Fond mem­o­ries of New Zealand

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Nico Lustig and Jan­ina Hin­n­ear will re­turn to Germany soon, with fond mem­o­ries of their time in New Zealand de­spite what hap­pened to them at Ahipara.

Al­most all their pos­ses­sions were stolen when a thief broke into their car at Te Ko­hanga on March 4, in­clud­ing the ring that Nico was plan­ning to of­fer to Jan­ina when he pro­posed to her.

Within hours of the North­land Age pub­lish­ing their story they had re­ceived of­fers of re­place­ment rings, in­clud­ing one from a King Coun­try jew­eller, ac­com­mo­da­tion and money, from around the coun­try and even the United States.

“We are over­whelmed from the hos­pi­tal­ity that reaches us,” Nico said, adding that he and Jan­ina would leave New Zealand with fond mem­o­ries.

“Our neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence is not the thing that we will as­so­ciate to New Zealand. We will re­mem­ber all this great sup­port, the warm and self­less peo­ple, and the will­ing­ness to share,” he said.

It had never their in­ten­tion to ask for any­thing. They had sim­ply hoped that by mak­ing their story known more peo­ple would be look­ing out for their stolen prop­erty.

As of last week they had had no news of their be­long­ings, but they were grat­i­fied that so many peo­ple had wanted to help them.

“We got such great feed­back from the ar­ti­cle (Thief ruins Nico’s pro­posal) and just wanted to give a lit­tle feed­back,” Nico said.

“Our neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence is not the thing what we as­so­ciate with New Zealand. We will re­mem­ber all this great sup­port, the warm and self­less peo­ple and their will­ing­ness to share.

“We have sorted all the things and got some new stuff, and have con­tin­ued our jour­ney.”

Many peo­ple had wanted to send money, he added, but he and Jan­ina did not have a bank ac­count in New Zealand.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Nico Lustig and Jan­ina Hin­n­ear do not think ill of New Zealand de­spite their ex­pe­ri­ence at Ahipara.

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