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Jacinda Ardern
(40th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Jacinda Ardern
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Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamilton, New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. In October 2017, at the age of 37, she became the world's youngest female head of government. Ardern was praised for the way she led her country after the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 and handled the COVID 19 pandemic. She led her party to victory in 2020 general elections.

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John Key
(38th Prime Minister of New Zealand (2008 - 2016))
John Key
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Birthdate: August 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Born to immigrants in New Zealand, John Key became the third New Zealand prime minister of Jewish descent. Previously a foreign exchange professional, he has worked with Merrill Lynch. He wished to change his country’s flag by removing the Union Jack on it but voters chose against it.

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Helen Clark
(37th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Helen Clark
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Birthdate: February 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Te Pahu, New Zealand

Helen Clark is a New Zealand politician who served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008. She was only the second woman to hold the prime minister's office in New Zealand. An important politician, Helen Clark also served as the Minister of Health from 1989 to 1990 and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2008.   

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Winston Peters
(Rugby union player, Politician, Diplomat)
Winston Peters
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Birthdate: April 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Whangarei

Winston Peters is a New Zealand politician best known for his service as the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand on two occasions; from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2017 to 2020. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2008 and again from 2017 to 2020.

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Bill English
(Former 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Bill English
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Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lumsden, New Zealand

Bill English is a New Zealand former politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2016 to 2017. An influential politician, English also served as the Minister of Finance from 19 November 2008 to 12 December 2016. He also served as the leader of the National Party from 2016 until his resignation in 2018.

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Patsy Reddy
(21st Governor-General of New Zealand)
Patsy Reddy
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Birthdate: May 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Matamata, New Zealand
A qualified lawyer, Patsy Reddy has also been the governor-general of New Zealand. A patron of the arts, she has chaired the Film Commission and been the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Transport Agency, too. She being a vegan, her swearing-in ceremony for the post of governor-general was completely vegan.
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Graeme Hart
(entrepreneur)
Graeme Hart
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: New Zealand

Graeme Hart is a New Zealand businessman whose net worth was estimated at 9.7 billion USD in 2022, making him the wealthiest person in the country. He is best known for buying and investing in undervalued and underperforming companies which can be turned around with cost-cutting and better cash management.

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Jenny Shipley
(36th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1997 - 1999))
Jenny Shipley
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Birthdate: February 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gore, New Zealand

Jenny Shipley is a New Zealand retired politician who became the first female Prime Minister of the country in 1997. She served as the Prime Minister until 1999 and then served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1999 to 2001. An influential politician, Jenny Shipley also served as the Minister of Health from 1993 to 1996.

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Les Mills
(New Zealand Retired Track and Field Athlete and Politician)
Les Mills
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Birthdate: November 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Les Mills is a New Zealand retired track and field athlete who represented his country at the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games over a period of two decades; he competed in the discus throw and shot put events. Mills achieved his best result at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games where he won the gold medal in discus throw.

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Robert Muldoon
(Politician)
Robert Muldoon
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Birthdate: September 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland
Died: August 5, 1992

Robert Muldoon was a New Zealand politician remembered for serving as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984. He also served as the Minister of Finance from 1967 to 1972 and again from 1975 to 1984. In 1984, Robert Muldoon became the second New Zealand Prime Minister to be honored with a knighthood while still in office.

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Georgina Beyer
(politician)
Georgina Beyer
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Birthdate: 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wellington

Georgina Beyer is a New Zealand politician and former sex worker who became the first openly transgender mayor in the world when she was elected as the Mayor of Carterton in 1995. Georgina Beyer is also the first openly transgender person in the world to serve as a Member of Parliament.

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David Lange
(32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (1984 - 1989))
David Lange
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Birthdate: August 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: August 13, 2005

David Lange was a New Zealand politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. A prominent politician, Lange also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1987 and as the Minister of Education from 1987 to 1989. Lange is also remembered for making his country a nuclear-free zone.

