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Back to nature at Wilderland (1st of 2)

Back to nature at Wilderland

Three residents enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of life at Wilderland in the early 1970s. Wilderland, on 64 hectares of land near Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula, was founded in 1964 by Dan and Edith Hansen. The Hansens had previously lived at Beeville community in the Waikato, but left to set up Wilderland as an anarchist, vegetarian community. Dan Hansen, a mechanic and inventor, was a paraplegic due to an accident at Beeville. After his death in 2006, many Wilderland residents moved away, but from 2009 a small group began working to revive the community.

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Caren Wilton, 'Communes and communities - Communes: 1960s and 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Caren Wilton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018