Whether you are a nature lover, thrill chaser, energetic adventurer or are a lover of the rich and the famous, New Zealand is the place for you. That is true! Agreed no place on Earth can rival New Zealand when it comes to its physical charms. But then, the country boasts of an incredible number of great men and women who stands as a testament to the country’s versatility and superlative talent. These internationally acclaimed New Zealanders inspired, radicalized, and changed the world with the ground-braking thought, actions, and accomplishments, thereby capturing the world’s imagination. From Edmund Hillary, one of the first men to conquer Mt. Everest to Katherine Mansfield, the short story pioneer and from Bruce McLaren, the legendary racecar driver to Richard Pearse, the trailblazing aviator, these Kiwis have stamped excellence in whatever enterprise they took to. Explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on some famous New Zealanders in the biographies below.
Keith UrbanKeith Urban

26 October 1967

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
(Actor, Producer, Musician)

07 April 1964

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
(Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter)

31 October 1961

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin

24 July 1982

Karl UrbanKarl Urban

07 June 1972

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
(Co-founder of PayPal)

11 October 1967

Rose McIverRose McIver

10 October 1988

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
(New Zealand Comedian)

10 January 1974

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
(First person to climb Mt. Everest)

20 July 1919

Mark HuntMark Hunt
(Boxer, Kickboxer)

23 March 1974

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies

14 March 1976

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
(Physicist, Chemist)

30 August 1871

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Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
(Rugby Player)

12 May 1975

Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
(Model, Actress)

09 September 1969

Rob HallRob Hall

14 January 1961

Neil FinnNeil Finn

27 May 1958

Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
(Visual Artist)

14 February 1978

Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
(Boxer, Rugby Player)

03 August 1985

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Sam WillsSam Wills

28 August 1978

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie

29 June 1976

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield

14 October 1888

Nancy WakeNancy Wake
(British Secret Agent During World War II)

30 August 1912

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
(Shot Putter)

06 October 1984

John KeyJohn Key
(Prime Minister of New Zealand)

09 August 1961

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Fred HollowsFred Hollows

09 April 1929

Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
(Women's Suffrage Leader)

10 March 1847

Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
(Rugby Player)

30 March 1998

Jean Gardner Batten Jean Batten
(Aviator Who Made Record Breaking Trans-world Flights)

15 September 1909

Michael KingMichael King
(Historian & Biographer)

15 December 1945

Caito PotatoeCaito Potatoe

16 July 1997

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Dianna FuemanaDianna Fuemana
(Screenwriter, Actress)
Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock

10 February 1934

Dolan DarkDolan Dark

03 June 1994

Abraham WilliamsAbraham Williams
Brooklyn KellyBrooklyn Kelly
(Vlogger, Model)

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(YouTube Gamer)

07 September 1996

Melanie LynskeyMelanie Lynskey
(Actor, Film actor, Television actor)

16 May 1977

Sam NeillSam Neill
(Actor, Winegrower)

14 September 1947

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)

16 August 1975

Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison

26 December 1960

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
(basketball player)

20 July 1993

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Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
(Actor, Film producer, Singer)

29 March 1968

Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis

27 July 1968

Pamela StephensonPamela Stephenson
(Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author, Television presenter, Stage actor, Film actor)

04 December 1949

Richard CurtisRichard Curtis
(Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Television producer, Writer)

08 November 1956

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas

30 June 1966

Manu BennettManu Bennett

10 October 1969

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Martin HendersonMartin Henderson

08 October 1974

Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson

08 August 1990

Zoë BellZoë Bell
(Actor, Taekwondo athlete)

17 November 1978

Ross TaylorRoss Taylor

08 March 1984

Brett LeeBrett Lee

08 November 1976

Aaron FinchAaron Finch

17 November 1986

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Alan DaleAlan Dale

06 May 1947

Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes

24 March 1990

Michael DormanMichael Dorman

26 April 1981

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
(Actor, Comedian)

21 March 1974

Brendon McCullumBrendon McCullum

27 September 1981

John MoneyJohn Money
(Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher)

08 July 1921

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Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
(Actor, Film actor)

08 February 1986

Craig ParkerCraig Parker

12 November 1970

Fran WalshFran Walsh
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist)

10 January 1959

Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack

26 December 1970

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
(Rugby union player)

27 May 1991

Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

15 December 1983

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Dan CarterDan Carter
(Rugby union player, Association football player, Model)

05 March 1982

Rebecca GibneyRebecca Gibney

14 December 1964

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill

30 September 1986

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(Rugby union player, Helicopter pilot)

31 December 1980

Alexander III of ScotlandAlexander III of Scotland

04 September 1241

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton

04 March 1948

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Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

30 August 1937

Trent BoultTrent Boult

22 July 1989

Antony StarrAntony Starr

25 October 1975