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New Zealand's Information

Flag of New Zealand
Land Area 264,537 km2
Water Area 4,301 km2
Total Area 268,838km2 (#75)
Population 4,474,549 (#126)
Population Density 16.91/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
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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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About the Author

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Hawke's Bay Napier
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Marlborough District Blenheim
Nelson Nelson
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Otago Dunedin
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