Thorne, Grahame

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Thorne was a member of New Zealand's Parliament, an All Black rugby player and a television presenter. Since 1987 he and his wife have run a restaurant.

He was adopted at birth and has traced his birth mother, although they do not keep in touch. Because the adoption was privately arranged (by his grandfather) his mother always knew his adoptive name and followed his career from the age of about 12. His birth father is dead. He did not learn of his adoption until he was 21 and it was a devastating experience, especially finding out that it had been common knowledge to everyone else.


Staff, Bryan. "Interview: Grahame Thorne, MP," Metro, June 1991, pp. 130, 132-34
Legat, Nicola. "Good Old Boys," Metro, Sepember 1993, p. 70-78, 80
Who's Who in New Zealand. 12th edition, edited by Max Lambert. (Auckland: Red Books, 1991)


New Zealand
20th Century
21st Century
Business and Industry
Government, Politics, Civil Service, Public Administration
Theater, Broadcasting, Cinema
Late or Traumatic Learning of Adoption
Formal, American/European-Type Adoption
Birth or Infancy
Unmarried Mother, Single Parent (Mother or Father) Unable to Cope
Others ("Strangers")
Adoptee/Fosteree Traced Family
Contact Unsatisfactory
Contact Suspended or Stopped
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