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Ben Stokes
(One of the Best Cricket All Rounders in the World)
Ben Stokes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini

Ben Stokes is an English cricketer. Considered one of the most important players in all three formats of the game, Stokes was honored with the ICC Award for Best Men's Cricketer in 2019. In 2019 and 2020, he was adjudged the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. Ben Stokes is currently serving as the captain of the England Test team.

 2 
Rob Hall
(Mountaineer)
Rob Hall
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 11, 1996

Rob Hall was a New Zealand mountaineer and the head guide of a Mount Everest expedition in 1996, during which he died along with two clients and a fellow guide. The ill-fated expedition was dramatized in the film Everest where Rob Hall was played by actor Jason Clarke.

 3 
Richard Hadlee
(One of the Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket History)
Richard Hadlee
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer

Richard Hadlee is a New Zealand retired cricket player who is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time; he is especially renowned for his ability as a fine fast bowler. In 2002, he was named the second-greatest Test bowler in cricket history by Wisden. In 2009, Hadlee was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

 4 
Michael Leitch
(Japanese Rugby Union Player Who Plays in the Back Row)
Michael Leitch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 5 
Michelle Ang
(Actress known for her work on Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462)
Michelle Ang
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Birthdate: October 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 6 
Hayley Westenra
(New Zealand Classical Crossover Singer Best Known as Member of Irish Folk Group 'Celtic Woman')
Hayley Westenra
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries

Hayley Westenra is a New Zealand singer and songwriter best known for her album Pure which became one of New Zealand's fastest selling albums of all time. The album, which sold over two million copies worldwide, peaked at number one on the UK classical charts. Hayley Westenra is also a well-known philanthropist; she contributes to charities around the world.

 7 
Brooke Williams
(Actress)
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Birthdate: January 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 8 
Sophie Pascoe
(New Zealand Para-Swimmer and Eleven-Time Paralympic Gold Medalist)
Sophie Pascoe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 9 
Ngaio Marsh
(New Zealand Mystery Writer and Theatre Director)
Ngaio Marsh
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 23, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 18, 1982

Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealand theatre director and crime writer. Counted among the Queens of Crime alongside other crime writers like Agatha Christie, Marsh is best remembered for her famous character, Roderick Alleyn. She received several prestigious awards and was made an inductee of the Detection Club in 1974. The Ngaio Marsh Award is presented annually in her memory.

 10 
Bic Runga
(New Zealand Pop Singer Known for Her Hit Single ‘Sway')
Bic Runga
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Bic Runga is a New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. An exponent of pop music, Runga is best known for her song Sway, which achieved immense popularity in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. The recipient of many New Zealand Music Awards, Bic Runga was made an inductee of the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

 11 
Shane Bond
(One of the Greatest Fast Bowlers in the History of New Zealand Cricket)
Shane Bond
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 12 
Richie Mo'unga
(Rugby union player)
Richie Mo'unga
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 13 
Brendan Cole
(Ballroom Dancer)
Brendan Cole
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
 14 
Stephen Fleming
(One of the Greatest Batsmen for the New Zealand National Cricket Team)
Stephen Fleming
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries

Arguably the most successful captain of the New Zealand cricket team, Stephen Fleming has also been one of the country’s best batsmen. He also became the first from his country to appear in over 100 Test matches. He later turned to coaching and also contributed to setting up the digital sports platform CricHQ.

 15 
Graham Henry
(New Zealand Rugby Union Coach and Former Head Coach of the Country’s National Team)
Graham Henry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
 16 
Ryan Nelsen
(Former New Zealand Professional Football Player and Former Head Coach)
Ryan Nelsen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra

Once one of the best footballers of New Zealand, Ryan Nelsen mostly played as a defender. He has captained the Blackburn Rovers and the New Zealand national team. Considered one of Major League Soccer’s best players, he has also coached Toronto FC in the past.

