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List of famous writers from New Zealand, listed alphabetically with photos when available. New Zealand is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Kiwi writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of New Zealand and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Kiwi writers?" and "Which writers are from New Zealand?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in New Zealand, but they're all of New Zealand descent.

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Ngaio Marsh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Ngaio Marsh Died at 87 (1895-1982)

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Joy Cowley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Joy Cowley age 81

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Keri Hulme is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Keri Hulme age 70

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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Peter Jackson age 56

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Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Sam Neill age 70

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Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Jane Campion age 63

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Margaret Mahy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Margaret Mahy Died at 76 (1936-2012)

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Fran Walsh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Fran Walsh age 58

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Richard O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Jemaine Clement is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Taika Waititi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Taika Waititi age 42

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Michael Hurst is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Michael Hurst age 60

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Bret McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Bret McKenzie age 41

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Andrew Niccol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Andrew Niccol age 57

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Hugh Walpole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Hugh Walpole Died at 57 (1884-1941)

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John Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
John Clarke age 69

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Roger Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Jonathan Hardy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Jonathan Hardy Died at 72 (1940-2012)

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Hayley Westenra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Vincent Ward is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Vincent Ward age 61

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Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Niki Caro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Niki Caro age 50

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Elizabeth Knox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Philippa Boyens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Janet Frame is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Janet Frame Died at 80 (1924-2004)

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Ian Mune is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Ian Mune age 76

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Robyn Donald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Robyn Donald age 77

The Top Beers from New Zealand

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Bruno Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Bruno Lawrence Died at 54 (1941-1995)

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Kevin Smith Died at 39 (1963-2002)

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Ruth Park is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Ruth Park Died at 93 (1917-2010)

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Daphne Clair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Daphne Clair age 78

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David de Vries is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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John Feeney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
John Feeney Died at 84 (1922-2006)

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Stephen T. Kay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Derryn Hinch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Derryn Hinch age 73

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Andrew Dominik is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Costa Botes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Costa Botes age 59

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David Bishop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
David Bishop age 51

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Robert Stout is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Robert Stout Died at 86 (1844-1930)

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Paul Haines is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Paul Haines Died at 42 (1970-2012)

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Gary Forrester is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Geoff Murphy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Geoff Murphy age 79

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Danny Morrison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand

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Rewi Alley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Rewi Alley Died at 90 (1897-1987)

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Bert Bailey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Bert Bailey Died at 85 (1868-1953)

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Maurice Gee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Maurice Gee age 86

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Roger Simpson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Roger Simpson age 73

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Liddy Holloway is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Liddy Holloway Died at 57 (1947-2004)

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from New Zealand
Ernest Rutherford Died at 66 (1871-1937)