The last thing they saw was their mother holding the scissors

On June 5, 1999, at their rural Tirau home, Tokona bundled Simon, Winiata and Alex into the family's white Ford Fairmont and drove the 5km to Tirau to visit her elderly uncle. It was 9pm. 

She asked her uncle for a Bible and a copy of her whakapapa (family tree). They stayed about 20 minutes and then headed off. 

But they didn't make it home.