Missing New Zealander Paul Weeks with wife Danica.
Just before he boarded flight MH370, Paul Weeks sent a
text to his wife saying she and their children meant the world
The 38-year-old New Zealander had just left Danica Weeks and
sons Lincoln, 3, and Jack, 11 months, in their adopted home
of Perth while he headed to Mongolia to start work as a
Mrs Weeks received the text while he was waiting in Kuala
Lumpur for the connecting flight to Beijing.
"It just said he was missing us already - it was just a
message to say he misses us and we were his world.
"It was his dream job and he was off for 28 days for the
first time, with an 11-month-old and 3-year-old. So he was
going to miss us all and he was telling us he loved us."
A devastated Mrs Weeks managed to get only an hour's sleep at
the weekend after discovering her husband's plane was
"I'd hoped there would be news, that they would have
something. We're just going through the motions now, minute
She was frustrated by the lack of detail from authorities.
"We've been told nothing, just told nothing. You know as much
as we do. [Malaysia Airlines] don't know. They have nothing
to tell because they don't know. They have no idea - or if
they do they're not telling us a thing."
It was baffling how an enormous plane could just disappear.
"It sounds crazy. You can find someone floating in the ocean
but you can't find a plane. It's crazy, just crazy."
Mrs Weeks tried not to think about what could have caused the
plane to go missing.
"Hopefully it was catastrophic and it just happened quickly.
"I think like everybody I just want to know what happened so
I can process that information and start life.
"If it is the worst-case scenario, I have two young sons who
won't have a father. I will have to be mother and father for
them for the rest of their lives."
Older son Lincoln had already been asking for his dad, who
had missed a planned Skype session.
"He has a map on his wall of where Daddy is - or was going to
be - so for him it's, 'Where's Daddy?' He's wondering why I'm
crying, why I'm upset, why hasn't Daddy Skyped."
Mrs Weeks said she and her husband had a car accident in late
December that frightened them into discussing what they would
do if one of them was to die suddenly.
"It made us sit down and talk through if the worst happened,
which we'd never done before, what was each other's wishes.
"I can only take that and say thank God we talked about it
because otherwise I'd be none the wiser. I now know what he
wants me to do for the boys and I have to fulfil that."
Malaysia Airlines had offered to fly the family to Kuala
Lumpur to wait for news but she refused.
"I can't go with two kids. The last thing I want to do is put
my kids on a plane after losing their father.
"I'm just waiting to hear, I know they're out there
Mr Weeks' mother, brother and niece had left Perth before
they heard the news, to fly to Christchurch for his sister
Sara Weeks' 40th birthday next week.
Last night Sara said: "It's the lack of knowing that is
really hard. We're upset because we know something has gone
She said her brother was a "fantastic, wonderful man who will
be missed. Terribly".
Prime Minister John Key acknowledged the "almost unbearable
wait" the families of Paul Weeks and the other missing New
Zealander, Aucklander Ximin Wang, were enduring.
"Not knowing what has happened to the flight and their loved
ones is an awful ordeal," he said. "While they will be hoping
for a miracle, they will also be preparing themselves for the