Life stories: Loved ones remembered
It has been almost four years since mum was killed in a car accident, but it feels like yesterday.
Ngahiwi Apanui's mum worked up to 18 hours a day to make sure her kids got a good education.
Martin Daly's wife, Linda, didn't let a battle with cancer stop her from spending her final months reaching out to help others.
The phone call came in the night, Denise McCutcheon's beautiful son was in cardiac arrest.
My Dad never wanted to go and when I asked him if he was scared, he answered 'yes', and that still hurts.
He wasn't perfect - my Dad. Far from it. But he was still the best Dad in the world, writes Kaushiki Roy.
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.
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.
Patricia Reesby's Great Aunt Nell was friendly, blunt and matter-of-fact.
Jo Cameron's father cared for his family but in his shy way, he tried not to show it.
In a story for her Grandfather, Cee Winiana remembers family trips to the old whanau home.
The passing of Helen Davies' father last month left an empty space she can't imagine ever filling.
Jay Gordon's sister Kirsten taught the family patience, love and understanding in her short life.
At 20 weeks early, baby Adam was born perfectly formed - only still.
MARCEL VAN LEEUWEN
Turning older than his late big brother is one of those weird life moments, Marcel van Leeuwen writes.
Twenty-year-old Sarah's tough fight against skin cancer right until her last day shows real strength isn't physical, her brother writes.
Sarah McCook-Weir remembers the big brother who looked after her, until everything suddenly fell apart.
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.
Patricia Reesby's aunt, Hannah, never lived anywhere but on the farm despite hankering after new horizons.
Nancy Sutthoff's dad loved to make people laugh and, much to her embarrassment, praise her to all and sundry.
Scott Walker was killed 10 years ago in a railway crossing accident, but his family can picture the great man he would have become.
My sister Beth died 25 years ago - killed by a drunken driver while her unborn child lay cradled in her belly.
Dean Barker lost his wife Glenys Kerr to breast cancer a year ago. He tells their story.