Life stories: Loved ones remembered

Life a struggle without mum

KATIE BRADFIELD

It has been almost four years since mum was killed in a car accident, but it feels like yesterday.

Little woman with a big heart

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NGAHIWI APANUI

Ngahiwi Apanui's mum worked up to 18 hours a day to make sure her kids got a good education.

My hero, my wife

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MARTIN DALY

Martin Daly's wife, Linda, didn't let a battle with cancer stop her from spending her final months reaching out to help others.

Living with the pain

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DENISE MCCUTCHEON

The phone call came in the night, Denise McCutcheon's beautiful son was in cardiac arrest.

I'll always carry this sadness

Kellie Langford

My Dad never wanted to go and when I asked him if he was scared, he answered 'yes', and that still hurts.

Dad inspired a passion for learning

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KAUSHIKI ROY

He wasn't perfect - my Dad. Far from it. But he was still the best Dad in the world, writes Kaushiki Roy.

Life will never be the same

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When Derek Seymour saw his father laid out in his coffin he understood the meaning of the soul. His Dad's essence, his spark of life, was gone.

'Orphaned' at 36

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BART COUPRIE

At the age of 36, my twin brother and I each held one of our mother's hands as her breathing slowly eased, and finally stopped.

'Lord save us, damn and blast!'

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PATRICIA REESBY

Patricia Reesby's Great Aunt Nell was friendly, blunt and matter-of-fact.

They never leave us

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JO CAMERON

Jo Cameron's father cared for his family but in his shy way, he tried not to show it.

I remember you, Koro

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CEE WINIANA

In a story for her Grandfather, Cee Winiana remembers family trips to the old whanau home.

First Christmas without Dad

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The passing of Helen Davies' father last month left an empty space she can't imagine ever filling.

God lent us an angel

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JAY GORDON

Jay Gordon's sister Kirsten taught the family patience, love and understanding in her short life.

A little one lost too soon

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DENISE WILSON

At 20 weeks early, baby Adam was born perfectly formed - only still.

He'd rather be with us

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MARCEL VAN LEEUWEN

Turning older than his late big brother is one of those weird life moments, Marcel van Leeuwen writes.

My sister, my inspiration

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DAVID CASSIDY

Twenty-year-old Sarah's tough fight against skin cancer right until her last day shows real strength isn't physical, her brother writes.

My big bro was my idol

Sarah McCook-Weir remembers the big brother who looked after her, until everything suddenly fell apart.

My world ended that day

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MANDY CAIRNS

In a letter to her daughter Ceri, Mandy Cairns writes of the fierce mother-daughter bond in her family, and how it ended when Ceri committed suicide.

A life-long promise kept

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PATRICIA REESBY

Patricia Reesby's aunt, Hannah, never lived anywhere but on the farm despite hankering after new horizons.

Life stories: As proud as Pop

Nancy and her Pop

NANCY SUTTHOFF

Nancy Sutthoff's dad loved to make people laugh and, much to her embarrassment, praise her to all and sundry.

A fearless brother figure

Scott Walker

Scott Walker was killed 10 years ago in a railway crossing accident, but his family can picture the great man he would have become.

Tragedy of sister's death remains

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LEIGH MADDISON

My sister Beth died 25 years ago - killed by a drunken driver while her unborn child lay cradled in her belly.

Husband's lament: God, I miss her

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DEAN BARKER

Dean Barker lost his wife Glenys Kerr to breast cancer a year ago. He tells their story.

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