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Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg
(7th Governor-General of New Zealand (1946 - 1952))
Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg
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Birthdate: March 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, London, England
Died: July 4, 1963

Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg was a British-born New Zealand soldier who served as the Governor-General of New Zealand from 17 June 1946 to 15 August 1952. The recipient of the prestigious Victoria Cross, Freyberg served in the army during World War I and World War II. He commanded the NZ Expeditionary Force during the Second World War.

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Jerry Mateparae
(20th Governor-General of New Zealand)
Jerry Mateparae
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Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Whanganui, New Zealand

Jerry Mateparae is a New Zealand former soldier best known for his service as the Governor-General of New Zealand from 31 August 2011 to 31 August 2016. He is only the second Māori person after Sir Paul Reeves to hold the Governor-General's office. From 2006 to 2011, Jerry Mateparae also served as the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force.

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Jim Bolger
(35th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1990 - 1997))
Jim Bolger
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Birthdate: May 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Opunake, New Zealand

Jim Bolger is a New Zealand retired politician best known for serving as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2 November 1990 to 8 December 1997. He led the National Party to victory in 1990. An influential politician, Jim Bolger also served as the Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Immigration, and Minister of Labour.

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Mike Moore
(34th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Mike Moore
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Birthdate: January 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whakatāne, New Zealand
Died: February 2, 2020

Mike Moore was a New Zealand politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand for less than two months in 1990. Prior to his service as the Prime Minister, Moore served as the Minister of Tourism from 1984 to 1987 and as the Minister of Overseas Trade from 1984 to 1990.

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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

Cindy Kiro is a New Zealand public health advocate, administrator, and academic. She is serving as the current Governor-General of New Zealand; she is the first Māori woman to hold the office. Cindy Kiro's services to education and child wellbeing have earned her prestigious awards in the New Zealand Royal Honours System.

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Keith Holyoake
(26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1960 - 1972))
Keith Holyoake
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Birthdate: February 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mangamutu, New Zealand
Died: December 8, 1983

Keith Holyoake was a New Zealand politician who served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1957 and again from 12 December 1960 to 7 February 1972. He also served as the Governor-General of New Zealand from 26 October 1977 to 25 October 1980, becoming the first and only New Zealand politician till date to have held both positions. 

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Michael Joseph Savage
(Former Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935 - 1940))
Michael Joseph Savage
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Birthdate: March 23, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tatong, Victoria, Australia
Died: March 27, 1940

Michael Joseph Savage was a New Zealand politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 6 December 1935 to 27 March 1940. He also served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1933 to 1935. Michael Joseph Savage is regarded as one of New Zealand's most revered and greatest prime ministers of all time.

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George Grey
(11th Premier of New Zealand (1877 - 1879) )
George Grey
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Birthdate: April 14, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: September 19, 1898

George Grey was a British explorer, soldier, writer, and colonial administrator. He served as the 11th Premier of New Zealand from 1877 to 1879. He also served as the Governor of New Zealand from 1845 to 1854 and again from 1861 to 1868. George Grey's life and career inspired a miniseries titled The Governor.

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Norman Kirk
(Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Norman Kirk
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Birthdate: January 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand
Died: August 31, 1974

Norman Kirk was a New Zealand politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 8 December 1972 until his demise on 31 August 1974. During his term as the Prime Minister, Norman Kirk also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Richard Seddon
(15th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1893 - 1906) )
Richard Seddon
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Birthdate: June 22, 1845
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eccleston, England
Died: June 10, 1906

Richard Seddon was a New Zealand politician best remembered for his service as the 15th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 27 April 1893 until his death on 10 June 1906. Seddon is the longest-serving premier in the history of New Zealand. He is considered one of the greatest, most widely known, and most influential politicians in New Zealand history.

