Dictionary Of New Zealand Biography Quiz

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Dictionary Of New Zealand Biography Quiz

I don’t know if everyone knows that to qualify for entry into the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB) one needs to be dead. If people did know, they might not be quite so keen to make an appearance. This quiz focuses on the 11 new DNZB entries that we’ve just published; among other things these people have made their mark in sports, politics, and the arts. You might think you know a bit about them, but wouldn’t you like to know a little more?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When Peter Blake was on This Is Your Life, his mother recalled him as a boy who had always had a rapport with water. What was her first indication of this?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      He used to like his bath as a baby

    • B. 

      He was mesmerised by the rain

    • C. 

      He loved his paddling pool and rubber duck

  • 2. 
    Robert Muldoon had a distinctive lopsided grin. What was the reason for it?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      His wry smile was caused by a childhood accident involving a fence

    • B. 

      It was a the result of a car accident in his teens

    • C. 

      He was born with muscular paralysis on one side of his face

  • 3. 
    In 1953 Edmund Hillary climbed Mt Everest, the highest mountain above sea level. When he reached the summit who was he with?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      George Lowe

    • B. 

      Tenzing Norgay

    • C. 

      Eric Shipton

  • 4. 
    When Sonja Davies was nursing in Wellington she contracted a disease from patients. What was the disease?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Scarlet fever

    • B. 

      Tuberculosis

    • C. 

      Meningitis

  • 5. 
    Arthur Lydiard was a renowned runner and running coach, winning the 1950 Auckland Empire Games marathon and training many of New Zealand’s star runners. Which of the following was the first New Zealander to break the four minute mile?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Murray Halberg

    • B. 

      Peter Snell

    • C. 

      Barry Magee

  • 6. 
    In 1988 this composer received the Order of New Zealand, created to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity. What was his name?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Edwin Carr

    • B. 

      Jack Body

    • C. 

      Douglas Lilburn

  • 7. 
    Who was the prime minister of New Zealand at the time the Rainbow Warrior was sunk by the French secret service?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      David Lange

    • B. 

      Geoffrey Palmer

    • C. 

      Robert Muldoon

  • 8. 
    This New Zealand author changed her name by deed poll to Nene Janet Paterson Clutha for fear of public recognition. What do we know her as?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Ngaio Marsh

    • B. 

      Elsie Locke

    • C. 

      Janet Frame

  • 9. 
    Rather than actually changing their name, writers more often use a pseudonym or nom de plume to write under. What New Zealand writer produced satirical works under the name Whim Wham?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Allen Curnow

    • B. 

      R. A. K. Mason

    • C. 

      Denis Glover

  • 10. 
    Bill Rowling, who became prime minister in 1974, was born in which New Zealand town?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Maruia Springs

    • B. 

      Motueka

    • C. 

      Murchison

  • 11. 
    Hone Tuwhare wrote a collection of poems called No ordinary sun, which was published in 1964. What is the title poem about?Find the answer in Te Ara
    • A. 

      Atomic apocalypse

    • B. 

      The life of Jesus

    • C. 

      The bright lights of Auckland