Topic: Rotorua Notable People & Local Heroes (A to F)

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Past and Present residents of Rotorua who became famous or notable in their contribution to the Rotorua community and New Zealand

 A  
Adams, Steven Basketball : National and USA
Adams, Valerie Olympic Athlete, Shot-put Winner of Silver & Gold
Adolph, Harold Inventor, Motorcycle Engineer, Stunt Man, and infamously using a TV Translator he brought TV {Channel 6} to Rotorua [illegally] in 1962 from the top of the Public Works Dept. Lavatory
Alexander, Audrey A. H. (nee Orbell) Awarded O.B.E, 1966
Allen, P.B. (Percy) Politician, National Party 1957-1975; Awarded QSO in 1976
Anaru, Claude Politician 1954, Appointed to Board of Maori Affairs 1962, Awarded OBE 1957
Anderson, Eric Rugby: played for Bay of Plenty and AB’s 1959-61
Andrews, Phil Historian, Author, Teacher, Cross-Country Runner, Marathon Runner 
Aratema, Jackie Athletics, Shot put and played Rugby for Auckland and Bay of Plenty and NZ Maori
Austin, Dr Cyril J Awarded C.B.E. (1954) and O.B.E (1942)
Avery, Clinton NZ Racing Cyclist
Avery, Murray Wrestling: In NZ Team to California 1976, and Australia 1979
 B  
Barker, Michael Musician – Drummer Played with Split Enz, John Butler Trio and recently Swamp Thing (play at Okere Falls Store
Batten, Jean Aviatrix was born in Rotorua 1909 and lived in Rotorua until she was 4 years old, she became famous for her trans-Atlantic and trans-Tasman solo flights in the 1930s, CBE & OSC
Bell, Dean (Ngati Pikiao, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga, Ngapuhi) Rugby League for New Zealand, England and Australia.
Bennett, Charles Moihi Te Arawaka Lt. Col in WWII fought in 28th Maori Battalion awarded DSO, First Maori Student at Oxford University (England), son of Bishop F.A. Bennett, first Maori High Commissioner /Diplomat posted to Malaya 1959-1963, politician for Labour 1969, Knighted 1975 
Bennett, Frederick Augustus First Bishop of Aotearoa ordained in 1896, appointed to Maori Pastorate at Ohinemutu [St Faith’s] in 1905, moved on to Hawke’s Bay by 1917, consecrated as Bishop of Aotearoa in 1928
Bennett, Manuhuia ‘Bishop Manu’ Bishop of Aotearoa 1968-1981, member of the Waitangi Tribunal 1986- , ONZ, CMG, DD, BSc, Hon Doc. Waikato University 1997
Bentley, Maggie Councillor 2007- and on Lakes District Health Board
Bentley, Peter Councillor 2013-
Bewley, Sam Olympic Cyclist 
Biddle, Kingi Famed Orator
Bird, Maurice D. T. Awarded an M.B.E. (1988)
Blackmore, Stan J Famed Pioneer Aviator
Boord, Ray Politician for Rotorua Electorate 1954-, Rotorua Mayor 1971-1977 Awarded Q.S.O (1975)
Bridgman, Dr Eric Hattaway Awarded an O.B.E (1949), a dedicated Bridgman Wing at Rotorua Hospital
Boult, Trent NZ Cricketer
Burdon, Mary Lakes District Health Board 2010-present
C  
Calder, Keith Spencer JP, Awarded an O.B.E (1979) For services to local affairs.
Campbell, Aroha  Chief Executive of the Tauhara North No.2 trust. Established Nga Awa Purua geothermal station on trust land, a joint venture with Mighty River Power. Trustee of Ngati Tahu Paeroa East 5 Trust, 338 Ohaaki Marae Trust. QSM 2014/15 New Years Honours.
Campbell, Robert JP, Awarded an M.B.E (1978)
Cane, Sam   Rugby: Played for Chiefs and Bay of Plenty Steamers
Chadwick, Steve (Stephanie) Midwife, Councillor 1998-2001 and MP for Labour Party in Rotorua, elected Mayor of Rotorua 2013
Chavasse, Claud G. R. Awarded and O.B. E. (1984)
Clinkard, Cecil H. 1st ever Mayor of Rotorua from 1923-1927
Clayton, Osmond E Awarded an M.B.E (1984)
Collins, Robert Y Awarded a Q.S.M. (1991)
Colman, Barry Businessman – owner/founder of National Business Review career began as a cadet reporter for Daily Post in 1964. Appears on NBR NZ Rich List
Cook, Ray Businessman – owner R&B Consultants property developer {responsible for the Novotel and Ibis Hotels, Quest Apartments in the old State Insurance Building, the temporary Police Station in Spence’s old building and on the Board of Directors of the Rotorua Airport) Awarded ONZM 2014/15 New Years Honours.
Crichton, Neville Businessman & Champion Sailor awarded Companion of NZ Order of Merit for services to Business & Yachting and appears on the NBR Rich List
Curtis, Cliff Actor - Whale Rider, Jubilee and Blow. His television work includes NBC series Trauma, and Body of Proof, and starring in ABC's Missing
D  
Dansey, Harry. Delamere Rotorua Mayor 1941-1942
Dansey, Roger Delamere  Rotorua Town Board 1895-1897, Rotorua Post Master c1886-1900
Davidge, Dr Elsie E. Awarded an O.B.E (1974)
Davy, Mrs Ruia Mereana (nee Morrison) Awarded an M.B.E. (1986)
Dean, Julian Road Racing Cyclist 1999-2013
Dean, Knocker Councillor 1992-2004
Delany, Mike Rugby : played for All Blacks, Chiefs, Highlanders and Bay of Plenty in ITM Cup
Devoy, Susan NZ Squash champion 1983-1992, NZ Sportswoman of the Year 1987, 1988 & 1993 * Chairman of the Halberg Trust, Awarded DNZM in 1998 CBE, Race Relations Commissioner
Dewhurst, Commander Ronald H. Awarded D.S.O & 2 Bars (1940)
Dodd, Lynley Author – Hairy McLeary series of children’s picture books
Donaldson, Dave Councillor 2007-present and Deputy Mayor 2013-
Donnelly, Tom Rugby : Played for All Blacks 2009-2010, Otago 2002 and Highlanders 2005
Downer, Helen Opened Free Kindergarten in Pretoria Street c1954, Awarded M.B.E. 1961
Duff, Alan Author of well known books -- among others - ‘Once were warriors’
Duggan, Rhys Rugby – played for All Blacks in 1999 World Cup; NZ Maori in 1996, 1998, 2001 & 2002; Chiefs 1997-2005 ; Hurricanes in 1996 & Highlanders in 1998 and NZ Seven’s for 1 test only.
Durrant, Thomas Awarded an M.B.E (1939, DSO TD JP) and C.B.E (1976)
E  
East, Paul Politician: Rotorua District Council, Councillor and Deputy Mayor 1974-1979, National Party 1978-1997, CNZM, QC
Edward, Lisa  Rowing 
Edward, Julia Rowing
Ellis, Beryl Inez Awarded an M.B.E (1946)
Eru, Syd Rugby League: Played for Auckland Warriors 1995-98
Eruera-Wikiriwhi, Te Auatiti Rangitahi Awarded an C.B.E (1987)
F  
Flavell, Te Ururoa Politician, Maori Party
Fletcher, Ailsa M.  Awarded Q.S.M. (1984)
Flynn, Daniel Cricketer – Played for: New Zealand, New Zealand A, New Zealand Under 19s and Northern Districts
Forrester, Rex Owner 'New Zealand Hunting & Fishing Safaris" based in Rotorua 1960-[1979] Author of 7 books and long time Rotorua resident.  
Foster, Jack Marathon Runner: won Commonwealth Games Silver, author

     

           

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