Kiri Speirs with a photo of daughter Zoe. Mementoes of the
6-year-old who died of cancer in 2012 were taken by
thieves. Photo / Sarah Ivey
The mother of a little girl who died of cancer is
pleading for the return of jewellery crafted in her memory -
including a lock of her hair - after thieves took it from her
Kiri Speirs' Point Chevalier home was broken into between 6pm
on Saturday and about 9am on Sunday while she was staying
Among the items taken were her laptop, a camera, an e-book
reader and a video camera with footage of a friend's family
members who have died.
But it's the mementoes of her little girl, Zoe Wilson, who
died in 2012 from a rare form of cancer, that she is most
Zoe was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma aged 3.
The cancer caused a tumour that grew from the base of her
brain to her shoulder.
She went into remission for more than two years after
chemotherapy and radiation treatment but the cancer came back
in 2012 and she passed away soon after aged 6.
Jewellery Ms Speirs made to help her cope with the grief has
now been stolen.
"I had a little bottle pendant that had a lock of her hair in
it," said Ms Speirs. "They took lockets with pictures of us
and I made a whole lot of jewellery with butterflies and
hearts. People gave me jewellery with that kind of thing as
well because that's what you do when you're a grieving
Ms Speirs said insurance would cover most of the missing
items and she had copies of photos of her daughter.
"The jewellery is really personal though ... all that is
gone. It makes you really angry."
Ms Speirs has contacted police and posted the missing items
on her Facebook page. "I know when people think things are
worthless they will just dump them somewhere so we have put
up posters and things on Facebook.
"It's just finding the people who have seen it - I just want
- James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald