Elisabeth Carr – Upper Hutt

“One of the biggest things in my life is my doll collection that I keep in my room. I have over 300 dolls from 52 nations. I started collecting them when I was 12 because Mum and my step-dad went overseas and brought me a doll back. I already had some dolls. I had won…

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Jan Potter-Black – Gisborne

“I like to keep my unit nice – the kitchen clean, the carpet vacuumed, the lawns done and the pots and garden nice and tidy. During Lockdown I did it all by myself, I did everything, it pushed me into going that little bit further and achieving a little bit more every day. When it…

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Julie and Harper Veli – New Lynn, Auckland

“When Lockdown came, I think it just didn’t sink in. The first week was okay. We got up early, went for walks and I would show Harper McDonalds is closed and all these places are closed. We had to go walking early in the morning, so we were walking at 5.45am. That’s because when he…

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Stewart Colin John (CJ) Harford – Gisborne

“Living with my friends was a good thing about Level 4, but there were things that were not very good, so I had to get out of there. But that was okay, I have always been unsettled, always ready to move, it’s just what I was used to. There were times during Lockdown when I…

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Moana Rewi – Ngāti Kahungunu / Gisborne

“I was looking forward to my birthday on March 28. I was going to turn 31 and had planned a big whānau dinner. Then the Lockdown came. It was sad to have to stay at home for my birthday, but it was okay. My support person Sue came over, we had dinner and cake. And…

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Millie Matahiki – Ngāti Porou / Ngāpuhi / Gisborne

“Tēnā koutou katoa, tōku ingoa Millie Matahiki. I was actually brought up at Tokomaru Bay with my nan, but she moved to Gisborne and then my great-uncle died, which I found hugely upsetting. I tried to take my own life. It was a very silly thing to do. I felt I needed to be in…

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Timothy Chadwick – Lower Hutt

Lockdown was the longest time Timothy has had away from his parents. He stays at the Hearth Trust home full time, but his parents often visit and he goes home regularly in the weekends. Timothy loves spending a lot of time outside and being in big open spaces. He was able to do this during…

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Cheryl Kayes – Lower Hutt

“The hardest thing about Lockdown for me was not seeing my Mum. I visit Mum two or three times a week. She lives a few blocks away. It takes me half an hour to walk there. My brother was looking after Mum but I still worried about her because I couldn’t see her. I rang…

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Tiffiney Perry and Jack Harvey – Hamilton

“Lockdown was revitalising in a lot of ways. We slept in and we did a lot of exercise because the weather was good. We listened to Jacinda, we stayed home; we saved lives. We saw a few neighbours and met up for a drink over the fence but everyone pretty much did their own thing.…

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Corey Wilkie – Lower Hutt

Corey relished his time in Lockdown spending more time on the land, helping out wherever he could and getting involved in a whole range of activities with those in his bubble. He hosted movie nights in his room where everyone relaxed around his TV, made huge pancake stacks for Sunday morning breakfast and turned his…

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