List of people from Palmerston North

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The following is a list of notable people who were born or lived in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and people who spent significant periods of their lives living in the Manawatu region.

See Category:People from Palmerston North


Creative artists

Politicians and leaders

Members of Parliament for Palmerston North, Manawatu and Rangitikei

  • Trevor de Cleene, Labour MP (1981–90).
  • Iain Lees-Galloway, current Labour MP for Palmerston North (2008- )
  • Steve Maharey, Labour MP for Palmerston North (1990-2008) and now retired from Parliament. Current Vice-Chancellor of Massey University (2008- ).
  • Jimmy Nash, former Mayor and MP for Palmerston (North).
  • Simon Power, National MP; grew up in Palmerston North, former MP for Rangitikei (1999-2011). Now retired from Parliament.
  • William Blair Tennent, former Mayor and National MP, represented Palmerston North (1949–54).
  • Joe Walding, Labour MP (1967–75; 1978–81)
  • Jill White, Labour MP for Manawatu; elected Mayor of Palmerston North (1998-2001); current councillor on Horizons Regional Council.

other MPs: other electorates and List



Actors, performers, models, broadcasters, television presenters/hosts

Musical artists

Athletes, coaches, etc.

Activists, philanthropists

Academics and scientists

  • Guy Dodson (1937–2012), biochemist who specialised in protein crystallography


  • Madge Allsop (fictional). Played by Emily Perry and others, she starred as Dame Edna Everidge's (played by Barry Humphries) sidekick for 14 episodes of the Dame Edna Experience (1987-1989). In reference to Madge's drab appearance and demeanor, Humphries would often deride her by simply telling the audience "she's from Palmerston North."[1]