posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 07:28 PM
I have joined ATS so I could add to this thread and confirm that ancient celts made it to NZ.
I live in the central NZ area - Marlborugh, or Top-of-the-South to kiwis. I was born and raised in Picton - a small port town at the head of the
Queen Charlotte Sounds - being part of the Marlborough Sounds. There was a local well known identity known for his basic, but daring approach to
diving - specifically paua/abolone. He would dive where others dared not - hence my post .....
One of this mans many stories of his diving experiences was about a "viking ship" he found and gathered golden medalions from. He talked about
other items he saw - helmets, sheilds, etc. He never told anyone where it was ... of course. He had shown the medalions he removed from the sunken
ship to others who verify his story. Sadly he died in a motor vehicle accident in his prime ... never disclosing the whereabouts of the "viking"
ship. So, all the locals of Picton who new the diver believe there to be an ancient vessel out there somewhere in the Marlborough Sounds.
Also, there are many references in local Maori legends to 'giant hairy (red)people' who lived across the water in the Wellington area and came over
occasionally to steal women from the Maori villages - some of the women escaped and returned home with children and told the story. Some folk liken
the red-headed Maori as a legacy of these hairy giants ...
The stories go that local Maori were very objectional, yet cautious about these 'giants' - wanting them gone ... Parties were formed to rid the land
of the giants. Outcome: no hairy giants in the Wellington region, yet there are a number of red headed Maori I know in this area.
My husband is Maori/Spanish with a little Welsh in there as well ... he has the odd red hair in his moustache .. mmmm.
Anyway ... I am a believer that the ancient celts did indeed make it to New Zealand ... no smoke without fire and there's always been a bit of smoke
about this topic.