Does any­one know Whina?

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Cle­mens Zam­boni, a New Zealan­der who has lived in Ja­pan for the last 20 years, hasn’t for­got­ten his hol­i­day in North­land in Au­gust, or the lo­cal woman who­came to his res­cue when he took his Ja­panese wife, his 6-year-old son and his mum to see Ta¯ne Mahuta.

And now he’s try­ing to find her, to say thanks.

They were about 500m from Waima School when they got a flat tyre. “Hon­estly, we were stuck. “No cell­phone sig­nal, un­fa­mil­iar place and not sure what to do. The car was a rental, and at first I couldn’t even get the nuts off the wheel to re­move it. They were on pretty tight,” Cle­mens said.

Then a “re­ally kind woman” came out of a nearby house to see if they needed help.

“She helped me change the tyre — to be hon­est she did the hard part and I just helped her — and I wrote down her ad­dress, but when we got back to Ja­pan we couldn’t find it.

“I re­ally want to send her some­thing to say thanks,” he added.

All he could re­mem­ber was that her name was Whina, or sim­i­lar, and that she ap­peared from a grey pre-fab house on State High­way 12.

He had searched

the in­ter­net and Google Earth, and even con­tacted Waima School in a bid to find her ad­dress, with­out suc­cess.

“It has re­ally started to nag me that such kind, un­so­licited help hasn’t in some way been ac­knowl­edged. We had such a good trip, and the big­gest rea­son was the peo­ple we met.

“The guys at Real Deal Tyres Kaikohe and the Bridgestone Tyre Cen­tre were also fan­tas­tic. Whina, on top of it all, was more than spe­cial,” he said.

Any­one who can help Cle­mens con­tact Whina is asked to email­[email protected] or call/text (021) 516-468.


Cle­mens Zam­boni (left) is try­ing to track down the woman in pink (pos­si­bly named Whina), who helped him when he struck car trou­ble dur­ing a hol­i­day with his mum (right), wife and 6-year-old son.

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