Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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  1. Lucy Lawless

    Lucy Lawless


    Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, MNZM (née Ryan; born 29 March 1968) is a New Zealand actress, activist, and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

  2. Bic Runga

    Bic Runga


    Briolette Kah Bic Runga MNZM (born 13 January 1976 in Christchurch, New Zealand), recording as Bic Runga, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist pop artist. Her first solo album, Drive (1997), debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40 Album charts.

  3. Jonah Lomu

    Jonah Lomu


    Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (born 12 May 1975) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. He had sixty-three caps as an All Black after debuting in 1994. He is generally regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union. He has had a huge impact on the game. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011.

  4. Temuera Morrison

    Temuera Morrison


    Temuera Derek Morrison MNZM (born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor, with roles including the abusive Jake "the Muss" Heke in 1994's Once Were Warriors, and bounty hunter Jango Fett in the Star Wars series. He also voiced Boba Fett for the 2004 special edition of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

  5. Temepara George

    Temepara George


    Temepara Anne Bailey, MNZM (born 23 October 1975 in Auckland, New Zealand), formerly Temepara George and earlier Temepara Clark, is a New Zealand international netball player. She was a member of the Silver Ferns national squad in 1996, and from 2000–2011. George retired from international duties after the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore. She continues to play domestic netball in the ANZ Championship as captain of the Northern Mystics. Since the inaugural season, George has taken part in every quarter for the Mystics.

  6. Andrew Adamson

    Andrew Adamson


    Andrew Ralph Adamson, MNZM (born 1 December 1966) is a New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter based mainly in Los Angeles, where he made the blockbuster animation films, Shrek and Shrek 2 for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He was director, executive producer, and scriptwriter for C. S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Shooting took place in New Zealand, primarily in and around Auckland, but also in South Island where much of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. He also worked on the movies Batman Forever and Batman & Robin as a visual effects supervisor.

  7. Suzanne Lynch

    Suzanne Lynch


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  8. Irene van Dyk

    Irene van Dyk


    Irene van Dyk MNZM (née Viljoen; born 21 June 1972) is a South African-born New Zealand netball player. A goal-shoot, she is one of the world's best-known netballers and the most capped international player of all time.

  9. Scott Dixon

    Scott Dixon


    Scott Ronald Dixon, MNZM (born 22 July 1980) is a New Zealand professional racing driver and a quadruple IndyCar Champion. Competing for Chip Ganassi Racing since joining IndyCar, Dixon has won the championship in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2015, and he won the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008 from pole position. With 38 wins, Dixon is the leading non-U.S. driver in American Championship Cars, and is the leading driver in the current IndyCar Series with 37 wins.

  10. Sean Fitzpatrick

    Sean Fitzpatrick


    Sean Brian Thomas Fitzpatrick, ONZM (born 4 June 1963 in Auckland), is a former rugby union player who represented New Zealand, and is widely regarded as one of the finest players ever to come from that country. He is also the son of former player Brian Fitzpatrick. Sean Fitzpatrick is the Founder and Director of the Front Row Group of Companies, which includes Front Row Leadership.

  11. Andrew Mehrtens

    Andrew Mehrtens


    Andrew Philip Mehrtens MNZM (born 28 April 1973 in Durban, South Africa) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a former top Fly-half, having played first for Canterbury in 1993, before being selected for the All Blacks (New Zealand's national team) in 1995 when he played in the 1995 World Cup.

  12. Colin Murdoch

    Colin Murdoch


    Colin Albert Murdoch ONZM (6 February 1929 – 4 May 2008) was a New Zealand pharmacist and veterinarian who made a number of significant inventions, in particular the tranquilliser gun, the disposable hypodermic syringe and the child-proof medicine container. He had a total of 46 patents registered in his name.

  13. Philippa Boyens

    Philippa Boyens


    Philippa Boyens, MNZM, is a New Zealand screenwriter and producer who co-wrote the screenplay for Peter Jackson's films The Lord of the Rings series, King Kong, The Lovely Bones, and the three-part film The Hobbit, all with Jackson and Fran Walsh.

  14. Ian Jones (rugby union)

    Ian Jones (rugby union)


    Ian Donald Jones MNZM (born 17 April 1967 in Whangarei) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. He played 79 tests for the All Blacks and is the most capped lock and formed one of the most famous lock pairings in international rugby, often partnered with Robin Brooke in the All Blacks from 1992 to 1998. What Jones lacked in size he more than made up for in skill, Jones was picked over physically intimidating locks such as Mark Cooksley who was the tallest All Black ever. Jones made his All Black debut Saturday, 16 June 1990 v Scotland at Dunedin. At the time he was 23 years, 60 days old.

  15. Fran Walsh

    Fran Walsh


    Frances Rosemary "Fran" Walsh, Lady Jackson, (born 10 January 1959), is a New Zealand screenwriter, film producer and lyricist. She is the wife of filmmaker Peter Jackson. They have two children: Billy and Katie.

  16. Zinzan Brooke

    Zinzan Brooke


    Zinzan Valentine Brooke MNZM (born Murray Zinzan Brooke on 14 February 1965; changed name by deed poll) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played at number eight. He has two other brothers who also played rugby at representative level: Marty, who played for Auckland and Southland; and Robin, who played lock for Auckland and New Zealand.

  17. Shelley Kitchen

    Shelley Kitchen


    Shelley Celia Kitchen MNZM (born 2 December 1979, in Kaitaia, New Zealand) is a female professional squash player from New Zealand.

  18. Nick Willis

    Nick Willis


    Nicholas Ian Willis (born 25 April 1983) is a New Zealand middle distance runner. He won the silver medal in the 1500 metres at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and is the current New Zealand record holder for the same event with a time of 3:29.66. He was a gold medallist in the 1500 metres at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and a bronze medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He was the first athlete from New Zealand to win the 1500 metres at the Commonwealth Games (although Peter Snell and Jack Lovelock both won gold in the Mile at the Empire and Commonwealth Games).

  19. Niki Caro

    Niki Caro


    Nikola Jean "Niki" Caro MNZM (born 1967) is a film director, producer and screenwriter who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. Her 2002 film Whale Rider was critically praised and won a number of awards at international film festivals.

  20. Anna Stanley

    Anna Stanley


    Anna Catherine Stanley MNZM (née Rowberry, born 31 March 1976 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand netballer, who captained the national team (the Silver Ferns), to win the 2003 Netball World Championships in Jamaica.

  21. Oscar Kightley

    Oscar Kightley


    Oscar Vai To'elau Kightley, MNZM, a New Zealand actor, television presenter and writer, has been a resident and citizen of New Zealand for most of his life.

  22. Jeff Wilson

    Jeff Wilson


    Jeffrey "Goldie" William Wilson MNZM (born 24 October 1973) is a New Zealand sportsman who has represented his country in both rugby union and cricket — a so-called "Double All Black", an increasingly rare achievement in the professional era. He is also a talented basketballer, and won national secondary school titles in track and field. With 44 tries in 60 tests, Wilson is currently the 11th-highest try scorer in Rugby Union history. Wilson is married to Adine Wilson (née Harper), former captain of the New Zealand netball team.

  23. Peter Wells

    Peter Wells


    Peter Northe Wells, MNZM (born 1950) is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from New Zealand.

  24. Che Fu

    Che Fu


    Che Ness (MNZM), better known by his stage name Che Fu, is a New Zealand hip hop, R&B and reggae artist, songwriter and producer. A founding member of the hugely successful band Supergroove, as a solo artist he has gone on to sell thousands of albums both in New Zealand and internationally. Che Fu is considered a pioneer of Hip hop and Pasifika music in New Zealand.

  25. Moana (singer)

    Moana (singer)


    Moana Maree Maniapoto MNZM (born 22 June 1961) is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and documentary maker. Widely considered as one of New Zealand's most successful indigenous acts, her music is described as a fusion of traditional Māori haka, chants and taonga puoro, with contemporary soul, reggae and classical styles.

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