Famous New Zealander Intellectuals & Academics

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Pamela Stephenson
(Actress best known for her work during the 1980s, particularly in Not the Nine O'Clock News; History of the World, Part I; and Superman III)

Pamela Stephenson
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Birthdate: December 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

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John Money
(Former psychologist, sexologist and author known for his research into sexual identity and biology of gender and his conduct towards vulnerable patients)

John Money
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Birthdate: July 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morrinsville, New Zealand
Died: July 7, 2006

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James Flynn
(Intelligence researcher known for Flynn effect)

James Flynn
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Birthdate: April 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: December 11, 2020
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Whina Cooper
(Activist)

Whina Cooper
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Birthdate: December 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Te Karaka, New Zealand
Died: March 26, 1994

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Witi Ihimaera
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Birthdate: February 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand

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Cindy Kiro
(22nd Governor-General of New Zealand)

Cindy Kiro
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Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Whangārei, New Zealand

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Michael King
(Historian & Biographer)

Michael King
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Birthdate: December 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: March 30, 2004

Michael King was a New Zealand biographer, historian, and author. He is remembered for writing a book titled Penguin History of New Zealand, which became a best-seller and the most famous New Zealand book in the year 2004. A much-respected writer, King won several literary awards, such as the Feltex television writers' award and Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.

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 8 
Ronald Syme
(Historian)

Ronald Syme
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Birthdate: March 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eltham, New Zealand
Died: September 4, 1989

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Te Rangi Hīroa
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Birthdate: March 11, 1903, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Urenui, New Zealand
Died: December 1, 1951

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Dame Anne Salmond
(Anthropologist)

Dame Anne Salmond
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Birthdate: November 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

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Raymond Firth
(Ethnologist)

Raymond Firth
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Birthdate: March 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: February 22, 2002

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Ronald Mathias Lockley
(Ornithologist)

Ronald Mathias Lockley
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Birthdate: November 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Died: April 12, 2000

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William Pember Reeves
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Birthdate: February 10, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lyttelton, New Zealand
Died: May 16, 1932

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Nicholas Agar
(Philosopher)

Nicholas Agar
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: New Zealand

 15 
Mike Morwood
(Archaeologist)

Mike Morwood
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Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: July 23, 2013

 16 
Evelyn Stokes
(Geographer)

Evelyn Stokes
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Birthdate: December 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tauranga, New Zealand
Died: August 15, 2005

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Lydia Wevers
(Literary historian whose research focussed on New Zealand literature and print culture, as well as Australian literature)

Lydia Wevers
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Birthdate: March 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hengelo, Netherlands
Died: September 4, 2021