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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.

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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
Rachel Hunter age 47 - Rachel Hunter is a New Zealand model, actress and reality TV show host. She is best known for her appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her marriage to singer Rod Stewart, which ...more

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Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Lucy Lawless age 49 - Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, MNZM is a New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series ...more

Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Quade Cooper age 29 - Quade S. Cooper is a New Zealand-born Australian rugby union football player and boxer. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and has represented Australia at ...more

Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Peter Jackson age 55 - Sir Peter Robert Jackson ONZ KNZM is a New Zealand filmmaker. He is best known as the director and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, both of which are adapted ...more

Gareth Farr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Gareth Farr age 49 - Gareth Vincent Farr, ONZM 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 Symphony Orchestra ...more

John Key is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
John Key age 55 - John Phillip Key is the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand, in office since 2008. He has led the New Zealand National Party since 2006. Born in Auckland before moving to Christchurch when he was ...more

Hugh Walpole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Hugh Walpole Died at 57 (1884-1941) - 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

Georgina Beyer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Georgina Beyer age 59 - Georgina Beyer is a New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament. She was the world's first openly transsexual mayor, as well as the world's first openly transsexual ...more

Denny Hulme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Denny Hulme Died at 56 (1936-1992) - Denis Clive "Denny" Hulme, OBE was a New Zealand racing driver who won the 1967 Formula One World Drivers' Championship for the Brabham team. Between his debut at Monaco in 1965 and ...more

Marton Csokas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Marton Csokas age 50 - Marton Paul Csokas born 30 June 1966, is a New Zealand film and television actor.

Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Conrad Smith age 35 - Conrad Gerard Smith is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays predominantly at Centre. He captains the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and plays for New Zealand internationally, with whom he ...more

Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Pamela Stephenson age 67 - 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

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

Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Jane Campion age 62 - 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

Helen Clark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Helen Clark age 67 - Helen Elizabeth Clark, ONZ SSI is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand. As Prime Minister she served three consecutive ...more

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Phil Keoghan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Phil Keoghan age 49 - Phil Keoghan is an actor and television producer.

Piri Weepu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Piri Weepu age 32 - Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays half-back for the All Blacks at international level, and the Wasps in the English Premiership competition. He first won ...more

John Money is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
John Money Died at 85 (1921-2006) - 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

Grant Bowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Grant Bowler age 48 - Grant Bowler is an actor.

Jason Eaton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Jason Eaton age 33 - Jason John Eaton is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a lock.

Corey Flynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Corey Flynn age 34 - Corey Robert Flynn is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays in the position of hooker. He was educated at Southland Boys' High School. Flynn played provincial for Southland until he moved ...more

Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Gary Thain Died at 27 (1948-1975) - Gary Mervin Thain was a rock bassist, best known for his work with British band, Uriah Heep.

Jonathan Hardy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Jonathan Hardy Died at 72 (1940-2012) - Jonathan Hardy was a New Zealand-born Australian actor, writer and director.

Robert Muldoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Robert Muldoon Died at 71 (1921-1992) - Sir Robert David "Rob" Muldoon GCMG CH served as the 31st Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984, as leader of the governing National Party. Muldoon had been a Minister of ...more

Cliff Curtis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Cliff Curtis age 48 - Clifford Vivian Devon "Cliff" Curtis is a New Zealand actor whose screen roles include Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, Blow, and The Dark Horse. His television work includes NBC ...more

Keith Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Keith Caldwell Died at 85 (1895-1980) - Air Commodore Keith Logan "Grid" Caldwell CBE, MC, DFC & Bar was a New Zealand fighter ace of the Royal Flying Corps in World War I who also rose to the rank of Air Commodore in ...more

Howard Charles Clark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Howard Charles Clark age 86 - Howard Charles Clark, FRSC FCIC is a Canadian chemist and university administrator. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Clark was educated at Takapuna Grammar School and received a Bachelor of ...more

Edmund Hillary is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Edmund Hillary Died at 89 (1919-2008) - Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Indian Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first ...more

Sue Bradford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Sue Bradford age 64 - Sue Bradford is a New Zealand activist, academic, and former New Zealand politician who served as a list Member of Parliament representing the Green Party from 1999 to 2009.

