Pask Families in New Zealand
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There were several PASK families that immigrated to New Zealand.

James Pask—The most well researched New Zealander. James was born in 1835 in Thundersley. He was the son of James Horton PASK and Julia ASPLIN. James had originally immigrated with his father to Australia. In 1861 he married Maria MITCHELL. They had five children. Sometime between 1861 and 1864, James and Maria immigrated from Australia to Tawa a district of Wellington, New Zealand.

On the death of Maria, James married Mary ALLEN on 21 April 1870. They subsequently had a further nine children. In approximately 1877 they moved to Feilding, near Manawatu.

More information on James PASK and his family is available in the detailed narratives section. Additionally there is a family chart of the descendants of James Horton PASK.

On 21 July 1905, two days before James' death, he had a family gathering, and a superb photograph was taken.

James Pask and family  1905
L-R back row Elizabeth, Mary, Walter, Jane, David, Sarah.
L-R middle row Annie, James, his wife Mary (nee Allen), Ernest
L-R front row Edward, Frances, James and Margaret

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During Easter 2004, a reunion of the descendants of the James Pask was held in Feilding, New Zealand. The event was organized by Dianne BAIRD, and attended by 120 people.

James was descended from the Essex progenitor John PASK. In the narratives section, the icon Icon to indicate the Descendants of John Pask from Essex indicates John's descendants.

Newspaper cutting of the Pask reunion held at Feilding, New Zealand during Easter 2004.

A more recent immigrant to New Zealand was Chris Pask who originates from Hartest, Suffolk. Chris founded C J Pask Winery in 1985 together with his daughter Tessa McKay. Chris literally pioneered grape plantings at Gimblett Road, Hawkes Bay in 1982 - a move viewed with some scepticism at the time. The winery now owns and manages over 142 hectares of vineyard in Gimblett Road, arguably the leading viticultural site in New Zealand.

Chris is descended from the Suffolk progenitor John PASK. In the narratives section, the icon Related to John Paske of Wickhambrook, Suffolk indicates John's descendants.

Sincere thanks to co-researchers for contacting us and sharing their research, in particular Graeme Adams, Dianne Baird, Tony Cairns, Julie McLennan, and Don & Rae Scott. You can find co-researchers listed in the citations for the individual narratives.

If you can provide additional information or photographs on these families, or other families in New Zealand please contact us.

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