Famous New Zealanders

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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to this popular topic – Famous New Zealanders. SCIS 1525131

See also: New Zealand Governor GeneralFamous explorers

All Blacks A to Z

Provides information such as biographies of famous All Blacks, images, the Rugby World Cup and fixtures.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Cultural icons

The Depot's Cultural Icon's project has interviews with people who have contributed to New Zealand's creative landscape.

Suggested level: secondary

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries,  archives and private institutions. To discover items use the names of famous New Zealanders.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Famous New Zealanders

Comprehensive list of famous New Zealanders. Use the subject guide to select area of interest.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the school work site Many Answers, use the search term Famous New Zealanders.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Biography

Information from Te Ara.  Contains biographies of New Zealanders who have ‘made their mark on this country’.  Does not contain biographies of people who are still living. Orginally published from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Featuring 40+ short biographies of New Zealanders, who have changed or benefitted the world in some way. From scientists to inventors these 'Legends' range from Katherine Mansfield, Jean Batten and Beatrice Tinsley to Te Rangi Hiroa / Peter Buck, John Britten and Maurice Wilkins. Working in New Zealand or overseas they are the inspiration for achievement.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Writers

The Book Council has lists of biographies of New Zealand authors - just click on the first letter of the surname.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

NZ On Screen: People

Film clips and information about famous/well-known New Zealanders, including writers, interviewers, directors, narrators, actors and many more.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Wicked: Cool Kiwis

Includes information on a range of New Zealand celebrities, sports people and achievers that feature in popular culture

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Biography in Context contains over 800 biographies of famous New Zealanders.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Ed climbs a big hill, by Dreydon Sobanja, 2013 (picture book)
George Nepia, by Peter Millet, 2000 (picture book)
Jean dreams of flying, by Dreydon Sobanja, 2013 (picture book)


Famous New Zealanders, by cheesynz and Room 8 Youtube 5.24