List of people from Palmerston North
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The following is a list of notable people who were born or lived in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and people who spent significant periods of their lives living in the Manawatu region.
- 1 Businesspeople
- 2 Creative artists
- 3 Politicians and leaders
- 4 Actors, performers, models, broadcasters, television presenters/hosts
- 5 Musical artists
- 6 Sportspeople
- 7 Activists, philanthropists
- 8 Academics and scientists
- 9 Others
- 10 References
- Lloyd Morrison, founder & CEO of Infratil Limited
- Morton W. Coutts, brewer, developed continuous fermentation method.
- Joseph Nathan, founder of Glaxo
- Joy Cowley, children’s author
- Brian Boyd, World expert on Nabokov
- Paul Dibble, sculptor
- Andrew Drummond, sculptor
- Janet Frame, author
- Pat Hanly, artist
- Judy Bailey, former newsreader, deemed "Mother of the Nation"
- Olaf Wiig, photojournalist
- Saffronn Te Ratana - artist
Politicians and leaders
Members of Parliament for Palmerston North, Manawatu and Rangitikei
- Trevor de Cleene, Labour MP (1981–90).
- Iain Lees-Galloway, current Labour MP for Palmerston North (2008- )
- Steve Maharey, Labour MP for Palmerston North (1990-2008) and now retired from Parliament. Former Vice-Chancellor of Massey University (2008-2016).
- Jimmy Nash, former Mayor and MP for Palmerston (North).
- Simon Power, National MP; grew up in Palmerston North, former MP for Rangitikei (1999-2011). Now retired from Parliament.
- William Blair Tennent, former Mayor and National MP, represented Palmerston North (1949–54).
- Joe Walding, Labour MP (1967–75; 1978–81)
- Jill White, Labour MP for Manawatu; elected Mayor of Palmerston North (1998-2001); former councillor on Horizons Regional Council.
other MPs: other electorates and List
- Ashraf Choudhary, Labour list MP; now retired.
- Jacqui Dean, National MP; grew up in Palmerston North. Current MP for Waitaki.
- Lynne Pillay, Labour MP; now retired from Parliament.
- Grant Robertson, Labour MP; born in Palmerston North. Current MP for Wellington Central.
- Metiria Turei, Green MP and former co-leader of the party.
- Jono Naylor, mayor (2007–14).
- Heather Tanguay, mayor (2004–07).
- Mark Bell-Booth, mayor (2001–04).
- Jill White, mayor (1998-2001).
- Paul Rieger mayor (1985–98).
- Brian Elwood mayor (1971–85)
- George Snelson, (1877–1879, 1883–1884, 1889–1892, 1901), first mayor. Snelson is regarded as the founding father of Palmerston North.
- Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens WA Federal Senator (2008-2017)
- Hedwig (Hettie) Ross (nee Weitzel), a founding member of the Communist Party of New Zealand
Actors, performers, models, broadcasters, television presenters/hosts
- David Geary, screenwriter and actor
- John Clarke, satirist famous as character "Fred Dagg"
- Shane Cortese, actor
- Jeremy Corbett, comic
- Hamish McKay (TV3 Sports Presenter)
- Simon Ferry, actor
- Nick Gibb, comic
- Rachel Crofts (Miss Manawatu - 2006 & Miss Earth NZ - 2008)
- Claire Kirby (Miss Manawatu - 2007 & Miss Earth NZ - 2007)
- Alison Quigan (Actor, Director and Playwright)
- Billy TK, guitarist
- Alan Gregg, (bass player), The Mutton Birds
- Nigel Keay, (composer)
- Anna Leese, operatic soprano
- Alan Loveday, violinist
- PNC, rapper
- Rosina Buckman, operatic soprano
- Gary Brain, conductor
- Stuart Easton, piper
- Michael Houstoun, concert pianist
- Benny Tipene, singer-songwriter and musician
- Matthew Conger, FIFA International football Referee
- Craig Clare, former Manawatu Turbos rugby player, now at Bay of Plenty
- Christian Cullen, former All Black rugby player
- Mark Donaldson, Former All Black rugby player
- Jason Eaton, former All Black rugby player; now plays rugby out of Taranaki
- Jason Emery, Manawatu Turbo and Highlander
- Kris Gemmell, International triathlete
- Brendon Hartley, F1 driver for Toro Rosso
- Jake Gleeson, Footballer playing for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer
- David Kirk - former All Black, captain of the winning team at the 1987 Rugby World Cup. Later became CEO of Fairfax Australia.
- Michael Mason - former New Zealand Black Cap and Central Districts bowler
- Nehe Milner-Skudder - All Black, Hurricane and Turbo
- Charles John Monro - founder of rugby union in New Zealand, lived for a time in an area now part of Palmerston North
- Emily Naylor - current New Zealand Black Sticks player.
- Steven Old - former New Zealand All White (soccer)
- Jacob Oram - former cricket player
- Farah Palmer - former New Zealand Black Fern
- Craig Perks - International golfer
- Reece Robinson - former Manawatu Turbo
- Moira Senior - former New Zealand Black Sticks Hockey player.
- Kayla Whitelock - New Zealand Black Sticks Hockey Women's.
- Levi Sherwood
- Craig Spearman - former Black Cap, cricket player
- James Tamou - current Australian Kangaroo, has previously represented New Zealand Maori, switched allegiance to New South Wales and became eligible to play for Australia)
- Ross Taylor - current New Zealand Black Caps captain and Central Districts batsman (cricket)
- Dion Waller - former rugby player.
- Tim Wilkinson - professional golfer
- Selica Winiata - Black Fern, NZ Women's Sevens and Manawatu Cyclone (Current)
- Sam Whitelock - All Black (current)
- Joe Schmidt - former head coach of Leinster Rugby, current head coach of Ireland national rugby union team.
- Adam Whitelock - Crusader
- George Whitelock - Crusader
- Aaron Cruden - All Black, plays Super Rugby for the Chiefs.
- Grant Webb
- Jamie How - former cricket player
- Bevan Griggs
- George Worker - Blackcap, Central Districts Stag (current).
- Aaron Smith - All Black (current)
- Tomasi Cama - Manawatu Rugby representative and New Zealand All Blacks Sevens star.
- Adam Milne - current Black Cap cricketer
- Ricky Thorby - Rugby League player, currently without an NRL club.
- Jade Te Rure - Rugby union player, currently playing for Edinburgh.
- Jono Lester - Professional racing driver in Super GT (Japan).
- Fred Hollows, ophthalmologist
Academics and scientists
- Guy Dodson (1937–2012), biochemist who specialised in protein crystallography
- John Dunmore (1923- ), historian, founder of Modern Languages Dept, Massey University
- Madge Allsop (fictional). Played by Emily Perry and others, she starred as Dame Edna Everidge's (played by Barry Humphries) sidekick for 14 episodes of the Dame Edna Experience (1987-1989). In reference to Madge's drab appearance and demeanor, Humphries would often deride her by simply telling the audience "she's from Palmerston North."