Find out about the people who have helped shape our country, in the online Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB).
There are over 3000 biographies that were originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biography between 1990 and 2000, and in the parallel Māori language series Nga Tangata Taumata Rau.
In 2011, we released an e-book, Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau, 1769-1960 which contains Māori language biographies from all published volumes to date. In 2013, we published some of the biographies as Quick Reads which offers you a new way to experience some of New Zealand's best non-fiction writing. Download our eBooks and take them away to read when it suits you best.
The DNZB does not include living people. If you’re looking for someone but can’t find them in the DNZB you could try the biographical database that was created when the dictionary was set up.
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography biographical database
Details about the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography biographical database which lists people not published in our books or websites.