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Ngāpuhi poet Hone Tuwhare worked as a boilermaker by day and wrote by night. Melding Māori and Pākehā elements, Tuwhare’s was a vibrant and...
In 1984 David Lange became New Zealand’s youngest 20th-century prime minister.
Janet Frame has been acclaimed as New Zealand’s greatest writer.
Rob Muldoon was one of New Zealand’s most polarising prime ministers.
Marathon runner and athletics coach Arthur Lydiard’s star trainees included Olympic champions.
Sonja Davies hit the headlines when she protested on the railway tracks in Nelson.
Legendary mountaineer, adventurer and philanthropist.
Whina Cooper (Te Rarawa) found a role as a pan-tribal Māori leader from the 1950s.
This Ngāti Toa leader ruled the lower North Island from his base on Kapiti Island for the best part of 20 years
Influential Waikato leader largely responsible for the establishment of Tūrangawaewae marae
Rangitīaria Dennan (Guide Rangi) of Ngāti Tarāwhai, escorted tourists around Rotorua for over 40 years.
A skilled and driven Ngāpuhi leader who became one of the pivotal figures of the musket wars.
Ngāti Porou leader and politician Āpirana Ngata is one of New Zealand's best-known figures