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New Zealand's Information

Flag of New Zealand
Land Area 264,537 km2
Water Area 4,301 km2
Total Area 268,838 km2
Population 4,474,549
Population Density 16.64 / km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy (New Zealand Parliament) Under A Constitutional Monarchy; A Commonwealth Realm
GDP (PPP) $175.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $37,100
Currency Dollar (NZD)
Largest Cities
  • Auckland (417,910)
  • Wellington (381,900)
  • Christchurch (363,926)
  • Manukau City (362,000)
  • Waitakere (208,100)
  • North Shore (207,865)
  • Hamilton (152,641)
  • Dunedin (114,347)
  • Tauranga (110,338)
  • Lower Hutt (101,194)
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.

A

  • Laurence Aberhart photographer
  • Andrew Ralph Adamson film director
  • Alexander Aitken mathematician
  • Gretchen Albrecht artist
  • William Alington architect
  • All Blacks national rugby team
  • Rewi Alley author, educator, social reformer
  • Chris Amon race car driver
  • Rita Angus artist
  • Billy Apple artist
  • Peter Arnett journalist, winner pulitzer prize
  • Sylvia Ashton-Warner author, poet, educator
  • Nathan Astle cricketer
  • Ian Athfield architect
  • Anne Audain middle, long distance athlete
B
  • Erin Baker athlete
  • Murray Ball cartoonist
  • Barry Barclay film maker
  • Simon Barnett radio, television host
  • Brian Barratt-Boyes pioneering heart surgeon
  • Jean Batten aviatrix
  • Kylie Bax actress, model
  • James Keir Baxter poet
  • Zoe Bell actress, stuntwoman
  • Peter Blake yachtsman, america's cup winner
  • Brian Brake photographer
  • John Britten mechanical engineer, designer world record setting motorcycle
  • Nigel Brown artist
  • Robert Burchfield scholar, writer, lexicographer
C
  • Chris Cairns cricketer
  • Catherine Campbell cricketer
  • Martin Campbell film, television director
  • Michael Campbell golfer
  • Jane Campion film maker, director
  • Niki Caro film director, producer, screenwriter
  • Hamist Carter olympic medalist, triathlete
  • Len Castle potter
  • Sir Robert James "Bob" Charles golfer
  • Raymond Ching artist
  • Helen Clark politician, prime minister
  • John Clarke comedian, writer
  • Dame Marie Clay researcher, developed reading recovery intervention program
  • Jemaine Clement actor, musician
  • Trelise Cooper fashion designer
  • Dame Whina Cooper maori leader
  • Morton W. Coutts inventor continuous fermentation method
  • Russell Coutts sailing match racer, olympic medalist
  • Joy Cowley author
  • Tina Cross singer
  • Russell Crowe actor
  • Barry Crump author
  • Max Cryer producer, broadcaster, writer
  • Cliff Curtis actor

D - G

  • Alan Dale actor
  • Melvin Day artist, art historian
  • Bevan Docherty olympic medalist, triathlete
  • Roger Douglas politician
  • Oliver Driver actor, director
  • Emily Drumm cricketer
  • Alan Duff author, columnist
  • Henry George "Harry" Ell politician, conservationist
  • Gareth Farr composer, percussionist
  • Elisabeth Findlay fashion designer
  • Brian Timothy "Tim" Finn singer, songwriter
  • Neil Finn singer, songwriter
  • Stephen Fleming cricketer
  • Janet Frame author
  • Maurice Gee author
  • Sir Harold Delf Gillies "father of plastic surgery"
  • Douglas Glass photographer
  • Sid Going rugby player
  • C. F. Goldie artist
  • Patricia Grace author
  • Sir George Grey soldier, explorer, new zealand governor, author (born in Portugal)
H
  • Richard Hadlee cricketer
  • Murray Halberg olympic medalist
  • Sir Charles William "Bill" Hamilton developer modern jetboat
  • Rhona Haszard artist
  • Charles Heaphy explorer, recipient victoria cross
  • Hone Heke maori chief, war leader
  • Martin Henderson actor
  • Rua Kenana Hepetipa maori prophet
  • Te Puea Herangi maori leader
  • Hongi Hika maori chief, war leader
  • Mabel Hill artist
  • Sir Edmund Hillary mountaineer, explorer
  • Te Randi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck) maori leader
  • Debbie Hockley cricketer
  • Frances Hodgkins artist
  • Fred Hollows opthalmologist
  • Keith Holyoake former prime minister
  • Ralph Hotere artist

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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.

H continued

  • 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
L
  • 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
M
  • 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)
R
  • 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
S
  • 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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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.

S continued

  • Amanda "Mandy" Smith hockey player
  • Kevin Tod Smith actor
  • Michael Smither artist
  • Peter Snell olympic medalist, runner
  • Ewen Solon actor
  • Matthew Sunderland actor
  • William "Bill" Sutton artist
  • Grahame Sydney artist
  • Dame Miraka "Mira" Szaszy Maori leader
T
  • Angus Tait electronics innovator
  • Blyth Tait olympic medalist, equestrian
  • Lee Tamahori film director
  • Rebecca Taylor fashion designer
  • Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa soprano
  • "Te Kooti" Arikirangi Te Turuki maori leader
  • Inia Watene Tauhia Te Wiata opera singer
  • Stephen Tindall founder the warehouse
  • Dame Catherine Tizard first woman governor-general
  • Mark Todd olympic medalist, equestrian
  • Kirk Torrance actor, playwright
  • Sir Jon Trimmer ballet dancer
  • David Tua boxer
  • Gwenda Turner author
U - V
  • Sarah Ulmer olympic medalist, cyclist
  • Charles Upham recipient multiple victoria cross
  • Karl Urban actor
  • Bianca van Rangelrooy artist
  • Daniel Vettori cricketer
  • Valerie Vili olympic medalist, shot putter
  • Alexander von Tunzelmann explorer
W
  • Rob Waddell olympic medalist, rower
  • Taika Waititi film director, screenwriter
  • Nancy Wake servicewoman
  • John Walker olympic medalist, runner
  • Karen Walker fashion designer
  • Vincent Ward film director, screen writer
  • Marilyn Waring economist, human rights activist
  • Sir Miles Warren architect
  • Robert G. "Bob" Webster avian influenze expert
  • Annie Whittle actress, singer
  • Anthony "Tony" Wilding tennis player, soldier
  • Maurice Wilkins molecular biologist, nobel laureate
  • Harold Williams journalist, polyglot
  • Yvette Williams olympic medalist, athlete
  • Sir Mountford Tosswill "Toss" Woollaston artist
  • Frank Worsley sailor, explorer
  • Douglas Wright dancer, choreographer
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