McIndoe plastic surgeon pioneer
  • Peter McIntyre artist, author
  • Bret McKenzie actor, comedian
  • Sir Roy McKenzie horse breeder, racer, philanthropist
  • Bruce McLaren race car designer, driver, engineer
  • Colin "Pinetree" Meads footballer
  • Sir James Mills founder union steam ship company
  • Sam Morgan founder trademe
  • Temuera Morrison actor
  • Richard "Dick" Motz cricketer
  • Sir Robert D. Muldoon former prime minister
  • Ian Mune actor, director
  • Colin Murdoch pharmicist, inventor disposable syringe
  • Geoff Murphy film maker
  • Keith Murray ceramic artist, architect, designer
N - P
  • Sam Neill actor
  • George Nepia footballer
  • Guy Ngan artist
  • Sir Apirana Ngata foremost maori politician
  • Andrew Niccol screenwriter, producer, director
  • John O'Shea independent film maker, director
  • Michael Paarekowhai sculptor
  • Anna Paquin actress (born in Canada)
  • Sir Keith Rodney Park commander royal air force
  • Richard Pearse inventor, aviator
  • Brian Perkins radio host
  • Francis "Frank" Petre architect
  • Sir William Pickering space scientist
  • Nyree Dawn Porter actress
  • Antonia Prebble actress
  • John Pule artist, author, poet (born in Niue)
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  • John Rangihau academic, maori leader
  • Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana founder ratana religion, faith healer
  • Te Rauparaha maori chief, war leader
  • Te Whiti o Rongomai III maori spiritual leader
  • Caleb Ross actor
  • Alison Routledge actress
  • Briolette Kah Bic Runga singer, songwriter
  • Ernest Rutherford physicist, "father nuclear physics", nobel laureate
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  • Frank Sargeson author
  • Katherine "Kate" Sheppard leader women's suffrage(born in England)
  • Silver Ferns national netball team
  • Sir Keith Sinclair poet, historian

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.