Nā te whakatikatika i ōna niho he menemene hōu tō Star Toko nō Te Matau a Māui. Nāna i toa i te whakataetae Smile Make Over nō Dental on Raffles i Ahuriri. Nā whai anō tōna kaha menemene mō te wā tuatahi i roto i ngā tau maha.
Kei te tūru pou niho nei a Star Toko, he mahi nui te whakatikatika i ōna niho.
Hei tā Gary Winter Pou Niho, “When she first came to see us her teeth were in a really bad state, she'd had an accident as a youngster and her teeth had deteriorated over the years and she wasn't looking after them as well as she could because she thought it was a hopeless situation.”
Nā te pīrau o ōna niho nāna tōna waha i ūhia, i patu aia hoki i te whakamā ki te kōrero ki ngā tāngata hōu.
Star Toko Ngāti Kahungunu / Ngāti Whatua, “My main thing was like taking photos with my children, like making memories always deleting them because I didn't look nice in them.”
He toru tekau mā rua ngā tau o te māmā nei, tokowhā āna tamariki, he menemene hōu kua whiwhia, he oranga hōu kua whiwhia hoki.
“When I first took a look in the mirror I felt really weird it just took a lot of getting used to speaking properly because I was so used to hiding my teeth,” ko tā Toko.
Tā Winter, “This is why I come to work to see the response afterwards, all of a sudden she wanted to talk to smile we couldn't shut her up haha.”
Nā ōna niho hōu i āhei aia te whakamana i te rā o tōna mārena, hei reira ka kore rawa aia te whakakore i āna whakaahua mō ake tonu.