Family heirloom lost in home gutted by fire

Dean Nathan
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He taonga tuku iho i te rangatira rongonui, i a Hongi Hika tētahi o ngā manatunga kua ngaro i te weranga o tētahi whare i Whangarei. Kātahi te tau taumaha rawa, ko tēnei mō Vanessa Wihongi, i te matenga o tāna tamāhine, o Shayla, i ngā māuiuitanga hoki kuā pā ki a ia, me te ngārohanga atu o ōna taonga, me āna rawa ki te ahi. 

He matua takitahi, kei te moteatea a Vanessa Wihongi ki te paunga o nga taonga katoa o tana wahi noho ki te ahi.

“My daughter who we lost last year and all our family portraits that I can’t ever get back.  Yeah because I lost Shayla and she was a big part of me and my children and all her possessions that we had was gone as well as my family Manatunga.”

E metia ana te hunga patuahi i hua mai te ahi i te hikareti. A, kua mea mai te kaitiro inihua kahore a Vanessa e ahei ana ki te hoki atu ki roto ki te rapu ake i nga tino taonga.

“I'm quite pouri at the moment because of things that are really dear to me. As far as I’ve been told it was handed down to my father to my grandmother from Hongi. I'm about the fourteenth generation from me back to Hongi Hika. And it’s still there. I feel it’s in my room somewhere and being a greenstone I don't think greenstone will burn.”

Katahi ano a Vanessa ka puta kore kainga mai i i te hohipere me te marama hoki he uaua ki te rapu kainga hou mona i te wa o te kirihimete.

“Priority for me at the moment is just to be grateful that I still have the rest of my children to be able to have a kai somewhere and a roof over our head because I don't have a fixed abode at the moment I just got out of hospital from major surgery and very grateful to be alive.”

Kamutu, e taria ana mo te whakautu a te kamupene inihua ki tana tono kia ahei ia te rapu ake nga taonga kua ngaro ki tona kainga tawhito.