Topic: Rotorua Notable People & Local Heroes M-R

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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

McClay, Todd Cook Islands and Niue Ambassador to EU, Politician, National Party 2008-
McLean, Ian Politician, 1st MP for Tarawera Electorate 1978-1990, Chairman of EQC 1991-1995, Appointed to do a Review of NZ’s preparedness for Disaster Recovery 1995 and again in 2012
McLean, John N. Rotorua Mayor 1928-1929
McDowall, Steve Rugby: Played for Bay of Plenty 1982 -1984, Auckland 1985-1993, 1998 ; All Blacks 1985-1991 ; New Zealand Maori 1988-1992.  Judo : Oceania Junior Champion 1979, 1981 selected for Moscow Olympics 1980.
McDowell, Thomas Mayor of Rotorua 1927-1928
Macfarlane, Angus Hikairo Teacher, Educational Psychologist

McViker, Mike

Councillor 2001-
Maniapoto, Moana Singer, Songwriter & main singer of Moana and the Tribe Band ; TV & Radio Presenter, Actor; Awarded MNZM in 2004
Maniapoto, Trina Singer with Moana & The Tribe Band
Marriner, Craig Author : won Deutz Medal in the Montana NZ Book Awards in 2002 and sold film rights to his novel ‘Stonedogs’ to a prominent Australian Film Production Company
Marsh, Toni Television Weather Presenter, worked for TV3
Marsh, Tony Rugby: Played for France
Martin, Peter  Paraolympic Gold Medallist, World Titles and World Records in two sports Athletics and Wheelchair Rugby.
Marvelly, Elizabeth Soprano
Maxwell, Atareta Kapa Haka
Maxwell, Trevor Councillor for Rotorua 1977 to present, Deputy Mayor for Grahame Hall and Kevin Winters -2013, Tourism NZ Kaupapa Maori Director, Awarded MNZM 2002
Merito, Jerry  Member of the Howard Morrison Quartet
Messam, Liam Rugby: played for Bay of Plenty, All Black’s
Milne, Chey Radio Presenter for Te Arawa FM
Moncur, Alexander F. Rotorua MP 1935-1943, Rotorua Mayor 1947-1953, Awarded the 'Queens Coronation Medal, 1953"
Moko, Tamati Full name: Pita Te Turuki Tamati Moko, Ngati Whakaue who from 1920s converted to Ratana’s movement and became Ratana’s secretary/chief officer, previously a land agent in Rotorua. See Te Ara for full biography
Morrison, Howard Singer, Entertainer, Knighted with an OBE 1990, Howard Morrison Quartet
Morrison, Monty Teacher, Lakeside Concert Co-ordinator, CMM Entrepreneur
Morrison, Ruia  Tennis: Six national single titles, played at Wimbledon.
Morrison, Scotty Rugby Sevens: Played for NZ Maori Sevens, News Presenter on Te Karere, Marae Investigates
Morrison, Temuera Actor, Awarded MNZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1996 for services to Drama
Newby, Craig Rugby: played for AB’s
Oppatt, Neil Councillor for Rotorua 1993? Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor 2013-, owner of Rotorua Rail Riders
Orchard, Phil Rugby League: New Zealand Schoolboys 1963, Kiwis 1969-1975. Named one of New Zealand's Legends of League 2001.
Pango, Tuoro Akapita Rugby : Played for Rotorua First XV the first NZ team with a full ‘Maori’ team in 1904 when the team beat the Great Britain touring team on Pukeroa Hill, He was awarded an MBE in 1946
Papakura, Maggie Guide Maggie, was a guide for Tourists to Whakarewarewa in the 1890s [also known as Margaret Thom]
Papakura, Tiki Rugby : played for Rotorua First XV that beat Great Britain in 1904 [Also Known As Dick Thom]
Pararaire, Riini  Maori Language Tutor, Opera singer, Ohinemutu Kaumatua) – City Councillor for Rotorua 1962 - 1965
Parker, Kerry BMX National winner 1984 & 1988
Parkinson, Christine Squash player: NZ Junior Girls Squash team to Australia. At 15 she was the first Maori to represent NZ in Squash; Won North Island Under 19 Women’s Squash Champs
Patene, Tame Rugby Played for Rotorua First XV that beat Great Britain in 1904, on Pukeroa Hill in Rotorua
Pelham, Dick "The Prince of Maori Sport" excelled at Rugby, Swimming, Surf Lifesaving and Water Polo. 
Perfect, Aho Basketball: played for NZ Women’s team 1987-88
Perfect, Freda Netball: played for NZ Under 21 Netball team 1979
Perfect, Maxine Basketball: played for NZ Indoor Basketball team 1969
Phipps, Dean Sailor: Bowman on Team NZs America’s Cup Challenge 1995
Pieters, Kim Painter, Musician
Ralph, Caleb   Rugby: played for Bay of Plenty Chiefs 1997, All Black’s 1998, 2001-2003, Blues 1998-1999, Crusaders 2000-2008, NZ Sevens 1996-2000, Queensland Reds 2011, Whakarewarewa 1997, 2012
Raukawa-Tait, Merepeka Councillor 2011 – present & Lakes District Health Board
Reid, Ron Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor
Reid, Hika Rugby: played for AB’s, NZ Maori
Ridge, Matthew Rugby League, Television Presenter
Ritchie, Linda Miss Geyserland 1971, Miss New Zealand 1971


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