The one-time telegram girl has remained perpetually upbeat as she's steered her waka through a lifetime of personal tragedies.

As a teenage telegram girl Wiki (Wikitoria) Flavell knew what it was like to deliver sad news.

In the years before and since she's received far more than her fair share.

The mother she doesn't remember died giving birth to a younger sibling, meningitis claimed her first child, one of her twin boys succumbed to kidney failure, her husband dropped dead at her feet.


On Monday Wiki farewelled the step-sister who fostered her in Putaruru when she was 10.

Throughout her