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about her kids with Emma,’’ her sis­ter, Fortchyne Hughes said.

Emma Hughes’ di­ag­no­sis came shortly af­ter she fell preg­nant with Chris­tian. She got to en­joy some time at home with her daugh­ter be­fore be­ing re­ferred to the hospice.

Fortchyne said the hospice did ev­ery­thing to make the mum’s last days mean­ing­ful and wel­comed the Hughes’ large whanau.

That in­cluded tak­ing pic­tures of Emma with Chris­tian and her ex­tended fam­ily, and get­ting a bi­og­ra­pher to record her life story. The hospice also ar­ranged for a tat­tooist to ink Chris­tian’s name on Emma’s arm, along­side her six other chil­dren.

Fortchyne said her big sis­ter was a real char­ac­ter who en­joyed life.

‘‘She was hard case, I can tell you that. Hard case al­right. She left seven kids all un­der the age of 11.’’

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