Sir Wallace Edward Rowling KCMG, ( 15 November 1927 - 31 October 1995), often known as Bill Rowling, was a Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was in office for just over a year, having been appointed Prime Minister following the death of the highly popular Norman Kirk. Rowling was unable to retain the premiership, but remained leader of the Labour Party for some time after his defeat. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bill Rowling"
Courtney Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964 in San Francisco, California) was the singer for the now-defunct band Hole. Love is now a solo artist, and is also an occasional model and actress. Love is the widow of Kurt Cobain ( 1967– 1994), lead singer of the band Nirvana. With him she has one daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, whose custody was denied to her in 2003 for drug consumption and other behavior. ...more on Wikipedia about "Courtney Love"
The Right Honourable Donald Charles McKinnon (born February 27, 1939) is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. He is currently Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. ...more on Wikipedia about "Don McKinnon"
Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, PC, OM, FRS ( August 30, 1871 – October 19, 1937), was a New Zealand nuclear physicist. He was known as the "father" of nuclear physics, pioneered the orbital theory of the atom, notably in his discovery of Rutherford scattering off the nucleus with the gold foil experiment. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson"
Group Captain Leonard Henry Trent VC DFC was a New Zealander recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ...more on Wikipedia about "Leonard Henry Trent"
The city of Nelson stands on the eastern side of Tasman Bay at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand. The hinterland formed the traditional province of Nelson, now incorporated into the Tasman District. Nelson received its name in honour of the 1st Viscount Nelson. Nelson's Māori name, Whakatū, means "a place to stand", literally meaning "home". ...more on Wikipedia about "Nelson, New Zealand"
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Tex Morton (born Robert William Lane in Nelson, New Zealand, August 30, 1916; died July 23, 1983) was a pioneer of Australian country music. About 1934, he recorded some 'hillbilly' songs privately. He later claimed that these were played on New Zealand radio, though this is perhaps unlikely. Some of these recordings have recently come to light, though they have not been commercially reissued. About 1934 (the exact date is uncertain - Morton himself once claimed it was 1932), he emigrated to Australia, apparently intent on a recording career. On February 25 1936, he recorded four songs for the Columbia Graphophone Company in Sydney, Australia. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tex Morton"
Sir William Hayward Pickering ONZ KBE ( December 24, 1910— March 15, 2004) was a New Zealand-American who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 years, retiring in 1976. He was a senior NASA luminary and pioneered the exploration of space. His group launched Explorer I from Cape Canaveral on 31 January 1958 less than four months after the Russians had launched Sputnik (much to the surprise of the Americans). Explorer III discovered the radiation field round the earth that is now known as the Van Allen radiation belt. Explorer 1 orbited for 10 years and was the forerunner of a number of successful JPL earth and deep-space satellites. William Hayward Pickering is not to be confused with William Henry Pickering, an astronomer from an earlier era. ...more on Wikipedia about "William Hayward Pickering"
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