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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Canterbury and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of Canterbury, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Canterbury include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Canterbury alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Canterbury are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Canterbury.

List includes Sam Neill, Ernest Rutherford, more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Canterbury?” and “Which celebrities are University of Canterbury alumni?”

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Scientist
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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Rhys Darby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Rhys Montague Darby is an actor and comedian from New Zealand, known for his energetic physical comedy routines, telling stories accompanied with mime and sound effects of things such as ...more

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Craig Nevill-Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Computer scientist
Craig Graham Nevill-Manning is a New Zealand computer scientist who founded Google's first remote engineering center, located in midtown Manhattan, where he is an Engineering Director. He also ...more

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Margaret Mahy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Librarian, Novelist, Author
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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William Hayward Pickering is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Electrical engineer, Engineer
William Hayward "Bill" Pickering ONZ KBE was a New Zealand-born rocket scientist who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 22 years, retiring in 1976. He was a ...more

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Rodney Hide is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician
Rodney Philip Hide, QSO, is a former New Zealand politician of the ACT Party. Hide was a Member of Parliament for ACT from 1996 until 2011, was ACT's leader between 2004 and 2011, and ...more

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Roy Kerr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Mathematician
Roy Patrick Kerr CNZM is a New Zealand mathematician who is best known for discovering the Kerr vacuum, an exact solution to the Einstein field equation of general relativity. His solution ...more

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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor
Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, DCNZM, OBE is a British-born New Zealand actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Omen III: The Final Conflict and on television in ...more

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Sue Bradford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician, Social activist
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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Anote Tong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician
Anote Tong is an I-Kiribati politician with Chinese heritage who is the President of Kiribati. He won the election in July 2003 with a slim plurality of votes cast against his older brother, Dr. ...more

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Michael P. Collins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Civil engineer, Scientist, Structural engineer
Michael P. Collins is a structural engineer whose research is concerned with the design and evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings, bridges, nuclear containment structures ...more

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Actor
Kevin Tod Smith was a New Zealand actor and musician best known for starring as the Greek god of war, Ares, in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and in its two spin-offs – Xena: ...more

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Beatrice Tinsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Cosmologist, Astronomer
Beatrice Muriel Hill Tinsley was a New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist whose research made fundamental contributions to the astronomical understanding of how galaxies evolve with time.

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Helen Duncan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Helen Patricia Duncan MNZM was a New Zealand politician and a member of the Labour Party.

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Patrick O'Farrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Historian, Professor
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

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Apirana Ngata is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Sir Āpirana Turupa Ngata was a prominent New Zealand politician and lawyer. He has often been described as the foremost Māori politician to have ever served in Parliament, and is also known for ...more

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Peter Dunne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician
Peter Francis Dunne is a New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament and leader of the United Future political party. He effectively was an Independent MP between 25 June 2013 and 13 August ...more

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Don Brash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician, Economist
Donald "Don" Thomas Brash, a New Zealand politician, was Leader of the Opposition, parliamentary leader of the National Party from 28 October 2003 to 27 November 2006 and the leader of ...more

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John Key is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Spokesperson, Trader, Politician
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

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Michael Cullen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Sir Michael John Cullen KNZM is a former New Zealand politician. He served as Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, also Minister of Finance, Minister of Tertiary Education, and ...more

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Feleti Sevele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Feleti Sevele Politician
Lord Sevele of Vailahi, was the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga from 30 March 2006 to 22 December 2010.

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Nicky Wagner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Nicola Joanne "Nicky" Wagner is a New Zealand politician, who holds the Christchurch Central electorate seat for the New Zealand National Party in the Parliament of New Zealand.

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Rosemary Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Diplomat
Rosemary Banks is a New Zealand diplomat, currently New Zealand's Ambassador to France. She was formerly New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from June 2005 ...more

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Stevan Eldred-Grigg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Stevan Eldred-Grigg Novelist, Writer
Stevan Treleaven Eldred-Grigg is the New Zealand author of nine novels, eight history books and various essays and short stories. Born in the Grey Valley, New Zealand, he was one of nine ...more

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Pansy Wong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Spokesperson, Businessperson
Pansy Yu Fong Wong is a former New Zealand politician. She was New Zealand's first Asian MP, serving as a member of parliament for the National Party from 1996 to 2011. She was also New ...more