2009 archived news


09 March 2009Valverde news links
A couple of links to Spanish articles on the Ambassador's visit to the Paniora.

El embajador de Espaņa en Nueva Zelanda visita a la familia Paniora - Valverde del Majano

Se intensifican las relaciones entre los Paniora y Valverde del Majano - Valverde del Majano

Peggy McConnell - Wellington - New Zealand
8 March 2009 The Spanish Ambassador visits the East Coast - January 2009
Marcos and Cristina Gomez and their three lovely daughters Genoveva, Cristina and Mar visited the Coast to meet with Joses and find out more about the family and our Spanish ancestor. Thank you to Cristina for these pictures.

Doug at his home with Mar, Cristina, Genoveva and Marcos

Cristina and Marcos keeping an eye out for bulls at East Cape

Jose's Memorial, Tikapa

Checking on regrowth at the Olive tree

Rugged walk, this!

At Tairawhiti Marae, Rangitukia

Gomez family at the memorial


Porua, Bob, John and Matiria
Peggy McConnell - Wellington - New Zealand
08 March 2009kia ora
my name is toni helen collier,im after any info i cn get about my family.my dads name is paul collier hs mum/dads names are toss an helen collier,thy live in kawarau i thnk.my mums name is donna message.my dad ws born in tauranga? Bt had livd in opotiki 4 mre thn 20yrs an is wer me an my brother jesse paul collier are 4rm.i ws tld that my bro an i are in the olive branches book an would lke 2 c it bt wer do i gt it frm?
toni helen collier - auckland - nz
20 February 2009Kia ora Whanau
My great grandmother was Peti te Pu,my grandfather was Harry Goldsmith and my father Tamati (Tommy)Goldsmith, my name is Sarah(not sera as mistakenly printed). My father was very proud of his Spanish blood and so am I, I would love to hear from anyone who knew my father growing up. I wish dad had been alive when the discovery of Manuel Jose's whakapapa came to light he would of been chuffed to finally know where from? I would love to make contact with other family members from around the world as well. Wow...after all these years , the vast distance of time and travel has been bought a little closer! and its comforting to know that when we walk down the main street of val verde or roam around port awanui we are walking the same place as our tipuna once did...wow! I look forward to hearing from whanau I can be contacted via email: kepaandsarahandrews@gmail.com take care much love to you all,God bless. ps: awesome web site
Sarah Andrews - Brisbane - Australia
28 January 2009Spanish Embassy in New Zealand
Spain's Ambassador to New Zealand, Marcos Gomez and his family recently visited the East Coast to meet with Jose family members and discuss furthering the Paniora links with Spain and vice versa. Marcos is very keen to push this and get some exciting things happening, such as possible exchanges for young people.

You can read a report from the Gisborne Herald here: Language the Cement to Family Ties - Gisborne Herald

I should point out that the journalist is incorrect in saying "The Spanish town .. is Gisborne's geodetic opposite". New Zealand is the antipodes of Spain, but Valverde del Majano's exact antipodes is in fact somewhere in the Wairarapa.
Peggy McConnell - Wellington - New Zealand