Date of birth: 26 January 1849
Date of death: 24 January 1930
Netherlands-born Herman van Staveren emigrated to New Zealand in 1877 to take up a post as minister for the Wellington Hebrew Congregation.
As senior Rabbi, van Staveren was active in the local Jewish community. He gave weekly Shabat services, performed circumcisions and carried out kosher killings at the Petone meatworks.
Rabbi van Staveren also involved himself in community and charitable causes, being an active member of the Wellington Benevolent Institution and helping establish the Wellington Jewish Philanthropic Society.
He was a long-time member of the Wellington and Wairarapa Charitable Aid Board and sat on the Wellington Hospital Board from 1889 - 1910.