New Zealand’s contribution to the world has been massive. From sports to politics, science to film-making, they have given the world some of the greatest achievement they could impart with. With a population of just merely four million in 2018, they have some insurmountable achievements. Below is the list of the Kiwis who shook the world with their achievements:
1. Ernest Rutherford
In the world of science, the world saw the gold foil experiment coming from a kiwi – Ernest Rutherford. You have to be one high-end genius to be buried alongside Sir Isaac Newton and Lord Kelvin in the Westminster Abbey. Rutherford had a mind worth of diamonds and after his work on nuclear physics came to be known as the father of nuclear physics. He was the one to split the atom and is considered to be one of the greatest achievements for humanity and by far his greatest achievement. He was a nominee for the Nobel Prize for chemistry, was President of the Royal Society and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, was conferred to the Order of Merit, and finally became Lord Rutherford. Not bad going.
2. Helen Clark
It puts a smile on the Kiwis’ face when they hear about achievements coming from a woman of their soil. Helen Clark is a prodigal woman who became the first female prime minister of New Zealand and also becoming the deputy prime minister and a member of the Privy Council. She is considered to date the country’s best prime minister. She must’ve upheld the righteousness through which she became the prime minister for three consecutive terms.
3. Hone Heke
Hone Heke was also one of New Zealand’s greatest personalities who became a prominent voice for the northern Maori chief to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. After the signing of the Treaty, he became determined and joined the opposition as to the colonial Brits. He is an inspiration to all those diplomatic minds when he was the epitome of diplomacy as a political leader while dealing with a foreign power.
4. Sir Edmund Hillary
Everyone knows about the legend of Sir Edmund Hillary as to the first man who climbed the Mt. Everest with his companion Tenzing Norgay to stand above the rest on the highest peak of the world. You knew this man was coming up next to the list because of his legacy he created while climbing the Mt. Everest. After getting back he spoke to his friend in the most Kiwi way possible “Well, George, we knocked the bastard off” due to this achievement he was knighted in 1953 and also received the Order of the Garter in 1995. This man, however, was determined to conquer more and didn’t stop there. He continued his journey and accomplished many other inhuman feats. He was righteous as well as altruistic when it came to helping people and was made an honorary citizen of Nepal when he spent a huge part of his life to helping build schools, hospitals, and airfields for them.
5. Katherine Mansfield
“The most famous author of New Zealand, Katherine Mansfield, is also one of the greatest personalities on this list. She quoted “Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others … Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” Her death was an imminent one at the age of 34, nevertheless, she changed the way the world would perceive art in short stories.