The Rotorua Daily Post first met Marilyn and Rob Pearce in 2005.
It was in the days following a debris flow that swelled in the Awatarariki stream in the hills behind Matatā then spewed out over the Awatarariki fan head, thrusting its rock, tree and mud-filled self into homes and covering the landscape.
The ground floor of the Pearces' beachfront home on Clem Elliott Dr was inundated with debris. The home of their next-door-neighbours Pam and Billy Whalley did not sustain any significant damage.
Since then we've been on a journey with the Pearces, and in particular Marilyn, while they