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Famous People From New Zealand

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List of famous people from New Zealand, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in New Zealand, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from New Zealand you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in New Zealand, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List is made up of people like Gary Braid and Jade Uru.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from New Zealand?" or "Which celebrities were born in New Zealand?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Rachel Hunter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 49

Birthplace: Glenfield, New Zealand

Rachel Hunter (born 8 September 1969) is a New Zealand model, actress and the host of Imagination Television's Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty. She has appeared on several magazine covers, ...more

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Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 50

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Lucille Frances Lawless, (born 29 March 1968), is a New Zealand actress and singer. She portrayed the title character in television series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001); cylon model Number ...more

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Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 30

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Quade Santini Cooper (born 5 April 1988) is a professional rugby union player and occasional boxer. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has represented Australia in rugby at international level. ...more
Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 57

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Porirua, Pukerua Bay, Realm of New Zealand, + more

Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings ...more

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Gareth Farr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 50

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Gareth Vincent Farr, (born 29 February 1968) is a New Zealand composer and percussionist. He has released a number of classical CDs and composed a number of works performed by the New Zealand ...more
John Key is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 57

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Sir John Phillip Key (born 9 August 1961) is a New Zealand former politician who served as the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016 and as Leader of the New Zealand National ...more
Hugh Walpole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 57 (1884-1941)

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE (13 March 1884 – 1 June 1941) was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. ...more
Georgina Beyer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 61

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Georgina Beyer (born November 1957) is a New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament. She was the world's first openly transgender mayor, as well as the world's first ...more
Denny Hulme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 56 (1936-1992)

Birthplace: Motueka, New Zealand

Denis Clive Hulme (18 June 1936 – 4 October 1992), commonly known as Denny Hulme, was a New Zealand racing driver who won the 1967 Formula One World Drivers' Championship for the Brabham team. ...more
Marton Csokas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 49

Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand

Marton Paul Csokas (; born 30 June 1966) is a New Zealand actor who has appeared in films and on television. His notable roles include Yorgi in XXX (2002), Guy de Lusignan in Kingdom of Heaven ...more
Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 37

Birthplace: Hawera, New Zealand

Conrad Gerard Smith (born 12 October 1981) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays predominantly at centre. He captained the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and played for New Zealand from ...more
Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 69

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Auckland, Takapuna, Oceania, Realm of New Zealand, + more

Pamela Helen Stephenson, Lady Connolly (born 4 December 1949), is a New Zealand-born psychologist, writer, and performer who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and the United States. ...more

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Michael King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Wellington, Wellington Region, Realm of New Zealand, + more

Michael King (15 December 1945 – 30 March 2004) was a New Zealand popular historian, author, and biographer. He wrote or edited over 30 books on New Zealand topics, including the best-selling ...more
Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Jane Campion Age: 64

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Wellington, Wellington Region, Realm of New Zealand, + more

Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion (born 30 April 1954) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. Campion is the second of five women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director ...more

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Helen Clark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 69

Birthplace: Hamilton, New Zealand

Helen Elizabeth Clark (born 26 February 1950) is a New Zealand politician who served as the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008, and was the Administrator of the United Nations ...more
Phil Keoghan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 51

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Christchurch, South Island, Lincoln, + more

Philip John Keoghan (; born 31 May 1967) is a New Zealand television personality, best known for hosting the U.S. version of The Amazing Race on CBS, since its 2001 debut. He is also the creator ...more

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Piri Weepu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 35

Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu (born 7 September 1983) is a New Zealand former rugby union player. Weepu plays for Wairarapa Bush in the Heartland Championship. Generally Weepu plays as a half-back but ...more
John Money is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 85 (1921-2006)

Birthplace: Morrinsville, New Zealand

John William Money (8 July 1921 – 7 July 2006) was a New Zealand psychologist, sexologist and author, specializing in research into sexual identity and biology of gender. He was one of the first ...more
Grant Bowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 50

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Grant Bowler (born 18 July 1968) is a New Zealand-Australian actor who has worked in American, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian film, television, and theatre. He is known for playing the ...more
Jason Eaton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 36

Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Jason John Eaton (born 21 August 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays as a lock. He currently plays for Stade Rochelais.
Corey Flynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 38

Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand

Corey Robert Flynn (born 5 January 1981) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays for West Coast in the Heartland Championship. He plays in the position of hooker.
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 27 (1948-1975)

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Gary Mervin Thain (15 May 1948 – 8 December 1975) was a New Zealand rock bassist, best known for his work with British band Uriah Heep.

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Jonathan Hardy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Jonathan Hardy (20 September 1940 – 30 July 2012) was a New Zealand film and television actor, writer and director, he worked also in Australia.
Robert Muldoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Sir Robert David Muldoon (; 25 September 1921 – 5 August 1992), also known as Rob Muldoon, was a New Zealand politician who served as the 31st Prime Minister of New Zealand, from 1975 to 1984, ...more
Cliff Curtis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Age: 50

Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis (born 27 July 1968) is a New Zealand actor. His film credits include Once Were Warriors (1994), Blow (2001), Whale Rider (2002), Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and The ...more

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