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Celebrating Sir Edmund Hillary in ebooks

News: 29 May 2013

Sixty years ago, on 29 May 1953, Edmund Hillary and his climbing companion Tenzing Norgay became the first people to scale Mount Everest in the Himalayas – the world's highest peak. Hillary became a hero around the world and was knighted soon after. 

To celebrate the anniversary, Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage is releasing a series of using seven biographies from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, part of Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.  Sir Edmund's biography is one of this first set of ebooks. The others are prime ministers Robert Muldoon and David Lange, labour activist Sonja Davies, writers Hone Tuwhare and Janet Frame, and New Zealand's greatest running coach, Arthur Lydiard, whose ebook includes extra material from NZHistory.

These New Zealanders all feature in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography as a mark of their impact and significance in our recent history. We’ve now turned them into ebooks to let you, the reader, take our content away, offline, and read it when it suits you.

The ebooks we've done so far are very simple. We've called them Quick Reads as they're short and easy to read.

Download the first seven Quick Reads from

Read more about our ebooks at

Updated on 7th October 2019