She rubs her fingers over a photo on the wall and murmurs "beautiful boys … I love them."

Children's photos pepper the walls inside this brick home.

It is one of three houses on a large, suburban Tauranga section that's a refuge for abused and neglected children, run by charitable trust

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The charity's founder, Hilary Price, stops to admire more than one photo as she walks in and out of a maze of colourful bedrooms.

Small, sacred spaces decorated with Spider-Man curtains, pink fluffy rugs, dress-ups, and soft toys.

The nine little people who live here - all

Broken homes and hearts

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A different life