List of Famous people born in Taranaki Region, New Zealand

Beauden Barrett

First Name Beauden
Born on May 27, 1991 (age 32)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Beauden John Barrett is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays at First Five-Eighth position (Fly-Half) and Fullback for Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup, the Blues in Super Rugby and New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks. He was a key member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team. Barrett won the World Rugby Player of the Year award in 2016 and 2017, has also been a nominee for the award in 2018, and is only the second player to win the award in back-to-back years, after former teammate Richie McCaw.

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John Mitchell

First Name John
Last Name Mitchell
Born on March 23, 1964 (age 59)
Height 190 cm | 6'3

John Eric Paul Mitchell is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player. He is currently defence coach for the England national team under head coach Eddie Jones. He is the former head coach of New Zealand and the USA Eagles, English club Sale Sharks, and Super Rugby teams the Bulls, Chiefs, Force and Lions.

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Melanie Lynskey

First Name Melanie
Born on May 16, 1977 (age 46)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Melanie Jayne Lynskey is a New Zealand actress and voice actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a New Zealand Film Award, a Hollywood Film Award, and a Sundance Special Jury Award, as well as Critics' Choice Award, Gotham Award and Golden Nymph Award nominations.

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Jordie Barrett

First Name Jordie
Born on February 17, 1997 (age 26)
Height 196 cm | 6'5

Jordan Matthew Barrett is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a utility back internationally for New Zealand's All Blacks, and for the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby competition. Having previously been an apprentice for the All Black squad in 2016, Barrett was first selected for New Zealand in 2017, making his debut against Samoa in a warm-up test prior to the British and Irish Lions series.

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Josef Schmidt

First Name Josef
Last Name Schmidt
Born on September 12, 1965 (age 58)

Josef Schmidt is a New Zealand-born rugby union coach, who was the head coach of Ireland from 2013–2019. In six years under his leadership, Ireland won three Six Nations Championships, and recorded their first-ever wins over his home nation of New Zealand. Schmidt's first head coaching role in Europe was with Leinster Rugby, beginning in 2010. He brought unprecedented success to the province, reaching six finals and winning four trophies in three years. He was previously an assistant coach with the Blues and Clermont Auvergne.

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Carl Hayman

First Name Carl
Last Name Hayman
Born on November 14, 1979 (age 43)
Height 193 cm | 6'4

Carl Joseph Hayman is a retired New Zealand rugby union footballer who played at tighthead prop. Hayman has previously played for the Highlanders in Super Rugby, Otago in the NPC, and Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership, as well as making 45 appearances for New Zealand at international level. Hayman announced his retirement from professional rugby in January 2015, aged 35. Post retirement Hayman has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia and probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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Cheryll Sotheran

First Name Cheryll
Born on October 11, 1945
Died on December 30, 2017 (aged 72)

Dame Cheryll Beatrice Sotheran was a New Zealand museum professional. She was the founding chief executive of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and was credited with the successful completion of the museum, considered the largest international museum project of the 1990s.

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Scott Barrett

First Name Scott
Last Name Barrett
Born on November 20, 1993 (age 29)
Height 197 cm | 6'6

Scott Kevin Barrett is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a lock for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup. Barrett was chosen as the Crusaders' Captain for the 2020 Super Rugby season.

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Peter Snell

First Name Peter
Last Name Snell
Born on December 17, 1938
Died on December 12, 2019 (aged 80)
Height 179 cm | 5'10

Sir Peter George Snell was a New Zealand middle-distance runner. He won three Olympic gold medals, and is the only man since 1920 to have won the 800 and 1500 metres at the same Olympics, in 1964.

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Michaela Blyde

First Name Michaela
Born on December 29, 1995 (age 27)

Michaela Blyde is a New Zealand rugby sevens player.

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