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Richard O'Brien (born Richard Smith 25 March 1942) is an English actor, television presenter, writer and theatre performer. He wrote the musical The Rocky Horror Show and later presented the televisi...

11/7/2015 11/7/2015

Shavaughn Ruakere was born on March 3, 1978 in Hawera, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Shortland Street (1992), Samoan Wedding (2006) and Discount Taxi Driver (2006).

11/4/2015 11/4/2015

Philip John "Phil" Keoghan MNZM (born 31 May 1967) is a New Zealand-born television personality, best known for hosting the U.S. version of The Amazing Race on CBS, since its 2001 debut. He is also the...

11/3/2015 11/3/2015

James Henry Whittaker (1868 - 1947)


Founder, in 1896, of Whittaker's chocolates.

1/11/2013 10/12/2015

Robin Matthew Brooke (born 10 December 1966 in Warkworth, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand rugby player. He played for the All Blacks in the 1990s, playing many tests alongside brother Zinzan Brook...

10/6/2015 10/6/2015

Zinzan Valentine Brooke MNZM (born Murray Zinzan Brooke on 14 February 1965; changed name by deed poll) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played at number eight. He has two other broth...

4/19/2010 10/6/2015

Korokī Te Rata Mahuta Tāwhiao Pōtatau Te Wherowhero (died 18 May 1966) was the fifth Māori King. He was the elder son of the fourth Māori King, Te Rata Mahuta, and Te...

8/1/2007 10/3/2015

Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta MP (1939 - 2001)

Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta, KNZM (26 April 1939 – 1 February 2001) was a prominent Maori politician. He was born Robert Jeremiah Ormsby and changed his name by deed poll. Mahuta was the first...

6/28/2011 10/3/2015

Nanaia Cybelle Mahuta[3] (b. 21 August 1970) BA, MA in social anthropology, is a New Zealand politician and was a cabinet minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand. She was Minister of Cus...

6/29/2011 10/3/2015

Sir Robert Stout MP (1844 - 1930)

Sir Robert Stout, KCMG (28 September 1844 – 19 July 1930) was the 13th Premier of New Zealand on two occasions in the late 19th century, and later Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was the only p...

7/26/2013 9/1/2015

Rita Agnes MP (1908 - 1970)

Rita Angus (12 March 1908 – 25 January 1970), known as Rita McKenzie after 1941, was a New Zealand painter. Along with Colin McCahon and Toss Woollaston, she is credited as one of the leading fi...

6/11/2007 9/1/2015

Selwyn Toogood MP (1916 - 2001)

Selwyn Featherston Toogood QSO (4 April 1916 – 27 February 2001) was a New Zealand radio and television personality. Biography Toogood was born in Wellington and lived there until 1952 when ...

5/7/2011 8/23/2015

Petra Bagust is a New Zealand television presenter, perhaps best known for her role as co-presenter of TVNZ's morning show Breakfast.

7/18/2015 7/18/2015

David Richard Cunliffe HFIITP (born 30 April 1963) is a New Zealand politician and member of the New Zealand Labour Party. He is the sitting member of parliament for New Lynn, West Auckland. He served ...

10/8/2009 6/8/2015

John Ballance MP (1839 - 1893)

John Ballance (27 March 1839 – 27 April 1893) was 14th Premier of New Zealand, at the end of the 19th century, and the founder of the Liberal Party, the country's first organised political party...

2/22/2014 5/24/2015

Sir Peter Wilfred Tapsell MP (1930 - 2012)

Sir Peter Wilfred Tapsell KNZM MBE FRCS FRCSEd (21 January 1930 – 5 April 2012) was Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996. He was notable for being the first M&#x...

5/17/2014 5/24/2015

Frederick Whitaker MP (1812 - 1891)

Sir Frederick Whitaker KCMG (23 April 1812 – 4 December 1891) was an English-born New Zealand politician who served twice as the Prime Minister of New Zealand and six times as Attorney-General. ...

9/25/2014 5/24/2015

Edward Jerningham Wakefield MP (1820 - 1879)

Edward Jerningham Wakefield (25 June 1820 – 3 March 1879), known as Jerningham Wakefield, was the only son of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. As such, he was closely associated with his father's intere...

