over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country
This site (and the printed volumes) contains:
* the biographies of 3,049 people in 2,977 biographical essays
* the biographies of 492 Maori people in 481 essays, translated into Maori from the English-language biographies
The biographies have been published here as they appeared in the printed version, with a small number of minor corrections. The date given in the citation at the foot of each biography records when the text was last updated. For enquiries about earlier versions, please refer to the printed volumes or email the DNZB for further information.
Will more biographies be added?
Yes, we will add new biographies in future. For more information about how we select biographies, please see the DNZB project pages on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website.
Can I suggest someone for inclusion?
Yes, but we only include people who are no longer alive, and we are focusing on people who were active in the years between 1960 and 1980. For more information about making a nomination, please see the DNZB project pages on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website.
What is 'Our Land, Our People'?
This section of the site includes material adapted under licence from the New Zealand Historical Atlas (originally published in 1997). It presents snapshots of places, times, events and trends in New Zealand history, linked to the biographical content.
When was the site launched?
The preliminary version of this website was launched at the conference of the New Zealand Historical Association in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 1 December 2001. The site was formally launched in Wellington by Prime Minister Helen Clark on 19 February 2002.
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