Slain mum 'never saw the bad in anyone'

Devastated family: 'She only saw the good'

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012
Amanda Dawn Taufale
SLAIN: Amanda Dawn Taufale.

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A Tawa woman allegedly murdered by her former boyfriend will be farewelled in Wellington today.

Amanda Dawn Taufale's father praised her through his tears yesterday as "an amazing mother" who would leave "an incredible legacy".

"We're a very close family and this has just been devastating," Graham Redman said.

"She's been a superb, amazing mother. She's got two magnificent children; they've always come first."

Mr Redman said New Zealand had to address its domestic violence problem. "We've got to change the attitude of the kids first, and break the cycle of violence. That's what Amanda believed and that's what I believe."

His daughter's two children were doing remarkably well, he said. Her son, Liam, 15, discovered his mother's body in their Sunrise Blvd home last week.

"We won't know what's hidden till a couple of weeks go past. He's a great kid and he'll get whatever support he needs."

Amanda Taufale, who was 33, was born in New Plymouth and moved to Wellington with her family when she was 6. She was the middle of three daughters, who were "best friends", Mr Redman said.

Ms Taufale trained as a social worker, and had a bachelor's degree in applied science in psychology.

She had worked with disadvantaged children, and victims of domestic violence. Most recently she was working for Industrial Research as a science services co-ordinator.

"She loved the job, she loved the people. She never saw the bad in anyone, she only saw the good," Mr Redman said.

"She just adored everybody, she had an incredible heart. Because of the training, she just seemed to know the exact thing to say, or the exact thing to ask, at the right time."

IRL placed a tribute to Ms Taufale in yesterday's Dominion Post. "Operating in the eye of the storm of scientific intellect and eccentricity, she was the most human of us all," it said.

Mr Redman said that, among her many interests, his daughter was involved in mau rakau, or Maori martial arts.

Her cloak, taiaha, and patu would adorn her casket today for the service at Old St Paul's in Wellington.

She made the cloak herself, and the taiaha represents both Maori culture and her Danish heritage.

Ernest Smith, 38, Ms Taufale's ex-boyfriend, appeared in Porirua District Court last week, charged with murder.

Police have appealed for sightings of a dark blue Toyota Corolla, registration GMB106, as a team of 30 continues to work on the inquiry.

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"Police have now located a second vehicle, registration BDS894, in Takarau Gorge and wish to thank the public for their help in locating it," Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam said.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

- The Dominion Post

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