Harris, Witarina Te Miriarangi

At the time of her death, Witarina Harris was described by politician Tariana Turia as a ‘cherished kuia of Ngāti Whakaue o Te Arawa waka; darling of the silver screen; and...

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McDonald, James Ingram

James Ingram McDonald was born on 11 June 1865 at Tokomairiro, Otago, New Zealand, the son of Donald McDonald, a ploughman, and his wife, Margaret Ingram. After primary school...

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Mahy, Margaret May

Margaret Mahy is New Zealand’s most celebrated writer for children and young adults. In a 55-year career she published more than 120 titles: novels, picture books, short...

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Scott, Jessie Ann

Jessie Ann Scott was born on 9 August 1883 at Brookside, Canterbury, New Zealand. She was the youngest of the nine children of Mary Armit and her husband, David Scott, a farmer....

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Defeat and recovery

Robert Muldoon’s 1984 election campaign was perfunctory and far less effective than his earlier ones. With the National Party’s vote split by the new right-wing New...

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Natzke, Franz Oscar

Born on 15 June 1912 at Wharepuhunga, near Te Awamutu, Franz Oscar Natzke was the fourth and last child of Emma Frances Carter and her husband, August Natzke, an immigrant from...

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Taglicht, Gisela

Gisela (Gisa) Frankl was born in Vienna, Austria, on 28 November 1898, the second of four children of Hermann Frankl, a tinsmith, and his wife, Malvine Neuner. She attended...

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Jolliffe, William

On 16 September 1851 William Jolliffe was born in Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England, the son of William Peter Jolliffe and his wife, Harriett Penny. His father was a barrister and...

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McIntosh, Alister Donald Miles

Alister Donald Miles McIntosh was born at Picton on 29 November 1906, the eldest of four children of Henry Hobson McIntosh, a telegraphist, and his wife, Caroline Margaret Cowles...

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Scott, Walter James

Walter James Scott was born at Hilton, near Temuka, on 23 December 1902, the son of Christina McKay and her farmer husband, James Scott. His father died when he was 11, causing a...

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White, Leo Lemuel

Leo Lemuel White was born at Auckland on 4 July 1906 to May Rae and her husband, Albert Edward White, a carter. He was educated at Ellerslie and Remuera schools. After completing...

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Peace movements

Ever since Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in 1945, Davies had been concerned over the issue of nuclear arms. She had almost left Labour at her first party conference in 1961,...

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Berendsen, Carl August

Carl August Berendsen was born at Woollahra, New South Wales, on 16 August 1890, the only child of Jurgen Ferdinand Plenge Berendsen, a Swedish immigrant then working as a bank...

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Rae, Duncan McFadyen

Duncan McFadyen Rae was born at Glenham, Southland, on 2 June 1888, the son of Scottish parents Susan Ann McIntyre (née McFadyen) and her husband, William Rae, a shepherd, who...

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Hamilton, Adam

Adam Hamilton was born at Forest Hill, Southland, on 20 August 1880, the son of Scottish parents John Hamilton, a farmer, and his wife, Mary McIlwrick. He attended school at...

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Bassett, Cyril Royston Guyton

Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett was born at Auckland, New Zealand, on 3 January 1892, the son of Frederick Charles Bassett, a printer, and his wife, Harriet Adelle Powley. Cyril...

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Paul, Joanna Margaret

Prolific and multi-talented, Joanna Paul was one of the most gifted artists of her generation. Intensely responsive to the world around her, she depicted her surroundings,...

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Thorn, James

James Thorn was born in Christchurch on 1 June 1882, the son of John Thorn, a master butcher, and his wife, Jessie Alston. John Thorn had apparently possessed modest means,...

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Shanahan, Foss

Foss Shanahan was born at Alexandra on 10 June 1910, the son of Thomas Shanahan, a police constable, and his wife, Ethel Florence Foss. He was educated at the Christian Brothers...

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Veitch, William Andrew

William Andrew Veitch was born on 25 May 1870 at Port of Monteith, Perthshire, Scotland, the son of Stephen Veitch, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Janet Davidson. After attending...

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