John Money was a New Zealand sexologist, psychologist, and author. He is best remembered for his research into biology of gender and sexual identity. He is credited with coining the terms sexual orientation, gender role, and gender identity. John Money was also criticized for endorsing conversion therapy among other unethical practices. His books have been translated into numerous languages.
Fred Hollows became a renowned name in the field of ophthalmology after helping thousands of people see by restoring their sight. Born in New Zealand, Hollows later became an Australian citizen. He had initially aspired to join the clergy but had decided against it after visiting a mental institution.
Harold Gillies was a New Zealand otolaryngologist who is considered the father of modern plastic surgery. He is also credited with pioneering sex reassignment surgery; he performed one of the earliest sex reassignment surgeries on Michael Dillon in 1946. Harold Gillies was also an amateur golfer and played in the annual Amateur Championship from 1906 to 1931.
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.
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.
Māui Pōmare was a New Zealand politician and doctor. Counted among the most important Māori political figures of all time, Pōmare is best remembered for his work to improve the health and living conditions of the Māori people. Māui Pōmare is also remembered for his service as the Minister of Internal Affairs from 25 August 1927 to 10 December 1928.