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Priyanca Radhakrishnan
(New Zealand's 10th Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector)
Priyanca Radhakrishnan
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Indian-born New Zealand politician Priyanca Radhakrishnan grew up in a family that had roots in left-wing Indian politics. After moving to New Zealand, she worked as a social worker till she joined the New Zealand Labour Party. She later scripted history by becoming the first Indian-origin minister of New Zealand.

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Edward Gibbon Wakefield
(Former Member of the New Zealand Parliament (1853 - 1855))
Edward Gibbon Wakefield
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Birthdate: March 20, 1796
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 16, 1862

A major force behind setting up the colonies of South Australia and New Zealand Edward, English economist Gibbon Wakefield lent his name to the colonizing plan called the Wakefield scheme. He formulated the Canadian colonial policy Durham Report. Interestingly, he had been convicted of abducting and marrying a 15-year-old girl.

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Geoffrey Palmer
(Former 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Geoffrey Palmer
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Birthdate: April 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nelson, New Zealand

Geoffrey Palmer is a New Zealand legal academic, lawyer, and former politician. He is best known for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1989 to 1990. Geoffrey Palmer also served as the Minister of Justice from 1984 to 1989, during which he introduced many reforms in the country's constitutional and legal framework.

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Anand Satyanand
(Judge, Lawyer)
Anand Satyanand
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Birthdate: July 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland

Anand Satyanand is a New Zealand former lawyer and judge. He is best known for his service as the Governor-General of New Zealand from 23 August 2006 to 23 August 2011. In 2019, Anand Satyanand started his four-year term as the Chancellor of the University of Waikato.

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Julie Anne Genter
(American-born New Zealand Politician)
Julie Anne Genter
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Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States

In late 2021, New Zealand politician Julie Anne Genter made headlines after she cycled her way to Auckland Hospital while in labor. Born in the US, she later studied in France and New Zealand. The Green Party MP has previously served as a minister for women.

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Te Kooti
(Best Remembered for Launching the 'Ringatu' Religious Movement)
Te Kooti
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Birthdate: 1832 AD
Birthplace: Poverty Bay, New Zealand
Died: 1893 AD

Maori guerrilla leader Te Kooti is best remembered for launching the Ringatu religious movement. He once announced that he had received divine orders to establish a new church. Imprisoned for his activities, he later escaped with 168 prisoners. He was later pardoned but remained dedicated to the Ringatu cause.

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Walter Nash
(27th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1957 - 1960), 14th Minister of Foreign Affairs (1957 - 1960))
Walter Nash
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Birthdate: February 12, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Died: June 4, 1968

Initially a wholesale confectionery trader, New Zealand Labour Party politician Walter Nash later not only served as the prime minister of New Zealand but had also led several ministries, including those of finance and foreign affairs. He had also been New Zealand’s representative to the US.

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Henry Sewell
(Former Prime Minister of New Zealand (7 May 1856 – 20 May 1856))
Henry Sewell
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Birthdate: September 7, 1807
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, England
Died: May 14, 1879

British colonizer Henry Sewell initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become a solicitor and joined his father’s law firm. He later joined the Canterbury Association and participated in the colonization of New Zealand, becoming the country’s first premier. He had also been an attorney general and a minister of justice.

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Peter Fraser
(24th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1940 - 1949))
Peter Fraser
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Birthdate: August 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hill of Fearn, Scotland
Died: December 12, 1950

New Zealand politician Peter Fraser not just led his country as its prime minister but is regarded as one of the greatest figures of the New Zealand Labour Party. He is remembered for his effective leadership during World War II and for his contribution to the creation of the United Nations.

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Annette King
(19th High Commissioner of New Zealand to Australia)
Annette King
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Birthdate: September 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murchison, New Zealand
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Sidney Holland
(25th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Sidney Holland
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Birthdate: October 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greendale, New Zealand
Died: August 5, 1961

New Zealand National Party leader Sidney Holland had served as the 25th prime minister of New Zealand. The son of politician Henry Holland, he rose to be the leader of the opposition in 1940. His achievements include the abolition of the Legislative Council. He was knighted, too.

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Bill Rowling
(30th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Bill Rowling
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Birthdate: November 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Motueka, New Zealand
Died: October 31, 1995

New Zealand politician Bill Rowling served as his country’s 30th prime minister. Initially an economics lecturer, he later stepped into politics and eventually rose to be the leader of the Labour Party. He had also been New Zealand’s ambassador to the US. Rowling was also knighted for his achievements.

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Shane Reti
(New Zealand Nationalist Party Politician)
Shane Reti
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Birthdate: June 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamilton, New Zealand

New Zealand National Party member Shane Reti has also had a 17-year career as a doctor and continued to work as one even during his time in the parliament. In 2021, he administered COVID-19 vaccinations. He has also served the New Zealand military. He supports medical marijuana and is against decriminalizing abortion.

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Hone Heke
(New Zealander Warrior and a Leader)
Hone Heke
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Birthdate: 1807 AD
Birthplace: Pakaraka, New Zealand
Died: August 7, 1850
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Joseph Ward
(17th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Joseph Ward
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Birthdate: April 26, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: July 8, 1930

New Zealand politician Joseph Ward was a major figure of both the Liberal and United parties. The Australian-born was initially a grain trader and stepped into local politics later. He not only served as the prime minister of New Zealand but also established the world’s first public health ministry.

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Kris Faafoi
(50th Minister of Justice)
Kris Faafoi
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Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Zealand
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Jack Marshall
(28th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Jack Marshall
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Birthdate: March 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Died: August 30, 1988

Known as Gentleman Jack for his politeness, New Zealand National Party politician Jack Marshall served as his country’s prime minister and had also been its minister of overseas trade. Initially a qualified lawyer, too, he devoted himself to writing books and actively engaged in cultural and charitable activities.

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Michael Cullen
(16th Deputy Prime Minister)
Michael Cullen
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Birthdate: February 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 19, 2021
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Ibrahim Omer
(Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Labour party list)
Ibrahim Omer
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Eritrea
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Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt
(New Zealand Physician, Military Surgeon and Athlete)
Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt
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Birthdate: August 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wanganui, New Zealand
Died: January 1, 1994

New Zealand-born British-origin physician Arthur Porritt initially worked as a military surgeon. He later headed organizations such as the British Medical Association and also served as the governor-general of New Zealand. A talented sprinter, he also bagged an Olympic bronze medal and 3 World Student Games medals.

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Te Rangi Hīroa
(New Zealand Doctor, Military Leader, Health Administrator, Politician, Anthropologist and Museum Director)
Te Rangi Hīroa
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Birthdate: 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Urenui, Taranaki, New Zealand
Died: December 1, 1951

Te Rangi Hīroa was a New Zealand health administrator, doctor, military leader, anthropologist, politician, and museum director. An important member of Ngāti Mutunga, Te Rangi Hīroa played a major role in recruiting a Māori volunteer contingent during the First World War. In 1935, he was honored with the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.

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Erica Stanford
(Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party)
Erica Stanford
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Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: New Zealand
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Michael Hardie Boys
(17th Governor-General of New Zealand)
Michael Hardie Boys
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Birthdate: October 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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Edward Stafford
(Prime minister)
Edward Stafford
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Birthdate: April 23, 1819
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: February 14, 1901
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Frederick Weld
(Politician)
Frederick Weld
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Birthdate: May 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bridport, England
Died: July 20, 1891
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John Ballance
(Prime minister of New Zealand)
John Ballance
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Birthdate: March 27, 1839
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glenavy, Northern Ireland
Died: April 27, 1893
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Nándor Tánczos
(Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Green Party list)
Nándor Tánczos
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Birthdate: May 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ilford, London, England
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Melissa Lee
(Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives)
Melissa Lee
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Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: South Korea