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Irish in New Zealand

The Irish have contributed significantly to New Zealand. Some key figures include:

  • John Ballance
  • Thomas Bracken
  • James Dilworth
  • William Hobson
  • William Ferguson Massey
  • Robert Maunsell
  • George Vesey Stewart

A number of descendants of Irish migrants have also achieved renown including:

  • Jim Bolger (former New Zealand Prime Minister)
  • The Finn brothers (of Split Enz and Crowded House fame)
  • Kiri Te Kanawa (opera singer)
  • Sean Fitzpatrick (rugby legend)

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