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More than 40 descendants of missionaries James and Charlotte Kemp gathered at the Kerikeri Mission Station earlier this month to commemorate their family ties to one of New Zealand's earliest settlements.

James and Charlotte helped establish the fledgling Christian mission in 1819. The historic Kemp House – originally built for Rev John Butler and his family – was named after the missionary couple, who acquired the house in the 1830s.

Kerikeri Mission Station property lead Liz Bigwood said it was a privilege to host some of James and Charlotte's descendants "and a particular pleasure to meet descendants of Ernest and

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