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BOWEN, Heni Te-Ringa Bowen
Kia ora potential whanau member.
I have a cousin named Heni Bowen who was brought up in the South Island. She has lived in Hokitika.
Unsure if it is the same person because I don't know Heni's middle name.
Her birthdate is: 25 Feb 1960
If you think that this could be your birth mum, then please contact me privately and I will fill you in with more details.
Very cool if she is your mum!!!! Lots of whanau ... and I mean lots.
Edited by - Phantom Maori on Nov 03 2004 4:28:55 PM
Just to update everyone...
My natural cousin has made contact with me and I am on the road to finally meeting my birth whanau
The sad news being that Heni passed away in 1996 and I am unable to tell her how grateful I am for my life.
However.. I now have more family than I ever have had and am waiting to embrace them all into my life.
Thankyou to anyone who has read this message and for all of you out there who are seeking your blood relatives never lose faith and remind yourself everyday that life is the greatest gift of all.
Kia ora Ems
That is such great news that you are on the way to meet your birth whanau and kia ora so much for giving us an update!
To everyone else looking for whanau, Ems is right,
never loose faith
Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!
Kia ora koutou
Just an update...
Ems' (birth) aunty called her on Thursday. They are going to meet up with each other over the Xmas/New Years period.
Ems has 5 'birth' brothers and sisters and also a niece/nephew too.
Her 'birth' whanau are very keen to meet Ems ... AGAIN ... so it sounds like good news all around.
I like happy endings ... or should I say, beginnings!!!
Kia Ora Ems
Bit late in response, ah well Wanted to thank you for sharing your story and meeting up with your whanau, so awesome!
Made me think... I live on the Gold Coast of Aus, at our old whare, our neighbours next door were very nice people, always polite and caring, we lived there for near 3 years. I knew they had a son and 2 daughters, only ever briefly seeing them. Mostly the mokopuna that often stayed with there Nana & Koro... I'd been trying to get my bro and his whanau to come live here for eons, lol, eventually gave up - and they came 2 years ago! HAHAHA.
My Sissy (in law) told me upon arriving, her eldest brothers daughter who had been whangai, contacted her Mum (my sissys Mum, her Nana) to tell her who she is and that she would love to meet all her whanau. To cut a long story short she is the whangai daughter of our old neighbours! *blew us all away* in the nicest way possible too!
And her son (my sissys niece) was my twin boys buddy, they'd been playing with each other for years! (They've since moved north and my whanau and I moved south a little) My sissy caught up with her niece soon after moving here, and her niece is so proud of her whanau, her Aunty, she is gorgeous!
Some years ago, all my whanau came to stay with us, Surprise 60th for my Dad, my sissy came then, she said to me, "Hard to believe eh sis, that my niece grew up in the house that you lived right next door too!" Incredible and awesome.
May your reunion with your whanau be all and more then you ever imagined. May your dreams, your quiet prayers be answered and may the aroha between you all embrace and grow tenfold.
So happy for You & Yours
((((Hugs of Aroha))))