Family farewells a loving mum and friend

LOVING MUM: Jaydene Manuel, aged 30, lived for her children — daughter Mawhai Tumanako, 3, and son Peia Hatonio, 1. She lost her life in a vehicle crash at Whakaki last Sunday evening. She was farewelled today in a funeral service at Rangitukia. Picture supplied

Young Gisborne mother-of-two Jaydene Manuel was farewelled today at a funeral service at Rangitukia as her whanau mourn the loss of a loving daughter, parent and friend to many.

The 30-year-old died when her Toyota Surf vehicle left State Highway 2 near Whakaki on Sunday and struck a tree.

She left behind two young children, her daughter Mawhai Tumanako, aged 3, and son Peia Hatonio, aged 1.

Jaydene’s mother Terri Manuel told Stuff her daughter was a bubbly person, had a lot of friends, and was a respected worker.

“We loved her dearly,” her mum said.

Jaydene this year started a horticulture course at EIT Tairawhiti.

“She was a wonderful mother and Jaydene would inspire a lot of young Maori women, both in work ethic and by her family values.”

Terri Manuel said she and her partner and Jaydene’s father Joe McClutchie, were “absolutely devastated” at the death of their daughter.

The family will take care of the two young children.

Jaydene’s tangi has been held at the Manuel family’s home marae at Rangitukia since Wednesday, ahead of this morning’s funeral service.

A police investigation into the tragedy continues.

Young Gisborne mother-of-two Jaydene Manuel was farewelled today at a funeral service at Rangitukia as her whanau mourn the loss of a loving daughter, parent and friend to many.

The 30-year-old died when her Toyota Surf vehicle left State Highway 2 near Whakaki on Sunday and struck a tree.

She left behind two young children, her daughter Mawhai Tumanako, aged 3, and son Peia Hatonio, aged 1.

Jaydene’s mother Terri Manuel told Stuff her daughter was a bubbly person, had a lot of friends, and was a respected worker.

“We loved her dearly,” her mum said.

Jaydene this year started a horticulture course at EIT Tairawhiti.

“She was a wonderful mother and Jaydene would inspire a lot of young Maori women, both in work ethic and by her family values.”

Terri Manuel said she and her partner and Jaydene’s father Joe McClutchie, were “absolutely devastated” at the death of their daughter.

The family will take care of the two young children.

Jaydene’s tangi has been held at the Manuel family’s home marae at Rangitukia since Wednesday, ahead of this morning’s funeral service.

A police investigation into the tragedy continues.

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