Topic: Rotorua Notable People and Local Heroes (G-L)

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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

Garrood, Claire  Cricketer: Played for Northern Districts Women
Gartner, Ken  Kapa Haka & teacher Rotorua Intermediate 1970s
Gathergood, Ailsa  Lakes District Health Board 2010-present
Gilbert, Jane  District Librarian 1995-Present Day 2013; Petanque: Represented NZ at Oceania Championships in Noumea 2002 (Selected for NZ Team in 2003 to China but the tournament was called off due to safety concerns for the teams)
Gilbert, Andy  Petanque: Represented NZ at Oceania Championships in Noumea 2002
Gordon, Tony (Tank)  Rugby : Played for Bay of Plenty, then switched to Rugby League and played for NZ Kiwis World Cup team 1975 and Coach of NZ Kiwis 1988 World Cup team
Gould, Mark  Councillor 2004-2007, 2010-present
Grant, June  June Northcroft, Meter Maid in the 1960s, Artist and Gallery owner awarded ONZM in 2010 for services to Maori and Maori Art, won the Black Pearl award, Author of biography of Makereti (Guide Maggie) that features on the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Grant, Lyonel  Master Carver: Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Rangiwewehi
Gray, Bill (William Ngataiawhio)

 Rugby: played for Bay of Plenty 1950-1966, NZ Maori 1954-58; All Blacks 1955-1957 played against Fiji 1954, the South African Springboks in 1956, and the Lions in Rotorua 1959. Tennis : New Zealand Maori Junior Title 1950.

Guy, Edward Grace

Awarded OBE in New Years Honours 1960.



Hague, Robert 

 Artist, Sculptor 

Hall, Graham 

 County Councillor 1977-1979, District Councillor & Mayor of Rotorua 1992-2004

Hamon, Rei

 New Zealand artist well known for his flora and fauna of NZ prints done by hand in the Pointilism style and received a CBE in 1981. Lived in Rotorua 1994-  Owned the Hamon Art Gallery along with son Awanui Hamon

Hari, Bevan 

 Hockey : played for NZ Black Sticks at Commonwealth Games 1998, 2002, 2006 and Olympics 2004 also played in NZ Maori Mens team 2007

Hartley, Dylan 

 Rugby : played for English Team Northampton Saints and for England

Hato, Ana (Mrs Pahau Ratoni) 

 Opera singer, classical music : sang with cousin Deane Waretini on Radio NZ, Concerts and at the opening of the Rotorua Radio Station IYZ on 24.04.1949, she also sang at the reception for the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927. She and Deane produced records in 1930s with HMV and Parlophone.  Ana was also part of the Taiporutu Concert Party

Haupapa, Rotohiko Tangonui  

 Rotorua Maori Choir, Played Rugby and became a Rugby Referee. 

Hay, Greg

Cricket: plays for Central Districts Stags 2006-2009, back in team 2013-

Hay, Sydney Hartley

Long serving medical practitioner in Rotorua from 1910-1966, one of only two doctors in Rotorua in 1910. Awarded M.B.E. for service during the war, 1919. British Medical Corp 1914-, New Zealand Medical Corp, -1919.

Hinerangi, Sophia 

Guide Sophia a well-known tourist guide to the Hot Lakes region, and Pink and White Terraces pre-eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, moved to Rotorua in 1870 and stayed until her death in 1911

Hogan, Patrick    

 Horse racing – Breeder and Trainer owner of Cambridge Stud :  Sir Patrick received a Knighthood in the New Year's Honours in 2000 in recognition for his services to bloodstock breeding and  thoroughbred racing. He also received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours several years earlier 

Hohneck, Sean  

 Rugby: Played for NZ Maori 2004, 2005, Super 14 Chiefs 2004-2006, Waikato 2001-2006, -2013-, from 2006 moved to  Bristol and Leeds Carnegie and also played for Viadana Italy 

Hollister, Brett 

 Rowing cox, rowed In 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with a coxed four team winning Bronze, CEO for North Harbour Rugby 

Hunt, Karen 

 Councillor 2007-present 


Jackson, Thomas  

 Rotorua Mayor 1929-1941

James, Naomi

 Sailor : Round-the-World Solo in 1978, awarded DBE in 1979.

Jameson, Taini

 Netball : played for Rotorua 1949-1959 and Coach for Rotorua Netball 1962-1969 



Keaney, John E

 Borough Councillor 1974-1979, Rotorua Mayor 1979-1993, award QSO and CBE, Ngakuru Farmer 1959-2009

Kennedy, Kemara

 Kapa Haka and part of Moana & the Tribe band

Kenny, Pam

 Athlete : High Jump National Title holder 1960s & 70s ; Won 2 Gold medals in the World Veteran Games in 1987

Kent, Rob

 Councillor 2013-

Kereopa, Elliot

 Rugby League : played for NZ Kiwi’s in the 1970 World Cup

Kershaw, Lawrence

 Te Mātārae I Ōrehu Kapa Haka & part of Moana & the Tribe band

Khan, Jan

 Lawn Bowls: played for New Zealand in the 2002 & 2006 Commonwealth Games

Kidman, Fiona

 Author, awarded OBE in the New Year’s Honours 1988, and awarded an DNZM in 1998, worked as a librarian at Rotorua Public Library after leaving School

King, Solomon

 Rugby : played for NZ Under 21s in 2006, Bay of Plenty 2006-2007, North Harbour in 2010 and NZ Sevens 2006-2008, 2011-

Kingi, Noel 

Member of the Howard Morrison Quartet

Kirby, Georgina Kamiria

DBE, QSO for services to Maori, JP: ‘Maori Women’s Development Inc’., Director of Te Ohu Kaimoana

Kosoof, David

Hockey: played for NZ Black Sticks, Olympic team 2004 & 2008, Commonwealth Games 2002 where the team won a Silver medal

Kusabs, Prentice A.

Mayor of Rotorua 1942-1947, Local Business owner 'K' Motors until 1937



 La Grouw, Johannes

 Businessman: Lockwood Homes, founder. Awarded

 Ladbrook, Geoff

 Water Skiing, NZ Champion 1960s

 Ladd, Captain Fred

Pilot for the Rotorua Aero Club commercial arm ; Part Owner of Geyserland Airways Ltd 1968 - 1970 and Volcanic Wunderflights 1971 -1976. Awarded an MBE in 1963. For a full biography go to Te Ara Encyclopedia online.

 Lee, Danny

 Golf won Masters Tournament, played in PGA Tour after turning Pro in 2009

 Lepper, John W J (Johnny)

 Business owner, Councillor 1980-2002, Chairman of R.E.C.T and Deputy Mayor for 16 Years.

 Linton, Alister Murray

 Borough Councillor 1947-1953 and Rotorua Mayor 1953-1971. Awarded an CBE in 1965. Linton Park Rose Gardens on Ward Avenue, Fenton Park was named in remembrance of him.

 List, Dennis

 Poet and author

 Love, Jim

 Rugby : played for NZ Maori – 1978-1982, Coach for NZ Maori, Tongan World Cup team and Arix Viadana, Director/Founder of NZ Sports Academy










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