Trish Tutua arranged 22 bottles to commemorate those killed in the Whakaari/White Island disaster. Pictured with supporter Daejah Te Pou (right).
The heartbreak of losing a daughter inspired a Whakatāne woman to place a memorial to all mothers who lost children in the Whakaari eruption.
Trish Tutua was up at 4am on the anniversary of the disaster to place floral tributes outside a sacred cave in the Bay of Plenty town.
“I thought of all those 22 mothers of those people,” she told Stuff.
The volcanic eruption claimed the lives of 22 people on December 9, 2019.
“It was my own heartbreak that inspired it – two years ago I buried my daughter.”
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