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Discover stories of extraordinary people who not only redefined Aotearoa New Zealand, but also the world.
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Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu) is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s culinary greats. A highly acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and author, he is widely known for his innovative fusion cuisine that blends flavours from different cultures. He has transformed the way many of us think about flavour and food.

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Richard Pearse

Richard Pearse was a New Zealand farmer, a renowned inventor, and a trailblazer among the world’s aviation pioneers. He is widely recognised as a leading candidate for the first person to have successfully flown a powered aircraft – although the precise timing of his achievement remains a topic of fierce debate. Richard Pearce’s legacy endures as a testament to his spirit of innovation and serves as an inspiration to all those who aspire to pursue their dreams.

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Sir William Hamilton

When someone once asked Bill Hamilton if he invented the jet boat, the self-taught engineer gave a typically laconic reply: “No, that was Archimedes, and he lived some time ago.”

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Sir Vaughan Jones

The Fields Medal is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. It is awarded only once every four years to up to four mathematicians worldwide, under the age of 40, for significant contributions to the study of mathematics.

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Samuel Parnell

After completing his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner in the 1830s, Samuel Duncan Parnell worked in a large joinery establishment in London. He regularly faced 12 to 14-hour workdays, and was known to debate vigorously with his colleagues about the length of time they spent at work:

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Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes

Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes was a New Zealand surgeon who played a crucial role in the development of open-heart surgery. His talent and use of ingenuity saw him overcome numerous challenges in the field and led to the development of techniques that have set the standard for others to follow. His work has saved countless lives and cemented him as one of New Zealand’s most inspiring pioneers.