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John Drake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
John Drake Died at 49 (1959-2008) - John Alan Drake was a New Zealand rugby union footballer who represented the All Blacks and Auckland as a tighthead prop. He played twelve times for New Zealand including eight test matches. He ...more

Maurice Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Maurice Wilkins Died at 88 (1916-2004) - Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins CBE FRS was a New Zealand-born English physicist and molecular biologist, and Nobel Laureate whose research contributed to the scientific understanding of ...more

Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Michael Jackson age 75 - Michael D. Jackson is a New Zealand poet and anthropologist who has taught in anthropology departments at Massey University, the Australian National University, Indiana University Bloomington, ...more

Len Lye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Len Lye Died at 79 (1901-1980) - Leonard Charles Huia "Len" Lye, was a Christchurch, New Zealand-born artist known primarily for his experimental films and kinetic sculpture. His films are held in archives including ...more

Ray Comfort is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Ray Comfort age 67 - Ray Comfort is a New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist. Comfort started Living Waters Publications and The Way of the Master in Bellflower, California, and has written a number of

Judith Collins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Judith Collins age 58 - Judith Anne Collins is a New Zealand politician and lawyer. Born in Hamilton and now residing in Auckland, she graduated in law and taxation and worked in this field from 1981 until 2002, ...more

Peter Whittle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Peter Whittle age 90 - Peter Whittle is a mathematician and statistician, working in the fields of stochastic nets, optimal control, time series analysis, stochastic optimisation and stochastic dynamics. From 1967 to ...more

Martin Banwell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Martin Banwell age 61 - Professor Martin G. Banwell FAA, FRACI, Hon.FRSNZ is an Organic Chemist specialising in biotransformations and natural product synthesis. His research interests involve the Enzymatic preparation ...more

Caroline Powell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Caroline Powell age 42 - Caroline Powell is a New Zealand equestrian. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she won the bronze medal in Team eventing. She was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and currently lives in Kelso, ...more

Ruth Park is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Ruth Park Died at 93 (1917-2010) - 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

Wayne Mapp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Wayne Mapp age 65 - Wayne Daniel Mapp QSO is a New Zealand politician, who represented the National Party in the Parliament of New Zealand. He served as the MP for the North Shore electorate from the 1996 elections ...more

Albert Henry Baskerville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Albert Henry Baskerville Died at 25 (1883-1908) - Albert Henry Baskerville was a Wellington postal clerk, a rugby union forward, author of the book "Modern Rugby Football: New Zealand Methods; Points for the Beginner, the Player, the ...more

Robert Burchfield is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Robert Burchfield Died at 81 (1923-2004) - Robert William Burchfield CNZM, CBE was a lexicographer, scholar, and writer, who edited the Oxford English Dictionary for thirty years to 1986, and was Chief Editor from 1971.

Jack Marshall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Jack Marshall Died at 76 (1912-1988) - Sir John Ross Marshall GBE, CH, ED, PC, generally known as Jack Marshall, was a New Zealand politician. After spending twelve years as Deputy Prime Minister, he served as the 28th Prime Minister ...more

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Daniel Frank Walls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Daniel Frank Walls Died at 57 (1942-1999) - Daniel Frank Walls was a New Zealand theoretical physicist specialising in quantum optics.

Allan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Allan Wilson Died at 57 (1934-1991) - Allan Charles Wilson was a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, a pioneer in the use of molecular approaches to understand evolutionary change and reconstruct ...more

Toby Segaran is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
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Andrew Hunt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Andrew Hunt age 49 - Andrew Hunt is an award-winning writer and director who has international experience in Television and Film. He most recently won the US nationwide Bflix short film competition sponsored by ...more

Marie Clay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Marie Clay Died at 81 (1926-2007) - Marie Mildred Clay, DBE, FRSNZ was a distinguished researcher from New Zealand known for her work in global educational literacy. She was committed to the idea that children who struggle to ...more

Patrick O'Farrell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Patrick O'Farrell Died at 70 (1933-2003) - Patrick O'Farrell was a historian known for his histories of Roman Catholicism in Australia, Irish history and Irish Australian history. He was born into an Irish Catholic family in Greymouth, ...more

John Clarke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
John Clarke age 68 - John Morrison Clarke is a New Zealand comedian, writer, and satirist. He was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and has lived in Australia since the late 1970s. He is a regular actor and ...more