Watch: Masterton, Whangārei and Tokoroa – Kiwi towns battle over who has the most famous residents

Seven Sharp put the call out on Facebook to see which towns had the biggest names in the country.

At number three, a lot of people were naming Masterton, which boasts Jemaine Clement, singer LadyHawke, English rugby player Brad Shields, Sir Brian Lachore and Jesse Ryder.

Number two goes to Whangārei, which lays claim to singer Keith Urban, jeweller Sir Michael Hill, comedian Billy T James, rugby star Rene Ranger and cricketer Tim Southee.

The number one spot, however, goes to Tokoroa.

To find out why Tokoroa has been crowned number one, click on the video above.


It seems many Kiwis are rightly proud of the places they call home. Source: Seven Sharp