Can you help Kathy and Mita?
The story of the heartless theft and destruction of a Northland deaf couple's van struck a chord with many of our readers - now there is a way you can help.
A bank account for donations to Onerahi couple Mita Moses and Kathy Strongman has been set up after they featured in the Northern Advocate last week.
The couple's van was stolen and set alight, leaving them without transport for themselves and their four children - one of whom is also deaf - and a deaf youth they had taken into their home.
Tiaho Trust chief executive officer, Jonny Wilkinson, who has known the whanau for many years, met Mr Moses and Ms Strongman this week and is co-ordinating offers of help for the couple.
Mr Wilkinson said the pair had received several texts offering help but, still overwhelmed by the theft, they had been unsure how to respond.
He said Tiaho Trust had set up a bank account for public donations and had started the ball rolling by making a donation.
Northern Advocate editor Craig Cooper pledged the paper's support to publicise the appeal.
"Northlanders know an injustice when they see one and I'm confident we can help Tiaho raise a significant amount for Mita and Kathy. Ultimately, we want to replace their van," Mr Cooper said.
To donate, please deposit funds to Mita and Kathy's Van account, at the ASB Bank in Rathbone St, Whangarei. The account number 12-3099-0042959-00