 17 
Luke Thompson
(Retired Japanese Rugby Union Player Who Played as a Lock and Occasional Flanker)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 18 
Anthony Wilding
(New Zealand World No. 1 Tennis Player)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 9, 1915
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 19 
Charles Upham
(Farmer)
Charles Upham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 21, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 22, 1994
 20 
Len Lye
(artist, film director, sculptor)
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Birthdate: June 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 15, 1980

Len Lye was a New Zealand artist best remembered for his kinetic sculptures and experimental films. His films are preserved at the New Zealand Film Archive, New York City's Museum of Modern Art, and British Film Institute. His sculptures are also preserved by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

 21 
Anton Lienert-Brown
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player Who Plays as a Second Five-Eighth or Centre)
Anton Lienert-Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 22 
Amy Satterthwaite
(New Zealand Former Cricket All-rounder)
Amy Satterthwaite
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
 23 
Colin Slade
(Retired New Zealand Professional Rugby Union Player Who Played as a First Five-Eighth, Fullback, Wing)
Colin Slade
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 24 
Tim Kano
(Actor known for his role as Leo Tanaka on Neighbours)
Tim Kano
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Birthdate: September 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo

Tim Kano is a New Zealand actor who achieved immense popularity in 2016 when he started playing Leo Tanaka in the popular Australian television soap opera, Neighbours. Kano appeared as Tanaka in 476 episodes, which made him a household name in New Zealand and Australia.   

 25 
Scribe
(Rapper)
Scribe
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
 26 
Patrick Tuipulotu
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Patrick Tuipulotu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 27 
Hayden Shaw
(New Zealander Field Hockey Player)
Hayden Shaw
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
 28 
Wyatt Crockett
(New Zealand Former Rugby Union Player)
Wyatt Crockett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 29 
Andrew Caddick
(Former Cricketer Who Played for England as a Fast Bowler in Tests and ODIs)
Andrew Caddick
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Riki Ellison
(American Football player)
Riki Ellison
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Aaron Mauger
(New Zealand Professional Rugby Union Coach and Former Player)
Aaron Mauger
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 32 
Andrea Hewitt
(New Zealand Triathlete)
Andrea Hewitt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries

Andrea Hewitt is a New Zealand triathlete best known for winning the bronze medals at the 2006 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also took part in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics, representing New Zealand.

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Keri Hulme
(New Zealand Novelist, Poet and Short-Story Writer Known for Her First Novel, 'The Bone People')
Keri Hulme
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 27, 2021

New Zealand author Keri Hulme is best known for her Booker Prize-winning debut novel The Bone People. She has also used the pseudonym Kai Tainui to write books and has mostly dealt with themes related to the culture of Maori people. The Maori author initially worked as a tobacco picker.

 34 
Nela Zisser
(New Zealand Model)
Nela Zisser
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 35 
Boh Runga
(Singer, Songwriter)
Boh Runga
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1969 AD

Boh Runga is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist. She is best known for her association with the popular rock band Stellar where she performed as a guitarist and lead singer. Boh Runga is also known for her philanthropic efforts; in 2014, she contributed to a charity single titled Song for Everyone.

 36 
Hugh McCutcheon
(Volleyball player)
Hugh McCutcheon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
 37 
Joe Moody
(New Zealand Rugby Union Footballer Who Plays as a Prop)
Joe Moody
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 38 
Kate Webb
(Journalist)
Kate Webb
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Birthdate: March 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 13, 2007
 39 
Ray Columbus
(Former Lead singer of Ray Columbus & the Invaders, his best-known hit was)
Ray Columbus
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 29, 2016
 40 
Paul Briggs
(Australian Former Boxer)
Paul Briggs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo

Paul Briggs is an Australian retired boxer best known for his achievements in the light heavyweight division. Interestingly, Briggs is also known for his fight against Danny Green where he was knocked out by Green in just 30 seconds into the first round. Paul Briggs has also penned down an autobiography titled Heart, Soul, Fire: The Journey of Paul Briggs.

 41 
Debbie Hockley
(First Woman to Become President of New Zealand Cricket)
Debbie Hockley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 42 
Stephen Bachop
(New Zealand Former Rugby Union Player and Coach)
Stephen Bachop
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 43 
Nathan Cohen
(New Zealand Rower and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nathan Cohen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 44 
Graeme Bachop
(Former Rugby union player Halfback position)
Graeme Bachop
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 45 
Eddy Pettybourne
(Former Professional Rugby League Footballer Who Last Played as a Prop)
Eddy Pettybourne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 46 
Annelise Coberger
(Alpine skier)
Annelise Coberger
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 47 
Neroli Fairhall
(Athlete)
Neroli Fairhall
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 11, 2006
 48 
Olivia Merry
(New Zealand Field Hockey Player)
Olivia Merry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 49 
Dick Motz
(New Zealand Cricketer)
Dick Motz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 29, 2007
 50 
Monique O'Neil
(Instagram Star)
Monique O'Neil
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: September 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo