The day Mabel Williamina Crews was born - August 17, 1914 - World War I's Battle of Tannenberg was beginning between German and Russian forces, thousands of kilometres away from her home on New Zealand's West Coast. She would live through that world war, and another - surviving polio and the Napier earthquake along the way - in a life touched by joy, tragedy and hard work. Today she turns 105, making her one of the Western Bay of Plenty's oldest people. Reporter Samantha Motion meets the cheery centenarian.


Mabel Williamina Crews is no stranger to a birthday photo.

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