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Murdered by a killer driver

Murdered by a killer driver

Colleen and Gary Viall’s stomachs tightened with nerves as a knock sounded on their front door. And when Gary slowly swung the door open to greet two police detectives, he knew his beloved daughter was never coming home. “It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,”Gary says of that day on 8 october last year. “I knew before I […]
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Cancer attacked my face

Cancer attacked my face

David Te oaipi isn’t the kind of teenager to spend hours staring in the mirror, worrying about a pimple or two. The brave 16-year-old knows his reflection has changed over the past year but he’s too busy getting on with life to stress too much about it. He’s just glad the face cancer that was […]
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Sleeping with the enemy

Sleeping with the enemy

Andrea Phipps tried to drug her lover, Darryl French, then burn him to death as he slept Darryl French felt a familiar chill of horror as he read a newspaper article and learned that his former lover Andrea Phipps had been jailed for two years on 70 dishonesty charges. Just five years earlier, Andrea, then […]
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‘I’m a Rugby World Cup widow’

‘I’m a Rugby World Cup widow’

When Allie Stanton-Hope told her husband Matt that she thought she was in labour, he panicked. But it wasn’t because their baby girl Carys was on the way. Matt’s fear was that he might miss a Rugby World Cup game while Allie gave birth, and he breathed a huge sigh of relief when she reassured […]
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Fairytale tresses

Fairytale tresses

oeike Straessle (26) of Auckland was offered nearly $700 for her extra-long hair but only a marriage crisis made her seriously consider the chop “‘Sorry, we’re booked,’ said the third hairdresser in a row, slamming her appointment book closed. “I’d been searching all over Auckland to find a stylist for my wedding day. The places […]
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‘I’ll Bear My Daughter’s child’

‘I’ll Bear My Daughter’s child’

A rare syndrome means Anne Bovey’s daughter is infertile, but olivia will become a mum when Anne gives birth to her own grandchild At the age of 12, most girls’ lives revolve around netball, pop stars and friendships. But young olivia Bovey is thinking about babies and how she’s just been told she will never […]
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Tortured by teeth

Tortured by teeth

The wedding photographer looked over the top of his camera and frowned. “Can the mother-of-the-bride smile, please?” he asked. I felt myself blush with shame. Even though I wanted to show how happy I was that my beautiful daughter Libby was getting married, I couldn’t bear to show my terrible secret to the wedding party […]
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‘My dream trip to Althorp’

‘My dream trip to Althorp’

Clare Dargaville had one problem when she found out she had won a night at Princess Diana’s home, Althorp, for herself and one other person – who would she take? A 51-year-old single mother from Glenfield in Auckland, Clare has four children to choose from and didn’t want to risk hurting anyone’s feelings, so after […]
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‘I’m 75, just like the Weekly’

‘I’m 75, just like the Weekly’

Like New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, long-time reader Zena Herbison came into the world in 1932. She looks back on the 75 years of her life and how things have changed in that time. I was born in Wanganui in oay 1932, the sixth of seven children. When I was growing up, life was very different […]
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‘My Child Survived a 5m death plunge’

‘My Child Survived a 5m death plunge’

Emma Wright’s two-year-old daughter fell headfirst onto concrete, shattering her skull but lived to tell the tale. Emma Wright held her daughter Keiana’s tiny hand and gazed upon her bruised face, which was so swollen that she was barely recognisable. Tubes and wires tangled around the little girl’s head and doctors had told Emma that […]
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