Waitangi Day blog challenge wrap-up

We put out a challenge to our family history community in celebration of Waitangi Day.

The challenge was to:
  • Write about:
  • How different is our life from that of your early NZ ancestors? (settler or Maori) 
  • What stories can you tell us about their lives? 
  • If you are first generation New Zealander or maybe a new Kiwi, perhaps you might like to tell us of your first impressions of New Zealand, and your experiences of settling in here; and how Kiwi traditions and culture differs from your own. 
It followed the inspirational example led by our friends across the Tasman when Shelley of Twigs of Yore sent out an Australia Day blog challenge.

We were very pleased with the result, which saw eleven different people post their blogs. Some people posted about more than one of their ancestors!

The quality of the research was great, and people are obviously very passionate about their ancestors.

What impressed us the most was the interest that this raised.

Looking at the statistics of our Facebook page, we noted that we had over 1900 people internationally viewed our Waitangi blog discussions page! That’s a whole lot of interest.

And our contributors were also international: from the UK, US and Australia, as well as from New Zealand.

Certainly makes us motivated to wanting to issue a similar challenge again!

Thank you to our wonderful contributors:

Lyn of Genealogy New Zealand: Ned Devine “Cabbage Tree Ned
Sandy of Random Meanderings: Mary-Anne CASTLE; Rosannah LODGE formerly MACE nee WORT and Thomas Seth LODGE; Anthony [John] and Mary KENNEDY
Shauna of Shauna Hicks Enterprises: John Barrow ATKINSON
Carole of Carole’s Canvas: Joseph CRAIG
Jill of Geniaus: Sophia McPHERSON (nee CLIFFORD) and Ethelinda EYTON (nee CLIFFORD)
Julie of Anglers Rest: Anne MATTHEWS (nee LASSETER)
Allin of Australian Genealogy Journeys: William GILMORE, William FULLERTON and Peter FULLERTON; Edmund JOYCE
Sharon of The Tree of Me: Charles Thomas SEABROOK
Caroline of Caro’s Family Chronicles: Thomas BLUETT
Lee of Lineagekeeper: Charles Hook Gordon LOGIE

Patsy posted hers about Samuel STONE, Henry ELLMERS and Robert HAMLETT direct to the Facebook discussion board on our page, and
Lyn posted an extra two contributions about Louis HAUPOIS and Te Mauri MEIHANA aka Molly MASON straight to the board also.
Visit our Facebook page Waitangi Blog discussion board to see all the contributions.

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Happy hunting