When Charles Finlay – a man earning just $16 an hour after 27 years in forestry – was killed by a log on a pitch-dark winter morning that year, his widow, Maryanne Butler-Finlay, was encouraged by a relative to contact Kelly.
“She drove to Tokoroa to see us,” recalls Butler-Finlay. “And she hasn’t left us since. She’s been there every step of the way. She’s part of my whanau.”