Kiwi family waiting for plane news

Last updated 07:38 21/03/2014
PAUL WEEKS: Had left New Zealand for a better life.
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PAUL WEEKS: Had left New Zealand for a better life.

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Relatives of Kiwi Paul Weeks who was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jet have a tense wait as search teams try to find objects found off Australia thought to be from the plane.

Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board, including Perth-based Weeks and Ximin Wang from Auckland.

Weeks' sister, Sara, said she and her Christchurch-based family members were closely monitoring the news.

However, they were not jumping to any conclusions following the Perth press conference.

The family had been taking all of the reports about the aircraft's plight seriously, however contradictory or speculative, but "we're not going to get too excited until they confirm anything".

Sara Weeks said it was "sensible" of the Australian authorities to take a cautious approach.

"Until they can tell us something concrete we'll just continue to

plod along like we have been. You can't say something is confirmed - that it's part of the plane - until you know," she said.

"It gets your heart racing... I will tell you that, but it could just be nothing. We don't know and neither do they.

"I guess if there is some confirmed news and we find out that it is the plane then, yes... it will give us something to grieve over, because we don't have that yet."

Sara Weeks said the past 12 days, and not knowing the plane's fate, had taken its toll on the family.

But the outpouring of support from around New Zealand, including from strangers, had been overwhelming.

 "It's a horrible situation. It just is. Everything is still up in the air. It's always on your mind."

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