8/22/2009 5/24/2015

Sir Joseph George Ward, 1st Baronet Bt GCMG MP (26 April 1856 – 8 July 1930) was the 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand on two occasions in the early 20th century. Ward (Marlborough), Mount Wa...

5/24/2015 5/24/2015

Joseph Gordon Coates, MC and bar (3 February 1878 – 27 May 1943) served as the 21st Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1925 to 1928. At the outbreak of World War I, Coates attempted to enlist ...

5/23/2015 5/23/2015

Rev Keith Elliott VC MP (1916 - 1989)

Keith Elliott VC (25 April 1916 – 7 October 1989) was a New Zealand soldier who served with the New Zealand Military Forces during the Second World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the hi...

9/20/2013 5/18/2015

Newton King MP (1855 - 1927)

Newton King (21 July 1855–27 July 1927) was a New Zealand auctioneer, merchant and businessman. He was born in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand on 21 July 1855.

10/6/2012 5/13/2015

Thomas King MP (1821 - 1893)

Thomas King (21 November 1821 – 28 April 1893) was a 19th century New Zealand politician. He served in the first two Parliaments, and was otherwise active in New Plymouth. He was one of the firs...

10/6/2012 5/13/2015

Buck Shelford MP


In 1985, 1987 and 1988 won the Tom French Cup which is awarded to the best Maori rugby player in New Zealand each year. Captain NZ All Blacks 1987-1990. Captain NZ Maori All Blacks 1988-1990. Awa...

11/29/2008 5/9/2015

Charles John Johnston, MP MP (1845 - 1918)

Was the Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand in 1890, the Jubilee year. He represented the Te Aro electorate from 1881 to 1887, when he resigned. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1891 to 1...

7/23/2012 5/8/2015

Arthur Nattle Grigg (1896 – 29 November 1941) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. He was educated at Christ's College and was a farmer. He represented the electorate of Mid-Can...

3/3/2015 3/25/2015

Brigadier General Sir Herbert Ernest Hart, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO, VD (13 October 1882 – 5 March 1968) was an officer in the New Zealand Military Forces who served during the Second Boer War and the ...

6/30/2009 3/2/2015

Katherine Mansfield MP (1888 - 1923)

"Katherine Mansfiled"

Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry (14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the...

10/8/2009 3/2/2015

Lieutenant Colonel William George Malone (24 January 1859 – 8 August 1915) was an officer in the New Zealand Military Forces who served in the First World War. He commanded the Wellington Infant...

9/22/2007 3/2/2015

Manu Bennett (born 10 October 1969), also known as John Bennett or Jon Bennett, is an Australian-New Zealand actor. He is known for his portrayal as the Gallic gladiator Crixus in the Starz television ...

2/19/2015 2/20/2015

Taurekareka (Tau) Henare (1877 - 1940)

5/18/2010 2/16/2015

David Norman "Dave" Hewett (born 14 July 1971) is a former rugby union player from New Zealand, currently working as coach, whose usual position was prop.

4/22/2011 1/16/2015

Charles Upham, VC & Bar MP (1908 - 1994)

Captain Charles Hazlitt was a New Zealand soldier who earned the Victoria Cross (VC) twice during the Second World War: in Crete in May 1941, and at Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt, in July 1942. He was the last...

12/31/2014 12/31/2014

Shane Edward Smeltz (born 29 September 1981) is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a striker for Perth Glory FC in the A-League. He is the league's all-time leading goalscorer. Smeltz has scored 2...

3/4/2014 12/20/2014

Guy Hardy Scholefield MP (1877 - 1963)

Scholefield was a journalist, historian, and librarian. Together with Emil Schwabe, he edited the 1908 edition of Who's who in New Zealand and the western Pacific. He was the primary editor of the two ...

11/5/2014 11/5/2014

Raymond Tau Henare (born 29 September 1960) is a former New Zealand Māori parliamentarian. In representing three different political parties in parliament—New Zealand First, Mauri Pacific...

