In the Media


Thomas Hansen and his links to Kemp House.

Eric Hansen, May 2013.

On 22nd December 1814, the first Church Missionary Society settlement was established at Oihi, below the pa at Rangihoua. Most New Zealand history books have recorded that the mission was led by Rev Samuel Marsden... but seldom mentioned in these accounts of the Oihi mission station is the role played by Thomas Hansen. Read more

The Hansen Lemon Tree Project.

Eric Hansen, May 2013.

In February of 2009, Eric Hansen, the great, great, great grandson of Thomas Hansen was at Rangihoua assisting with maintenance on the Hansen Memorial. While investigating the site of the original Hansen cottage, he discovered a very old lemon tree growing nearby... Read more

One family, 42 soldiers - a history of service.

The NZ Herald, April 25, 2013.

A century after WWI, a couple piece together the remarkable history of their forebears and discover the amazing account of how one of them escaped not once, but twice, from the Germans...

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First settlers ignored.

Manukau Courier, December 21st 2012.

Provides a wonderful account of the brig Active and that voyage that brought the first European settlers to NZ.

Read the full article here or view the Manukau Courier article

Tree finds its place in history.

Bay Chronicle, April 5th 2012.

The Hansen family is on a mission to save the stock of

a lemon tree, planted in the early 1800's. The tree - thought to be NZ's oldest introduced plant and the

oldest fruit tree - is still alive but struggling. Read more

Act of bravery that helped end the war.

The Northern Advocate, March 3rd 2012.
An article in the Northern Advocate discussed the role Edward Hansen played in bringing an end to the

Northern War. Read more


Founders far from forgotten.

Northland Age, February 21st 2012.

Stan Hansen (Whangarei) is a proud member of what he describes as New Zealand's first family... Read more.

Fascinating story unfolds.

Northland Age, February 16th 2012.

An archaeological investigation at Oihi Bay, site of the earliest permanent European habitation in New Zealand, is revealing some fascinating details of life in the Bay of Islands in a very different era.... Read more

Helping hand to keep history alive.

The Northland Age, January 19th 2012.

A lemon tree growing near the site of the mission station at Rangihoua, in the northern Bay of Islands, could pre-date the other claimant to the title, the pear tree near Kerikeri's Stone Store, by as much as five years. Read more.

Tree project preserves the seeds of history.

The Northern Advocate, December 7th 2011

A project underway in Ruakaka is literally keeping history alive, by propagating offspring from what is thought to be New Zealand's oldest introduced tree. Read more

The Mayflower of NZ.

Northern News, April 21st 2011.

You probably know that the first English to settle in America arrived on the Mayflower. But can you name the ship that brought the first English settlers to New Zealand? Read more.

Lemon could be oldest in NZ.

The Northern Advocate, January 27th 2009.

A Bay of Islands landmark once the site of the country's first European settlement, first land sale and first farm now has another claim to fame - New Zealand's oldest lemon tree. Read more



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1814 Hansen Family Society Inc.
Auckland, New Zealand

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