Well I didn't see entries from anybody in New Zealand so I may well be the first. I am not a LOFTUS but in my amateurish attempts at genealogy I have discovered the name. With the LOFTUS in question coming from County Mayo there may well be some connection. Here is my ancestoral trail as I understand it, hope it doesn't bore you to death.
NEWELL, Dean Anthony (Me) born New Zealand 1969
Married to Andrea, two sons James (2) and Joshua (9 months), good catholic family.
NEWELL, Peter John
born New Zealand 1945
Married to Dawn, three children, Dean, Larissa and Seamus.
NEWELL, Wilfred Thomas born New Zealand 1907
Married to Rose, four children, Patricia, Peter, Susan and Philip
NEWELL, John born Barrany, Annaghdown, County Galway, Ireland, 1861
BURKE, Mary Ann Agatha, born Green Hills, Bluff, New Zealand, 1864
BURKE, James born ?, 1862
LOFTUS, Hannah born, County Mayo, Ireland, 1828
So after all that if you can understand it, the name LOFTUS does appear. If there is no connection, what the hell, it was interesting reading your page.
Best wishes to all in the northern hemisphere that read this.
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Dean Newell, Taupo, New Zealand