Ronald Hermanns
Ronald Hermanns
Hermanns visiting the Air Force Museum of New Zealand at 107
Birth: 25 September 1911
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Age: 109 years, 118 days
Country: CanadaCANNew ZealandNZL

Ronald "Ron" Hermanns (born 25 September 1911) is a Canadian-New Zealand centenarian who is believed to be the oldest living man and person in New Zealand.


Hermanns was born on 25 September 1911 in Canada. His family moved to New Zealand in 1914, and settled in Wellington. In 1937, Hermanns joined the Wellington Territorial Squadron as an aircraft rigger, and in 1939, joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force. In 1943, he was deployed overseas in Vanuatu (then New Hebrides), where he spent a year working with American troops and servicing aircraft. During the war, Hermanns collected shells and discarded aircraft pieces, and created "trench art", which he donated to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in 2009.

Herrmanns never married and had no children.

Following the death of Howard Buss on 25 January 2019, he is believed to be the oldest living man in New Zealand, and after the death of Nina Brown on 29 May 2020, he is believed to be the oldest living person in New Zealand.



New Zealand's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Thomas Salmon • Unknown • Arthur Bates • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • Hubert HardenWilliam Buttler Hayes • Ted Lucas • Lawrence Morris Blyth • Bright Williams • Cecil HamiltonErnest Ryland • Trevor Henry • Harold Clark • Dudley Sainsbury • Taiwung Yu Hoi • Harry Duncan Andrews • Ian ChirnsideBob EdwardsHoward BussRonald Hermanns

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