8/9/2009 11/1/2014

Lieutenant General Sir Jeremiah "Jerry" Mateparae, GNZM, QSO (born 14 November 1954) is New Zealand's 20th and Niue's 9th Governor-General, the second Māori person to hold the office (after Sir ...

9/25/2014 9/26/2014

MIHI-KI-TE-KAPUA (deceased)

12/10/2010 9/14/2014

Chris Lewis (born 9 March 1957) is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand who reached the 1983 Wimbledon final as an unseeded player. He won 3 singles titles and achieved a career-high si...

3/15/2014 9/12/2014

Onny Parun OBE (born 15 April 1947 in Wellington) is a former tennis player of Croatian descent from New Zealand, who was among the world's top 20 for five years and in 1971 and 1972 he reached the qua...

3/15/2014 9/12/2014

Anthony Frederick Wilding (1883 - 1915)


Anthony "Tony" Frederick Wilding (31 October 1883 – 9 May 1915) was a champion tennis player from Christchurch, New Zealand and a soldier killed in action during World War I near Neuve-Chapelle,...

3/15/2014 8/24/2014

Riki Morgan Ellison (born August 15, 1960, in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a former linebacker, who went by Riki Gray while in college at USC as an All-Pac-10 player in 1982. Ellison is part M...

3/15/2014 8/24/2014

Bernhard Ballin (1848 - 1931)

Bernhard Heineman Ballin Birth: 1848 Werra-Meißner-Kreis Hessen, Germany Death: Dec. 29, 1931 Christchurch Canterbury, New Zealand Aged 84 years according to his obituary. He was born ...

7/5/2012 8/7/2014

Nancy Wake MP (1912 - 2011)

Nancy Grace Augusta Wake AC, GM (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011) served as a British agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French...

7/20/2014 7/21/2014

Timothy Richard "Tim" Shadbolt (born 19 February 1947) is a New Zealand politician. He is the Mayor of Invercargill and was previously Mayor of Waitemata City.

6/29/2014 6/29/2014

Robert James Franičević MP


Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Robert James Francevic, (born on 18 September 1941 in Auckland, New Zealand) was a racing driver in New Zealand and Australia in the 1970s and 1980s. He won the inaugural Nissan-Cue 500 (later Nissan M...

1/28/2009 6/19/2014

Ray Comfort (born December 5, 1949) is a New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist. Comfort started Living Waters Publications and The Way of the Master in Bellflower, California and has writt...

5/24/2014 5/24/2014

Roger Hill MP (c.1842 - 1911)

Roger Hill came to New Zealand with his parents on the ship Cashmere in May 1853. He enlisted on 12 January 1864 as an Ensign with the Ist Regiment of the Waikato Militia and was despatched to Tauranga...

4/15/2007 5/2/2014

Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM, (born 29 December 1962), is a retired New Zealand footballer who played as a striker. He spent most of his professional career in Germany with Werder Bremen, winning a tot...

9/26/2008 4/1/2014

Sean Andrew Marks (born 23 August 1975) is a New Zealand-American former professional basketball player. He was the first native New Zealander to play in the NBA. Assistant coach at San Antonio Spurs...

3/15/2014 4/1/2014

Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei (born 1970) is a New Zealand member of Parliament and the female co-leader of the Green Party alongside Russel Norman. As of 2013 she is the Green Party spokesperso...

1/10/2010 3/22/2014

Benedict Benjamin Biddle MP (1847 - 1933)


From Wikipedia (English) : Benedict 'Ben' Benjamin Biddle (1848-1933), NZC, one of New Zealand's last land wars heroes, was awarded the rare New Zealand Cross for his acts of bravery at Ngatapa P�...

4/15/2007 3/16/2014

Benji Marshall MP


Benjamin Quentin "Benji" Marshall (born 25 February 1985) is a professional rugby union footballer with the Auckland Blues of the Super 15. He previously played rugby league as a goal-kicking five-eigh...

3/14/2009 3/15/2014

3/15/2014 3/15/2014

3/15/2014 3/15/2014

Abby Erceg (born 20 November 1989) is a professional New Zealander footballer who is a member of the New Zealand women's national team.[1] Erceg currently plays for FF USV Jena in the German Bundesliga...

3/15/2014 3/15/2014

Marina Erakovic (Croatian: Marina Eraković) (born 6 March 1988 in Split) is a Croatian-born professional tennis player from New Zealand. Her career high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings...

3/15/2014 3/15/2014

Possum Bourne MP (1956 - 2003)

Peter Raymond George "Possum" Bourne (13 April 1956 – 30 April 2003) was a champion New Zealand rally car driver. He died under non-competitive circumstances while driving on a public road that ...

3/15/2014 3/15/2014

Jono Pryor (born Jonathan Richard Pryor) is a New Zealand radio and television personality best known as the host of his eponymous TV show The Jono Project on C4TV. Pryor has worked for The Rock radio ...

3/15/2014 3/15/2014

Alan Graham MacDiarmid ONZ (April 14, 1927 – February 7, 2007) was a chemist, and one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2000. Early life He was born in Masterton, New Z...

10/28/2011 3/15/2014

3/4/2014 3/8/2014

Marco Rodrigo Rojas (born 5 November 1991) is a New Zealand footballer of Chilean descent who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

3/4/2014 3/7/2014

Prof. Alexander Aitken MP (1895 - 1967)

Prof A. Aitken: Brian Sweeney writes: Alexander Aitken was the greatest mathematician of his era and possessed an astonishing computational brain that could complete challenges that today are reserve...

6/26/2011 2/19/2014

Hayley Dee Westenra (born 10 April 1987) is a New Zealand singer, Classical crossover artist, songwriter and UNICEF Ambassador. Her first internationally released album, Pure, reached No. 1 on the UK c...

5/26/2009 2/11/2014

Ethelbert Alfred Ransom MP (1868 - 1943)

Sir Ethelbert Alfred Ransom KCMG (1868 – 22 May 1943) was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party, then its successor the United Party, and from 1936, the National Party. He was a cabinet ...

1/27/2007 1/7/2014

Charles Frederick Goldie MP (1870 - 1947)

"C. F. Goldie"

Charles Frederick Goldie OBE (1870–1947) was a New Zealand artist, best known for his portrayal of Māori dignitaries.

12/21/2013 12/21/2013

Walter Nash MP (1882 - 1968)

Sir Walter Nash GCMG CH (12 February 1882 – 4 June 1968) served as the 27th Prime Minister of New Zealand in the Second Labour Government from 1957 to 1960, and was also highly influential in hi...

12/21/2013 12/21/2013

Sir Michael Myers MP (1873 - 1950)

Sir Michael Myers, GCMG KC PC (7 September 1873 – 8 April 1950) was the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand from 1929 to 1946 and served occasionally as Administrator of New ...

4/16/2013 12/14/2013

Bevan John Docherty (born 29 March 1977) is a triathlete from New Zealand, who won medals twice at the Olympic Games. Docherty attended Tauhara College, Taupo. In 2004, Docherty won the ITU world cha...

11/30/2013 12/12/2013

Annelise Coberger (born 16 September 1971) is a former New Zealand alpine skier. Born in Christchurch, she became the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a medal at the Winter Olympics whe...

10/26/2013 12/12/2013

Mulvey was born in New Zealand, and is of Maori and European heritage. His family moved to Sydney, Australia when he was eight years old. He is best known for his roles as Mark Moran on the popular Aus...

12/6/2013 12/6/2013

Karl Heinz Urban MP

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard ...

12/5/2013 12/6/2013

8/17/2013 12/5/2013

Francis William Redwood MP (1839 - 1935)

10/8/2009 12/1/2013

Aston Wyatt Greathead MP (1921 - 2012)

Aston Wyatt Greathead (31 May 1921 - 18 July 2012)[1] was a New Zealand artist. He was born in Napier, the second of the five children of William John Edwin Greathead and Jane Greathead (née Wya...

11/23/2013 11/23/2013

Daniel Knight Udy MP (1874 - 1935)

Dan Knight Udy (21 May 1874 – 29 July 1935) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A hooker, Udy represented Wairarapa at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, th...

