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who were the earliest settlers of New Zealand?

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Question by sara
Submitted on 5/19/2004
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who were the earliest settlers of New Zealand?

Answer by Kath Hansen
Submitted on 3/5/2005
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The first European settlers, meaning families, were the missionaries who arrived in the Bay of Islands with Rev. Samuel Marsden in the brig 'Active' in December 1814. Rangihoua was the first CMS station until Kerikeri was established in 1819. However, only John King & his family remained on a permanent basis.
The first non-missionary, permanent settlers
were Thomas Hansen (also 1814) & his wife Elizabeth (1816). Both couples raised large families & lived beside each other at Te Puna for the rest of their lives. Thomas was the brother of Mrs Hannah King. Both couples & some of the King children are buried in the first European cemetery near the present day Marsden Cross memorial at Oihi, Bay of Islands. This is the birthplace for the first European children to be born in N.Z., a boy in February 1815 & a girl in May 1815 followed by many others
in following years.

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