Tourist hopes to learn fate of old flame
In 1973, Australian tourist Kirk Warren shared a brief romance with a Christchurch girl.
Now, on his first visit back to the city since the "hook-up", Warren wants to see her again.
Warren visited the city in December 1973 when he was a 23-year-old student over from Australia for a summer holiday.
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"A friend and I came over for a holiday and we signed up for a transcendental meditation course. Being the 70s this was all the rage. Then I met a woman and we hooked up for a few days."
The pair shared a brief, but intense, romance.
"I remember riding around the city on the back of her motorbike with no helmet on. We had two or three nights together but, although it was the wild 70s and I did sleep in her bed and we kissed, we didn't have sex."
The woman asked Warren to move to Christchurch, but he decided to return home instead.
"She asked me to transfer universities and move in with her, but I decided not to. I only had $10 and a ticket home. We wrote to each other for a while but then lost touch. Who knows what would have happened if I had stayed?"
Now, nearly 40 years later, Warren has returned for a holiday and wants to find her.
"I would love to meet her again. It's my first time back in Christchurch and I just thought, ‘why not try and reconnect?' I don't have an agenda or need a woman in my life or anything. I just want to meet her and see how the last four decades have treated her and how our lives have turned out."
Warren is in New Zealand for the next 10 days. He could not remember what the woman looked like or her name, but said she was an occupational therapist and had lived in a central city flat.
"I'm hoping she sees this and remembers me. "