11/22/2013 11/22/2013

John Higgins (b. - 1938)

The perpetrator of the only school shooting in New Zealand history

11/6/2013 11/9/2013

Peter McKinney (deceased)

11/6/2013 11/9/2013

Kelvyn McLean (b. - 1923)

11/6/2013 11/9/2013

Frederick George Evans MP (1881 - 1912)

On 'Black Tuesday', 12 November 1912, in the midst of a bitter six-month strike by miners in the small New Zealand goldmining town of Waihi, striker Fred Evans was killed - one of only two fatalities* ...

11/6/2013 11/6/2013

Lorde MP

Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Her first EP, The Love Club, was released on 22 November 2012; and her first s...

10/2/2013 10/2/2013

Henry Smith Fish (1838 - 1897)

Henry Smith Fish (15 July 1838 – 23 September 1897) was a 19th-century New Zealand politician. For a time, he was a member of the Liberal Party. He was Mayor of Dunedin for a total of six years....

2/21/2011 8/23/2013

Has a Maori father.

8/17/2013 8/17/2013

Heremaia Ngata MP


Former Maori football player.

8/17/2013 8/17/2013

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8/17/2013 8/17/2013

Both parents are Maori. Father is Lyle James.

8/17/2013 8/17/2013

Has a Maori mother.

8/17/2013 8/17/2013

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Rhys Darby (born 21 March 1974) is an actor and comedian from New Zealand, known for his energetic physical comedy routines, telling stories accompanied with mime and sound effects of things such as ma...

8/17/2013 8/17/2013

Steven Adams (born 28 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing college ba...

8/14/2013 8/15/2013

Danyon Joseph Loader, ONZM (born 21 April 1975 in Timaru, New Zealand) is an Olympic champion, former World Record holding swimmer from New Zealand, based in Dunedin. He remains the national record hol...

8/3/2013 8/14/2013

John Ross Marshall MP (1912 - 1988)

Sir John Ross Marshall GBE, CH, ED,[1] PC (5 March 1912 – 30 August 1988), generally known as Jack Marshall, was a New Zealand politician. After spending twelve years as Deputy Prime Minister, h...

7/27/2013 7/27/2013

Sidney George Holland MP (1893 - 1961)

Sir Sidney George Holland, GCMG, CH (18 October 1893 – 5 August 1961) was the 25th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 13 December 1949 to 20 September 1957. Biography Sidney George Holland w...

7/27/2013 7/27/2013

George Marsden Waterhouse MP (1824 - 1906)

Has the unique distinction of being the only person to have been Premier of 2 British colonies. South Australia in 1860's and New Zealand in 1870's. George and Lydia had no children of their own so a...

10/21/2008 7/27/2013

Alfred Domett MP (1811 - 1887)

Alfred Domett, CMG (20 May 1811 – 2 November 1887) was an English colonial statesman and poet. He was New Zealand's fourth Premier. Mount Domett (Canterbury) is named after him. Biography ...

7/27/2013 7/27/2013

Henry Sewell MP (1807 - 1879)

Henry Sewell (7 September 1807 – 14 May 1879) was a prominent 19th-century New Zealand politician. He was a notable campaigner for New Zealand self-government, and is generally regarded as havin...

7/27/2013 7/27/2013

Michael James Herrick was one of five brothers to serve during the Second World War. He flew with distinction during the Battle of Britain and in the Pacific before being killed on air operations over ...

6/11/2013 6/11/2013

Francis Noel Brinsden MP (1919 - 1993)

"Frankie", "Fanny"

F/O Francis N.Brinsden a New Zealander and flew with No 19 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. On the 31st of August 1940 he had to bale out of his Spitfire I (R6958) after combat over the Thames Es...

6/10/2013 6/10/2013

Robert Lawrence Spurdle MP (1918 - 1994)


S/L Robert Lawrence Spurdle was born in Wanganui, New Zealand on 3 March 1918, attended Wanganui Collegiate School before being accepted early in 1939 for the last short service commission course. When...

6/10/2013 6/10/2013