Fam­ily finds way through dis­abil­ity

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By MONICA TISCHLER

IT TOOK tragedy for Charmeyne Te NanaWil­liams to re­alise her true call­ing in life.

Her hus­band, boxer Peter Wil­liams, suf­fered a trau­matic brain in­jury dur­ing a fight in 2002 which left him quad­ri­plegic and non-ver­bal.

He won the fight and gained the ti­tle of New Zealand su­per heavy­weight boxer but col­lapsed af­ter­wards from a brain bleed.

The for­mer ‘‘man’s man’’ is wheel­chair bound and the pair now com­mu­ni­cate by Wil­liams wrig­gling his big toe through let­ters of the al­pha­bet.

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Charmeyne Te Nana-Wil­liams Stick­ing to­gether: Charmeyne Te Nana-Wil­liams of Herne Bay and Peter Wil­liams in 2011 with their twin daugh­ters Leata and Safena, now 12.

Photo: MONICA TISCHLER

Bless­ing in dis­guise: Charmeyne Te Nana-Wil­liams, 43, was awarded the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for her work in the dis­abil­ity sec­tor.

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