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List of the most popular authors from New Zealand, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Kiwi authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Kiwi writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of a variety of authors, including Neville Peat and Charles Elworthy.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from New Zealand?" and "Who are the best Kiwi authors?"

For further information on these historic Kiwi authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Kiwi authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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Joy Cowley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Joy Cowley Red-eyed tree frog, Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey, Chameleon^! chameleon Cassia Joy Cowley, DCNZM, OBE, best known as Joy Cowley, is a New Zealand author of children's fiction, novels, and short stories. Her first novel, Nest in a Fallen Tree, was adapted into the ...more

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Eric Partridge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Eric Partridge A dictionary of the underworld, A Charm of Words, Frank Honywood^! private Eric Honeywood Partridge was a New Zealand–British lexicographer of the English language, particularly of its slang. His writing career was interrupted only by his service in the Army Education ...more

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Mary Anne Barker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Mary Anne Barker Remembered with affection, This troublesome world or 'Bet of Stow.', Spring comedies Mary Anne Barker, Lady Barker, later Mary Anne Broome, Lady Broome, was an author.

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Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Richard Curtis Love actually, The King Who Killed the Minotaur, Affording Access to Quality Care Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE is an English screenwriter, producer and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian parents. One of Britain's most successful comedy ...more

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Frank Sargeson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Frank Sargeson A man and his wife, Conversation in a train and other critical writing, The Stories of Frank Sargeson Frank Sargeson was the pen name of Norris Frank Davey. He is considered one of New Zealand's foremost short story writers. Like Katherine Mansfield, Sargeson helped to put New Zealand literature ...more

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Margaret Mahy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Margaret Mahy 24 hours, The Catalogue of the Universe, The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance Margaret Mahy, ONZ was a New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. Many of her story plots have strong supernatural elements but her writing concentrates on the themes of human ...more

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Elizabeth Laird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Elizabeth Laird The day Patch stood guard, The day Veronica was nosy, The Garbage King Elizabeth Laird is a writer.

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Robyn Donald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Robyn Donald Paradise Lost, The Colour Of Midnight (Secrets) (Harlequin Presents^! No. 1714), Island Enchantment Robyn Donald is a prolific writer of romance novels whose birthplace and home are in Northland, New Zealand. She writes for the English Mills and Boon romance series, and all her books have also ...more

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Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Jane Campion EXITO. Spanische Handelskorrespondenz, Das Piano. Roman, Jane Campion's The Piano Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director based in Australia. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is ...more

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Ngaio Marsh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Ngaio Marsh Last ditch, Killer Dolphin, Final Curtain Dame Ngaio Marsh DBE, born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1966. Internationally Marsh ...more

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Hugh Walpole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Hugh Walpole The Dark Forest, Rogue Herries, The cathedral Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him ...more

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Richard O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Richard O'Brien The Rocky Horror Show Richard Timothy Smith, better known under his stage name Richard O'Brien, is an Anglo-New Zealand writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. He wrote the cult musical The Rocky ...more

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Daphne Clair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Daphne Clair Infamous Bargain, Edge Of Deception, Flame on the Horizon Daphne Clair de Jong is a popular New Zealand writer of over 75 romance novels since 1977 as Daphne Clair and Daphne de Jong, and under the pseudonyms Laurey Bright, Clair Lorel, and Clarissa ...more

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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Pamela Stephenson How to Be a Complete Bitch, Bravemouth Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as ...more

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Andrew Niccol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Andrew Niccol The Truman show Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, In Time, and Lord of War. He also wrote and co-produced The Truman Show, which ...more

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Janet Frame is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Janet Frame The Carpathians, A state of siege, Daughter Buffalo Nene Janet Paterson Clutha ONZ CBE better known by her pen name of Janet Frame, was a New Zealand author. She wrote novels, short stories, poetry, juvenile fiction, and an autobiography. Frame's ...more

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Tim Hewat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Tim Hewat Who made the Mabo mess, Banking on the Bendigo, The Comet riddle Timothy Edward Patterson Hewat was an Australian television producer and journalist. He has been described as the "maverick genius of Granada television's current affairs in its formative ...more

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R. M. Lockley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
R. M. Lockley No Royalty A/C Trav.guide Channel Islands, Saga of the Grey Seal, Ocean Wanderers Ronald Mathias Lockley was a Welsh ornithologist, naturalist. He wrote over fifty books on natural history. His son is palaeontologist Martin Lockley.

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Vincent Ward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Vincent Ward The navigator Vincent Ward, ONZM is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter and artist. Ward was awarded an Order of New Zealand Merit in 2007 for his contribution to film making. Ward is best known for his ...more

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Ruth Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Ruth Park Playing Beatie Bow, Things in Corners, The Harp in the South Rosina Ruth Lucia Park AM was a New Zealand–born Australian author. Her best known works are the novels The Harp in the South and Playing Beatie Bow, and the children's radio serial The ...more

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Hayley Westenra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Hayley Westenra Hayley Westenra Hayley Dee Westenra is a New Zealand singer, classical crossover artist, songwriter and UNICEF Ambassador. Her first internationally released album, Pure, reached No. 1 on the UK classical ...more

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Rewi Alley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Rewi Alley Fruition, Amongst hills and streams of Hunan--in the fall of 1962, Land and folk in Kiangsi Rewi Alley, 路易•艾黎, Lùyì Àilí, QSO, MM, was a New Zealand-born writer, educator, political activist, revolutionary, social reformer, potter, and member of the ...more

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J. Oswald Sanders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
J. Oswald Sanders Christ Indwelling and Enthroned, The pursuit of the holy, Disfrutemos de intimidad con Dios Dr. John Oswald Sanders was a general director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship in the 1950s and 1960s. He authored more than forty books on the Christian life. He became an elder statesman and ...more

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Elizabeth Knox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Elizabeth Knox The high jump, Black oxen, Dreamhunter Elizabeth Fiona Knox, ONZM, is an award-winning New Zealand writer. She has authored eleven novels, three autobiographical novella, and a collection of essays. Her best known works are The ...more

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David Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
David Hill An atlas of Anglo-Saxon England, Modern Matrix Algebra, Viva Colores: Un Saludo a La Indomable Gente De Guatamala David Hill is a New Zealand author, especially well known for his young adult fiction. His young fiction books See Ya, Simon and Right Where It Hurts have been shortlisted for numerous awards. ...more

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David Bishop is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
David Bishop Silencer, Introduction to Cryptography with Java Applets, Valentine'S Child David James Bishop is a New Zealand screenwriter and author. He was a UK comics editor during the 1990s, running such titles as the Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000 AD, the latter between 1996 and ...more

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John Money is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
John Money Gendermaps, A standardized road-map test of direction sense, Gay^! Straight^! and In-Between John William Money was a psychologist, sexologist and author, specializing in research into sexual identity and biology of gender. Money was one of the first scientists to study the psychology ...more

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Christian Karlson Stead is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Christian Karlson Stead The Death of the Body, Sister Hollywood, The Black River Christian Karlson Stead, ONZ, CBE is a New Zealand writer whose works include novels, poetry, short stories, and literary criticism. One of Karl Stead's novels, Smith's Dream, provided the basis ...more

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Michael King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Michael King Te Puea^! a biography, New Zealanders at war, The collector Michael King, OBE was a New Zealand popular historian, author and biographer. He wrote or edited over 30 books on New Zealand topics, including The Penguin History of New Zealand, which was the ...more

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Maurice Shadbolt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Maurice Shadbolt Season of the Jew, Monday's Warriors, Dove on the Water Maurice Francis Richard Shadbolt CBE was a New Zealand writer and playwright.

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Colin Mason is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Colin Mason Understanding Indonesia, A short history of Asia, Promoting Informal Venture Capital Colin Victor James Mason is a New Zealand-born Australian journalist, author and former politician. Mason worked for 14 years as the first foreign correspondent of the Australian Broadcasting ...more

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Pamela Allen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Pamela Allen Who Sank the Boat?, Mr. Archimedes' bath, A lion in the night Pamela Kay Allen MNZM is a New Zealand children's writer and illustrator. She has published over 30 picture books since 1980. Sales of her books have exceeded five million copies.

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Barry Crump is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Barry Crump Hang on a Minute Mate, FRED, Scrapwagon Barry Crump is an actor.

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Lynley Dodd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Lynley Dodd Zachary Quack^! minimonster, Slinky Malinki Open The Door, A dragon in a wagon Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd DNZM is a prominent author of children’s books from New Zealand. She is best known for her "Hairy Maclary" series, and its follow-ups, all of which feature ...more

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Anne Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Anne Kennedy Let's Feed the Animals, Buck Mountain poems, A boy & his uncle Anne Kennedy is a New Zealand poet, writer, and filmwriter.

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Ernest Rutherford The Newer Alchemy, Radiations from Radioactive Substances, Present problems of radioactivity Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS was a New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. Encyclopædia Britannica considers him ...more

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John Feeney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
John Feeney Egyptian Soups: Hot and Cold, Inside the Poker Mind, Worm Friday John Feeney was a New Zealand-born director of documentary films. He worked with the New Zealand National Film Unit, National Film Board of Canada and made films and did photography in Egypt. He ...more

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Maurice Gee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Maurice Gee In My Father's Den, The fire-raiser, The fat man Maurice Gee is a New Zealand novelist.

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Walter Nash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Walter Nash The Day of the Airship, Social progress in New Zealand, New Zealand^! a working democracy Sir Walter Nash GCMG CH served as the 27th Prime Minister of New Zealand in the Second Labour Government from 1957 to 1960, and was also highly influential in his role as Minister of Finance in ...more

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Richard Hadlee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Richard Hadlee Howzat! Hadlee's Tales from the Boundary, At the Double, Hadlee on cricket Sir Richard John Hadlee MBE is a former New Zealand cricketer, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricketing history. Hadlee was appointed MBE in 1980 and knighted ...more

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Dorothy Wall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Dorothy Wall Blinky Bill, Meet Blinky Bill, Blinky Bill and the Pelicans Dorothy Wall was a New Zealand-born author and illustrator of children's fiction books. She is most famous for creating Blinky Bill, an anthropomorphic koala who was the central character in her ...more

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Gu Cheng is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Gu Cheng Nameless flowers, Selected poems, Sea of dreams Gu Cheng was a famous Chinese modern poet, essayist and novelist. He was a prominent member of the "Misty Poets", a group of Chinese modernist poets.

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Bruce Mason is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Bruce Mason The End of the Golden Weather, Blood of the Lamb^! or^! Cosi fan poche, We don't want your sort here Bruce Mason is a film director and writer.

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Danny Morrison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Danny Morrison Mad As I Wanna Be, The Junior Cricket Diary Daniel Kyle Morrison is a former New Zealand cricketer. He specialised as a pace bowler with a useful outswinger. He made his test debut for New Zealand in 1987 at the age of 21 against ...more

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Robert Stout is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Robert Stout Public education in New Zealand: a speech delivered by the Hon. Robert Stout, minister of education in the House of Representatives, July 21 Sir Robert Stout, KCMG was the 13th Premier of New Zealand on two occasions in the late 19th century, and later Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was the only person to hold both these offices. ...more

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Nancy Wake is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Nancy Wake La Gestapo m'appelait la souris blanche, The autobiography of the woman the Gestapo called the White Mouse Nancy Grace Augusta Wake AC, GM served as a British Special Operations Executive agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French ...more

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Barbara Anderson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Barbara Anderson Practical Psychology for Diabetes Clinicians, Collected Stories, Proud Garments Barbara Anderson, Lady Anderson was a New Zealand fiction writer who became internationally recognized despite only starting her writing career in her late fifties. The bulk of her writing can ...more

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Roger Hall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Roger Hall Middle-age spread, Stg 4e Brave Ben Is, The Emperor's Clothes Roger Leighton Hall, CNZM, QSO, is one of New Zealand's most successful playwrights, arguably best known for comedies that carry a vein of social criticism and feelings of pathos.

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Gary Forrester is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Gary Forrester Houseboating in the Ozarks Gary Forrester is a musician, composer, novelist, poet, short-story writer, memoirist, and academic. He was profiled by Random House Australia as one of the major figures in the Australian music ...more

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Jonah Lomu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from New Zealand
Jonah Lomu Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM is a former New Zealand rugby union player. He had sixty-three caps as an All Black after debuting in 1994. He is generally regarded as the first true global superstar of ...more