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FLOWERS were laid on Tuesday against the white picket
fence where the body of much loved teen Ocean Heke was found
on Sunday morning.
Messages of love, grief and support for Ocean’s whanau were
left with the flowers.
“Rest in peace Ocean. You will always be remembered by our
family. Liam will never forget the beautiful girl he took to the
ball and the beautiful dress you were so proud to wear to look
nice for him. Love and blessings to your beautiful family. Love
Liam Anselmi and family xxx”
Tributes from friends also continue to flow for the 17-year-old
on her Facebook page.
“Rest in paradise beautiful. My love goes out to the Heke
whanau at this sad time xx.”
“All my love to the Heke-Tapara whanau and all of her friends
and family. She is a beautiful girl and it’s always sad to read
about the loss of a young child and being so close to home and
whanaunga it is hard not to be affected! My heart goes out to your
Mum and Dad and whanau! Moe mai raa e hine! Moe mai raa!”
“Rest in peace Ocean Heke. God has taken you for a reason,
too early. But Heaven’s a better place than Earth. Sending my
love and prayers to you and your beautiful family on this day
“My heart goes out to Ocean’s whanau and my extended
whanau in Te Kuiti. In shock down here in Wellington.”
“A gentle soul...another sad loss to our small town. Rest easy
“Rest easy beautiful girl.”
“My condolences go out to the Tupu-Heke whanau, Bella Marie
Tupu – Mama-Bellz – & Clarry. So sad to hear of the loss of your
baby girl. Ocean you are such a sparkle of joy. So young, taken
so soon. Arohatinonui darling.”
“Fly high beautiful xx.”
And from her mum:
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that Clarry, I and
our children must farewell our beautiful baby ‘Lovey’ Ocean
Poihaere Heke. Our hearts are broken in pieces baby girl but we
will be strong. I know Granddad was waiting with open arms, a
smile and a tear. We love you so much. This is hurting my soul so
much my lovely, I can hardly bear it, but for all your sisters and
brothers I will be strong, we will be strong. Rest in the everlast-
ing loving arms of our Father and our tupuna our LoveyLove.”
FORGET ME NOT: Flowers and messages of love, grief and support for Ocean Heke’s whanau have been placed against the white picket fence where the
body of the much-loved teen was found on Sunday morning.
Tributes flow for Ocean
WHO knew giant pumpkins float!
Kinohaku School student Sophie Irons grew a
59.5kg pumpkin to prove it.
The school’s giant pumpkin growing competition
last month drew 18 entries.
Sophie’s monster, weighing 59.5kg and with a
181cm girth, which scooped the heaviest and big-
gest prizes, was used in a science experiment to
prove whether or not giant pumpkins float.
“Someone wondered whether a pumpkin that
big would float, so we put it to the test,” says the
school’s administrator Julie Knight.
“We hollowed it out and floated it in our swim-
ming pool, then our juniors had great fun taking
turns sitting in it to see what weight it could hold
before filling up with water.”
Ms Knight says new gardens have been devel-
oped at the school so students can learn about
growing, using and preserving fresh produce .
“Although the pumpkins were grown in the
students’ home gardens, the competition was an
extension of our classroom learning, encouraging
students to care for and nurture growth at home,”
Other category winners were Bridget Woods for
the ugliest pumpkin and Micheal Stokes for the
best looking pumpkin.
The yummiest homemade pump-
kin soup award was won by Leo, Kyah
and Harlow Scott.
Ms Knight says Sophie’s secret for
growing the plumpest pumpkin was
to feed it weekly with a tablespoon
of potassium, three cups of sheep
manure and a tablespoon of Plant
Thrive fertiliser mixed with water.
She also watered it every morning.
PUMPKIN AHOY: Kinohaku School junior Luke Thomas tests Sophie Iron’s winning 59.5kg
pumpkin for buoyancy in the school’s pool. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Student floats big pumpkin
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