Little person taking giant strides towards big future.

Charlie Roigard was born to be different.

His 2005 birth marked the arrival of Rotorua's first officially classified "little person" in 40 years.

Standing at 1.19m (3 foot, 11 inches) Charlie has achondroplasia, the medical term for short-limbed dwarfism, a condition that affects the body but not the mind.


There was a 50-50 chance he would be born wee, he inherited his stature from his father 1.37m (4 foot, 6 inches) Andrew Roigard.

Neither are towering giants but both have created their own success stories.

Who says size matters? Spend time with


Charlie Roigard: