Every moment of the Spanish visit was organised with precision by their Maori cousins. Maria Viseur seized the opportunity for a siesta in the woolshed at Tapuaehikitia station, Tikitiki.
80 years of solitude
For nearly two centuries, the origins of a Spanish whaler and trader who founded a dynasty on the east coast were a mystery. Manuel Jose’s descendants are New Zealand’s largest family, and have recently reunited with their Spanish relatives. This summer, the Spaniards journeyed to the east coast for the first time to connect with their Maori cousins, and with the culture that first embraced their forebear.