Vicki Snee, widow of police officer Len Snee, who was shot and killed by drug dealer Jan Molenaar just over four years ago, is set to move on in her life again.
She confirmed this week that she was engaged to be married and showed off a sparkling diamond ring that her husband-to-be, David Severinsen, recently presented her with when he popped the question.
"We haven't set a date yet but it will be before the end of the year, in Napier," she said.
Mr Severinsen is the proprietor of the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel in Porangahau and has known the Snee family for many years. He went to school in Central Hawke's Bay with Mr Snee and they played sport together, becoming good friends.
When Mrs Snee broke the news of the engagement to her sons, Sam and Joe, their response was supportive and warm.
"The boys said, 'Mum, it's time to live again'."
She did not want to say too much about her engagement but did want to mention how family, friends, Mr Snee's colleagues and everyone she had come across since the tragedy, in the autumn of 2009, had given her strength, and had helped bring light into the times when all seemed dark.
"There are so many really neat people out there - I just don't know where I would be without those very good friends. They have been wonderful."
She believed the spirit of Len would offer his approval.
"They just knew each other so well."
Mr Snee died shortly after he and fellow officers Grant Diver and Bruce Miller went to Molenaar's Chaucer Rd home for a drugs search. Molenaar shot all three.
Mr Snee died at the scene and Mr Diver and Mr Miller suffered serious wounds but returned to duty after lengthy recuperations.