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Kelly Lynn Maynard (nee Hlaca) had only just returned to work when she was killed in a collapsing building.

Kelly, 43, was working just her fourth day at Perpetual Trust, on the first floor of the Pyne Gould Corporation building, when the 6.3 earthquake struck.

She was re-entering the workforce after having two children, Molly and Matilda.

Kelly was married to Mark Maynard and was originally from Southland.


Mr Maynard visited the site before his wife's death was confirmed and left a red rose from their garden in the ruins.

He reportedly received a phone call from Kelly only 20 minutes before the earthquake started, telling him she had left her cellphone at home.