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Inez Newton
Inez Newton
Birth: 7 November 1901
London, England, UK
Death: 15 June 2009
Glendowie, Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 107 years, 220 days
Country: United Kingdom UK New ZealandNZL

Inez Eileen Gwendoline Newton nee Hinsley (7 November 1901 – 15 June 2009) was a British-New Zealand centenarian who was the country’s oldest known living person.


Inez was born in London, England, UK on 7 November 1901. She was the third of seven children. She married Leslie Newton in 1927. Inez and Leslie had two children, but their son died before he was 10.

The Newtons moved to New Zealand in 1947 because it was "the only suitable country without poisonous animals". They bought a poultry farm in Swanson, but it was turned into a tea house because Leslie was unable to kill a chicken.

After the death of Ruby Billings on 9 May 2009, Newton became New Zealand's oldest living person. She died a month later, and Doris Mackintosh became New Zealand's oldest living person.


New Zealand's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Lavinia BaskervilleHelen DixonMary LuplauFlora BartonAlexander HughesAgnes WilsonLillian BlythEthel PearsonMary CartwrightCaroline Turner-WilliamsParewahawaha Ranginui LeonardFlorence SedcoleEdith RobisonJessie LittleMary BromleyLillian HickmottArthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean TillieWilliam Swensson • Charles Campbell • Mary DoyleWilliam Buttler Hayes • Bertha Cole • Laura White • Ethel Booth • Mabel WachnerFlorence Finch • Irene MorganRuby Billings • Inez Newton • Doris Mackintosh • Lena Ray • Maudie Wilson • Peg Griffin • Olive Oldfield • Madeline AndersonLinda WigginsMabel JenkinsLola de la HayeMoy Kim NgNina BrownRonald HermannsJoan Brennan