the university of auckland famous alumni
  • Shirley Setia

    Shirley Setia is an Indo-Kiwi singer and performer hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. She is known for her YouTube videos where she performs on Hindi songs. She happens to be a University of Auckland graduate and has worked as publicity and marketing intern at Auckland Council. Her fame is a result of a happy incident. Indian music label T-Series organized a competition and Shirley, just for fun, recorded a video for a song in her bedroom, in her pyjamas. She ended up being one of the winners of the competition and this opened ways for her to take her talent to thousands of people and she started making and uploading more videos. And now, she has become a celebrity and has collaborated with YouTube stars across Canada, India and UK. Very recently, she shifted her base to Mumbai to try her luck in the Indian film industry. She has been recognized by several media houses. New Zealand Herald wrote a feature on her and gave her a moniker ˜Pyjama Artist', Forbes magazine said that she is ˜Bollywood's next big singing sensation' and Hindustan Times also ran a story on her praising her as the next big thing on Internet.

    Shirley Setia

  • Sonja Yelich

    Poet who has won acclaim for poetry collections like Clung (2004) and Get Some (2008), the latter of which was named as a finalist at the New Zealand Post Book Awards. She is also famous for being the mother of "Royals" singer <a title='Lorde' href='/famous/lorde.htm'>Lorde</a>.

    Sonja Yelich

  • Eliza McCartney

    Pole vaulter who has held New Zealand, Oceanian and outdoor world junior records during her illustrious career. She represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she took home a bronze medal. 

    Eliza McCartney

  • Shane Jones

    After serving as a Member of the New Zealand Parliament and as New Zealand Minister of Building and Construction, this Labour Party politician was appointed his country's Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development.

    Shane Jones

  • Benson Stanley

    Australian rugby union player who rose to prominence as a center with the Super Rugby league's Auckland Blues.

    Benson Stanley

  • Sian Elias

    English Barrister who became the Chief Justice of New Zealand in 1999. She also briefly held the position of Administrator of the Government in the spring of 2001.

    Sian Elias

  • Marcus Chang

    Movie actor who is best known for performing in Giddens Ko's 2014 film Café. Waiting. Love. and the 2015 TV series To the Dearest Intruder. He has 250,000 followers on his marcourageous Instagram account. 

    Marcus Chang

  • Stephen Donald

    Fly-half and center who debuted for the New Zealand national rugby union team in 2008 and made his professional debut in 2005 for the Chiefs.

    Stephen Donald

  • Rosie Scott

    New Zealand-based author whose notable works of fiction include Feral City and Faith Singer. She also published an award-winning play, Say Thank You To The Lady, as well as a 1984 poetry collection entitled Flesh and Blood.

    Rosie Scott

  • Russell Coutts

    Sailor who won a gold medal in the finn class at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

    Russell Coutts

  • Simon Dallow

    New Zealand-based broadcast journalist and news anchor for programs like Newsnight on TV2.

    Simon Dallow

  • Anthony Boric

    New Zealand-born footballer who played for the Blues from 2006 to 2013 before joining the All Blacks in 2008.

    Anthony Boric